I've been curious for quite a while now what the best settings for desktop pc's are nowadays. By settings I mean, should it go into standby, should the harddrive turn off, how frequently, should the pc ever be turned off etc. I know with past computers, that leaving the pc on 24/7 without turning it off ever, resulted in a reduced lifespan. I recently build a new rig and am wondering what are some good settings to apply to make sure I don't shorten the lifespan! Apologies if this isn't the correct forum for this, was a bit hard finding a good place to post it D:.
they are indeed designed to work, the only thing that will 'wear' at stock is a HDD simply because they are rotating components. OK fans might fail, but they are cheap to replace. beyond stock there may be longevity issues with higher voltages etc.
My computer is on with everything set to run continuously except when I am asleep or away. If it's a reasonably well built computer it will become obsolete long before it stops working so I don't see this as an issue to worry about. Many of my former computers are still working in friends homes. The only issue I see concerning running things constantly vs turning things off is the cost of the electricity to operate them. Any difference in longevity is negligible.
I Agree With Brett LETTER RIP! I Only Use Power Saving To Save Power
1) By The Time The Machine Wears Out It Will Be Useless Anyway.
2) If A Part Fails Replace it. Very Rarely Does More Than One Part Ever Fail Unless Your Talking About A S**t PSU Taking Out Everything In The System or A Lghtning Strike.
3) Preveantative Matinence, Most Failures Are Caused By Pepole Who Treat Stuff Poorly.
4) You Should Never Turn A PC On/Off More Often Than Really Necessary, But That Goes For Most Anything Not Just PCs
Its Hard On Curcuits (Can Cause Chip Creep, Yes It Still Happens Thats Why Mission Critical Machines Are Rarely EVER Turned Off) Hard Drive Bearings And Fan Bearings Among Other Things.
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Oh and we turn OFF the monitors at night to save some electricity....
The other reason I dont like turning computers off at night is the HUGE number of people that come into my shops and say things like...WELL, I TURNED IT ON THIS MORNING AND IT (DIDNT START OR WONT GO INTO WINDOWS ..ETC ETC)
So for long term trouble free computing, we leave them running...
Well from the sounds of things, if I don't have a bad quality PSU then I shouldn't worry about leaving everything running all night right? I have a 750w OCZ ZS 80+ bronze. It seems to get pretty favorable reviews and its bronze rating which is why I bought it.