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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 06-14-2011, 10:59 AM - Thread Starter
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Hello, recently I started thinking about making myself a test bench.

I am not a benchmarker or anything like that, I just prefer the looks of a test bench and I like the idea of having my hardware on display instead of it being hidden somewhere.

I also think this would be a fun little project and I like the idea of building it myself.

Now my question is, are there any advantages or disadvantages of using a bench instead of a case?

The obvious one is dust, but if I was to put a see through roof thing on top would that solve it?

My second concern is the airflow, whether it will be better or worse.

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Have a look in this thread for some information: https://www.overclock.net/computer-cases/1040691-questions-test-bench-owners.html

Dust is going to happen no matter how you build it. Even fully enclosed cases get dust. Dust filters can only reduce the issue.


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I ran my system on open air for a week while waiting for a case. It didn't seem to collect that much dust except for the stuff that normally settles on stationary items. Anything with a fan obviously collected much more, but I was surprised. I think it's totally viable as long as you clean it occasionally. Don't know if a roof is really needed either.
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I think there are overall more benefits using a case. I don't see how people can even consider using a testbench as a permanent solution; horrible to say the least. It's just the normal cheap/bad way out.


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Temps will not nessesairly be better than on a closed case because there will not be a push pull going on.

Well, for negatives..

1. Dust.
2. Dirt-Liquids may fall.
3. You will need a power button.
4. Loudness!
5. May get damaged more easily, by falling.

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I think a test bench would be easier to hoover than a case, so that should solve the dust problem?

@Angelo, cant you push and pull in a test bench?
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I think there are overall more benefits using a case. I don't see how people can even consider using a testbench as a permanent solution; horrible to say the least.

Such as? Remember that others have different uses than yourself.

I designed my own tech station and had it built for me. I swap hardware enough and enjoy showing off my parts so I really like having them sitting on my desk. A quick blow of compressed air keeps the dust down perfectly. I get great temps and it makes it very easy to overclock as I have direct access to all my hardware.

If you have pets or small children, it can be a hazard, not so much for them as for your PC parts. Also, some people don't like to see their computer parts and prefer to have them inside a case.


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I dont have any small children or pets.

My plan is to make out of acrylic, and putting on about a million cold cathodes lol.
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I think it would be easier to clean, maybe dust would settle faster but it would be easier to blow out with canned air.

I might consider it when I do another build down the line.
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I'd prefer to have a sweet case than a tech bench but I can see the attraction...


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