How much energy does my PC consume at idle / load?


Senior Member
I live in CA and my specs are:

Athlon X2 64 5000+ @ 2.6Ghz
OEM DDR2 3GB (1GB & 2GB)
OEM Mobo
No CD / OD
Hitachi 500GB 7200 RPM
NVidia GeForce 6150 SE Integrated Graphics

Windows 7
Some crap 1990 Apple Keyboard
$2 ONN Optical Mouse
Logitech Z-5 Speakers
HP w2338h 23-inch 1080p LCD

I use my PC about 6 - 10 hours a day.

I just need an estimate of how much power it uses. Will upgrading to a up-to-date PC lower my idle power usage? How much power is used when I just surf the web?



Staff member
Not much at all. I'd say easily under 200w. It's hard to estimate power though lol.....

Why not grab a kill a watt for $20 and you can estimate both your PC's power usage as well as everything else?