• That depends on you computer and your operating system. You can try not turning off the computer and see if you have any problems. If you start having problems then you can either restart or turn the computer off for 10 sec. and turn it back on. If this happens often enough to be annoying then you might want to turn off the computer every night.
  • HELL YEAH! actually you don't really have to, but you'll probably notice it running smoother if you do.
  • This debate has raged for years. I know technicians who say yes, and technicians who say no. Personally, I leave mine on 24-7 with a re-start once or twice a week. Been running fine that way for 3 years.
  • Yes, especially in my area which is prone to lightning during the night.
  • If you are having a lot of thunderstorms in your area, it would be a good idea to not only turn off your computer but you should also disconnect any wires that are connected to it. It's sad when lightning zaps a computer and nukes it dead for good.
  • ITs a religious question! You could ask 100 tech's and get at least 50 different answers. It really depends on the area you live, the PC you own and your own personal choice. We have had this very discussion in the school I attend and out of 20 people each one has different choices. Like those above said if you live in a area that has lighten strikes, then by all means, turn it off when your not on it and have it plugged into at battery backup(UPS) which can protect it from surges.and make sure phone line runs though it also. I personally turn mine on first thing in the morning and it runs till about 2:00 am in the morning then I turn it off as I head to bed, always have made sure my virus & spyware protect is in place and do good housekeeping between also and this system that I built 3 yrs ago has been running strong no problems. But thats just my personal choice of keeping my PC the way I like it, not saying its right or wrong.
  • If you're thinking about saving electricity, turning off your computer, will save a little power, but even a big desk top uses less power than a refrigerator or even an aquarium.
  • I very rarely turn my computer off. I may turn it off once or twice in a week, certainly no more than that.
  • You don't have to. If components fail they'll most likely do so due to excessive heat, static discharge or voltage surges. Leaving a machine on in a standby state consumes very little electricity, but turning it off consumes almost none (small trickle). If you're worried about economics, turn it off. If you're worried about component fatigue, purchase a good quality power supply and motherboard. If you're concerned about surges, get a surge protector or UPS (I highly recommend one). If you're worried about static discharge, ground yourself fully before opening the case. If it's heat, make sure your heatsinks are clean and there is a free flow of air through the chassis. As GTech says, there are a million different responses to this question, some harking back to the eighties (with shonky components and dodgy capacitors), others built from personal experience, others from imagined scenarios. Just get yourself good quality equipment (Especially the PS and MB) and you'll be fine.
  • You don't have to, though on an environmental and economic scale, it's definitely a good thing.

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