Is it okay to place a computer tower on carpet?

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  1. climhazzard85 macrumors member

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    Do any of you guys see an issue with me placing a computer tower (Dell) on carpeting? I personally doubt static electricity could damage the internals of the computer as long as the case is on it, but I just wanted to make sure. Unfortunately, I can't fit the tower in my desk so I really have no other option.
     
  2. OutThere macrumors 603

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    Shouldn't be a problem at all. Especially since the computer frame is going to be made of metal, and it will be grounded at the socket.

    Everyone I know who has a tower puts it on the carpet in fact. Carpeted dorms at school...
     
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    I reckon your problem would be more from dust than anything related to static electricity. There's a lot of crud on the ground in carpet that is just itching to get sucked into a cooling fan.
     
  5. celebrian23 macrumors 65816

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    Our dell has been sitting on the carpet for 5 years and it's fine.
     
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    A dell that's running after 5 years.?! :eek:
     
  8. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    She didn't say anything about it running... :p ;)

    "It's fine" could mean any number of things.
     
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    my PC and my mac are both on carpet and they're fine.. just don't cover up any air vents..
     
  10. MongoTheGeek macrumors 68040

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    Dust is the thing. Clean it out a couple of times a year.

    You'll be surprised how fast it collects.
     
  11. technicolor macrumors 68000

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    HA!

    My first and only Dell ran for 5 years, then it crapped out all at once...video card, then hard drive, then motherboard. That's when I got smart and got a mac.:D
     
  12. climhazzard85 thread starter macrumors member

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    Yeah I know, that worries me with my iMac actually, since it's not supposed to be opened by end users :/ (rev c).
     
  13. Timepass macrumors 65816

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    you also be surpise at how much less dust that will be in you computer if you raise it up just a few inches off the floor.

    the biggest draw back to being on the floor is dust. There is going to be a lot more in the computer because it not a few inches off the floor. As for running not a problem. People run comptuers on the floor for years with out an issue.
     
  14. iTwitch macrumors 6502a

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    Very true, I raised my tower about 2" an it collected a lot less dust. But I still clean it out 2-3 times a year.
     
  15. MongoTheGeek macrumors 68040

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    In that case pick it up and set it on a table and blow it out with compressed air.
     
  16. celebrian23 macrumors 65816

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    Yes my dell is still running great actually. Absolutely no complaints about it. A bit slow now, but that's it :)
     

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