Originally posted by GreenTeaBagger
Why would you want to ruin or shorten the lifespan of perfectly good hardware that you spend money on (money doesn't grow on trees people) just because you would "Upgrade to a better part in a few months". Like I said before people make up these"its better to leave it on" excuses because they're lazy and impatient and can't lift a finger to press the dang power button.
It's not as if just leaving it on is going to absolutely ruin it. If you want to keep it in perfect condition, dont take it out of the package, problem solved! I'm sure we're all well aware of how much computer components cost and that parts (mostly) arent cheap. Right now since my gaming comp is out of commision (newegg sent a new mobo DOA, arghhhhh!!) I'm on my 3 year old 2.4ghz P4 dell. I have left this baby on for a long time and it has never had any problems. Only thing that has gone wrong is the crappy optical drives dell put in, but they crapped out 6 months after we got the computer anyway.
My dad has a 7 year old gateway, all original components, he has left that thing on for a long time and we have 3 cats and a dog, he doesnt clean out the hair at all. That thing has been running strong (yet slow as one could imagine) the whole time he's had it and it suits his needs. So, as I was saying, parts arent just going to die on you if they get used, since you know, that was their purpose.
Until you have sufficient proof that components life span and productivity is severely reduced in a resonable amount of time before one upgrades, I wont listen to your argument anymore.