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What's the component that consumes most power in a computer?

What's the component that consumes most power in a computer?

I've never been a serious hardware guy, so I got this question. What's the component that consumes the most in a computer? And more generally, how is distributed (more or less) the consumption among different components (processor, MB, RAM, disks, graphic card, WiFi) ?

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"Usually it's the video card and CPU - in that order as far as max consumption goes.

A Core i7 920 is spec'd for a max draw of 130W

An ATI HD4870 is spec'd for 225W max draw.

In reality both consume significantly less power, but the video card still consumes more.

Extreme Power Supply Calculator is a great tool for getting average draws of components in systems."