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The power requirements of the modern desktop PC have jumped to astronomical levels. Rigs sporting multiple processing cores and graphics cards and multiple hard drives require more juice than previous generations of hardware did. Some high-end power supply units are now rated in excess of 1,200 watts. A modern computer enthusiast’s gaming rig, including monitor, might pull as much as 400 watts just idling. Leaving a computer on all the time can translate into a pretty hefty power bill at the end of the month. An “always on” 400 watts at a $0.12-per-kilowatt-hour rate would cost you $34.56 a month! When talking these kinds of figures, it’s easy to see how taking the time to configure a proper power-saving state for your PC could save you some serious cabbage. Click here to download the PDF to Maximum PCs article excerpt: pc2sleep.pdf