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Can I lay my tower PC on its side?

by jeanniegraham / March 16, 2010 12:28 AM PDT

I have a Packard Bell tower PC - which works fine. It is equipped with useful card reading slors, and front facing USB ports, but there are never enough, and they are not wonderfully conveniently positioned, so I have a clever plan so I can see the sockets more easily.

Can anyone forsee any snags with laying this case on its side, rather than on its base? There are no vents in the sides, but I'm wondering if processor or power supply fans would be affected, or anything else?

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 16, 2010 12:36 AM PDT

Should be fine as long as air flow is not blocked. Some towers have vents on the sides. Use your good judgment here.
Bob

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by sunwatcher / March 16, 2010 1:57 PM PDT

I'd only be inclined to lay it with the motherboard/processor facing up (usually on the PC's right side as you are facing the computer). It would just seem logical from a heat dissipation stand-point.

And if I were to do this I would also consider adding some small adhesive rubber "feet" on the corners of the side I were to lay it on, if only to help protect the case and desk.

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