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post #1 of 21
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Ok, I know the title is a bit ambiguous redface.gif

But looking for ways to put a rack on the side of my case to hold my Logitech G35 headset. I was going to drill a couple holes into the side and screw in some kind of rack, but that is bit more permanent than I want.

A magnet would be perfect, but it would be a foot from my monitor and speakers, not to mention the delicate internals of my computer. I could move the magnet closer to my DVD drive, but I still am unsure if I would risk harming any of my components. Is this a really stupid idea or am I worrying too much?
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post #2 of 21
If it's not near something like a HDD, then you should be fine.
post #3 of 21
a lot of it has to do with the strength of the magnet... as different magnets have different size fields and strength...

a foot or so? is it a CRT monitor? if it is, see if it causes any discoloration...
the other option is to take another magnet and see where the one you are going to mount starts to pull on the other...
that would be your not so safe zone for magnetic field sensitive devices.
    
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post #4 of 21
I've got HUGE magnets right next to my rig (my woofers to my 12" towers). No side effects at all.

Honestly, unless you had some MONSTER subwoofer magnets....I wouldn't worry about it.
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post #5 of 21
You sir are braver than I. Reality of it is though keep it away from hdd's and don't go extreme. Like some big rare earth magnet you could pick your computer up with and you should be fine. The best place would be right next to the psu as that produces an em field as it is and is about as far from your hdd's as you can get. Assuming your psu is top mounted.

My luck I would wipe a drive or something. biggrin.gif
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post #6 of 21
the magnets arent strong when its a bit far. it loses its magnetism exponentially so ur headset wont do anything to it. if its strong enough to get a screw driver stuck to it then theres something wrong.
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post #7 of 21
Things to watch out for:
Mechanical Disk Drives
CRT Monitors

Anything else isn't affected by strong magnetic fields (maybe your ethernet cable depending on what you're doing).
Personally I would put the HDD as far away from it as possible, or just upgrade to an SSD.
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post #8 of 21
I had my rig above my woofer for a decent amount of time a little bit ago. Nothing ever happened.

I think you have to literally directly place a magnet on top of a hard drive for anything to occur. Don't quote me on that, though.
post #9 of 21
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Haha, thanks for the advice!

I don't have a magnet strong enough to hold up a couple pieces of paper at the moment, let alone my headset. But if it's not going to kill anything outright I won't mind spending the money to find a substantial enough magnet.
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post #10 of 21
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Originally Posted by beers;12885343 
Things to watch out for:
Mechanical Disk Drives
CRT Monitors

Anything else isn't affected by strong magnetic fields (maybe your ethernet cable depending on what you're doing).
Personally I would put the HDD as far away from it as possible, or just upgrade to an SSD.

Eh... unless you have an powerful electromagnet, HDDs are safe from your weak magnetic fields.
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