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    Is my computer going to fry?

    My computer is always on to download anime. I've left it on for weeks without shutting it down.

    I'm worried that if I leave it on while I'm at school, the fan may eventually stop functioning and my computer will fry and catch on fire or something.

    Should I be worried?
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    not really. you do shorten the life of your fans when you leae them on all the time but you can install a heat sensor that will kill the power to your box if the temperature gets near the dangerous levels. the grat thing is these sensors can cost as little as $20 usd and some can interface with your motherboard (depending on make and model) and cause the operating system to shut down intead of just cutting power eliminating errors on the next start up. these sensors are lifesavers b/c they let you replace the broken fans before something else breaks keeping your costs WAY down. you can find these sensors at such fine internet establishments as www.cyberguys.com(deffinetly here) or www.thinkgeek.com(not sure about this one but it should)

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    well i do have some advice:

    - im pretty sure u do this, but keep the monitor off.
    - and try to give your Harddrive some rest, be more worry about this than the fan

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    true, true. the harddrive needs to rest sometimes...

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    It also depends what kind of computer you have. An example of an extremist would be:

    My friend built the most powerfull pc known to man. He uses two clip-on fans to cool down his cpu, otherwise it would burn to ashes. That's insane. So, maybee if your worried, and want to "rube" it open 'er up and lay on the breeze! (way cheaper too)

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    I'd also be concered about a power glitch that could force a improper shutdown and cause some file system damage. Since most power outages are only a few seconds in length, investing in a Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) to keep your system up and running, and also provide some protection against power surges (lighting strikes a few dozen miles away on a power line can be a real PAIN!!)...
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    If you're going to leave it on all the time, there's probably a few things you need to do on occasion to make sure that your computer does not overheat.

    1. Clean it on occasion. You would be amazed how much dust gets into a box. Cleaning out the dust will reduce overall temperature inside the unit.

    2. Make sure that there is plenty of room in there for air flow. Tie up cables, remove components that your not using, etc.

    3. Do NOT overclock your CPU or your graphics card.

    4. Get Motherboard Monitor and SpeedFan -- these are freeware that can monitor and control your motherboard temps and your fan speed. You can get these from most freeware archives. Or Google.

    Modern CPUs can take a lot of heat with a decent fan. On my default fan settings, my CPU generally hangs out at 55-60 deg. C, and can spike up to 80 during periods of heavy activity; both are well within the specs for my CPU (AMD Athlon XP 1700+). Also, many BIOSes also have heat sensors that will shut the computer down if it gets too hot; check the specs for your machine for all this info, you may find that you're worrying over nothing.

    I agree with pyoro-pyoro, BTW. Your hard drive will probably drop dead sooner than your CPU would.
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    Like they said, And if you know how to set the bios of you PC, You should at least, set the limit temp of the cpu, Power suplie & Video card in the way to shut down the PC before they reach the limit Temp., This way, You will be sure that even if you are not there, You pc will not fry.

    For the screen saver and the energy saver, be aware. When you set your monitor to shut down after some time, this is OK. But i you set the hard drive to shut or put the systeme to stand-by, This could cause some prob if you are downloading........
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