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    Can i run a PC with no case? Would it throw up problems?

    I have a old ish pc which is in a big case, i want it in my living room to use as a media center as such, but its way to big, i am wondering could i take out the motherboard/hard drives and power supply and just velcro them inside my Cupboard my tv stands on, it has a open back so i would be enough airflow? I imagine if i velcro it all to the top near the back it would be well hidden, i have a silent Power supply and am gonna get a silent fan to soon so should be quiet enough. I want a revo or something but am currently skint. The PC is a few years old but should be powerful enough, mainly for films and a bit of internet

    its
    2800 AMD Sempron processor
    3gb Ram
    2 x 300gb HD's
    1 X 180 HD
    Nvidia FX550 128mb Graphics
    Windows 7

    or how much would this be worth if i sold it on, then i could put the money towards a revo.

    Thanks Jim

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    yes.

    It will actually run better coz its more open.

    however, you might need a fan near it as the pc case may have hada fan in it

    TIm

    Just protect it from Static Electricity! and earth it somehow! :thumbsup:

    Original Poster

    cool i think i might try it then, the case never had a fan in it so should be ok, it wouldnt pick up any static electricity would it? its a wooden cupboard and only has dvds in ?

    You will need to keep an eye on the temps of the HDDs ,You say your case didnt have a fan but the PSU fan usually provides some airflow and heat is one of the biggest killers of HDDs,.

    Might be worth looking on ebuyer for a cheap replacement case, a smaller one that will fit in your cabinet.

    Although its perfectly acceptable to run a PC outside of a case, I would be err.. Slightly concerned, as sitting any piece of hardware down on the wrong surface is enough to blow it up.

    I am not too sure about the heat issues people are talking about, as far as I know temperatures of a PC cannot be lower than the ambiet temperature of the room. A computer is a lot more restrictive to heat dissapation with a case than without. So you should have better temperatures outside of a case than inside on all hardware (with or without fans).

    Banned

    lol just mod an Xbox :roll:

    http://www.fugly.com/media/IMAGES/Nerdy/Cardboard_Computer_Case.jpg

    lumoruk;5720019

    lol just mod an Xbox :roll:



    Nice. Is that how it arrived from Royal Mail? lol

    Banned

    Removing the case could actually make the system hotter. When fitted correctly, the fans will remove hot air from within the confined space. They wont be able to do that if the covers are off.

    Wont there be a issue with dust?

    Original Poster

    OK thanks for all your help, i would get a new case but i don't really wanna spend anything, as no doubt within a few months ill probs buy a revo or something similar. Ill just give it a bash and see how it goes, it may do the trick, although once i put my Velcro on the mother board and cupboard, might be a bit messy if i wanna peel it off, we will see

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    trouty500;5720248

    OK thanks for all your help, i would get a new case but i don't really … OK thanks for all your help, i would get a new case but i don't really wanna spend anything, as no doubt within a few months ill probs buy a revo or something similar. Ill just give it a bash and see how it goes, it may do the trick, although once i put my Velcro on the mother board and cupboard, might be a bit messy if i wanna peel it off, we will see



    stinge.

    Original Poster

    Hamm;5720253

    stinge.



    lol, just brought a house so am absolutely rinsed at the moment!

    Well you will have to mount it on something to hold the hard disk and dvd drive in so best thin to do if you dont want to spend any cash is to chop down you old case to a better size.

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    trouty500;5720341

    lol, just brought a house so am absolutely rinsed at the moment!



    go hunting the streets for an old 1 discarded

    or down the tip:thumbsup:

    look on here;

    localbargainfinder.co.uk/

    Pu in your postcode and it finds all the listings on e-bay near to you that are available for collection. Just look for an old PC, there's always loads up :thumbsup:

    Hamm;5720253

    stinge.



    A really helpful post there! Did you read the OP?

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    Boogie83e;5720400

    A really helpful post there! Did you read the OP?



    oh come off it, a case at a local car boot, or even freecycle for free?
    jees lighten up.

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    GAVINLEWISHUKD;5720353

    Well you will have to mount it on something to hold the hard disk and dvd … Well you will have to mount it on something to hold the hard disk and dvd drive in so best thin to do if you dont want to spend any cash is to chop down you old case to a better size.



    i was planning on ditching my dvd drive and just using heavy duty Velcro on all the rest of the parts to hold them in place and chopping down my case be messy and may be used to sell if i do get a small desktop at some point

    Hamm;5720409

    oh come off it, a case at a local car boot, or even freecycle for … oh come off it, a case at a local car boot, or even freecycle for free?jees lighten up.



    READ THE OP!!!

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    Boogie83e;5720424

    READ THE OP!!!



    ive read it, it doesnt mention sourcing from freecycle?
    Maybe if the OP is skint and just bought a house then should he really be fannying about trying to get a pc working without a case.
    just my 2 words.

    Hamm;5720459

    ive read it, it doesnt mention sourcing from freecycle?Maybe if the OP is … ive read it, it doesnt mention sourcing from freecycle?Maybe if the OP is skint and just bought a house then should he really be fannying about trying to get a pc working without a case.just my 2 words.



    Now. Post something helpful! or funny! If you can?

    mod

    Guys, please don't post unless you have something helpful or constructive to say. Too many off topic posts in here. The OP is asking for help/advice not insults, so please show a bit of respect. Thanks

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    Would insurance pay out in the case of a fire if they found the remains of a PC under your TV but no trace of a metal case? The metal is there to protect you from ]Electromagnetic Radiation by the way

    You can do it. Mines in a wooden box but you really DO need to address the subject of cooling/airflow.

    Would be cool if you could show us the end product,

    I've built a Htpc system from my gaming pc main problem i hit was the size of the case needed to house a atx motherboard and a 8800 gtx graphics card,

    I found one bought it off ebay but had to buy a new tv stand though to fit the case :oops:

    Original Poster

    Thanks For all your help, i have decided against putting it in a cupboard due to what some of you have said about airflow and HD failures. How much do you think it is worth? my old man says he will take it to replace his old pc, so ill save up and put it towards a nice small desktop. I don't want to rip him off but i don't no how much its worth really

    Thanks

    Well I reckon you should carry on with it. As long as theres good airflow passing the drives etc it'll be ok. Certainly no worse than running a drive in an external enclosure, they really kill drives.

    Original Poster

    right ive given it a go and although a little noisy, it fits in my cupboard nicely and using a few iPhone apps i got it turning on/off/mouse/keyboard and a remote for boxee which is great by the way. I am a little worried about my HD's they feel warm/hot to touch, i have a little sidebar gadget which is telling me the heat and its gone red, guessing thats not a brilliant sign, anyway 1 is 46 degrees and the other are 47? I read somewhere that 55 is about ok, so ill leave it runnin and keep an eye on it, running at this kinda heat is it gonna damage them or possible give them a shorter life span

    I left it on for a hour and 2 creeped up to 50 and one to 48 so i turned it off as i was a little worried, May need a extra fan. Not sure what ill do really, can anyone have a quick look at the temperatures on theirs in a normal desktop as a comparison
    Thanks

    trouty500;5784408

    right ive given it a go and although a little noisy, it fits in my … right ive given it a go and although a little noisy, it fits in my cupboard nicely and using a few iPhone apps i got it turning on/off/mouse/keyboard and a remote for boxee which is great by the way. I am a little worried about my HD's they feel warm/hot to touch, i have a little sidebar gadget which is telling me the heat and its gone red, guessing thats not a brilliant sign, anyway 1 is 46 degrees and the other are 47? I read somewhere that 55 is about ok, so ill leave it runnin and keep an eye on it, running at this kinda heat is it gonna damage them or possible give them a shorter life spanI left it on for a hour and 2 creeped up to 50 and one to 48 so i turned it off as i was a little worried, May need a extra fan. Not sure what ill do really, can anyone have a quick look at the temperatures on theirs in a normal desktop as a comparisonThanks



    50c is pretty typical for an external drive (although not good). I've had one up to 65c. It's a bit noisy now though :lol:

    Get a 12cm cooling fan and have that blow air across them, you'll see a massive drop within minutes and they're pretty quiet too.

    Aim for within ambient temp + 10c:thumbsup:
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