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Is it alright for my HTPC rig to be on all of the time?

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Hello,

I have my new HTPC rig up and running. I have been doing a burn in test and I have had my rig up and running for just over 3 days. I good temps and no crashes. My question is: Can I just leave my rig up and running without ever putting it to sleep? I use it mostly for my HTPC, with occasional audio work and web browsing. I figure, if I can, I would just leave it running and power it down when we are gone or something. I really want to know if not putting it to sleep with reduce its life or is generally just bad for the machine.

Thank you in advance for your help and all advice and suggestions are greatly appreciated.

Thanks!
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You can do whatever you want. It's all safe. However, I think the rig will last longer if you only turn it on when you need it. I mean, do you leave lights on 24/7 even when you're not using them? ;)

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Originally Posted by TwoCables View Post

You can do whatever you want. It's all safe. However, I think the rig will last longer if you only turn it on when you need it. I mean, do you leave lights on 24/7 even when you're not using them? wink.gif

lol...thanks! I suppose that is true. I just wanted to be able just to turn on whatever TV I wanted and have instant access to the HTPC. It acts as the central server for videos, movies, shows and music.
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I leave mine on 24/7 as a streaming file server to my tablets and downloads also.
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lol...thanks! I suppose that is true. I just wanted to be able just to turn on whatever TV I wanted and have instant access to the HTPC. It acts as the central server for videos, movies, shows and music.

 

That's a good idea. I forgot to ask something that I would say is rather important for 24/7 use: what's the make and model of the PSU?

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You can do whatever you want. It's all safe. However, I think the rig will last longer if you only turn it on when you need it.

Debatable.

Capacitors and some other components will usually fail sooner if supplying power 24/7, but solder joints/interconnects fail more readily to thermal expansion/contraction. Electromigration is very minimal at idle. No way of really predicting the exact failure mechanism of a component, so there is no firm rule that says whether leaving a system on 24/7, or shutting it off when not in use, will ultimately make it last longer.

Most systems should last years either way unless pushed extremely hard, or built with defective parts.
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That's a good idea. I forgot to ask something that I would say is rather important for 24/7 use: what's the make and model of the PSU?

I have a Corsair CX Series 430 Watt ATX/EPS Modular 80 PLUS Bronze ATX12V/EPS12V 384.
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I've ran my computers pretty much 24/7 for a few years, and I had one Power Supply die on me. That took around 7 years to happen, though.
The PSU that died was an OEM too, and likely stressed for about half of it's life.
It was only 300W, and I added in a GPU, had 4 RAM sticks (DDR) and had a total of 3 3.5" HDDs.


I don't think you've got much to worry about.
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Why not set it to sleep when not in use ? My htpc handles my comcast tuning via hdhomerun. It wakes up records shows and goes back to sleep. I was leaving it up all the time for streaming until I purchased a pogoplug device for $20.
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You should be alright if power cost isn't an issue. I leave mine on all day and night to either Fold or run a program which pays around $1.5 a day for idle CPU threads.
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