Hardware failure after running for years

I had a PC running at my house that was running a web server, ftp server and performing some other tasks so it was turned on 24 hours per day. It ran for about 3 years in this state. I finally decided to turn it off and after three days of being turned off, it won’t turn back on. I suspect that the power supply is bad, but it could also be a problem with the motherboard. I’ll do a little troubleshooting soon to find out exactly what failed, but I am posting this here to remind you to be prepared for this situation. If you have a PC that runs 24/7, you should have some spare hardware sitting around to throw into if necessary (extra power supply, hard drive, etc). And make sure you back up that data so that it can be moved to another machine in a hurry!

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