I have a PC that runs 24/7, about 75% of the time it is "working", not sitting idle.
It records TV for the entire family and plays it back for us, hence why it is working all of the time.
3 Hauppauge PVR 500 tuner cards (dual tuners)
1 ATI HDTV Wonder tuner card
1 Adaptec SATA II controller card
1 VERY Old AGP video card (no one actually watches TV on this PC) iirc it's a Nvidia TNT2
1 DVD drive
1 120 GB ATA boot drive
4 1TB SATA 7200 rpm drives
The current power supply just failed and they don't make the model I had anymore so looking for suggestions, brand specific.
Also will there be issues with getting a power supply with a PCI-E supply and of course not using it?
For 24/7, use a canned air cleaning solution once every 6 months. I got mine at Fry's. 3 packs are about $9. These contain a solvent that evaporates quickly. My product is called "perfect duster". You can use it on the cpu and power supply fans.
I build pc's for friends, neighbors, and girlfriends. I use Corsair exclusively. The pc's are rock solid and very stable. Right now you can get the Corsair VX450 at buy.com for $60.74 and shipping is free: