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Keep the OC'ed system on 24/7?

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My system is in my sig but just in case here it is again:

e6400 ES at 2.8Ghz under Scythe Ninja (350mhz x 8)
Asus P5W DH
Patriot Signature 2gb PC2-6400 800mhz DDR2, running at 700mhz, 2.0v
and everything else

Anyway, I want to keep this system on 24/7, and it will actually will be on for many months to come, turning it off only to restart or switch a harddrive or so. I haven't checked it for stability yet (consider it done and please don't come back to it unless extremely important) and the computer is running good so far.

The system isn't overclocked too much as you see, and I don't want to overclock it any further, since this speed is enough for me. However, I want to know whether there's any danger to my components when running overclocked for so long. I know overclocking voids warranty, can cause overheating of components, yadda-yadda-yadda, I'm now talking about actual usage- is this risky to do this?

The components haven't been modded, ram doesn't have heatspreaders - but it's not hot at all (I'd say around 35-40c) and it's also running below rated speed, so there shouldn't be much of a problem there.

The things I'm worrying about are the cpu and the motherboard. Am I taking my chances or is it quite safe to keep it like this?
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post #2 of 6
I have been leaving mine on 24/7
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My PC is always on... can't remember the last time it was turned off for more than a restart.

Yours will be fine 24/7.
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Well, I've had my computer on for the last 3 years or so. Only it wasn't overclocked. It's overclocked now, from 2.13Ghz to 2.8Ghz, Which also pushes FSB from 1066mhz to 1400mhz, which makes me worry a little. However, if BeanymanJC says he never turns off his e6600 at 3.6ghz (which I'd be creeped out to do), it really seems like no problem. Still looking for other opinions though.
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Not only mine always on, it's at 100% load the entire time!!

Lots of guys around here Fold or do some sort of distributed computing which puts you computers idle cycles to good use to help find a cure for cancer, or a gravity wave in space.

Any given computer should last (if taken care of) upwards of 10 years, actually the hard drive and PSU will probably go before then, but the CPU will last awhile. I've got an old Pentium II still kicking around that I play with from time to time.

With an overclock like yours expect a few years to be knocked off that total, but you're still looking at 5+ years easy.
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mines been on for a week non-stop no problem - all at 100% load
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