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post #11 of 25
Theres the risk of Fire/Plague/Dead Babies/Locusts/Diarrhea if you leave your PC on 24/7
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I pretty much leave mine on 24/7. It hasn't been off for more then a couple hours in months. I'm sure you will burn through your equipment faster - but - I chage out components so often I don't mind.
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post #13 of 25
Update to my previous post:

I found an article that you can read HERE that discusses whether you should turn the computer off or leave it on. I thought that this was a useful tidbit:

Rumor: turning your PC on and off wears it out (false). A decade ago, there was something to this, but not today, say Hershberg and others. It used to be that PC hard disks did not automatically park their heads when shut off, and that frequent on/off cycling could damage the hard disks. Today's PCs are designed to handle 40,000 on/off cycles before a failure, and that's a number you likely won't reach during the computer's five-to-seven-year life span.
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post #14 of 25
Quote:
Originally Posted by CorporalAris View Post
My dad left his on for most of the time over 3 years, and it killed his Capaciators on his motherboard. They had blown out and were leaking Brown stuff. However, that was a cheap budget board, so whatever.
That had nothing to do with the machine being left on, there was a manufacturer making cheap capacitors a while back that pretty much caused a 100% failure rate in anything they were installed in.

Back on topic, there is nothing wrong with leaving your machine on 24/7 although it will get more unstable over time. Reboot once a week or so. Unless you are running some flavor of linux, then leave it on and go for the world record uptime! (11 years, 303 days, 20 hours and 57 minutes)
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post #15 of 25
I try to turn it off once a week, but that's only to stop hearing the fans turning, and to kind of let everything cool down all the way. I'm still having trouble making my PC hibernate properly, so the fans run all the time. But leaving a PC running won't do any damage.

Also, if you get a lot of error codes, sometimes it's good to restart to kind of "clear everything up"
post #16 of 25
No real risk besides hardware wearing faster. I left my old P3 rig on all the time, sometimes for a month straight and it only lagged doing tasks from being on for such a long time span(probably getting hot).
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post #17 of 25
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Originally Posted by 13 3 @ 7 l 3 13 0 y View Post
No real problem. parts will wear slightly faster, but thats not saying much when they still last 10 years.
Ask any electrical engineer to explain to you the difference between transient and steady states for electronics. After he explains to you that leaving equipment running is less hard on it than turning it on and off, you can test that theory by asking yourself the following question:

Do you see light bulbs fail more often when being turned on/off or do you see them fail more frequently while they're on
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post #18 of 25
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Originally Posted by sccr64472 View Post
Ask any electrical engineer to explain to you the difference between transient and steady states for electronics. After he explains to you that leaving equipment running is less hard on it than turning it on and off, you can test that theory by asking yourself the following question:

Do you see light bulbs fail more often when being turned on/off or do you see them fail more frequently while they're on
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that's why my pc has been on and folding 24/7 for the past 8 months(with the occasional reboot for new hardware/drivers).
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my components need sleep, it's criminal imo....
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by go.kyuu View Post
my components need sleep, it's criminal imo....
it's not criminal,you paid for them to work hard.
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