how bad is it to leave your computer on a lot?

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flyskimma

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the topic title says it all. i've heard different things.
so, how bad is it?
 

pugmug

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Other than wareing out your cooling fans by leaving them on all the time and using electricity that you pay for-no problem with todays computers.Just buy a good UPS, as no ones electricity stays on 24/7/365 due to nature,drunks hitting power poles, etc. I turn mine off when done with it.
 
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I leave mine on all the time as I have some auto updates that take place during the night.
I shut down and disconnect if going to be away for more than a day in case of power failures,electrical storms and any curious visitors wondering "what's this button for ?"
 
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Here's an extra question

how long can a computer go from being on untill it has to be turned off.... I've ran a pc for 4 straight days before and finally had to shut down cause it was getting slow loading times but that was only a few years ago and i have an up to date pc
 
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I leave mine in S3 resume power mode, with any devices that need to remain on, set in the device manager so windows can't turn them off to save power, and wake on USB enabled in the bios (sometimes you need a registry patch for windows to standby to S3 correctly, http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;[LN];841858). Then I set the PC to enter standby upon 20 mins of inactivity.

That way the PC seemingly turns itself on and off to download updates and perform scheduled tasks, without running the fans all the time.

Also, I keep cool and quiet, enabled with crystalcpuid http://www.silentpcreview.com/article231-page1.html
to decrease temps, and run zalman fan-mates on my fans to run them as slow as possible without temp problems.
 
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its perfectly alright, ive had my server running for the last 2 years... it finally died yesterday.
 
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its probably a wash, some components like fans have bearing and moving parts that wear out faster the more they run, some electric components probably wear out faster with thermal cycling than just leaving them on. I think its good to reset the pc once in a while as far as windows goes.
 

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It really is up to you. I have one system on 24/7 and two others are switched off at night. I see no difference in parts wearing out between the systems.
 
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yeah, i would restart ma server maybe once a week, or so. whenever it needed. worked well eh, 2 years till she went?
 
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I have 5 systems here that all run 24/7 due to automatic updates and shared peripherals. Usually reboot each 1-2 times a month. All are set to power done the monitors and Harddrives after 10-15 minutes. I blow each one out about every 6 months, and the only failure that I have had in the last 2 years is 1 generic PSU.
 
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