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leaving desktop on carpet OK?

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#1 sniper8752


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Posted 03 August 2015 - 09:00 PM

I noticed on the bottom of my desktop, there is an opening for airflow.  I am guessing it helps to dissipate the heat from the power supply?  Is it okay to stand the desktop up, or should I keep it on its side if I am going to keep it on a carpet?  Or does it even really matter?

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#2 gigawert


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Posted 03 August 2015 - 09:04 PM

My desktop is on a carpet and it is fine. My case has tiny little legs that raise it a few millimeters and there is an opening on the bottom, covered with some kind of dust screen. It's been sitting there for 8 months and it's doing OK. Just had to dust it once in all that time.

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Posted 04 August 2015 - 11:49 AM

If it has feet that raise it so it has unrestricted airflow then its fine.

If the PSU gets too hot it might fail and catch the carpet on fire.

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Posted 04 August 2015 - 05:03 PM

I've had computers on carpeting since 1996...no problems.  My cases all have air vents front/back, none on bottom...my PSUs are upper mounts..


If your PSU is on the bottom of the case...you obviously need some air flow into the PSU fan...as long as that happens, the system should be good.



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Posted 05 August 2015 - 03:23 PM

Many of the units I've serviced that were setting on carpet/tile/hardwood floors had an influx of carpet fuzz along with the normal helping of dust and dirt.  Filters are a must if cleaning isn't regular.  Note needs to be taken to keep track of temperatures as they will be the first indicator of fan overload from blocked vents and intake areas.

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