Re: Power to the processors
> So if we accept that my first generation Ryzen with graphics card (gaming PC) draws 500 watts then running it for 12 hours a day would cost £4.32. If I spent lets say a thousand quid on a more efficient box that only draws 250 watts then the cost saving would be £2.16 per day that I used the PC for 12 hours.
Your maths might be a bit off; according to https://www.omnicalculator.com/everyday-life/electricity-cost, your 500W Ryzen would cost £2.16 per day if ran for 12 hours a day at full pelt, versus £1.08 for a 250W machine.
Which to be fair, helps to strengthen your argument!
Though equally: would you actually need to spend £1000 on a replacement? A quick peek at pcspecialist.co.uk suggests you could spec up a basic Ryzen 3 machine with 16GB ram from around £400, depending on how much stuff you want to bring over from your old machine (e.g. GPU, HDDs, OS licence, etc). Or you can buy a motherboard/CPU/RAM combo from scan.co.uk from around £250...
Also (and depending on the use-case), you could use something far smaller, lighter and cheaper. E.g. a Raspberry Pi 4 draws a maximum of 5W, which is handily just 1% of your Ryzen's power draw, or around 2.16p per day.
And at £57.50 for the 4GB model[*], plus another tenner or so for a case, that'd break even in about 5 weeks...
Admittedly, it'd entirely depend on whether a Pi 4 could perform the tasks that your GPU-equipped Ryzen can do. And that's not taking into account any peripherals (e.g. hard drives) which need to be plugged into your machine.
Anecdotally, I'm just about to switch from a dual-X5570 Xeon machine to a single E5-1650 which I picked up off Ebay for £165. Partly because even before the recent energy price hikes, the ancient dual-CPU beast was chewing through about 50p a day when idling.
It'll probably still take a year or so for the new machine to break even, but in the meantime, I also get a machine which is both faster and quieter. So it's generally a good thing :)
[*] Assuming you can find them anywhere...