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It appears it will be a while before the case for my new PC will be available, but I will have all the other parts. Therefore, I will likely run it without a case for a while (hopefully not long).

But is a wooden table a suitable surface for it (and the other components) to sit on?

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It's certainly better than a metal table ;) – David M Jul 15 '09 at 11:02
Indeed... and better for any referencing. – Richard Jul 15 '09 at 11:19
Be sure to have something metal around to touch occasionally, this will discharge any static electricity you may have accumulated moving around. – Moab Apr 4 '11 at 16:19
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Yes, it's fine. Basically, anything not conductive or susceptible to static electricity is fine.

Friend of mine didn't trust any surface and just hung all the components by strings from the ceiling.

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You gotta post pics! – Loren Pechtel Aug 25 '09 at 0:31
This is not his (it was a long time ago), but you get the idea: – Stefan Thyberg Aug 25 '09 at 8:17

Wooden is great for its nonconductive properties. Covering it with a hard rubber mat can be very helpful to minimize dings and bums and to prevent sliding. You should be able to find either mid-quality cabinet covers or even the foam matting used to adhere carpets to hard flooring. Apply a light coat of mild glue to the wood and just lay out the mat.

A flat mat is best (as opposed to a mesh) as a mesh can "eat" screws and small bits unless the mesh is fine enough.

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I have a computer that I took out of it's case because I wanted to fit in a bigger graphics card than could fit in the slimline case. I didn't want it to just lay around on my table and collect static, so I put it in a old printer paper box that was laying around:

Cardboard computer case

Bringing a whole new meaning to "cardboard box"

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