Using an iMac 27" in a confined space

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Objector, May 18, 2011.

  1. Objector macrumors member

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    Hello everyone,

    Next month I'll probably buy an iMac 27" BTO, but I have a little concern...

    I have a large white desk, with on top an extra piece of furniture with some little shelves and a space for your computer screen. The iMac would fit perfectly within this space, but I am fearing that it would be a too tight fit...

    The iMac would only have one cm (0,40 inch) on the left, right and top side. Is this too little to allow good cooling? I am a casual gamer, but on lazy sundays it happens that I play for three or more hours straight and I don't want to fry my mac.

    What do you guys think?

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  2. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    I think it would probably be fine. There would still be space on the bottom for heat to escape, so it wouldn't all be trapped there. It may run a little on the warmer side, but as long as it's not fully enclosed, I don't think it will be an issue.
     
  3. Objector thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the response! When I notice the iMac runs abnormally hot, I can always install some fans at the top of the space, so the air is blown to the bottom, where it can escape.

    I think it'll look beautiful to have to iMac surrounded by the black desk. And I'm glad it'll fit and I don't have to change my desk. :p
     
  4. jborko macrumors member

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    Heat escapes at the top, hot air is lighter then the cold air, so you need to make sure there is at least some space at the top. But I think you'll do fine...
     
  5. Kenndac macrumors 6502

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    Maybe keep the desk an inch or so away from the wall - the iMac vents out of the back at the top, and a little gap would allow that air to escape without issue.

    Other than that, I wouldn't worry at all. My iMac rarely runs really hot.
     
  6. gcthompson macrumors newbie

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