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I'm designing my system and I was mulling over the idea of placing my tower 6 inches from the wall so that the side panel is removed to enhance cooling while facing the "protective" wall.

There would have to be many specific conditions to prevent accidents: I wouldn't want some object accidentally thrown into the case, so it helps that I live alone, I have no pets or children, I don't randomly toss objects around, no houseflies around, etc. I even thought of constructing some partial barrier that allows ample air flow, which randomly led me to consider what many a noob has proposed: a desktop configuration with the top of the case removed.

I'd need plenty of secure space to ensure protection. At least it's an alternative to spending $300 extra for cooling--that includes fancy cases, nice fans, upgrades on heatsinks, etc.

It would also mean less stress on the motherboard when a heavy heatsink is clamped on it in a tower configuration.

I'm not even counting on the assertion that heat rises, just that it dissipates...

A cheap 15 inch table fan set 2 feet away from the desktop would blow air across the motherboard.

I doubt that this is an original idea. I've searched only 4 threads, can anyone point to the best thread on this or am I king of the noobs? (Wait, the true king asked about refrigerators and pulled a sword out of a rock.)

I mentioned "designed from scratch" because some of the threads refer to the ancient desktop and claim "the tower has more ways to install fans, etc." which I want to eliminate from the discussion.


For those who would never spend a penny for aesthetics, a huge clear plastic bin with 30cm holes for nearby fans could loosely cover the desktop for protection... see where I'm going with this? You could even get creative and install it in your HVAC system with filters...


The way to save $300 on cooling is très anti-cool.
Edited by Grandmaster - 1/18/11 at 3:20am
    
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Wow, you used an awful lot of words there, and I am pretty sure you where just describing a tech bench...
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shedding my noobinessosity takes time...
    
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Why not just run caseless? Sounds like you have a safe enough operating environment (no kids, pets, etc) and temps will be better.

You can put the money you saved on the case towards a good aftermarket CPU cooler and you won't have to worry about the board warping because it will be sitting flat.
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Then there are the issues of dust and portability.

It would be nice if systems were offered to accommodate the 'bench' setup in typical homes.
    
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