Is this a fire hazard?

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  1. Macpropro80 macrumors 6502

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    Ok technically its not a mac pro, but you guys seem like the only mac users who actually know a lot about hardware. I decided that my linux box would look really cool if i stripped the case down so there is no top, side front, or back panels, just the frame. Is it a fire hazard to have the power supply exposed? its still attached to the frame, there is just nothing around it. And the computer is in a desk.

    I don't want it to catch fire because my mac pro and my screens are on/next to the desk and I don't want them to get damaged in a fire.

    (i don't care if my linux box dies, it used to be a pc, and thus is guilty of war crimes. (Mac vs. PC war))
     
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    More of a dust hazard than anything.

    I can see it being a fire hazard, though, for a couple of reasons.
     
  3. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    Hmmm ... inside a desk, simple things like paperclips and staples can cause a problem.

    But most cases are designed to be wind tunnels to move air in and out, so a naked frame might not be as optimal for keeping machine cool.

    If it was just stripped of the plastic and the metal box remained it likely wouldn't be as bad since that is more of a cosmetic application over box.
     
  4. bozz2006 macrumors 68030

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    dust magnet + electricity = well, maybe not a fire hazard, but seems to like you're playing with, well, fire.

    and, like was already posted, the inside of these boxes are set up like wind tunnels, and the lack of a shell certainly affects the way air moves through the components.
     
  5. Macpropro80 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    can i hear those reasons?
     
  6. JML42691 macrumors 68020

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    Agreeing with others, dust seems to be your biggest issue here. I would keep it with the case.
     
  7. Macpropro80 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I guarantee this case is not like that, it was def. designed in like 2 seconds. Its an ASUS!
     
  8. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Increased heat from lack of proper air flow, dust in the PSU, and then the big one, the material out of which your desk is made.:D

    If it's a metal desk, it'll just melt if it catches on fire, but if it's wood... FROOOSH! :p
     
  9. sboerup macrumors 6502

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    Yes, a case is designed to move air through it. Having no back pressure or a way to control it makes it very inefficient. It also saves you from paperclips, screws and the occasional soda from spilling and frying your board.
     
  10. Macpropro80 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Ok, I took your advise and put it back together.
     

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