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post #21 of 32
I keep mine on all the time because I use it for remote access and cloud drives but in your case I guess it all depends on how accessible u want it to be, like is said in other posts sleep mode boots the fastest but still uses power even though it is an extreamly small amount
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Originally Posted by Nebacanezer View Post

If your system is overclocked and is a high end system I would say turn it off when you are not using it. And if your parents are that worried about the bill, unplug the computer when it's off because it still uses electricity when plugged into the wall.
I've always wondered why the U.S.A. and other countries are so far behind the U.K. in power plugs, it's really not difficult to integrate an off switch into plug sockets.
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Another thing to think about when using sleep is that if the power goes out (and you don't have a UPS) you will loose any unsaved data since the data is stored in the memory.
Hibernation is the better alternative if you don't have a UPS since everything is saved to the HDD (and it also uses less power, same amount as when the computer is "off"). The only thing is it does take a little longer to come out of hibernation than sleep (but is still quicker than a cold restart).
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If your system is overclocked and is a high end system I would say turn it off when you are not using it. Some argue that the wear and tear of sleep is not worth the benefit. However, if it is your everyday computer that you use for school/net browsing then just put it to sleep.
I have always put my work computer to sleep and shut my gaming rig off when not using it or if I am going to be away from it for over an hour. The amount of money you save by shutting the computer down vs. letting it sleep is pennies on the dollar. And if your parents are that worried about the bill, unplug the computer when it's off because it still uses electricity when plugged into the wall.
What "wear and tear" does sleep cause?
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post #24 of 32
It's absolutely fine to put your computer to sleep.

I have a Kill-A-Watt so I know exactly how much power my computer uses.

When idling, my PC with two monitors uses up around 240W. When in sleep, the usage is a mere 5W.

To put this into perspective, the power rate here is $0.09 per KW/Hr. Lets round this up to 10 cents just to make the calculations easier.

Based on this, my computer uses roughly 2.5 cents worth of power per hour when idling.

When in sleep, the power cost is 0.05 cents, or $0.0005 per hour.

So, when I put my computer to sleep for the night, lets say 10 hours, it will use up 0.5 cents.

Now, multiply this by 30 days in a month.

The conclusion is that putting my computer to sleep over night costs 15 cents per month.


Overall, my PC uses around $8 worth of power per month.
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I just leave my PC running 24/7 365 unless its cleaning day, Or I go out of town. It cost's me somthing like 12-15 bucks a month to run my PC 24/7. I have always done this and never had a problem. Although I am thinking about building a low power home server to stream the media so my PC can have a rest everynow and then lol.
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Quote:
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I've always wondered why the U.S.A. and other countries are so far behind the U.K. in power plugs, it's really not difficult to integrate an off switch into plug sockets.

Even if you do have an off switch on a outlet (though most people use at least a power strip anyway). Are you sure you should really be doing that? Powering up the PSU over and over can't be good for it. i know when I plug mine it for the first time or flip the power switch on the PSU the lamp next to my desk will flicker or dim for a split second. I avoid cutting power to it if possible. Nothing happens if I just leave the PSU charged.
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Quote:
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I've always wondered why the U.S.A. and other countries are so far behind the U.K. in power plugs, it's really not difficult to integrate an off switch into plug sockets.

Dude, We do have the "tech" to add a switch to a power socket in the U.S.A(other place's too).....I have two outlets in my appartment that are ran though a wall switch, but without a USP I wound never run my PC from one.
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I used to run mine 24/7 but I hated being wasteful. I decided to build a low powered Core i3 540 build as a 24/7 server and everyday computing box. Its a newsgroup downloader (mostly automated) and seedbox aswell as anything else I need it to do (I run windows 7 pro on it rather then server OS). When the time comes if I decide I want to game on it I can put a beefier GPU then the 430 I currently have in there.
My main gaming rig (in my sig) is my plaything and tinker toy. i run that on a constant 3.8Ghz OC but only ever turn it on when I am sitting infront of it and using it. All other times its off. I just got 4Ghz stable so I could potentially just keep it at that. As its only used for games and benchmarking I can afford to keep it running at such high clocks.
I think many people have a legitimate need for a 24/7 rig but until you have the funds to buy a second rig you kind of put all your eggs in one basket.
Edited by Hillskill - 2/1/12 at 11:22am
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Quote:
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Even if you do have an off switch on a outlet (though most people use at least a power strip anyway). Are you sure you should really be doing that? Powering up the PSU over and over can't be good for it.
I don't see why not, it's been designed to be powered on and off and I've never read any articles about that.
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Sleep mode for me, just so much faster to get back to what I was doing.
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