Download all night and still keep you power bills down

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  1. shaunak

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    Reliance energy will soon be increasing your bill amount by an atrocious 40% for the next 6 months.
    And in other news most P2P networks to go down in a couple of months.
    Talk of mixed emotions;
    Downloading all night will surely give you a shock at the end of the month when you get the power bill, but if you don't, it will be one golden source of Warez lost for ever. This tutorial will tell you how to lower your PC power consumption.

    STEP #1: Sacrifice.
    You can have it all. To save power you must sacrifice on performance. To download stuff and surf the Internet you only need the following components to be attached to your mobo:
    >the processor
    >basic amount of RAM
    >network cards
    >Hard disk drive.
    That's all. [keyboard n monitor granted of course]

    Step#2 Removal.
    Remove all the components not listed above.
    Out Goes your:
    >Graphic card [remove this first]
    much of the power consumed by your PC is used up by this. On board will have to do.
    >Giga bytes of RAM
    More ram=more power to run. 256 will do for a few days.
    >second hard drive
    You require power to spin about at an excess of 10000 Rpm. A lot of it at that. So remove it if you don't need it
    >extra coolers
    now that your PC is slower you wont be needing these.
    >TV tuner, blue tooth and other misc cards. if its attached its using power.

    Step 3 # Slugisville
    Yes. your PC will run slow, real slow still the power [ie money saved should compensate] I mean 40% increase for 6 months is not a joke.
    Hopefully you are familiar with the hardware in your box enough to do changes dynamically. ie add components whenever you need them.

    Lastly
    If you were contemplating buying a
    >LCD
    >Intel Core 2 duo
    Now is the time to do it. These definately save power.

    Hope this helps keep your power bills down.
     
  2. sariq

    sariq Guest

    only switching off monitor can do a lot of saving. parts like TV tuner, Bluetooth, keyboard, mouse doesnt consume much power. most power hungry parts are(typical values)
    Monitor ------60W - switch it off
    SMPS PSU ---40W - you cant remove it
    Processor ----20W - you cant remove it
    Motherboard -10W - you cant remove it
    Graphics card-20W-OK, remove it but it is not easy
    RAM ---------20w not much power hungry, removal not recommended
    TV Tuner -----5W- not much power hungry, removal not recommended
    BT dongle ----1W- not much power hungry

    better to buy Laptop for downloads :-D it consumes <20% of the power consumed by desktop PC with CRT

    or atleast purchase LCD monitor it consumes half power than CRT of same size check here
     
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    shaunak

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    graphic power consumption depens on your card. High end cards consume as much power as your cpu. And yes SMPS dont consume power, it supplies it.
    And well you might as well pay your bills than buy a laptop:D

    Dont say whats a watt, say what a what.:razz:
     
  4. sariq

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    i know that, but it has poor efficiency 60-70%. so for 100W output it will take ~150W input. which means 50W consumption.
     
  5. Rollercoaster

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    the best ways is to do what i do... use a old p3 with onboard vga as a download center :)
    u dont even need the monitor. just connect it when administuring. the power consumption goes to 10% as compared to my PC(amd a64 on a8n sli, 3 hdd, 2 optical, 6600GT, 550w PSU, 5.1 Amplifier, 17" 200w ulrabright mammoth power consumer acer monitor, 6+USb devices, 2 pci cards, 6 internal fans)

    or use a laptop.
     
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    I use a p1 with some video card, 8 gb hard disk and monitor turned off ... wonder how much power it consumes ??
     
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    I think removing Computer components like Graphics Card,RAM daily night isnt good as eventually may lead to loose contacts... Turning OFF monitor is enough I think.
     
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    for all nite dloads even I turn off monitor
     
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    IMO, if u have enuff money to get unlimited dwload internet, power bills wont bother u much ;)
     
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    i just switch off the monitor. & i dont find my bills run up with night downloading... juz switch off monitor & SPEAKERS...
     
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    please tell me which is true:
    1. old computers have less power and therefore consume less electricity
    2. old computers are rusted junks which lead to more wastage of electricity than todays modern computers

    one of them is definately a myth..
     
  13. sariq

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    @champ_rock: old computers consume lesser power, but they work very slow

    @Wannabe_a_techie: for monitor these are approx values 15"-60W, 17"- 70W, 19"- 100W, 21"- 115W
     
  14. gxsaurav

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    Oh comon...all this is not even required

    I use my Computer overnight, while rendering as well as downloading..at the same time. Sometimes, i even chat, while downloading is going on & CPU is rendering.

    However, when downloading over night...I simply close the monitor, thats it...nothing else...u cannot shut off the vital parts

    1) CPU , motherboard, RAM , cannot be closed

    2) if U have nvidia Geforce 6 or ATI X8xx or in that series graphics card or later in PCIe slot, u can simply lower the 2D Clock speed with coolbits, since it's PCIe, it will reduce clock as well as overall power consumption. A 2D clock speed of 200 MHz is enough to run Windows XP SP2/Linux (XGL) at max quality, cos the graphics card has it's own RAM which also consumes less power when not needed

    2) TV tuners, modems, USB flash drives, usually eat 5W max, they are already made to eat less power. TV tuner can eat upto 25W, however only when needed, if it's idle in the cabinet, it eat a max of 5w only...to stay idle

    3) 2nd harddisk, well...if it's not spinning, even thats eating less power, however if u like, take the power cords off, thats it. Same goes with optical drive, however, this won't reduce a lot of power
     
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    i jst close the moniter and then to to power opyion in control panel and clik on miiumum power constumtion dude laptop also use the same trick
     
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    I've these configurations.

    Celeron 1.1 ghz
    256 sd ram
    60 gb hdd
    300 wat smps
    810e mb
    onboard graphics

    that's all


    What will be the total power consumption if my pc just download files for 24 hours. monitor will be in power off.


    Is there any software to calculate the power consumption?
    and from where can i get the informations on wattage of the pc components?
     
  17. thewisecrab

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    I'd go with sariq and shaunak.... use only the parts of the comp u need andf dismantle the rest 4 later.......
     
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    Hmmm.......this is approx....our PCs take much more that what's here.....specially at full load.....and with high end gfx cards and oc'ed processors...may be with 130nm fabrications or 90nm,,fabs...

    But the processor takes much more power at load....and (correct me if i'm wrong) the SMPS take more than 300 + watts... :confused: ....

    And totally a avg. pc consumes about 300(main sys)+55(CRT monitor)+10(misc.)....but this is at full load...

    Switching off a CRT monitor while downloading huge thing is a gr8 way of saving electricity and saving money too! ;)
     
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    a pIII +mobo + ram + gfxcard + hdd + Lan card is not more then 60w
     
  20. gary4gar

    gary4gar GaurishSharma.com

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    me does not have a single part to power off expect monitor
     
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