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Solved: Life of computer

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

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  1. Biddlesby

    Biddlesby Thread Starter

    Sep 3, 2003
    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

    crjdriver Moderator

    Jan 2, 2001
    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

    Space Cowboy

    Apr 19, 2005
    Keep it COOL and CLEAN ..

    Good Luck
  4. loserOlimbs


    Jun 19, 2004
    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


    Mar 16, 2002
    I've heard fiber ;)
  6. jiml8

    jiml8 Guest

    Jul 2, 2005
    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


    Jul 8, 2005
    keep all of the internal components clean and keep the CPU temperature under 55°C
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