• Steam getting remote game downloads
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[QUOTE=BloodFox1222;35797750]Even worse if your computer lights up. May not seem like much but those red lights are very bright if nothing else is on.[/QUOTE] Having a HAF932, the front LED alone easily lights up the entire room enough to read the newspaper (seriously that thing is a miniature sun). Though I guess not all cases are as noisy as mine so sleeping with it on might not be hard.
Does this mean IOS might finally get the update we have been waiting for since like release?
[QUOTE=Chrille;35796323]Eh, I'm not really leaving my PC on when I'm at work. [editline]2nd May 2012[/editline] Or anywhere else, really.[/QUOTE] Like the article says, if it's a release day for a game you really want to play when you get home, I think you could just simply turn the computer on in the morning before leaving just that one day. Of course you don't install games everyday, so then you don't need to leave it on everyday.
[QUOTE=MrEndangered;35796494]Some of us actually have to pay the electricity bill.[/QUOTE] military benefits!
Going to try this out since apparently there is a beta update for it.
[QUOTE=Bubz;35799291]military benefits![/QUOTE] Fair point. Some of us actually have to pay the electricity bill rather than being blown up.
[QUOTE=redBadger;35797736]Should add an option to automatically shut down your PC after the download/install is complete, to solve electric problems some people will have.[/QUOTE] I always wondered why they never implemented that. I'd rather have that than this.
[QUOTE=Marbalo;35796526]isn't the electric bill through the fucking roof?[/QUOTE] "idk my dad pays for it"
I guess this is a feature which will be used a lot with a HTPC/10ft ui steam. So you could start the download of games without having to turn on your TV and so on. And manage your games from your phone.
[QUOTE=jumpydave;35796785]No, actually leaving electronics on is better for them in the long run, at least if you can pay for the electric bill. Turning them off and then on again day in and day out isn't good as turning them on causes rapid heating, and rapid heating expands the electronics inside. When you turn it off, it causes rapid cooling, which in turn shrinks the electronics inside. You can imagine this would not be very good for a circuit board, constantly expanding and shrinking.[/QUOTE] That seems like a sound argument on paper, but unless you can find me an accredited study that supports this, I'm not buying it. [editline]2nd May 2012[/editline] [quote]One imagines that the feature will also be added to the Steam mobile app.[/quote] Still waiting on group chat support.
I've never had any problems turning on and off PCs each day for years. Yeah there's expansion and contraction, but has it been a problem for anyone, ever?
I think this was hinted at in the code for the Steam Mobile application. It had some text tags like "Downloading game" and the likes.
[QUOTE=MrEndangered;35796494]Some of us actually have to pay the electricity bill.[/QUOTE] An idling PC doesn't eat up much electricity at all. I'm perfectly capable of paying my current bills. Besides, one of my case fans is a bitch and makes horrible noise when I turn on my PC. I have to open it up (which is easy due to the case) and poke the fan for a bit until the noise stops every time I turn it on. But if I keep it on 24/7 it causes no problems.
[QUOTE=Marbalo;35796526]Ive never actually met a single person who does this and it baffles me. Why would you keep it on 24/7? Doesnt it overheat after a certain period of time or at least cause some performance problems? Doesnt it collect dust twice as fast? And of course, isn't the electric bill through the fucking roof?[/QUOTE] Hard drives and fans constantly spinning. Also I'm pretty sure that sometimes computers need rebooted just to reset what it can [editline]3rd May 2012[/editline] [QUOTE=Zezibesh;35806484]An idling PC doesn't eat up much electricity at all. I'm perfectly capable of paying my current bills. Besides, one of my case fans is a bitch and makes horrible noise when I turn on my PC. I have to open it up (which is easy due to the case) and poke the fan for a bit until the noise stops every time I turn it on. But if I keep it on 24/7 it causes no problems.[/QUOTE] Get a new fan.
[quote]So you'll never again stumble through your front door, let your brave face slip and burst into tears, then collapse on your bed squeezing your terrified cat.[/quote] This sentence is unnervingly true.
[QUOTE=Zedicus Mann;35806537]Hard drives and fans constantly spinning. Also I'm pretty sure that sometimes computers need rebooted just to reset what it can[/quote] Maybe with Vista and XP, but my copy of w7 has been running up to two weeks without restart. Usually I reboot at least once a week though. Hard drives can be turned off after one hour of idling. Fans can be turned down if not completely off. [QUOTE=Zedicus Mann;35806537] Get a new fan.[/QUOTE] I have, but I'm not installing it before this one finally dies.
I can imagine more use for this in the Steam mobile app.
[QUOTE=Zezibesh;35806484]An idling PC doesn't eat up much electricity at all. I'm perfectly capable of paying my current bills.[/QUOTE] Yeah your bill might increase a whopping $1 every month. Electricity is dirt cheap.
[QUOTE=PvtCupcakes;35808349]Yeah your bill might increase a whopping $1 every month. Electricity is dirt cheap.[/QUOTE] Electricity is nowhere near dirt cheap in Denmark.
I don't turn off my pc, I just put it to sleep or hibernate, although hibernating is turning off so I guess that doesn't count.
Either everyone here lives in a place that burns ophans for fuel or they run computers completely at load constantly, because computers don't use much power at all at Idle. I don't know if people know my rig, but I have two 580's, 4.5ghz 2600k, 17fans, 6 harddrives, and all sorts of accessories and it uses maybe 100-125watts at idle, less if I turn off my USB hubs and stuff. [QUOTE=MrEndangered;35796494]Some of us actually have to pay the electricity bill.[/QUOTE] I don't know what kind of computer you have, but it must have bad components , that can't cycle power states if it's making a decent percentage of your bill. I have a very powerful system and at idly it's pulling 100watts perhaps, and over here that comes to about 8 bucks a month to run it on idle speeds. Make it 10-12 dollars including my gaming sessions. Your computer is either a datacenter or a system that can't downclock properly. [editline]3rd May 2012[/editline] [QUOTE=Marbalo;35796526]Ive never actually met a single person who does this and it baffles me. Why would you keep it on 24/7? Doesnt it overheat after a certain period of time or at least cause some performance problems? Doesnt it collect dust twice as fast? And of course, isn't the electric bill through the fucking roof?[/QUOTE] If your computer overheats from running constantly or has performance problems, consider getting that fixed. Computer at idle use about as much power as a normal incandescent lightbulb generally. In my other room of the house is the family computer with a athlon x4, single harddrive, HD3200 video card and it uses about 40watts idle and when people use it, it's at about 65watts. Edit: I see now that electricity might be very expensive in other parts of the world, and that's true. Though computers simply don't use as much electricity when you compare it to most other common devices.
[QUOTE=Brt5470;35809466][editline]3rd May 2012[/editline] If your computer overheats from running constantly or has performance problems, consider getting that fixed. Computer at idle use about as much power as a normal incandescent lightbulb generally. In my other room of the house is the family computer with a athlon x4, single harddrive, HD3200 video card and it uses about 40watts idle and when people use it, it's at about 65watts. Edit: I see now that electricity might be very expensive in other parts of the world, and that's true. Though computers simply don't use as much electricity when you compare it to most other common devices.[/QUOTE] But the computers add up when you're a family with 6 very commonly used computers. And you can't compare computers with lightbulbs here, the old 60 watt bulbs is banned and most of our light is like 13-17 watt now.
[QUOTE=Marbalo;35796526]Ive never actually met a single person who does this and it baffles me. Why would you keep it on 24/7? Doesnt it overheat after a certain period of time or at least cause some performance problems? Doesnt it collect dust twice as fast? And of course, isn't the electric bill through the fucking roof?[/QUOTE] My Uptime: [img]http://i48.tinypic.com/svkni8.png[/img] And it runs incredibly well. Havin to boot up the PC every morning is taking too long before school, as I only have 15 minutes between breakfast and school, and my pc takes at least 5 minutes to boot. [editline]4th May 2012[/editline] Also when I'm not using it it's running Folding@Home
Now F@H will eat a shitton of electricity.
[QUOTE=DrLuke;35820029]My Uptime: [img]http://i48.tinypic.com/svkni8.png[/img] And it runs incredibly well. Havin to boot up the PC every morning is taking too long before school, as I only have 15 minutes between breakfast and school, and my pc takes at least 5 minutes to boot. [editline]4th May 2012[/editline] Also when I'm not using it it's running Folding@Home[/QUOTE] I had a screenshot of my monthworth of uptime somewhere before Windows crapped itself and forced me to reboot
[QUOTE=krakadict;35798528]then you get home only to find it's downloaded 900~mb and it's suspended[/QUOTE] I once had to download Episodes from liberty city on steam and downloaded at 800kb/s, put it at download while I slept, when I woke up I found out that the PC was restarted by windows update 5 minutes after I went to sleep. :suicide:
[QUOTE=acds;35798688]Having a HAF932, the front LED alone easily lights up the entire room enough to read the newspaper (seriously that thing is a miniature sun). Though I guess not all cases are as noisy as mine so sleeping with it on might not be hard.[/QUOTE] I empathize with that. Pro-tip: Put a sticky note on the power/HDD lights or in-line a resistor. Use an aftermarket CPU cooler that runs quiet. Identify any loud fans and replace. Shit runs so quiet with those gigantic case fans...
[QUOTE=Marbalo;35796526]Ive never actually met a single person who does this and it baffles me. Why would you keep it on 24/7? Doesnt it overheat after a certain period of time or at least cause some performance problems? Doesnt it collect dust twice as fast? And of course, isn't the electric bill through the fucking roof?[/QUOTE] I left mine on for 24/7 for about 6 months because I was hosting a server. No overheating, didn't seem to collect dust any faster, electric bill might have been slightly higher, but compared to large appliances, a PC doesn't use very much. [editline]4th May 2012[/editline] [QUOTE=acds;35796829]There are two ways to be able to keep the computer on all day: Not having it in the same room you sleep in or to be a massive neckbeard that doesn't mind falling asleep to the sound of computer fans spinning.[/QUOTE] Mine's pretty much silent now that I switched to an SSD and a H50
My PC is decked out with a ton of quiet fans nowadays, but i kinda miss my old PC. On a cold winter night, I could turn it on, start rendering like a 20 minute video of just random shit, and watch the frost melt off the windows.
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