I'm wondering, is it better for my computer to leave it running 24/7, or to shut it down when I sleep at night? Or I could shut it down BOTH when I sleep and when I go to work.
Obviously there's less wear on moving parts when it's shut down, but doesn't the power surge on startup cause some stress too? Interested to hear peoples' thoughts on this.
This has become an age old question.
The surge at startup is only part of the issue. There is also thermal cycling. Both will eventually cause failures.
However, in this day and age parts are pretty robust and folks upgrade so often it doesn't seem to be an issue.So, why not save some money and fossil fuel and shut down?
I'm oldschool - my systems have up times measured in months - not hours (except my lap book and kindle and what not). AT work I have systems that have "Years" on their uptime meter (although, I doubt they have ever counted past 1). That said, I still pay the bills at home and have uber low power standby settings. If you can't drop the idle usage to <20watts - I would turn them off. ANd just so you know - your system while "Off" still pulls 7-9 watts out of the wall. Unless you pull the plug, they are never actually "off". SO, if you can choke down to 20 or so - you have best of both worlds.