Should i he shutting down my gaming Pc every night when i’m done with it or just put it to sleep? Or does either work. wanna take care of my baby

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  1. For the most part it doesnt matter. I see no benefits in leaving it on overnight even without an ssd. Turn it on when you wake up and then go brush your teeth. It will be up by the time you get back. I suppose without an SSD you would want to have only one user account and no password so it will auto login.

  2. Most people just do a complete shut down if they’re not going to use it for awhile. If the environment is cool and the machine gets good air-flow, then it could stay on 24/7. With modern hardware, there really isn’t a right or wrong answer.

    My personal perference is to shut down at night and leave it on during the day. But that’s just me.

  3. I personally shut it down after I’m done. Less dust in the long term. Unless I’m downloading a big game or something.

  4. The most of the degrading probably happens when it goes from off to on and that’s only for things like HDs and even then, they’d have to be some old old HDs.

  5. I shut mine off because too many lights on lights my room up. Also because leaving it in increases dust buildup.

  6. I usually restart mine when programs update and demand it, where I’ll update them all at once. Typically go 1-2 months between restarts.

    I recommend this route because the highest electrical load your PC ever goes through is typically when you start it up; all of your capacitors get juiced to near capacity very quickly, so having fewer restarts could provide more longevity to your motherboard and PSU. Though you’re unlikely to notice or care since you’re much more likely to replace them before it ever becomes an issue.

    This applies to appliances like air conditioners as well. For increasing it’s lifespan, it’s better to leave them on instead of turning them off and on or using a power savings mode that does the same thing. If you’re okay with the higher electric bill, of course.

  7. i shut my desktop down but sleep my laptop. computers boot so fast now that it really doesn’t matter.

  8. It does not matter. I almost always put my pc in sleep mode. Sometimes windows does something funny and wakes it which is annoying as my pc is beside my bed.

    If my pc has lots of updates or is having issues i will turn it off to reboot it. I only really turn off my pc if i will be away for more than a day. And once a month just for updates.

    Its more important to clean your room and case of dust than to turn off your pc. But always turn off and unplug your pc if cleaning it.

  9. I mostly have it turned on all day and when I’m going to sleep it depends whether tomorrow I will use my PC on the morning or I will use it on the night, if I will use it in the morning I leave it on sleep, if I will use it on the night I turn it off or leave it on hibernate

  10. Don’t think it matters much, I turn mine off at night.

    I use a surge board with the PC in the master socket, with the monitor, speakers, etc in the slave sockets. So when I turn the PC off it cuts the power to anything in the slave sockets and when I turn the PC back on the next day, it automatically turns back on the monitor, speakers etc.

    Basically it cuts the power to the other sockets if the master socket isn’t drawing any power. Its meant to be a power saving board, which I guess helps saves on power a bit but the main reason I use it is to get rid of all lights at night. IE all the power LEDs on the monitor/speakers etc.

  11. I’ve always let my computers just run 24/7. I sometimes like to remote into it for random reasons so i let it run. I think it’s mostly just a habit from the olden days when they took a while to actually boot.

    I can’t remember the last time i had component failure. All i do is dust it regularly.

  12. I usually just put mine to sleep at night, and then restart it about once a week. Works for me and I haven’t noticed any performance issues for doing this. Just do whatever you are comfortable with.

  13. I built this one in 2013, and it hasn’t been turned off for more than an hour or two for each upgrade/maintenance. Runs just fine. It folds while I sleep.

  14. One advantage of daily shutdown is that all the automatic updates get handled well.

    I suspect the people who complain about “forced updates” never shut down their computer. Eventually the OS will start nagging or forcing the restart.

    Also during summer it is good idea to unplug the computer to avoid thunder damage (I guess the power lines in cities are usually underground so the problem isn’t same there).

    Both of these can be managed without regular restarts. If you check when the updates are available and check the weather forecast daily you can shut down when needed. But I think it is easier to just shut down it.

  15. Shutting down will help with power, dust, and ssd longevity. But thats really it.

    With any hardware built to the last 5 years of standards, leaving it on 24/7 wont really hurt it in any way.

  16. From a longterm health standpoint, it doesnt matter. On a shorter term standpoint, it depends. The most observable difference is cache. Putting your computer to sleep retains your cache stored in your ram, so programs youve launched before will load faster. Shutting down your pc clears your cache which can help when playing ram intensive games since windows wont have to constantly free up cache in real time whenever the game wants more ram which can degrade performance in games that feature a lot of asset streaming.

  17. My computer will be five years old in a month. Still going strong. Never even thought about it. All I did was add a second SSD and swap in a new video card in 2017.

    Also, a cpu cooler around the same time. I had the stock intel cooler and after 3 years it was pretty caked up with dust.

  18. I don’t shut it down unless I’m going out of town. That way I can remote into it, and at night it helps me sleep.

  19. When you are done with it just shut it off, it’s not like booting up to OS takes a lot of time as it used to be in old days.

  20. I just shut down my PC everytime after use it because it’s only take 3-5 seconds to boot up to Windows desktop & also to save electricity.

  21. Honestly just shut it down. If you’re not gonna need it in the next 6 hours then there’s not a whole lot you gain from putting it to sleep. People go on about how modern hardware is different now and blah blah but they don’t understand, the issue isn’t your hardware (and hasn’t been for a long time) the issue is your OS.

    Each OS runs and depends on an insane amount of volatile information/data/instructions. Things are created and destroyed as needed for every instruction and operation. Think your pc isn’t doing anything sitting at the desktop with no programs open? Think again 🙂 your OS is always running operations and you always have background processes going, if nothing else (especially system processes).

    What restarting (or shutting down) does is do a final wrap up of all the temp data and caches used for system operations that it couldn’t clean out during normal use. The longer you run without a system reboot, the more chance these volatile dumps can get corrupted or just build up causing performance depredations.

    Because there are no perfect programmers, there are no perfect programs (and by extension; no perfect Operating Systems). Modern hardware makes this mirage of long term stability but its actually that the hardware’s much more powerful and quicker at doing the same operations than previously. That means that it takes more crap to build up before you start noticing.

  22. It used to be accepted wisdom that constantly shutting down and restarting could stress components with the inrush current.

    Nowadays, I don’t know.

  23. I always shut down if I’m not using it for more than a few hours, never noticed any damage from it.

    Aside from saving power, another advantage is that you’ll pretty much never be bothered by windows forcing a restart to install updates because it’ll have plenty of opportunity to already install updates.

  24. I usually shut it down while not using it. But that’s only to use less electricity.

    Sometimes I’ll leave it on all night if I don’t want to get out of bed after watching Plex.

    On an older machine I left it on all the time.

    The older machine still runs I just needed to upgrade the cpu since when at rest it was still using like 40%

  25. Force your PC to look for updates at night and do whatever it pleases so it doesn’t reboot in your face when you need it the most.

  26. If you have an SSD and can wait 10 seconds for it to turn on and load your background apps, i’d turn it off

  27. I have worked in enterprises where there were both PC’s that got shut down every night and those that were left running all the time. Failure rates seemed to be pretty similar. The same things kill both kinds of PC’s in the long run, hard disks going bad mostly.

    I prefer to shut them down, so that Windows can do it’s update thing, without nagging me or interrupting me when inconvenient.

  28. I shut down because it seems to eat the air in my bedroom, and I sleep worse.

    I just bought a 4tb HDD for storage, but have decided to move my media to a VPS so I can leave it off except when actually using it.

    Either way, shut it down. You’ll kill any loose processes and services, reset drivers and devices, install any updates, allow the OS to start again.

  29. I’m on Linux now, so I shut down my gaming computer once a month. When I ran Windows I shut it down every night. I can’t say why, and this is anecdotal, but Windows always seems to behave better and be more stable with frequent power downs.

  30. This debate has been raging for at least as long as I’ve been doing custom PC builds. Unless I have a big download going, I always shut my desktop when I’m done using it. Never had any major hardware issued. Knock on wood. Just a hard drive fail, which already had a lot of hours on it. Most of my motherboards I keep 4-6 years on average.

    I’ve never heard of anyone’s PC dying because of thermal expansion and contraction alone, provided it has adequate cooling. Last ones I recall that did have this issue were the launch PS3 and Xbox 360 models. Primarily because they *didn’t* have adequate cooling. So their high operating temps were putting a lot of thermal stress on the solder joints. Most modern chips don’t run nearly as hot. Especially with the AIOs and huge heatsinks everyone used these days.

  31. network admin here.

    Shutting down everyday will not hurt it in any way. All of our employees must shut down every single day and we have never had a users machine die due to this.

  32. Putting your pc to sleep is fine. It’s not going to hurt anything. Though it’s never a bad idea to do a complete restart of your pc at least once a week.

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