Do you shut down your PC when not in use?

Simply question. Do you shut your PC off when you go to bed at night or if you do not plan to use it for an extended period of time (6+ hours), or do you leave it running 24/7?
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  1. usually put into sleep mode overnight %75 of time
    occasionally turn off overnight a couple of times a week

    a tower made in the past 5 years or so (Core2Duo or newer)
    with energy star rating will consume very little power
    in sleep mode
    less than a regular 100watt light bulb usually
  2. Mine's up 24/7 running Einstein@Home constantly, loading all four CPU cores plus the GPU with CUDA even when I'm not actively using it. I reboot approximately once a week, and don't power down unless absolutely necessary (hardware upgrades and thunderstorms, mainly).
  3. My old Dell I leave running 24/7 and have for 7+ years. My new pc I still baby a little and will typically shut it down while not in use for extended amounts of time.
  4. Depends. The one that's in my bedroom usually gets turned off or is in sleep mode. The one standing in the home office usually runs 24/7 even when it's not doing anything.
  5. Back in the "old" days when the Pentium 4 was king (at over 120watts) shutting
    down was important
    now with Speedstep and CoolnQuiet tech plus lower wattage chips it just isnt necessary
    I will turn off my printers and monitors but
    from what I understand turning on and off a computer too much isnt really good for it
    something about capacitors discharging and a surge when turned on
  6. I would shut my computer down if I'm not using it. Thing is I'm always using it so it stay on 24/7.
  7. So you never sleep 474?
    I am a partial insomaniac and I still get about 3-4 hours a night
    Unless you use your computer in your sleep :)
  8. If you sleep 3-4 hours you should be downloading files while not on the computer ^^.
  9. My work desktop computer runs 24/7, and I frequently access it remotely when I am not at my office. I have done this with my work computers for slightly over 10 years with no problems (3 different computers). I did this for awhile with my home computer and had a problem with the CRT monitor and the hard drive. The hard drive was a 5.25" ESDI and its bearings sounded like they were starting to wear out.

    My home computer is turned off when I don't need it. My strategy is to turn it on when I get ready to use it, and turn it off when I am through with it for the day. I have not had any problems with my computers at home when used this way.

    Our computer supplier used to tell me that most of his service calls were to locations where they turned their computers off at night. He thought it was better to leave them running 24/7. With today's equipment I don't personally think there is that much difference, which is why I don't mind turning off my home computer at night. There are pros and cons to both methods and of course YMMV, so choose the method that you like the best for your circumstances.
  10. Supermuncher85 said:
    If you sleep 3-4 hours you should be downloading files while not on the computer ^^.


    Do you mean copyrighted movies and music?
    I would never do that.....
    Unless the Demon came out in me :D
  11. Was talking more about linux distros! Isn't that what p2p was made for? ;)

    Speaking of distro, time to try that ubuntu 11.04!
  12. My tower always seems to be doing something. I also leave it on while I'm at work so that I can use Logmein to get access to my files, etc while I'm at work. Some of us use our computers a lot, while others don't. To each his own.
  13. My rig goes off when not in use.
    If it's still downloading while i am not around an auto-shutdown will occur when finished.
    Keep it green ;)
  14. Supermuncher85 said:
    Was talking more about linux distros! Isn't that what p2p was made for? ;)

    Speaking of distro, time to try that ubuntu 11.04!



    Just dual booted 11.04 with Win7 two days ago
    I had it as a VM with Virtual box and really liked it

    Only issues so far seems to be bad libdvdread4 installation (trouble using DVD::RIp
    and I cant get my Hauppage USB TV tuner to work

    I have tried MythTV ,Xine ,XawTV ,VLC player and nothing has worked yet

    It is fun.
    Unity takes some getting used to with its icon dock
    Kind of miss Gnome a little but Unity does look pretty cool
    Even has window snapping like Win7

    Now if I can only figure out how to OC a AMD/ATI card

    I did get GKrellM System monitor pretty nice

    BTW I do download alot of television show torrents
    I figure if I can record them with TV capture or a PVR then I can DL for personal use :)
  15. 4745454b said:
    My tower always seems to be doing something. I also leave it on while I'm at work so that I can use Logmein to get access to my files, etc while I'm at work. Some of us use our computers a lot, while others don't. To each his own.


    Very true
    I am working on less time on the computer and more
    time playing in the park with my daughter
    Vampires have better tans than me LOL
  16. Yep.

    'Cause electricity is expensive in NYC. At least it is not as expensive as in Hawaii.
  17. I turn off my gaming machine when I am done. My workhorse system and my torrent box both run 24/7 except when I am away on vacation.

    All three systems are highly overclocked with SpeedStep enabled.
  18. I'm a 'sleeper' -- at any given time have a couple units snoozing at 5w or so waiting for a wake up.
  19. I see that ago old question has be resurrected.
    Myself:
    Work laptop using a docking station – 24/7 Updates are pushed at night. Since 2008
    Wife’s system, pretty much 24/7 unless she is on vacation and then sometimes it is left on so she can access It from LA.
    My computer – On typically 4->6 hrs then Off. Use to remove power from computer as even when powered off there are some circuits that remain on, currently just using the power button to power off.
    Have not seen any correlation in failure – NONE of the systems have failed.
    Which is better for longevity of system – Do not think it makes a big diff on newer systems. Power On/off/On cycle places much more stress on the components do to high Inrush currents, but leaving on, even in low power condition could result in a failure.

    Bottom line: to each his own.
  20. mine runs folding all the time on its 460
  21. At home, it's turned off while isn't in use. In my job, the thing is totally iderent, runs all the time 7x24x365
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