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Newbie question.

post #1 of 4
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What's up guys

I just got done building my first computer about 2 weeks ago. Runs like a dream, couldn't ask for anything more.

Now, I've searched around the internet a bit but haven't been able to find a real answer to this extremely NEWBIE question.

I have a corsair 850w PSU. Whenever I flip the switch on the back to ON a little green light appears on the motherboard, I know this is normal. My question is...when I shutdown my PC should I also switch the PSU to OFF so this light isn't on all the time? Or should I just leave it? Are there any pros and cons to doing either?

Thanks in advance.
post #2 of 4
I don't think there are any cons to leaving it on or off. I always leave my on.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
I7 980x @4.4 HT on ASUS Rampage III Extreme Gigabyte Gtx 770 G.Skill 6GB 1600mhz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingMonitor
2x Intel x25-m 120 gb WD Black 1TB WD Blue 2TB Samsung DVD Burner Custom WC loop ACER 23" 
PowerCaseMouse
OCZ 700w Moded HAF922 Mx 518 
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My System
(14 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
I7 980x @4.4 HT on ASUS Rampage III Extreme Gigabyte Gtx 770 G.Skill 6GB 1600mhz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingMonitor
2x Intel x25-m 120 gb WD Black 1TB WD Blue 2TB Samsung DVD Burner Custom WC loop ACER 23" 
PowerCaseMouse
OCZ 700w Moded HAF922 Mx 518 
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post #3 of 4
Leave it on. It's called standby mode. In this mode it powers your CMOS circuitry via the +5VSB, which keeps in readiness to boot and keeps the date and time and your BIOS settings, etc. and is powered by a battery when the PSU is turned off.

If you always keep the PSU off you're going to wear out the CMOS battery really fast. It's only a couple dollars at Walgreens, but it can be a pain to figure out what's causing your OC to revert and date to go wonky until you remember the CMOS battery.
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Thread Starter 
Ah ok, thanks a lot!
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