Quote: Originally Posted by Jaypaul97
What can I do to help prolong the life of my PC?
Not a whole lot.
Some parts are higher quality than others, but you are stuck with whatever parts you have.
There is some correlation between total power on hours and failure. Like your car and your heart.
There may be a vague correlation between the number of times the PC is powered on and failure, but I've never seen studies on it. So the debate about whether to shut down or hibernate/sleep continues.
There is a correlation between heat and component failure generally, so you might reduce failures by operating in a walk-in cooler.
But maybe not to all of that. Chance accounts for a lot, just like with humans. You could puke in your keyboard or accidentally drop a laptop.
I'd just take reasonable precautions to run reasonably cool. I shut down daily, but that's more to save power than to prolong life.
If you are building from scratch, of course take some time to get high quality parts. BUT....none of them are as reliable as a pocket knife or even a refrigerator in my experience.