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post #1 of 12
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Hey, I'm new to folding, and I'm already kind of hooked and want a tonne of points. My dad has always ingrained in me that computers left on 24/7 can be a fire hazard, therefore I'm a little weary of leaving my CPU and GPU running at 100% 24/7 to get those points. When I think about it, I know it's a very small risk, but can people just throw their opinion out about how much of a risk it is?

I have a OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W PSU as well as a APC UPS, which I would think would help reduce any fire hazard. But again, just want some re-assurance.
post #2 of 12
I do it on a completely stock lenovo desktop. Hasn't exploded yet.

You should be fine.
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post #3 of 12
For the last 13 years I've been running my computer's 24/7, often folding or encoding, and none of them have caught fire. If you're improperly overclocking without adequate cooling maybe you're at a risk. Doubtful though.

BTW you should go to your user control panel and fill out your System Information so we know what your running on your rig (just look for it about halfway down the page on the left). And welcome to the forum and thanks for folding!
post #4 of 12
The only thing that may be a fire hazard in relation to your PC is your house wiring and what you are using as a power distribution board.

If both these comply to your local regs and standards, you will be fine.
post #5 of 12
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system infos in.

In about a week that will be a 2600k with nhd14 and p8p67 with vertex 3 and a asus xonar dx 7.1
post #6 of 12
Anything in the home can be a fire risk. What Sethy said is correct, if your wiring is up to snuff then you should be fine. There isnt enough juice being drawn from your PC should run the risk of causing a fire.

When you start putting some serious amps down a wire though, then you have to watch for fires. Like we did when we melted a 16amp cable, melted the drum and shorted out the entire performance
post #7 of 12
The single item most likely to catch fire in modern systems is the PSU. That's one of the many reasons to spend a few extra bucks to get a GOOD quality one, and possibly one that has 10 to 20% more output than what you actually need. If in doubt, go to the PSU Forum here as well as check the Recommended PSU List to make sure you get one. There are a lot of PSU's that can't come close to putting out their rated wattage and will explode and/or catch fire when stressed. That could lead to a fire. That Modstream you list is NOT on that list, and for a very good reason. It can't handle heat which means it is an extremely poor choice for use on a 24/7 folding rig. Heck, I wouldn't use it on a stock clocked word processing, web surfing, e-mailing system let alone anything like you are running it on.

And your father isn't completely wrong either. While it's not as prevalent these days, back in the 80's and early 90's it was quite common for systems (especially CRT's) to catch fire. Back in the early 90's my oldest daughter left her monitor on after she shut her system down. I was just leaving for work when I heard a loud squeal coming from her room. I went in and found sparks, smoke, and flames coming out of it. If it had happened 2 minutes later no one would have been home for at least an hour so the house probably would have went up in flames before anyone would have been able to do anything about it (we lived about 10 miles out of town). Luckily I was able to deal with the situation (my father was an assistant fire chief so I knew exactly what to do). With the exception of some smoke and a few scorch marks on her desk there was no permanent damage, but I shudder to think what might have happened.

Also, plug the system into a decent UPS to help stabilize the power going into the system.
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post #8 of 12
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So you're saying I should replace my three month old psu? =[

I don't want to but I guess I probably should after looking at a few in depth reviews on it. From the sounds of it it's gonna fail in 15 months anyways.
I guess I might get a corsair 750w gold. Might as well go big or go home.
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If by Corsair 750 Gold you mean the AX750 (which is 80+ Gold Certified), then yes that would be a good choice.
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Yeah that's the one. Couldn't remember the name and on my iPhone lol

Thanks
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