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I finished building my new pc(it has an ssd) and im having a lot of trouble deciding whether or not it would be better to turn the pc off every night, leave it in sleep mode, or just let it run 24/7. Im not worried about the electricity bill. I want to do whats best for the longevity of the components and keeping them stable(minimum wear and tear). I use the pc VERY frequently during the entire time if that helps you decide.

What do you guys think i should do? Sleep mode every night, turn it off, or keep it running?


Even though my pc can boot in under 5 seconds, I heard that for someone that uses the computer almost all the time during the day, it would be best to leave it on 24/7 because turning it off causes the most wear and tear but i am not sure. With my old pc, i put it in sleep mode every night but i want to make sure its the correct way of doing things.
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post #2 of 19
Well yeah the whole turning on and off thing will waste cycles on your SSD, but I wouldn't worry about it.

As for sleep mode, I believe that it won't do anything if your components aren't compatible with it. It will just keep everything on. I believe thats it, but I could be wrong.
    
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I run my desktop 24/7, only shutting down if I'm going out of town for a few days. The monitor shuts down when idle for more than 15 minutes, and the processor cuts back from 3.6 GHz to about 1.1, but everything else stays running all of the time.

I think most components are robust enough these days that on-off power cycles don't hurt them; they'll be replaced long before you'd wear them out. But I like having my computer ready to go anytime I want to use it. I've been running my PCs 24/7 ever since the 486 days.
     
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post #4 of 19
I use sleep mode even though I have an SSD. It may be a habit from when I exclusively used a notebook all the time. tongue.gif Sleep mode uses slightly more electricity than turning it off iirc. It saves some electricity and money than leaving it on all the time.
post #5 of 19
If you really dont mind the electricity, i would just leave it on. most ssd's have garbage collection that runs when the computer is idle. I leave my computer on and shut it down 2-3 times every month.
post #6 of 19
I leave mine on 24/7. No sleep mode b/c I fold. If I didn't fold I would put it in sleep. Do you fold? If not you should b/c it for such a good cause.biggrin.gif
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post #7 of 19
If Im not using it or if its not folding, i shut the PC down.
post #8 of 19

I recommend turning it off whenever you know you will be away from it for longer than 30-60 minutes.  This does 2 good things:

 

  1. It gives Windows a restart which is nice
  2. It is just like turning the lights off in a room when you are not using that room

 

I have been doing this for years with no problems.  Today's hardware is not fragile in this sense at all.  The daily on/off cycle stuff used to be a problem with computers from over a decade ago, but it's no longer a problem.  So I just turn my computer off whenever I'm going to be away from it for longer than 30 minutes.

 

An idling system consumes anywhere from 100-200W depending on the setup.  Mine consumes about 95-100W while it's idling.

 

I know I could just try using Sleep Mode or maybe even Hibernation, but my system takes about 25 seconds to start from power button to desktop.

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post #9 of 19
I'm mainly in Two Cables camp. I turn off my PC when not in use. Then again I'm a green junkie, I have an ongoing competition with some friends for lowest power bill every month (beers on the line).

Which brings me to a question I'm gonna shoehorn in here:

Just got an AX850 with a gold rating. Is this going to substantially lower idle power consumption over my old unrated PSU? Should I consider more frequently leaving my PC on and possibly taking up folding?
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I fold 24/7 so my rig is never off.tongue.gif
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