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    Can anyone recommend a free piece of software to tell me how much load I am putting on my PSU please? I need to upgrade as mine is only 400w and I imagine it is running somewhere near 100% but would like to see how much power I am using beforehand as it seems to be coping at the moment. I want to get a new cpu cooler too but don't want to put too much extra strain on the PSU so plan to upgrade both at the same time. The Asus mobo software tells me the voltage on each rail but unless I have missed something it doesn't tell me what capacity it is running at.

    FYI, its an Enermax Liberty 400w (modular - although I think that's what the Liberty bit explains)

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    Originally posted by therealmrhead View Post
    Can anyone recommend a free piece of software to tell me how much load I am putting on my PSU please? I need to upgrade as mine is only 400w and I imagine it is running somewhere near 100% but would like to see how much power I am using beforehand as it seems to be coping at the moment. I want to get a new cpu cooler too but don't want to put too much extra strain on the PSU so plan to upgrade both at the same time. The Asus mobo software tells me the voltage on each rail but unless I have missed something it doesn't tell me what capacity it is running at.

    FYI, its an Enermax Liberty 400w (modular - although I think that's what the Liberty bit explains)

    http://extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.jsp
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    • #3
      Cheers, will check that out when I get home for lunch

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      • #4
        Interesting, going by that, if i swapped my 4890 for a 5770, swapped one 7200 drive for an ssd and swapped the led 120mm fan for a standard fan, id be saving over 150w of power, down from 585w to 432w

        A quarter less power usage for a better machine, hmm indeed !
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        • #5
          Originally posted by therealmrhead View Post
          Can anyone recommend a free piece of software to tell me how much load I am putting on my PSU please? I need to upgrade as mine is only 400w and I imagine it is running somewhere near 100% but would like to see how much power I am using beforehand as it seems to be coping at the moment. I want to get a new cpu cooler too but don't want to put too much extra strain on the PSU so plan to upgrade both at the same time. The Asus mobo software tells me the voltage on each rail but unless I have missed something it doesn't tell me what capacity it is running at.

          FYI, its an Enermax Liberty 400w (modular - although I think that's what the Liberty bit explains)
          Not a software solution but there are energy monitors available that plug in inbetween your PC and the wall socket.

          I tested my PCs here

          some very interesting results imho.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by wonderlust View Post
            Not a software solution but there are energy monitors available that plug in inbetween your PC and the wall socket.

            I tested my PCs here

            some very interesting results imho.
            i got one too

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            • #7
              Ah presumably this is just a standard energy monitor used for any electrical appliance. I might see if I can get a free one from the electricity supplier.

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              • #8
                yes paid about 6-7 for mine at Lidl
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                • #9
                  you have to remember that's what it's drawing from the plug, the rated wattage on the psu will be the output (which will be about 85% of the input)

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                  • #10
                    I'll be checking the actual load on the PSU to see what size I need to upgrade to. The enery monitor would just be to check the amount of electricity I'm using. Will probably end up plugging it into every single electrical item in the house. I want to check the difference in power usage between my LCD TV and a standard CRT TV for one.

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                    • #11
                      That calculator suggests I am using 364w and recommends 414w so maybe its not such a rush to get a new one after all.

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                      • #12
                        hi mate, get one of these:

                        Plug-In Power, Energy & CO2 Meter

                        type in google, first link

                        got one myself it's pretty good.
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                        • #13
                          Thanks but I was only really out to find out what power my PC consumes in terms of possibly needing a more powerful power supply. I probably will pick one of those up at some stage and that's a decent price too.

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