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Leave PC on or shut it off when not using?

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by SerotoNiN, Aug 1, 2019.

  1. SerotoNiN

    SerotoNiN Ancient Guru

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    I've read pro's and con's for both years ago. Wondering what the general consensus is these days? I used to leave mine on 24/7, but lately due to not using it very often, I've started shutting it down. Electric bill is noticeably lower but I was wondering, has there been any studies to show if the hardware lasts longer turning off or leaving on? Anyone use sleep mode?
     
  2. rm082e

    rm082e Master Guru

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    I always shut my gaming PC down if I'm not using it. But the wife's little i3 desktop she uses for browsing is on all the time, with the monitor set to sleep after 10 minutes. Her machine is nearly 10 years old at this point and has never had a hardware problem.
     
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  3. Astyanax

    Astyanax Ancient Guru

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    Power cycles are the killers of pc's.

    the hardware definitely lasts longer if left ON.
     
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  4. Undying

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    I always shut down my pc and never had any problems becouse of that. Filling up the memory when used If always left on it becomes sluggish over time.
     
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  5. TheDeeGee

    TheDeeGee Ancient Guru

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    Always shutting down when not using the PC for longer than an hour.

    Been doing this for 2 decades, never had any failed hardware.
     
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    Same here.

    Been doing that on old c2q and now this 6-7yrs old 4770k OC and never had any issues.
     
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  7. TheDeeGee

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    I even go as far as turning off the powerbrick at night, so the power is completely cut off.
     
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    Thats fine if you know that is gonna be a power loss but not needed to shut down a psu every time.
     
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  9. TheDeeGee

    TheDeeGee Ancient Guru

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    I do it just incase of lightning strikes, i sometimes sleep through thunder so.

    I don't care about my TV dieing, but my PC is too valuable.
     
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  10. Astyanax

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    You guys upgrade faster than power cycles would significantly alter the experience anyway.
     
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  11. TheDeeGee

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    My current motherboard and cpu are nearing 6.5 years. And my SSD is even older.
     
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  12. SerotoNiN

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    How long does a gpu last these days? I see those die more than anything.
     
  13. Corbus

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    I shut off mine when i leave the house for more than an hour,but mostly because im afraid of my loop leaking while im away.

    Before going the wc way i had months that i'd keep the pc on 24/7, not even a single restart.

    Those were the days i made nice ratios on torrent sites.
     
  14. Agent-A01

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    Not true in the slightest when quality components are used.

    In fact, hardware dies faster when coupled with cheap components like a power supply.
    Cheap power supplies have excessive ripple which really does kill components.
     
  15. D3M1G0D

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    Not me. My workstation system is on a custom loop and I keep it on 24/7. I have no fears of leaks from it being on, although I use two pumps for redundancy (one of them is over five years old so I thought a backup was prudent).

    In general, I would recommend turning off your PC (or putting it to sleep) if you know you won't be using it. No sense in wasting electricity, and power cycles aren't much of a concern with modern electronics.
     

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    Laptop is coming up for 2 yrs in November, and I run it 24/7, except when it's mobile. I keep it on a cooler stand to elevate it, and I open it up every couple of months to dust the fans. System is on Balanced to conserve power except while gaming, and I use Process Lasso to elevate performance of game start.

    Overnight she handles torrents, and I turn off my external monitor due to firmware bug with waking on sleep causing hitching with FreeSync.

    I also use Obsidian-PC's Fan Control to keep fan noise to a minimum. :)
     
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    Im still a noob when it comes to watercooling, don't think i have a year since i started doing it. So im still paranoid about it when it comes to leaks.
     
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    I turn it off. No reason for it to draw power when it's not being used. It takes a matter of seconds to get back to desktop nowadays anyway.
    And sleep mode is out of the question, too buggy.
     
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    I've always shut down my PC's at the end of the day. It generally stays on all day unless I'm going to be gone for several hours. Monitors generally get turned off when not in use too. I've got plenty of stuff still running, even as hammydowns to my parents. They do the same thing too. The oldest is an overclocked core2duo running just fine. I never use sleep or hibernate modes either.
     
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    Inrush is the most stressful time regardless of component quality

    not wrong about the psu's though, and people are still pairing RTX cards with Corsair VS series psus :eek:
     

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