How long should a computer be on?

vbimport

#1

Hey,

I am new to this computer health thing so please help me :bow: . I know that some people would turn their computer on for days and not give it a rest so i was wondering what is the longest time that u could turn ur computer on for downloading but still keeps the computer in good condition :confused: ?

best regard,

babychar2002


#2

I dont turn mine off but maybe once a month. But that is not restarts either. I restart for updates or new program installs.

I would maintain a good maitance schedule and keep the pc at a resonable temp.

BTW, this could have been in the newbie section :wink:


#3

:confused: you mean people turn off their computer??? just kidding but in all honesty I i’m like RFjr …i just restart after updates…other than that…i’m on dsl…for 24/7 downloading something…all the time… :flower: like…uh paid for software and stuff…yeah thats it…paid for stuff… :iagree:

hides from the wrath of Womble…


#4

same as the others, only off when restarting or hardware changes :slight_smile: :slight_smile: :slight_smile:


#5

Of course! :iagree:


#6

I turn it off every day. Not to keep it in a good condition, but for the electricity bill.


#7

what u guys are telling me is that there is no harm done with the computer turned on for 24/7 :confused: ? At least isnt there a bit of harm and havent u guyz ever thought that ur computer might not be able to handel it and burn out :confused: .

I know this is a nubie question but i just wanta know more about the situation, foerive me if i am being a pain in the a$$ :bow:

best regard,

babychar2002


#8

yeah, i should turn mine off to save some electricity - summer bill is approaching $200/month - but i leave them both on 24/7 except for necessary restarts…

if you keep the case well ventilated and the overall heat down and compress air away dust every once and a while, the PC should be fine…sure there’s some extra stress put on the components by having them running 24/7 but nothing to cut short the lifespan in a meaningful manner…

barring faulty hardware failures and/or improper maintenance, a PC should last until an upgrade to either newer/better parts or a whole new machine is purchased…even with the wear and tear of leaving one on 24/7…


#9

electronics suffer the worst shock to the system when they are turned on. light bulbs nearly always blow when u turn them on. things die or pop when u turn them on. The solution to this is to not turn them off :slight_smile:


#10

i don’t even restart for hardware changes… :disagree: :stuck_out_tongue: :stuck_out_tongue: :bigsmile:

i boot my pc after coming home from work, shutdown it before i go to bed.
on weekends i restart it after hours of playing for cleaning up ram :wink:


#11

On almost 24/7 too - wid the trend :stuck_out_tongue: … no real difference, except less dust in fans etc. when it’s off


#12

And in three years when we have the oil peek (we need worldwide then more oil than we can produce) we pay the double!

But the good thing is: in 15 years we dont have to worry about the oil price, the oil is gone!

:frowning:


#13

Leave it on.


#14

If you use quality products there’s no need to turn off your computer ever again.

Personally i have decided to use another method. I’ve been using several computers 24/7. Servers, websites, you name it. The electricity bill is huge.

So i’ve purchased an Asus 500g Deluxe Router; With some tweaking i can transform this baby into a nice little php enabled webserver/ftp server/webcam monitor/etc. Same functionality for just $80 and much less power consumption. Hopefully save some money in the end.


#15

Mine stays on pretty much 24/7, I only power off when I am going to be gone for a few days. I turn off my monitor before going to bed, and have it set to auto power down after 20 minutes idle.


#16

you all are wasting electric energy…
do you also let your car’s motor running only because you are going to drive maybe tomorrow?


#17

I do the same as the above people…

@Razor
Electricity isn’t as expensive as fuel (over a dollar a litre now), and cars can get worn out if left on for long periods.


#18

well, i find electricity is pretty expensive right now.
and i’m not talking about the money you waste - it’s your money, you can spent it for whatever you want…
i don’t know if you just don’t WANT to understand what i’m trying to say… :rolleyes:


#19

On in the morning, off before bed. Makes the most sense to me.


#20

I only have a laptop, so it has to be off overnight otherwise I would fear for it overheating!