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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Biddlesby, Aug 10, 2005.

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  1. Biddlesby

    Biddlesby Thread Starter

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    I want to extend the life of my computer as much as possible, of course. Along this line of thinking, what can I do to limit the stress on my CPU? I.e. when not using it should I turn it off, put it in standby/hibernate, or leave it on? I assume there is stress on the cpu during turn off and turn on times, as well as during normal operation.
     
  2. crjdriver

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    The cpu will last many more years than you want to keep it. As to the rest of the components, [hd, video card, ram, etc] it really is up to you. I have one system that is turned off at night and another that is on 24/7; there is no difference in hardware life between the two.

    I am sure you will get many opinions, however it really is up to you. I doubt that you will "extend" the life of the system by turning it off when not in use.
     
  3. Space Cowboy

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    Keep it COOL and CLEAN ..

    Good Luck
     
  4. loserOlimbs

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    The number one way you can keep it running for a decade or so is if you take all the right precautions.
    Have a good PSU and don't overwork it, maybe get a UPS.
    Run all the Windows utities, like Defrag and Disk check.
    Don't overclock anything.
    Watch out for Spyware, virus' , a dirty re-install of an OS gives a bad performance.
    When you turn the PC off, restart or shut down, that button on your PC case should be regarded as decoration or a last result.
     
  5. brite750

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    I've heard fiber ;)
     
  6. jiml8

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    The server in my office has run 24/7/365 since 1997, except for downtime once for a bad HD (the only SCSI failure I have EVER had), twice to replace modems, and several times for bad fans (there are a bunch of those).

    It is a dual P-II 266 MHz (top, top shelf when I built it) on a UPS (that now must have bad batteries) and has a high quality power supply and SCSI hard drives.

    My secret? Keep it clean. Keep it cool. Keep the power line protected. And just keep on truckin'.
     
  7. inuyasha320

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    keep all of the internal components clean and keep the CPU temperature under 55°C
     
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