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post #31 of 78
Sounds like a myth. I turn my PC off everyday. Why waste power?
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post #32 of 78
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The reason it has been recommended over the years to leave your PC on 24/7 has nothing to do with the components "wearing out". Every time a PC is cold booted there is a large rush of power to all electrical devices in the PC. This surge of power can cause the devices to fail much more frequently than leaving them powered up 24/7. Actual electronic industry testing has confirmed this.
As far as power consumption and cost are concerned, this can vary a lot depending on where you live and how much power your PC consumers in sleep mode. Every new generation of CPUs reduces overall power consumption in addition to lowering stand-by power consumption. You could use a Kill-A-Watt meter to measure actual power consumption in stand-by mode and then calculate your cost based on local utility rates. If the annual cost is less than the pirce of a CPU, mobo, or Vid card then you're probably better off leaving your PC on 24/7 but the choice is purely yours.

I really doubt this is a problem for most modern components. They have components that protect them from surges easily.
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post #33 of 78
I always turn it off if I'm not using it for over 5 minutes. Saves my electricity.
    
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The old standard for leaving PC's on was to reduce the thrashing of HDD's. As modern drives have become more robust as well as the power draw shortening out, on top of better power performance overall with new modern hardware, this issue is a moot point.

It's ultimately a matter of whether or not you care immensely about saving money on your electricity bill if you've got multiple PC's running full bore all the time.
    
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post #35 of 78
this age old debate.... if you dont need to use your computer for more than about an hour then i'd say shut it down, you're just wasting power otherwise. in theory it may shorten the lifespan of hardware but you'll be getting rid of it years before it breaks in most cases. i've always shut my computer down and started it up multiple times every day and the hardware always lasts years and years, way longer than needed. i dont think its a concern really unless you're running a lab with loads of computers that you expect to last you 15 years+ or something like that.
post #36 of 78
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Nuff said.

That reminds me, I gotta tinker on the snowblower to make sure it'll run this year.

As I used to tell tourists when I worked in the Dells: "Wisconsin's two seasons are winter and road construction. Each one is about 7 months long."

On-Topic: I leave my computer on when I'm using it, and turn it off if I'm not using it. Since I was part of the New Folder's League, it stayed on from Oct. 1st to Dec. 1st. I took advantage of that by listening to music at night.
 
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post #37 of 78
Am I the only one here who uses sleep mode? wink.gif It uses barley any electricity keeping the RAM powered up, and with my SSD I'm back in business within a couple of seconds. Plus I save a lot of money over running it 24/7.

Leaving your computer on 24/7 is much more damaging then turning it off when it's not being used. A large number of components are time sensitive. Like HDD, Fans, PSU, etc. Anything mechanical in your computer is slowly wearing out while it's running.


Running a computer 24/7 is very wasteful and it's needlessly wearing out components. (Unless of course it's a server / workstation being used for a double shift)
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Myth, Ive seen computers that are only a few years old that had hardware failures because people never shut them down... But some of them were never cleaned too, pretty nasty.
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What happens if you have a watercooled system? Is it better to leave it on all the time or turn it off when not in use. You really don't want the water to go stagnant but with it on all the time (and you're away) you could have a pump go out or another leak.
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What happens if you have a watercooled system? Is it better to leave it on all the time or turn it off when not in use. You really don't want the water to go stagnant but with it on all the time (and you're away) you could have a pump go out or another leak.

As long as you use the computer a couple of times a week you don't have to worry about the water going bad.

The pump is another component that slowly dies from use. I wouldn't recommend watercooling for a computer that is going to be running 24/7. 2cents.gif
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