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May 25, 2011, 11:26:39 PM
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Hi everyone,

My main worry with bitcoin is the power consumption, running my system on full load 24/7 will make it very expensive, and also receiving maybe a BTC a day won't really help I'm guessing.

My system is:

- AMD Phenom II 940 (Underclocked to 0.75v with AMD Cool N Quiet)
- ASUS M3A79-T Deluxe Motherboard
- Sapphire 5850 1GB (Flashed to Asus Bios, 900/1000 @ 1.137v @ 332 Mhash/s)
- 4GB Corsair Dominator DDR2 1066
- 750GB Hitachi 7200rpm, 32mb cache, 640GB WD Caviar Black 7200rpm, 32mb cache
- HTC Omega Striker 7.1 Sound card
- Fan Controller
- Be Quiet Dark Power Pro 850w PSU
- Antec 1200 Case

Running this system by itself on full load in my guess would consume a lot of power, what would the average power consumption be.

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May 25, 2011, 11:28:18 PM
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May 25, 2011, 11:35:58 PM
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That's going to be somewhere around 300W, so 7.2 KWh/day.  Plug in your electricity cost and go from there.  If you want a better idea how much power you are using you can either buy a kill-a-watt or you can turn the system on and off while comparing your electric meter power reading without changing anything else on the same meter (tricky to do since appliances can cycle, etc.)
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May 25, 2011, 11:37:25 PM
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Running this system by itself on full load in my guess would consume a lot of power, what would the average power consumption be.

Off the top of my head I'm going estimate you're somewhere in the range of 275-300W.

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May 25, 2011, 11:40:06 PM
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OK so if you're saying I will probably be using 7.2 KWh/day and the energy data for the UK according to the wiki link is € 0.0436 how much would power consumption be a day?

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May 25, 2011, 11:42:42 PM
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OK so if you're saying I will probably be using 7.2 KWh/day and the energy data for the UK according to the wiki link is € 0.0436 how much would power consumption be a day?

If that is the correct price per KWh (and I have no idea whether it is), then its 7.2 times 0.0436 = € 0.31392 per day.  This is approximate because the 300W power usage was a rough estimate.

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May 25, 2011, 11:43:56 PM
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OK so if you're saying I will probably be using 7.2 KWh/day and the energy data for the UK according to the wiki link is € 0.0436 how much would power consumption be a day?

http://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=7.2kWh%2Fday+*+0.0436+euros%2FkWh

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May 25, 2011, 11:44:18 PM
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OK so if you're saying I will probably be using 7.2 KWh/day and the energy data for the UK according to the wiki link is € 0.0436 how much would power consumption be a day?

If that is the correct price per KWh (and I have no idea whether it is), then its 7.2 times 0.0436 = € 0.31392 per day.  This is approximate because the 300W power usage was a rough estimate.



OK so you're stating it could be close to £0.40 (GBP) a day of power usage, it doesn't seem so bad.

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