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How Safe is running a tower without its case?

post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 
Hey

I have a PC kicking about that I still use because i'm a cheap skate. Problem is it wont run with the case on. Is this because it gets too hot or is it because the case is shorting out the motherboard?

Jonny
post #2 of 24
by " wont run" do u mean that it starts and runs for a bit before it kills out ( possible heat problem ) or does it not turn on period ( possible short )
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post #3 of 24
Thread Starter 
Yeah sorry, it runs, but then shorts out at random occasions.
post #4 of 24
Please tell me your using standoffs.
post #5 of 24
I used to run a system barebone on a cutout wood piece, worked fine.
post #6 of 24
..... hmm well first thing that i would do is pull everything out of the case and clean it in depth and make sure that the mobo can make good contact on the stand-offs, then i would make sure the PSU is in good condition ie; check all cables and end connections for frays and what not then place it all back together

if after you do all that and it still seems to have an issue u can do what i have done before and u can pull all the components back out and lay them in a cardboard box and hook it all back up and test it..... this will tell you for sure if its the case shorting out the mobo or something internal.

good luck
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post #7 of 24
people bench mobo boxes, its fine to run out side the case.. just becarful of fans with fingers, and shock or kill yourself with the PSU
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post #8 of 24
Thread Starter 
Just to clarify when I say case, I mean just the side partition, I don't want to injure myself. Thank you for your advice, I think it may be time to get a new tower, just wanted to know whether it was an electrical issue or a heating issue.
post #9 of 24
BTW, what is the case you have?
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Arctic F12 CO PWM x 2 Push/Pull Windows 7 64 bit Ultimate LG IPS235V Corsair AX850 
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Coolermaster HAF 912 advanced (Asia version) 
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Plextor M5p 128GB 2 x WD 500GB Blues LG Prolimatech Megahalems Rev C 
CoolingOSMonitorPower
Arctic F12 CO PWM x 2 Push/Pull Windows 7 64 bit Ultimate LG IPS235V Corsair AX850 
Case
Coolermaster HAF 912 advanced (Asia version) 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
I5-3570K Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H-B3 Inno3D Ichill GTX660 8GB G.Skill RipjawsX 1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Samsung 830 128GB WD black 500GB Liteon Coolermaster Hyper 212+ EVO 
OSMonitorPowerCase
Win 7 ultimate Samsung Syncmaster 932gwe+ OCZ ZT series 550W Coolermaster 410 
CPUMotherboardRAMHard Drive
1.67Ghz Atom stock 1GB DDR2 2 x 500GB Western Digital Cavier Blacks [RAID 1] 
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stock DSM3.2 [built on linux] stock stock 
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Synology DX510 Expansion unit 5 x 1TB WD Cavier Blacks in a RAID 6 
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post #10 of 24
pull it all out and lay it in a cardboard box and see if it happens again before u go spending money on a case that u might not need..... takes 20 minutes and might save u $50+
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OCZ Vertex 4 128GB Seagate 1TB HDD ASUS 24x DVD-RW Corsair H100i 
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Windows 7 64bit Vizio 39" LED HDTV Razer Black Widow Cooler Master Silent Pro M2 720w 
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