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Can you run a tower computer on its side ?

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by TheChas In reply to tower computer

With some caveots, yes.

Always place the PC so that the motherboard is at the bottom.
Looking at the front of the PC, that would mean the right side down.

Make sure that the hard drives are either on their sides, or right side up.
While mosthard drives can run upside down, it places more stress on the platter bearings if you run the drive upside down.

You will not be able to use a 'standard' CD-ROM drive.

If you are looking to leave the PC this way permanently, why not just buy adesktop style case, and move the parts into it?
That way, you won't need a special CD drive.

Chas

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by jrnayadley In reply to tower computer

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by parvus1202 In reply to tower computer

The reply is correct man, besides tower cases were not modeled to tilt on it's side. You will have problems with those wires lying on your mobo, you don't want that. If you want it that way, then buy the correct case.

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by GuruOfDos In reply to tower computer

Agree with The Chas...other points

CD drives faster than 16x should NOT be run on their side. Older drives often had moveable clips in the tray to allow the drive to be operated 90 degrees out, so to speak. Alignment of the CD was maintained by these clips so as to ensure the disk went in correctly alaigned. Modern drives don't!! At 48x spin speed, a badly aligned disk will probably shatter.

Towers normally have holes towards the bottom of the tower for ventilation so that airflow moves from the front bottom to the top rear or the case. This is affected by moving the tower 90 degrees. You lose natural convection and have to rely on forced cooling. In many PC's, cooling is barely adequate as it is, so any compromise in cooling is a 'bad thing'.

A decent ATX desktop case can be had for less than ?20 (US $30) so why take the risk?!!

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by opatzg In reply to tower computer

Yes, but as stated above the rest of your pc isn't built for it. The main thing with your hard drives to consider is how were they formatted, it is best to format them in the position they will be running in as well. Best bet is buy a desktop case, but destops dont always have the bay space you'll wnat for add-ons.
good luck with whichever you decide.

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by yelhsa3840 In reply to tower computer

any decent newer cd drive already has the tab things that hold the cd vertically so it doesnt matter but you wont want to set a moniter on it since towers have no renforcement on the sides to hold that much weight and the hard drives should be sitting flat right side up like that other guy said only if its gonna be there for a long time

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