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Shut Down Or Not To Shut Down?

by TwoDawgs / March 29, 2004 8:12 AM PST

That is my question. I've heard both answers and I'm still not sure what I should do. Is it better to shut down my computers when they are not being used or leave them running all the time?

Thanks in advance,

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Re:Shut Down Or Not To Shut Down?
by glb613 / March 29, 2004 8:17 AM PST

I shut mine down. Why waste the electricity?

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Re:Re:Shut Down Or Not To Shut Down?
by TwoDawgs / March 29, 2004 8:32 AM PST

I've always shut mine down also but I've been told it's easier on the machine to leave them running and it really doesn't use up much more electricity to leave them running especially if you turn off the monitor. Thanks for the response.

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Re:Shut Down Or Not To Shut Down?
by Yew / March 29, 2004 8:51 AM PST

Shutting it down reduces the amount of electricity used and causes some additional wear and tear on non-solid state parts.

Leaving it on uses additional electricity. Granted the monitor uses most of the electricity, but most computers today have at least a 300W power supply, so they use 300W of power no matter if they're sitting idle or doing something.

It's up to you which one works better for you. The additional wear on the parts is negligable, so it's a matter of if you want to lower your utility bills a little.

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Re:Shut Down Or Not To Shut Down?
by willeyram / April 11, 2004 3:15 PM PDT

I have seen people do both. Personally, I like to leave my computer running throughout the week, and then give it a break on the weekend or whenever I am going to be gone. I turn my monitor off at night or when I am not using it, but the computer stays running until the weekend or until I leave. Keeping in mind, this is on Windows XP or 2000 Pro. I would not recommend this for Windows 9X or ME.

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