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    Posted: 14 Jan 2020 at 5:54pm
Until recently, when I've been leaving my system on overnight to monitor the frequency of BSODs I've been getting, I always powered down my PC when I went to bed, booting it up again in the morning.

Power consumption and the attendant costs are obviously a factor but my main concern is for the health and longevity of my expensive high-performance rig. During this recent phase of leaving it on (which felt oddly aberrational at first) I set Windows to sleep the PC after 3 hours (which also sleeps the monitor) but not to switch it off.

I've heard arguments on both sides. Is it better to leave a PC on permanently overnight if it's used every day? What is the best practice, along with the best power settings, for an always-on system if that is indeed the way to go? Many thanks, as always.
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  Quote HockeyBuck Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 14 Jan 2020 at 8:24pm
My systems stay on 24/7.   Originally DS Techs advised this was best for system stability with Overclocked high end DS rigs.    I set the monitors to time out /sleep, but the drives are always on..   Since 2011 I have run all of my 4 DS rigs this way, and it works great for me.   
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  Quote Bahger Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 14 Jan 2020 at 9:26pm
Originally posted by HockeyBuck

My systems stay on 24/7.   Originally DS Techs advised this was best for system stability with Overclocked high end DS rigs.    I set the monitors to time out /sleep, but the drives are always on..   Since 2011 I have run all of my 4 DS rigs this way, and it works great for me.   

This is very helpful, HockeyBuck, thank you. I assume you power down before going on vacation or other extended AFK?
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  Quote HockeyBuck Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 14 Jan 2020 at 10:09pm
Yes I shut down the rigs if leaving for several days or more, but that really doesn’t happen very often...perhaps a couple times a year...lol.
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  Quote Snaike Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 15 Jan 2020 at 2:42am
I seem to be somewhere in the middle as I don't power down every day, but will leave it on 3 or 4 nights a week. The only thing that ~has~ to happen IMHO is to make sure you turn the "sleep" and "hibernate" functions off.
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  Quote Cretae Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 15 Jan 2020 at 4:50am
I agree. Same as HB, I leave everything but the monitor on every night. Shut down only for long away times. Never an issue, never seemed to stress or limit the lifetime of parts.
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  Quote Bahger Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 15 Jan 2020 at 10:42am
Do you sleep the monitor or switch it off?
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  Quote Tidgxor Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 15 Jan 2020 at 11:17am
Originally posted by Snaike

The only thing that ~has~ to happen IMHO is to make sure you turn the "sleep" and "hibernate" functions off.


You know I've just been unusually lucky with this. For years and years I've heard this said, and I don't question it, I know it genuinely causes a lot of issues for a lot of people, but I've never had any issue with sleep. Now hibernate I don't mess with, seemed pointless to me in the same manner a lot people see sleep as pointless (for your PC that is Big%20Smile) in the age of faster boot times. I still use sleep on my DS rig just because my memory is about as good as that of a goldfish these days and I tend to go off and do other things while letting the PC needlessly run idle.

More on topic, I've always been a shut the PC down at night kind of person, but I'm also a bit of an electricity hound after years of working with utility companies. If shutting them down has reduced their lifespan or made the OC unstable then it's occurred on a time frame that I don't notice. I've also found that if I leave it running more often then it consumes more dust and thus I have to clean it more, and I am a very lazy person. LOL
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  Quote WestmartBC Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 15 Jan 2020 at 2:03pm
I leave mine on 24/7. No sleep mode for anything.
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  Quote hoserator Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 16 Jan 2020 at 7:02am
Only have the monitor go to sleep. I also turn the system off every night.

That said, had an update (W10) that made turning off impossible so I disabled the ethernet (already have disabled the wi-fi since I am wired) and disconnected the ethernet cable before going to bed. (lol a bit on the safe side)
BTW, a recent update cured the issues with powering down the system (before the fix, upon powering off, all fans would go on afterburner speed and the gpus would stay powered. (???) all fixed now and I am back to powering off at night.

Enjoy.

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  Quote Cretae Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 16 Jan 2020 at 7:17am
Originally posted by Bahger

Do you sleep the monitor or switch it off?


I sleep the monitor after 15 minutes at all times.
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  Quote Bob100 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 20 Jan 2020 at 10:17am
I have often wondered about this issue as well, and, what the reasoning would be either way. I Googled the issue of leaving it on 24/7 vs turning off each night and found several good articles which outline similar logic on the pros & cons.

Seems that during the initial warranty period, an argument can be made to turn it off each night so that any weak components will be stressed enough (from the initial voltage surge of being turned on repeatedly) that they would fail under warranty and get replaced for free. After the components have aged, past the warranty period, you can go either way. But once the computer gets into the old-age category, it is best to leave it on 24/7.

Here is a summary from: https://www.lifewire.com/shut-computer-down-or-not-4135231

Use a normal turn on and turn off cycle; that is, turn the computer off when not in use during the original manufacturer's warranty period. This will help ensure all components are aged out under warranty to a time frame when failure rates fall to a low level. It also helps to ensure that any failure that may happen will occur under warranty, saving you some serious coin.

Once you move beyond the warranty period, the components should have aged beyond the infant mortality time frame and entered their teenage years, when they're tough and can stand up to just about any reasonable amount of stress thrown at them. At this point, you can switch to a 24/7 operating mode, if you wish to.

So, new computer, turn it on and off as needed. Teenage to adult, it's up to you; there's no real benefit either way. Senior, keep it on 24/7 to extend its life.


Edited by Bob100 - 21 Jan 2020 at 9:44am
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