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post #11 of 27
I usually leave mine on as I stay up way past what I should (like now heh), and turning it off (it's quite loud) certainly would get me in crap I don't want to get into...you all probably understand. sigh.

So I leave mine on unused from ~12pm (midnight) - 2pm
14hrs * idle wattage, monitor off
14hrs * 200W(?) = 2800WHr = 2.8KWhr
At say, $0.15 per KWHr (kilowatt-hour), (is 15c even close? idk I don't pay the electric bill), 2.8KWhr * $0.15/KWHr = $0.42

Every night, I burn 42 cents. Every month, I burn maybe 13 bucks. Every year, $157. That number looks big. But the equivalent of a pizza delivered every month isn't bad at all. But guess what? If I didn't leave it on, I wouldn't even be using it as much. It was purchased so I could _use_ it.

On a side note, my mom leaves her computer (p3 550 + hp laserjet4 printer) on 24/7 so she can use it whenever she want. That's a cost she's willing to pay for herself, and she does *not* use her computer much...so I think my usage is well worth it. BTW, it runs slackware 10.2 w/ dropline gnome 2.12.1 (methinks), and it's definitely been running for like, 20days straight. Eat that XP...heh...
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post #12 of 27
I leave both my rigs (and my laptop) on 24/7. I'll turn them off periodically for several hours or over night here and there... but by and large I leave them on. why you might ask...well a few reasons
1. I don't have to pay the electric bill (utilities included w/ my rent )
2. you can't fold if your computer ain't runnin!
3. my rigs stay nice and cool
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post #13 of 27
If you turn your computer off and on every night then you are cutting the lifespan in half. Its the heating up and cooling down of the componants that does the damage. Not leaving it on 24/7. I run mine and never shut it off. Just the occasional restart.
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post #14 of 27
I never mentioned what i do...

I turn mine off every night. But, that's because it's bright and loud..and in my room. If it was quiet and I could turn off the lights...I might leave it on. Dust does build up easily though...

When I had my linux box running mandrakelinux 10.1...I had my computer on for about 4 months without a reboot. Stable as a rock. Go to bed at night...just "lock" the desktop and forget about it...
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post #15 of 27
Yeah, you can't leave Windows on for a very long time anyway. Either Linux it up, or shut it down.
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post #16 of 27
I usually leave my three rigs on since I fold.
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post #17 of 27
I leave it on 24/7, except when I'm out of town for long periods of time. I just use Window's power saving features.
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post #18 of 27
Don't even waste the ocean's water

What u guys do is waste of energy and money. Shutting it down over a night won't give any harm to ur computer.
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post #19 of 27
Mine's on 24/7 unless I am away from it for a few days. Turning it on and off is what puts wear and tear on the system, but it wont effect the lifespan by enough for you to ever see it die early. I turn my monitor off when I'm not using it, and my fans are always on the lowest they'll go with my fan controller.
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post #20 of 27
I have six machines running 24/7 in my house...one a sever. My electric bill never goes above $60. Before when I had one computer going 24/7 it was ussually around $40...so computers don't eat that much electricity
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