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I have had my own computer since i was 8 but i am still a noob since i didn't do anything with it except browse the web up until high school. Every computer that i have owned i always kept on, shutting it down only when i needed to restart it to update software.

My question is will a computer live longer if it is left on all the time, or is there a benefit in shutting it down everytime you are done using it like an xbox 360 or ps3?
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the components in the computer will last longer than the computer is actually useful for. by the time you have components failing from just turning off and on, you will be using 10 yr old hardware

some say start up is stressful components (and its true to a point) and some say having the computer running all the time negates that brief point of stress. i do not recommend letting hard drives run all the time, that will be the first thing to fail. you can set your hard disks to shut down after a period of time in the Windows power management menu.

its a myth. having the computer on all the time will degrade all the components because it keeps the processor etc hot all the time and never lets any of the components cool down.

if im going to be away for more than a couple hours, i shut down my netbook/PC. if i know i will need my computer again soon, i just leave it running i put it in standby/sleep
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I think it really depends to what extent. There are extremities for both situations.

Leaving anything "running" for too long is never good but if you find yourself constantly shutting down and starting up many times within a day I think that could also stir problems.

My general consensus is if you're not going to use it for a long period of time (sleep, work, school, etc) shut it down. If you're going to be away but expect to return shortly--Hibernate/Sleep.
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post #4 of 21
its a myth, leaving it on degrades everything. the capacitors will age, hdd's will eventually fail, and the chips will constantly be at a heat so no it wont make it last longer
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Yea... I'd rather use the money I save from lower electricity bills to buy a new computer rather than keeping my computer on to prolong its life
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If you're going to be away but expect to return shortly--Hibernate/Sleep.
hibernate just copies everything you are doing to the hard drive and shuts down the PC. so hibernating wont really help at all. standy/sleep modes dont actually shut down the computer, the RAM still stores all the information and put the rest of the computer in a low power mode.
    
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leaving your computer on 24/7 is better for it than switching it on and off
can't remember where i read it though
    
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I think temperature is an important factor that is being ignored here. Components that are kept nice and cool will probably last longer regardless of being turned off and on more frequently.

I turn my computer off because I stay at my girlfriends house several nights a week. She has a dog and dogs aren't allowed at my apartment so she can't stay at my place for very long. No point in leaving my computer on if I'm not going to be home for 2 days...

I have had 2 computers killed by power surges (even through an expensive surge protector). I am paranoid about power surges. Both power surges occurred when I was away from the computer. If the computer was off and the power strip switch was off then the computers would have been fine... So I guess I could say that letting my computers sleep actually shortened their life span...
    
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leaving your computer on 24/7 is better for it than switching it on and off
can't remember where i read it though
As others have said, this depends on how often you boot it on and off.

Personally, I wake mine up when I get home from work, then put it to sleep when I go to bed.

Leaving it on all the time seems to me like it would wear things out more than turning it on and off often.

But really, what part of turning it on and off would hurt it? There are very few moving parts.
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I have had my own computer since i was 8 but i am still a noob since i didn't do anything with it except browse the web up until high school. Every computer that i have owned i always kept on, shutting it down only when i needed to restart it to update software.

My question is will a computer live longer if it is left on all the time, or is there a benefit in shutting it down everytime you are done using it like an xbox 360 or ps3?
You may need to phone a Excorsim...

If you have watched the film Paranormal Activity... It will be exactly the same... It will watch over you and try to posses you... It will also fail on you if you try and use it...

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