Questions regarding enclosures for devices

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Is it safe to power on a motherboard outside of its case?

I have a new motherboard which needs a BIOS update to support a new CPU. Thankfully I have an old (compatible) CPU handy. My plan is to install the old CPU, update the BIOS, then install the new ...
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Do hard drives really have open cases now?

I'm shopping for new hard drives and all the stores (Amazon, Overstock, Newegg, etc.) now show product pictures like this: I can find no information in the product descriptions or in Google searches ...
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How do I clean dust from a computer?

As computers become faster and generate more heat it gets more important to have good ventilation, but that also increases the amount of dust sticking to the components of the computer. It's of course ...
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How can I remove the smell of cigarettes from my computer?

I'm a smoker, and of course I smoke in front of the computer when I'm at home. Last Friday I moved out from my mother's house to my own, and since the computers were always turned on and the room was ...
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Fitting a Motherboard into a Computer Case

I'm interested in building my own computer. I saw a motherboard and CPU that I want to buy from Tiger Direct. My question is has to do with computer cases and motherboards. Are all motherboards ...
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2.5“ SSD in a 3.5” desktop drive bay normal?

I'm a little out of touch with modern desktop builds, but I recently built a new machine anyway. I want to pick up a SSD for my I/O intensive apps (EverQuest 2 and Flash CS4 mostly), but I'm having ...
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Optimal Fan Placement and Direction for Air-Cooling a Computer

My current computer has always run unusually hot no matter what steps I have taken such as: lots of fans—including four 120mms; thermal grease—both generic and Arctic Silver V; placement of the ...
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What is the safe temperature limit for a consumer SATA hard drive?

Background My personal desktop system at home has 5 SATA drives racked up inside. Recently my system started failing in odd ways like random kernel panics and I eventually traced it to random ...
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should case fans blow air into or out of the case

Well there's not really much more to ask than the title, so which way should fans blow?
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How to add a 2.5" drive to a desktop computer case?

I'm changing my computer case to the Fractal Design Define R3. It looks like a nice case, and it seems to have great reviews. I've got a 2.5" SSD drive that's kind of wedged in above my CD drive at ...
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Is there any methods of “unyellowing” old beige PC parts?

I have some (really) old PC parts that I would like to repurpose for fun. However the beige plastic on some of them has yellowed due to heat or sun exposure. Is there any way to restore them back to ...
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New build not powering up at all after connecting psu cables to hard drive

I recently decided to build myself a new, cheap(ish) rig mainly for HTPC use and I have now run into a BIG problem. The system simply refuses to show any signs of life. Problem: When I press the ...
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Powered Screwdriver for Computer Work

Does anyone know of a small, high-speed power screwdriver with really low torque (hand tight) for use on computer chassis? I screw in and unscrew screws on computer cases all day long and I'm ...
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Open case detection aka intrusion alarm

I am monitoring ACPI and other sensors on my mainboard with lm_sensors. there are two entries: intrusion0: ALARM intrusion1: ALARM From what I know these are sensors to detect an open case, but ...
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Front USB Port Grounding Issues

I think I have a static electricity problem. I have two computers in my house and a fiancé that wears fuzzy socks. Sometimes, when she plugs in USB devices into the front ports of her desktop ...
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Will cases with front USB port support USB 3.0?

If a computer case has a USB port in the front, will it support USB 3.0 if my motherboard supports it? Or does the case vendor need to specifically mention USB 3 support? (BTW, I haven't seen such ...
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Repeated Static Shock From New Rack Server

I recently bought a single rack server, but I often get shocked when I touch the full-metal case. It seems to take 20-30 minutes to "charge" between shocks, but I'm not enthusiastic about testing that ...
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Why are there so few computer cases that put the PSU at the front? [closed]

I am going to buy a new computer but I am having difficulty choosing the right case. It will be put in a place similar to this one: where the back is closed, making the PSU not suitable to be ...
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Getting new computer case. How to remove COA label

I am getting a new Case for my custom build but I already put the COA sticker on the side of my old case. Does anyone have any recommendations how to remove it without destroying it? I thought about ...
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Should I connect my case fan to a pwr_fan or chassis_fan header?

My ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 motherboard has the following fans: 2 x Chassis Fan connector(s) (1 x 4-pin, 1 x 3-pin) 2 x Power Fan connector(s) (3-pin) The fan cable connector has three pins (and it ...
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What is the name for a computer case that exposes the motherboard when opening?

I'm looking for a PC case that is functioning like old Macintosh cases. This is the case of a Power Macintosh G3 B&W. Notice it has a hinged door that opens downwards and has the motherboard on ...
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Do integrated speakers exist?

This is probably way off-topic, but do integrated pc speakers (not the "beep" kind..) exist for desktop PC's? I'm building a "mobile" box, and the only cables I need so far are power and monitor ...
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Is an SECC cabinet better than an aluminium one? [closed]

I'm shopping for a cabinet online Description of the material used in the cabinet varies from Steel, Aluminium Alloy to Acrylic My options are narrowed down to either Steel (SECC?), or Aluminium From ...
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Can't control case fan speeds

I a new case fan that is plugged directly in to the Mobo in "System Fan 2". I want to be able to control the RPMs of the fan. I have enabled system fan control in the bios. I am using SpeedFan. I am ...
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Front I/O ports on the front of a case

I have seen so many cases with front usb ports etc, but obviously they couldn't fit every motherboard, so I was wondering how they connect, do they come with a plug that connects to a sata port or pci ...
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Normal Case Temperature

My case tends to heat to 59.6 C in the summer. Is this too hot? What's an optimal temperature for inside a typical case?
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Motherboard Wiring

I bought a new case to put a motherboard in. Everything fits, I have done this before, but not in a long time! The case has wires for Power SW Reset SW Power LED HDD LED On the motherboard (ASUS ...
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How loud is dB concerning case fans, and whats a good air flow rate?

It's all very well that the shopping results on newegg tell me how loud the fan is in dB and how airflow it does in cfm. But what does that really mean, I (like everyone else I guess) need a quiet yet ...
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Does orientation matter for a Dell 2650?

I've inherited an older Dell 2650 server for use at home and I don't really have a place to put it where the case is oriented correctly. Is there any risk in running the machine while on its side?
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My Geforce 580 gtx creates an airflow dilema. Will reversing the direction of the front case fan solve it?

Apologies if this is the wrong place for hardware questions. I did look through the list of stack sites and this site seemed to be the best (Computer enthusiasts). Key: Yellow arrow: fan airflow ...
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What factors do you choose to pick a PC Chassis or Case?

When you're shopping around for a PC case or Chassis, what factors do you use for picking a computer case? Are there any non-technical criteria you factor into your decision?
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Antec Fusion HTPC case - how to connect volume knob to mainboard?

I have an Antec Fusion computer case with a Gigabyte mainboard in it. The case has an external volume knob, and comes with a remote control. Audio: The case has two cables, one labeled F_AUDIO, and ...
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Large video card bends under own weight

My ASUS GTX 770 card is so long and heavy that it bends under its own weight. The following picture is not mine, but my situation looks exactly like it: The bending has already become permanent, ...
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ESD considerations of an open-air/wood and plexiglas case

I am going to build a computer soon, and instead of buying a pre-built case I am planning to build my own case; either closed and built with wood and plexiglas, or open and built with just wood. My ...
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Cases with backward air flow?

I would like find other cases that have backward air flow like the LIAN LI PC-A05. I will be putting this box in a place where the household A/C is blowing from the back of the case to the front. My ...
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Do most front and rear USB connections deliver the same power and performance?

I was reading this Three Monitors For Every User and there were some comments about rear USB ports being able to deliver more power than front USB ports because they are directly connected to the ...
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What to look for when purchasing a computer case? [closed]

I'm only beginning to learn more about my computer's hardware, and would like to know what should I consider when buying a case? It will be 70% work (website development), 25% browsing the web and 5% ...
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Power/HDD/LED wire for motherboard - are they standard these days?

I'm not sure what it's called - the set of wires that connect the power button, LED, HDD activity indicator lights - to the motherboard. My question is, are they standard these days? Meaning, if I ...
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How can I change the case of the text using vim?

$ cat keys 1 auto 2 break 3 case 4 char 5 const 6 continue $ Using vim, what is the quickest way to toggle the case of all the text to get this? 1 AUTO 2 BREAK 3 CASE 4 CHAR 5 CONST 6 CONTINUE
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anti-static foam under a motherboard?

I am modding out a custom built case/system. I have my motherboard mounted on a metal tray, (Dell did this) has been working great. Not I am modding the case to hold everything and how I want to mount ...
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Front Panel Connector Won't Turn On Computer

I just built a computer, and there is only 1 problem with it. I can't turn it on by using the power button. I have to touch a screwdriver to the ON/OFF pins on the motherboard for it to turn on and ...
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PSU power cable length, and will my graphics card fit in my case? [closed]

I've decided to build a computer, this will be the first computer that I've built but I've done lots of research and have a list of parts which I will be ordering. I asked for someone to check my ...
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Why is the power supply sometimes at the bottom of the case?

Shopping around for a cabinet for my alternate box, I've seen cabinet/case that place the SMPS/PSU at the bottom of the case. This is surprising because I'd have assumed putting it at the bottom would ...
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Windows 7 Case Decal/Sticker/Badge?

I'm building myself a new computer and bought an OEM copy of Windows 7. They don't include a Windows 7 sticker to put on my computer case. Does anyone know where to get a genuine Windows 7 decal?
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Does running a computer with the case open mess with the airflow/cooling? [closed]

My friends say that it should actually improve the cooling since there is more air available to it, especially the CPU fan. I have to admit that it at least looks like it would stay cooler. I ...
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Can I use a wine cooler as a PC case? [closed]

I've always wanted a custom PC case that housed my routers, external NAS, motherboard and hard drives that kept everything at a steady temperature since my room does not get the best cooling (very hot ...
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How do you connect a card reader?

I bought a Velocity micro case which came with a card reader built in. I installed a Gigabyte 880GA-UD3H and can't find a place to plug it in. Do most motherboards have this option? Or did just get ...
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Fans not turning off when custom built computer sleeps

I just finished building my custom PC, and I have two 80mm fans that have molex connectors, but not the three pin cables that connect to the motherboard (mine is a MSI H55M-E33). So, I just connect ...
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Lower HHD temps Vs. higher case vibration

I´ve finished a recent build which has two CM fans (top - rear) as exhaust and two non-branded A.K.A cheap fans in-front as intake. The temps with the two front fans cooling the two HDDs are: (min ...
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Anybody makes stylish PC cases that look like the Cobalt Cube?

I'm looking for computer cases that don't look like regular PC's in case customers would like to keep it on their desktop so it has to look stylish. I liked the Cobalt Cube: ...