Idle CPU Usage

What is the proper way to check your "idle" CPU usage? I use Task Manager in Win7 and go to the Performance tab.

My desktop idle usage is at 12%. I am running an i7-3770k @ 3.9GHz quadcore 16gb of RAM and windows on 120GB SSD.

Is 12% high or average ?

What is everyones desktop CPU usage and how did you get it to those numbers? Thank you.
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  1. it depends on what all you have running but i would say 12% with a browser open is decent.
  2. mines at 7%

    most of that is corsair link software and my cctv software they use 5% between them

    if the cctv softwares not detecting any movement
  3. This depends fully on what the computer is doing. Even what website makes a difference.

    For instance(i5 750), on this forum(this exact page with HWmon + winamp playing). 2-4% on the main Toms page 9-12%

    Also note that with add block, the load may be lighter as well.

    Unless you run into issues, I would not worry about it.

    Even video card clocks change on different websites since the web browser can use the video card for acceleration.

    Google.
    http://imageshack.us/a/img638/4331/googlegpu.jpg
    Tom's I have no clue WHY it stays that high, but with that card, it did. Newer cards do not seem to get stuck or even have to clock up like that
    http://imageshack.us/a/img209/4765/tomshardwaregpu.jpg
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