Forget about turning up the thermostat or buying a space heater; Puget Systems has just determined that your PC has the potential to match the output of a $25 1500W space heater. At least with a system equipped with an Intel Core i7 4960X processor, 16GB of Kingston HyperX DDR3-1600 Low Voltage RAM, 3 Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan graphics cards in SLI, Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD, and a Seasonic X-1050 1050W power supply all crammed into a Fractal Design Define R4 chassis.
In a 10-foot-square room the space heater and the rig “produced roughly the same amount of heat when drawing the same amount of wattage from the wall outlet,” according to MaximumPC. From Puget Systems:
If your house is freezing and you already have a high performance gaming computer -or you simply want to know that your gaming addiction isn’t actually increasing your power bill in the winter- our testing shows that a PC is just as efficient at creating heat as a space heater. In fact, you could even set the computer to mine bitcoins to make a heat generator that helps pay for itself!
And then in about 300 years it might also pay off your PC.