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Nico Binford Aug 14, 2007, 08:07am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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My friend said that leaving the case open keeps the computer cooler. Is that true? Or will it overheat?

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Sean Costello Aug 14, 2007, 08:15am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Leaving case open
it would keep it cooler for the most part.

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Liquid Shadow Aug 14, 2007, 10:08am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Leaving case open
of course it will be cooler, but in most cases you should not need to keep your case open, unless you are really having heat issues, otherwise you are fine.



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Adam Kolak Aug 14, 2007, 10:10am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I would not recommend leaving your case open unless you are having severe overheating problems and are testing to see if your PC is overheating. Under normal circumstances there is no need to leave your case open.

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TamTheBam Aug 14, 2007, 10:11am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Leaving the case will also attract dust. Electrical components are like magnets for
dust

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FordGT90Concept Aug 14, 2007, 10:22am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Leaving case open
I agree with the rest: Leaving the case off inherently keeps it cooler but it is not recommended. The case essentially is a grounded shield around the working parts. It also keeps cords from getting jostled, fans from getting hit, and expansion cards from being moved (most seem to be very sensitive to that) by a rouge foot or hand. The case essentially is there to provide a cooling platform and structure for the components inside.

If something should blow up (like a capacitor), the case contains the explosion. XD

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Aug 14, 2007, 10:28am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Last summer during the heat wave, I kept my case door off and put a box fan on high in its place. :) Kept that baby cool. :cool:

LOADED it with dust though ... :~

David Aug 14, 2007, 10:37am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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It keeps most of your components cooler but it messes your airflow up, so things like HDD's might run hotter.

But like everyone else said, the dust will hurt it.

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G. G. Aug 14, 2007, 10:45am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Leaving case open
one area that was not mentioned...... that is...

keeps accidents from happening....

examples:

if the computer is on the floor - keeps flying/rolling objects out of the computer like a ball, foot, a thrown shoe across the floor, a playful dog, a curious cat's paw, a vacuum cleaner's head, etc.... from going into the computer causing damage.

if the computer is on the table - keeps flying objects like pencil/pens/paper clips/fustrated mouse during CSS...... out of the computer...

Basically im saying is that, let it be intentionally or an accident.... that cover will help protect your components from damage.

you dont want to give Mr. Murphy any reasons to come calling on you. The less visit from him the better for your computer and you.

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B Aug 14, 2007, 11:16am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I agree with everyone above.

A closed case also helps prevent electrical interference with the circuits.

Josh Aug 14, 2007, 12:00pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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It actually might not always help keep it cooler. Usually, yes. But always, no.

Think of the airflow that is currently happening (from front to back). If you take out the side, the air will have more of a tendency to just sit in that general area.

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FingerMeElmo87 Aug 14, 2007, 01:09pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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like every one said, dont take the side panel off because o-so many things can happen. now, the closes thing you can get to running you computer with the side panel off, with out actually doing it, would be to get that Xclio case with that ridiculous 36cm side case fan.

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Joshua Marius, LeThe Aug 17, 2007, 05:36pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Leaving case open
This is how I cool my case: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17NJVzOABnM

It's very effective and only costs about 5 bucks. It dropped my CPU temperature by about 6 degrees. Way more effective than buying a 60 dollar heatsink.


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FingerMeElmo87 Aug 17, 2007, 05:57pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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thats pretty tight. cool beans

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Aug 17, 2007, 06:07pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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That's nice, Joshua. Looks tidy, too. :_)

B Aug 25, 2007, 06:07pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I like that.

Nice modification.

Scumbag Blues Aug 25, 2007, 06:20pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Leaving case open
Actually, it depends. If you have case fan, keeping the case closed is better. By closing the case, you create a channel for the air to flow. Having the case open, it's anybody's guess where the air is coming and going and whether or not it's actually cooling anything. If you don't have a case fan, keeping the case open should be cooler than keeping it closed as a general rule of thumb. But that depends on humidity and air temperature as well.

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