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Old 03-23-2010, 02:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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how would i use my computer if i had all of the parts and no case, just lay it out on a piece of cardboard and go? are there any dangers? all idears and surrgestions are welcome
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Yup, basically thats how you do it.

Dangers are dropping things on it, and knocking it around.
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how would i use my computer if i had all of the parts and no case, just lay it out on a piece of cardboard and go? are there any dangers? all idears and surrgestions are welcome
Yup that's how to do it basically as mentioned above ^. Added dangers may be extended to how much dust is around also, as it can just rest on it without any fans and stuff to help blow it away.
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thanks, is there a amount of time where this becoms unhealthy, what about the underside of the mobo heating up? my case is arriving in about a week so i intend to run it on a desk untill it arrives
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thanks, is there a amount of time where this becoms unhealthy, what about the underside of the mobo heating up? my case is arriving in about a week so i intend to run it on a desk untill it arrives
Don't think it would heat up in that aspect, it should run fine. Just take a bit extra caution of the surroundings, keeping it away from dust; moving it around or making any sudden shifts.
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Thanks for the help and here it is

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No prob . Nice setup, and love the blue lights .
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Looks like some pretty fancy gear that you've got there. However I'd like to present an alternative view. Apart from testing just to see everything power up, I wouldn't run anything outside of the case. There's a few reasons for this, some of which have been mentioned already:
- dust
- accidents dropping things or getting caught on things
- i think some components need to be earthed to avoid damage
- everything is exposed to getting zapped and damaged by static discharge (especially sitting on that bit of paper
- some computers are very sensitive to Electro Magnetic / radio interference (I remember many of the old macs had shielding everwhere, and many PC's rely on the metal case.
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do you think it would be best if i got rid of the bit of cardboard and just had it on the table, also i am using this as my computer for the next week, so i was even considering gaming but now im not to sure, any advice, is there a way to discharge the parts, is static really a problem???

The gear the is being used is:

Mobo: Gigabyte GA-P35-DS4
GPU: Galaxy Nividia 8800GT 512MB the thing the is attached to it is a new big-*** heatsink and a fan
Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 @ 2.40GHz (just the min speed)
crappy hard drive...
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do you think it would be best if i got rid of the bit of cardboard and just had it on the table, also i am using this as my computer for the next week, so i was even considering gaming but now im not to sure, any advice, is there a way to discharge the parts, is static really a problem???

The gear the is being used is:

Mobo: Gigabyte GA-P35-DS4
GPU: Galaxy Nividia 8800GT 512MB the thing the is attached to it is a new big-*** heatsink and a fan
Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 @ 2.40GHz (just the min speed)
crappy hard drive...
If you had the anti-static bag/paper thing it came in, you could use that. To me it should work fine no matter koinonas has some good points. I once did this, on tile though, which is worst than you got there...an it all worked fine, kept it so for a couple of days lol. Fully functioning and connected to the net also. Might be different though now, not sure how the parts are now-a-days. I experimented with this like 5 years ago.

Edit: The optical drives and hdd won't really matter, it's more of the board to be concerned about (and it's parts connected to it such as any cards).
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