Quote: Originally Posted by DanRex
Yeah, Interesting topic. For me, my computer is turned off for about 5 hours a day, to save electricity costs when I'm not using it.
(Yeah, I'm Scrooge McDuck :P)
Nobody know what toll cycling takes on a HD.
The general view I've seen by those I trust is that heat cycling is not good for electronic components. But that doesn't stop PC's that are turned off and on for years from running flawlessly for years.
I turn off lights when I won't be in a room for a while too.
Why waste power? You can get an estimate of power use for your PC, but 60-200 watts is typical. Even at idle most cpu's use 60 watts or so.
So would you leave a 60 watt bulb on for days at a time?
If yes, then leave your PC on.
I turn mine off if I know I won't be using it for a couple hours.
And I never leave the house with it running.
Power supplies sometimes fail, and shoot flames. Never happened to me, but I've read of it happening more than once when looking at PS reviews.
Best to keep papers and other flammable stuff away from the PC if you're leaving it running unattended.
I'd rather turn off the PC than rearrange my desk.