Cost to run a PC 24/7 per month to host a game server?


Feb 6, 2022
I wasn't sure what section to post this in, so I thought this was a good spot. I am currently running an MSI B450 Tomahawk max board with a Ryzen 5 5600X, 3600mhz G.Skill ram, Radeon 6600XT, Sabrent 1TB M.2 and a Lepton 500 Watt 80Plus Gold PSU. I was thinking about using this system to host an Ark server but I was curious if anyone has run similar specs and hosted a server with it as well and as to how much it cost a month for electricity to do so. I was also curious if it ran well and if there were any issues. The server would be for about 20 players and have mods as well. If you have any advice, it would help a lot. TIA!
I don't think it is possible for us to estimate how much 24-hour average load that game server causes, and hence figure out where the power consumption falls between idle and full busy.

You should buy a power meter.

You didn't say where you are, but in the US you will usually pay roughly $1 per year for each watt that a 24/7 device takes.
My efficient 14000btu window unit cost about $30/month to run in the summer, used 231.8kWh in September, about 10c/kWh.

So, if your PC uses an average of 300Wh per day, and you pay 10c/kWh, you can expect a similar cost. Note that doesn't factor in fuel costs, etc, which vary by region and company, or discounts/fees for (not) running during peak hours. Check with your local evergy provider to get your rates, and check your bill for your current usage.