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post #11 of 37
typical HTPC level components probably idle at 40-50w, thats pretty much nothing as far as power usage goes.

as far as wear and tear, the computer would be too outdated to use before it degraded from running 24/7. my computers never get shut off unless its to work on them, and i dont use sleep mode either.
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I run WMC and the HTPC sleeps except for updates which take place in the middle of the night or when watching or recording. I have yet to run into any issues with this approach. I have a Hauppage USB cable card tuner as we have premium cable stations that require it.
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post #13 of 37
My "HTPC" is located beneath my TV, but it's more like a server really. It's on 24/7, and never had any problems. It's even passive cooled tongue.gif Low wattage i3 tho.
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post #14 of 37
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Thank everyone for your responses!

I am going to keep it on. It is pretty much the server for the rest of the house, so I think that is the best way to go.
post #15 of 37
Mine is on 24/7 (and has been since I built it four years ago)... no problems. As long as your cooling is adequate, and you clean the case / filters occasionally (as needed)... it should be good.
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post #16 of 37
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Originally Posted by testudoaubreii View Post

Thank everyone for your responses!

I am going to keep it on. It is pretty much the server for the rest of the house, so I think that is the best way to go.

Good choice. Mines on 24/7 for that exact reason. The one time you are going to need it up, like in the middle of the night when you can't sleep and just want to stream a movie from it, will be the one time it pisses you off that you have to get out of bed to fire it up. Sleep can cause issues with some components as well, depending on what's in your build.
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post #17 of 37
If it's not built with efficiency and stability in mind. It's bound to fail sooner or later. Expect the PSU to give out randomly, or a capacitor failure on the mobo. A harddrive failure isn't something I would be concerned about.

It will fail however sooner or later
post #18 of 37
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Kind of off topic, but what do you all think about a regular gaming rig? Would that be alright to leave on 24/7?
post #19 of 37
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If it's not built with efficiency and stability in mind. It's bound to fail sooner or later. Expect the PSU to give out randomly, or a capacitor failure on the mobo. A harddrive failure isn't something I would be concerned about.

It will fail however sooner or later

Yeah, but...why would one overclock their HTPC? I mean, I've done it and realized shortly there after that I was defeating the purpose of a HTPC. On that topic EVERYTHING fails sooner or later.

I would not leave my gaming rig on 24/7. It's overclocked and water cooled, which go hand in hand with an understanding that because I'm modifying and pushing things beyond their normal limit they can fail. Some guys on here have no problem leaving their gaming rigs on all the time but they also understand the risk and can probably afford to repair them if they fail, especially while unattended.
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Yeah, but...why would one overclock their HTPC? I mean, I've done it and realized shortly there after that I was defeating the purpose of a HTPC. On that topic EVERYTHING fails sooner or later.

I would not leave my gaming rig on 24/7. It's overclocked and water cooled, which go hand in hand with an understanding that because I'm modifying and pushing things beyond their normal limit they can fail. Some guys on here have no problem leaving their gaming rigs on all the time but they also understand the risk and can probably afford to repair them if they fail, especially while unattended.

I didn't mention overclocking anywhere...
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