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Total power consumed by my computer.


Roca_05

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Hi, I just got the Corsair's 520W psu and just installed it into my computer. And it is running fine, however I would like to know what is the total power being used by my computer as of right now to see if I can add more stuff to it. Is there a way to know this? Is there a program I can download from the internet to do this? thanks!
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Ok, I used the PSU calculator that you recomended. However I have no idea what Capacitor aging means if I leave this at 10% my recommended psu wattage is at 377w however if I put it at 50% my recommended psu wattage is at 514w. Could someone tell me what this capacitor is? and how should I know how fast it ages?

 

EDIT-BTW I indend to keep this psu on my computer for over 3 years if I can.

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At the bottom of the calculator page in the footnotes you'll see:

 

"4 - Electrolytic capacitor aging. When used heavily or over an extended period of time (1+ years) a power supply will slowly lose some of its initial wattage capacity. We recommend you add 10-20% if you plan to keep your PSU for more than 1 year, or 20-30% for 24/7 usage and 1+ years."

 

So for example, on the system I bought the HX520W for (in my PC specs) I got a total wattage estimate of 339W - that's with 25% added for aging and overclocked. I run this one 24/7.

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