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    • suziem50
    • By suziem50 7th Jul 17, 8:58 AM
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    Gaming pc electricity usage
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    • 7th Jul 17, 8:58 AM
    Gaming pc electricity usage 7th Jul 17 at 8:58 AM
    Hi, I'm wondering how much in monetary terms it costs to run my son's gaming pc for 8 hours a day? It's a Dell Aurora R5 with 1 monitor and no added speakers. We are currently on holiday and have it with us (don't ask!). Would like to work out how much money to leave the owner after our 3 week stay.
    Thanks in advance.
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    • By DCFC79 7th Jul 17, 9:01 AM
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    • 7th Jul 17, 9:01 AM
    Hi, I'm wondering how much in monetary terms it costs to run my son's gaming pc for 8 hours a day? It's a Dell Aurora R5 with 1 monitor and no added speakers. We are currently on holiday and have it with us (don't ask!). Would like to work out how much money to leave the owner after our 3 week stay.
    Thanks in advance.
    Originally posted by suziem50
    I know you said not to ask but im intrigued.

    You allowed your son to bring his pc with you on holiday ?
    Can people stop loaning money/being a guarator to family/friends, it rarely ends well and you lose out as your money is gone or you get shafted with being a guarantor.
    • suziem50
    • By suziem50 7th Jul 17, 9:02 AM
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    Can't guarantee weather.
    • almillar
    • By almillar 7th Jul 17, 12:48 PM
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    Have a look at the back of the computer for a label, there should be information on it, including, say 500W. To keep it simple, assume it uses all of that (it won't, that's the max it can use). So 500w for 8 hours is 4 Kilo Watt Hours. 15p per KWh would be a fair price to pay for electric, so 60p per day.
    You would need to find a similar label on the monitor (they ARE there) to work out the electric for that.
    If it was a DIY gaming PC, there would be a power supply with its own label, and you'd find it by taking off the side of the computer.
    • Nilrem
    • By Nilrem 7th Jul 17, 11:48 PM
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    • 7th Jul 17, 11:48 PM
    The PSU wattage is the maximum it'll use (same with that on the monitor/tv*), I have a 600watt or so PSU in my machine alongside a hefty videocard and bunch of drives, however at idle the machine uses about 100watts for normal browsing/video viewing, and only about 200-250 watts when playing games.
    Those are measured using a plug in power meter.


    *Things like how bright you have a TV set to affect it.
    • Johnmcl7
    • By Johnmcl7 8th Jul 17, 1:22 PM
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    • 8th Jul 17, 1:22 PM
    As Nilrem has said, the PSU rating is simply the maximum power the power supply can deliver and in reality, won't likely be using anything near that most of the time particularly for a machine like the Aurora R5 which has a high rated power supply to give it the capability to run two high end graphics cards.

    There's some actual power consumption figures here (total system, not just the GPU) and this is with a more power hungry processor than the Aurora R5 uses and top end graphics cards:

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/11180/the-nvidia-geforce-gtx-1080-ti-review/16

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    • esuhl
    • By esuhl 8th Jul 17, 6:55 PM
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    Have a look at the back of the computer for a label, there should be information on it, including, say 500W. To keep it simple, assume it uses all of that (it won't, that's the max it can use). So 500w for 8 hours is 4 Kilo Watt Hours. 15p per KWh would be a fair price to pay for electric, so 60p per day.
    Originally posted by almillar
    I reckon a gaming PC (with monitor) would be unlikely to draw more than 300W on average (even if it does have a 600W+ PSU), so that would be 36p a day.

    If the PC isn't being used to play games, it's probably drawing around 200W, so 24p a day.

    That'd be my rough guesstimate, anyway.
    • Jackmydad
    • By Jackmydad 9th Jul 17, 1:01 PM
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    As it happens I ran a test on mine with a power meter a couple of weeks ago.
    Mixed use. Surfing, photo editing, gaming.
    10 hours 17 minutes. Total running time. It was idle for part of that.
    29.91 pence.
    • Billy101
    • By Billy101 10th Jul 17, 12:53 PM
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    Haha, it happens. How much is the power supply? Does it have any graphics card?

    If no, then bill would be of a negligible amount.
    • Billy101
    • By Billy101 10th Jul 17, 12:58 PM
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    As it happens I ran a test on mine with a power meter a couple of weeks ago.
    Mixed use. Surfing, photo editing, gaming.
    10 hours 17 minutes. Total running time. It was idle for part of that.
    29.91 pence.
    Originally posted by Jackmydad

    This is what you would get. In a roundabout.
    • rtho782
    • By rtho782 24th Jul 17, 1:36 PM
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    I have a 4790k, 1080ti SLI, and full tilt it uses about 600W, drawing about 660W from the wall.

    That's about the top end, it's doubtful yours will use that much.
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    • vacheron
    • By vacheron 25th Jul 17, 8:59 AM
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    Google "plug in energy monitor". You can pick one up for about £10-15.

    Stick in into a power socket and put connect the multi plug that runs his gaming rig to that.

    Providing you don't switch off the power to the monitor it will record the exact amount of KWh his rig uses during your stay.
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    • custardy
    • By custardy 25th Jul 17, 9:12 AM
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    Google "plug in energy monitor". You can pick one up for about £10-15.

    Stick in into a power socket and put connect the multi plug that runs his gaming rig to that.

    Providing you don't switch off the power to the monitor it will record the exact amount of KWh his rig uses during your stay.
    Originally posted by vacheron
    Going on the figures here. That would cost far more than even over estimating the electric use!
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    • By vacheron 25th Jul 17, 10:10 AM
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    Going on the figures here. That would cost far more than even over estimating the electric use!
    Originally posted by custardy
    True, but at least you'll have a shiny new power meter!
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