Why did I decide to construct the monster? Well, to be honest, I'm a single parent and I like Tomb Raider. I couldn't play modern games and was left wondering about how Lara Croft got on. Also, the internet was slow and my daughter toiled for hours over school projects but the main reason was pure selfishness, to be honest.
Now I've gone from an old Dell to a freakish thing that eats the internet and games, then burps and laughs. It has an FX8350 CPU, more RAM than a Cumbrian hillside (and the rams are a damn sight speedier in my rig than the most fleet-footed of ungulates), and more memory than Norris McWhirter.
I still worried that it would use more power. Before I took the old girl off-line, I hooked up a power meter to the AC supply. I have compared the old system and the new and was gobsmacked. The new set-up uses less, except when it's handling games that the other one wouldn't even look at. I worried about the AMD FX850 CPU breaking the bank but my whole system is running at less than 70W as I type.
Jeez, my typing must be getting slow, the power meter now says 63 watts.
I am now delighted and would like to say to other people who look at the TDP of processing units: Don't be scared! It's like having a Ferrari except better. The Italian thoroughbred will drain your tank and bank balance while pottering about town but give spine-tingling performance on the open road. A top CPU will sup fuel like a hummingbird on idle and then explode.
To come back to the original question, is it green? well, of course it's not. I've bought a whole host of stuff made from material delved from the earth. That's bad. On the plus side, I'm going to use the old (smaller micro ATX) case and build a PC for my daughter in that. I'll use the old drives and DVD-RW at the same time. I'll even use wiring and scavenge connectors for both her rig and mine.
It's a long story but thanks for your patience. The thing is, in the back of my mind, I know that my new PC is far from green!
What say you?
So, Is my PC green?
Edited by Queen-Evie, 12 December 2014 - 04:14 PM.
moved from Speak Easy