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[SOLVED] Is it okay to put my PC under the desk?

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August 15, 2013 4:19:53 PM

I just moved my Apevia X Trooper case under my desk, there are two top fans which is what I am worrired about. Will it get hotter? I game a lot on it. It used to be on top of my desk but I plan on buying an NZXT Phantom White Full Tower and it will only fit under the desk as well so I figured I might as well get used to change.

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August 15, 2013 4:23:26 PM

How far between the top of the case and the bottom of the desk? More than an inch or so, and you're fine.

Mine is under, as are many millions of other PC's.
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August 15, 2013 4:23:41 PM

alot of people put there computer under their desk, it will be fine just try to make sure to leave at least 2 inches of space on each side of the computer so it can breathe. you might feel warm air near the computer but thats just the hot air being blown out of the pc
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August 15, 2013 5:08:40 PM

I'd like to add that PCs don't like sitting on carpet all around it in the corner, blocked in. But yeah, as long as you got sufficient ventilation, you'll be fine.
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August 15, 2013 5:44:48 PM

Oh wow are you guys serious, also this is on wood no carpet I am aware of that lol. I thought I need the entire top to be cleared! I just moved the PC back to its original location and I was about to buy the Corsair 500r rather than the NZXT Phantom full tower. I will give you the measurements.

Apevia X Trooper case- 17 1/2 Inch
Height of desk (from floor to the top) 28
So I have about 11 inch of room on top, is that good?

However, if I go through and purchase the NZXT Phantom Full tower which is 21 inches tall, that room on top will be important because I will have a H100i in there. I will have about 7 inches of space then, is that still good or is it bad?
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August 15, 2013 5:51:13 PM

Altiris said:
Oh wow are you guys serious, also this is on wood no carpet I am aware of that lol. I thought I need the entire top to be cleared! I just moved the PC back to its original location and I was about to buy the Corsair 500r rather than the NZXT Phantom full tower. I will give you the measurements.

Apevia X Trooper case- 17 1/2 Inch
Height of desk (from floor to the top) 28
So I have about 11 inch of room on top, is that good?

However, if I go through and purchase the NZXT Phantom Full tower which is 21 inches tall, that room on top will be important because I will have a H100i in there. I will have about 7 inches of space then, is that still good or is it bad?


7-11 inches clearance? You are absolutely fine.
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August 15, 2013 5:54:26 PM

those dimensions listed for the case are not always correct. and just dont block any of the holes/vents one your computer case and you will be fine. and that corsair 500r is a nice looking case. better then the phantom in my opinion
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August 15, 2013 5:55:04 PM

USAFRet said:
Altiris said:
Oh wow are you guys serious, also this is on wood no carpet I am aware of that lol. I thought I need the entire top to be cleared! I just moved the PC back to its original location and I was about to buy the Corsair 500r rather than the NZXT Phantom full tower. I will give you the measurements.

Apevia X Trooper case- 17 1/2 Inch
Height of desk (from floor to the top) 28
So I have about 11 inch of room on top, is that good?

However, if I go through and purchase the NZXT Phantom Full tower which is 21 inches tall, that room on top will be important because I will have a H100i in there. I will have about 7 inches of space then, is that still good or is it bad?


7-11 inches clearance? You are absolutely fine.

Exactly 7 inches no more, so are you still sure? Im not doubting you or anything I just really want to make sure because I am thinking that the air (which will be warm/hot) will stay there building up and start going down/around the PC or no because of the exhaust fan thats in the back of computers?

My desk is pretty much enclosed, the only part where air can get out is from where I took the picture (although theres nothing there to push it there) and that bottom opening. Would you like a picture of the entire desk?
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August 15, 2013 5:57:52 PM

lol your worring to much. you should be fine with your airflow especially if your gonna be cooling with a water cooler!
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August 15, 2013 5:59:30 PM

BN91 said:
those dimensions listed for the case are not always correct. and just dont block any of the holes/vents one your computer case and you will be fine. and that corsair 500r is a nice looking case. better then the phantom in my opinion

I like the phantom full tower a bit more. Also, I got the dimensions from a newegg video. The video had the guy reading the specs on the box and on the box it had W, D, and H. The Height was 541mm, put it into google for inches and it came out to be 21.2inches.
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August 15, 2013 6:05:16 PM

Altiris said:
11361923,0,1282023 said:

Exactly 7 inches no more, so are you still sure? Im not doubting you or anything I just really want to make sure because I am thinking that the air (which will be warm/hot) will stay there building up and start going down/around the PC or no because of the exhaust fan thats in the back of computers?

My desk is pretty much enclosed, the only part where air can get out is from where I took the picture (although theres nothing there to push it there) and that bottom opening. Would you like a picture of the entire desk?
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I just measured. Under my desk, there is 8" clearance. I have a fan blowing out the top. Holding my hand against the underside of the desk, directly above the top exhaust fan, I can feel almost no air movement.
What does that mean? In the 8" between...there is sufficient space to disperse any air that needs to be dispersed.

Really, you only need an inch or two. Air is fluid. It moves.
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August 15, 2013 6:07:00 PM

Rotated, the pic of your space looks a lot like mine, minus the plywood.
You are fine.
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August 15, 2013 6:11:26 PM

8 inches is more then enough. plus heat rises so you dont have to worry about it being around your computer. ideally you should have a fan blowing air into your computer locared at the front. then at the back or in your case the top a fan should be blowing air out of the computer...so fresh air is constantly flowing through the machine and not a lot of spave is required to get rid of the air which is why 8 inches is plenty
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August 15, 2013 6:17:05 PM

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USAFRet said:
Rotated, the pic of your space looks a lot like mine, minus the plywood.
You are fine.

Yeah I am going to put some carpet in there but am saving up the money, I just took two pics for you (this was before hand) might as well post them anyways if you are interested, I believe you though regardless. Thanks for all of your help, I was about to purchase a different case. The pics appeared okay to me on my computer for some reason, I dont know they had to be rotated on yours sorry if that happens with this next pic.

http://i39.tinypic.com/jhr8g2.jpg
In that pic I piled a couple of notebooks and papers until I had 7 inches left on the tape measure. The brown folder is covering the 7, I sort of did that on purpose so you could make it out easily but now I see that it may be a bit confused.

Once again thanks!! You saved me!!

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August 15, 2013 6:22:21 PM

Altiris said:
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USAFRet said:
Rotated, the pic of your space looks a lot like mine, minus the plywood.
You are fine.

Yeah I am going to put some carpet in there but am saving up the money, I just took two pics for you (this was before hand) might as well post them anyways if you are interested, I believe you though regardless. Thanks for all of your help, I was about to purchase a different case. The pics appeared okay to me on my computer for some reason, I dont know they had to be rotated on yours sorry if that happens with this next pic.

http://i39.tinypic.com/jhr8g2.jpg
In that pic I piled a couple of notebooks and papers until I had 7 inches left on the tape measure. The brown folder is covering the 7, I sort of did that on purpose so you could make it out easily but now I see that it may be a bit confused.

Once again thanks!! You saved me!!



Again, it is rotated, but no worries.
That looks VERY much like the underside of my desk.

You. Are. Fine.

(Just don't leave those books on top of it if that is where the top exhaust is)
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August 15, 2013 6:28:17 PM

Everyone sez no worries ,mate. Carry on.
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August 15, 2013 6:58:17 PM

USAFRet said:
Altiris said:
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USAFRet said:
Rotated, the pic of your space looks a lot like mine, minus the plywood.
You are fine.

Yeah I am going to put some carpet in there but am saving up the money, I just took two pics for you (this was before hand) might as well post them anyways if you are interested, I believe you though regardless. Thanks for all of your help, I was about to purchase a different case. The pics appeared okay to me on my computer for some reason, I dont know they had to be rotated on yours sorry if that happens with this next pic.

http://i39.tinypic.com/jhr8g2.jpg
In that pic I piled a couple of notebooks and papers until I had 7 inches left on the tape measure. The brown folder is covering the 7, I sort of did that on purpose so you could make it out easily but now I see that it may be a bit confused.

Once again thanks!! You saved me!!



Again, it is rotated, but no worries.
That looks VERY much like the underside of my desk.

You. Are. Fine.

(Just don't leave those books on top of it if that is where the top exhaust is)

Lol funny actually, I almost turned it on with them left on lol I was like "oh wait forgot about these". Thanks, I did what you did to feel the air on top of the case...about 3-5 inches I dont feel anymore air pushing so thats good.
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