I have a very power consuming PC that was originally intended for games. Now I use it for documents and web surfing (if that) but more importantly as a personal web server. So needless to say, if i run it 24 hours a day i am wasting alot of electricity on things like the graphics card.
If I take our the large graphics card (6800 GT) and just use the on board card, take out 2 of the 4 hard drives, take out 1 of the 2 cd roms - does that mean my power supply would be using less kWh?
My power supply is 450w and when using a meter I see that I am using 400 Whs. So does this mean that in order to achieve a smaller energy footprint I would also need to place into the machine a smaller power supply? And if thats the case, how would I best determine the demand of my CPU and motherboard.
I imagine the hard drives and cd roms have energy usage listed.
In my area, that 400 wHs amounts to about $7 a month. Id like to reduce that by half so our goal here is about 225 watts
Thanks for your input.