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Originally Posted by felon View Post

I didn't mention overclocking anywhere...

Fair enough. I made an assumption when you stated efficiency and stability. This is OCN after all wink.gif
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post #22 of 37
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Originally Posted by Cavey00 View Post

Yeah, but...why would one overclock their HTPC?

Because it will game and transcode faster?

Plenty of reasons to want more performance, and plenty of uses for HTPCs.
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Originally Posted by Cavey00 View Post

I would not leave my gaming rig on 24/7.

Almost all of my rigs are on 24/7, because almost all of them are always doing something.
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post #23 of 37
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Originally Posted by felon View Post

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
Yes everything will fail eventually, ran 24/7 or not. My file server has been going for four years and my main htpc for a good three. Still running strong.
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post #24 of 37
Just do what you want to with it, when this topic comes up everyone goes back and forth about it. Yes it will fail but it's a matter of how long it will take to fail, good quality parts and cooling will help it last but most likely it won't fail anytime soon. I leave my server/htpc up all the time along with my pfsense router and have no issues with them other than they make great heaters rolleyes.gif If you like the convenience of it being up do that or if you want to use less power turn it off (depends on how much you're willing to spend on electricity).
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post #25 of 37
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Yes everything will fail eventually, ran 24/7 or not. My file server has been going for four years and my main htpc for a good three. Still running strong.

My Commodore 64 turns thirty this year, still works fine.
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post #26 of 37
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My Commodore 64 turns thirty this year, still works fine.

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post #27 of 37
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Originally Posted by testudoaubreii View Post

Kind of off topic, but what do you all think about a regular gaming rig? Would that be alright to leave on 24/7?

 

If the PSU is decent enough, then I don't see why not - except it would be a waste of electricity.

It's a computer!
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post #28 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.

would you mind sharing the specs of your htpc?

to get to my point:

it's selfish to leave a high specs rig with higher consumption up and running as server.

get a low cost green energy components server fo that.

earth will thank you
post #29 of 37
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Originally Posted by Blameless View Post

My Commodore 64 turns thirty this year, still works fine.

We've got an HP Netserver that has 6 x 5.5GB SCSI drives and running Netware 3.12 with something like 11 years of uptime....

Thing still runs fine. No HDD failures either. biggrin.gif
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post #30 of 37
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My specs are as follows:

Gigabyte H81N
i5 4570
2 x 4GBs Crucial Ballistic RAM
Corsair 480 watt modular
120 GB Kingston SSD
1 TB 3.0 USB External HDD
CoolerMaster Elite 130 case

Although it is primarily an HTPC, I use it occasionally for audio work, as well.

@coachmark2:

I actually have a Dell Dimension Pentium 4 that has been running pretty non-stop for at least 9 years and I have no failures, either.
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