Will anything bad happen if PC runs 24/7?

December 19, 2010 at 20:16:38
Specs: Windows 7

I leave my computer on all day and overnight and don't ever shut it down. I turn the moniter and speakers off at night when I go to bed. Will anything bad happen if I don't turn the actual computer off?

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#1
December 19, 2010 at 22:51:25

No, computers have no problem running 24/7 however to save your electricity bill you might want to put it to sleep if its not actually doing any downloading or stuff, usually you have a key on the keyboard with a half moon symbol for sleep mode..

i hate computers!
but cant help myself....


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#2
December 19, 2010 at 23:58:31

If it has to be on 24/7, then check your BIOS settings to see whether C-State is enabled so that your computer spends a minimum of power. If possible, also buy a gfx card that consumes little power when computer is idle by reducing core/memory clocks, such as AMD Radeon 5xxx series.

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#3
December 20, 2010 at 13:28:49

Computers go bad from time used. If you do have them actually on they could fail more quickly.

From an environmental, fire hazard, security and hardware point of view you should not.

I put all my computer's and every ac adapter, phone jack, nic jack on a power strip that protects everything. When not in use power it all off..

I know that no power is being used. No fire can exist from any failed part, my ac isn't being used, my carbon footprint is reduced, hackers have a harder time trying to get may data. Power drops or spikes can't damage parts or data.

Look at the reasons you want it on. Sleep and hybrid sleep and hibernate are great choices still. I keep a small atom based htpc on only to record shows at night. It wakes from about 5W use to 22 watts. A common pc could use 100W or more in sleep mode.

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?


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#4
December 20, 2010 at 14:00:01

... capacitors dry out and fail after switch off/switch on, transfer paste dries out on chip faces, save yourself time and money switch off when not in use.

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