Where do you keep your Mac Pro?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by SteelBlueTJ, Jul 8, 2012.

  1. SteelBlueTJ macrumors 6502

    Apr 2, 2012
    Looking for ideas on where to keep the Mac pro. I don't want to put it on the floor under my desk due to dust. I would like to elevate it and place it on a stand or something. Anyone have a piece of furniture like a file cabinet, bookshelf that you keep yours on and it still looks good? It also has to sturdy enough and support the weight. My desk is a sauder desk so I can't mount any PC tower brackets on it or anything. I have been looking around in stores and can't really find anything around 19" deep to hold it. I've come across file cabinets that are 24" deep which is too big for my room and more room than the Mac Pro needs. If you could post a pic that would be great. Thanks
  2. GLS macrumors 6502

    Jun 26, 2010
    Inside my desk. Has a compartment large enough, and ventilated enough (no back on compartment) to let air pass through.
  3. brentsg macrumors 68040

    Oct 15, 2008
  4. derbothaus macrumors 601


    Jul 17, 2010
  5. firestarter macrumors 603


    Dec 31, 2002
    Green and pleasant land
    Mine sits on the floor and drinks in a load of dust. Every 6 months I open it up and use an air blaster to blow it out (blast from the inside out).

    4 1/2 years old and still seems to be doing fine.
  6. Greg M macrumors 6502

    Jul 13, 2008
    Hackintosh is on the floor with the door off because my oversized heatsink won't fit with it on. Plus it allows more airflow to the graphics card.
  7. mif macrumors regular

    Feb 16, 2010
    On the desk. It is easy to connect peripherals. Even to the back.
  8. d-m-a-x macrumors 6502

    Aug 13, 2011
    on the desk at first where the dust could not get to it. Later a i built a standing workstation - kind of like a rackmount on wheels. Saves space because everything is stacked high, as opposed to being spread out on a desk. It is hinged to the wall and swings out for access to the back. Bought a high drafting chair to sit in, better for the knees for me - normal chairs are too small, i'm 6'6.
    I started with a 36" t.v. stand, put a desktop, a few shelves, and wheels on it
  9. Zwhaler macrumors 604


    Jun 10, 2006
    On top of my desk to the right of my monitor.
  10. pprior macrumors 65816

    Aug 1, 2007
    On floor. Once every 6 months to a year (whenever I think of it) I'll open it up and blow out dust and pull ram cards and blow them off. Mine is now 4 years old and never had a problem doing it this way. Too big for my desktop and would be too loud up top anyway.
  11. Xian Zhu Xuande macrumors 6502a

    Xian Zhu Xuande

    Jul 30, 2008
    On my floor, because I'm apparently a bit of an idiot. I keep meaning to manufacture a wooden stand for it just to reduce the dust intake a little. As it stands, I open it up and blow it out from time to time, but this isn't the best approach for its lifespan.
  12. ixodes macrumors 601


    Jan 11, 2012
    Pacific Coast, USA
    I have a friend that owns a custom cabinet business.

    He designed and built a very spacious & ergonomically correct desk for me.

    On the left side he built a special compartment that's a few inches wider & taller than the computer for free airflow. It's about 15" above floor level which is nice, it locates my Mac Pro off the floor at a nice height, not too high.

    I remove the computer on a regular schedule, open it & clean out any dust. By staying ahead of it, I don't have to deal with a major build up of dust & debris.

    If I didn't have it on my schedule, I'd probably forget :)
  13. ScottishCaptain macrumors 6502a

    Oct 4, 2008
    On my desk.

    I treat it like a work of art. Because it is.

  14. DJenkins macrumors 6502


    Apr 22, 2012
    Sydney, Australia
    I had mine on the floor (carpet) for several years... big mistake!
    Just opening it up it looked ok but once I started taking everything apart I found the processor heat sinks were completely clogged with dust... I mean jam packed top to bottom :eek:

    After I good clean out and with a new machine on the way I've got a low-line TV unit against the wall 90° opposite my desk. With another machine on the way both will sit neatly on there (although only just depth wise) with plenty of air, room for cable access etc.

    The only thing is I needed a DVI extension for my monitor to reach.
  15. CaptainChunk macrumors 68020


    Apr 16, 2008
    Phoenix, AZ
    On top of my desk, to the right of my monitors. Keeps dust to a minimum and allows me to open the side panel without bending down to do it.
  16. Lancer macrumors 68020


    Jul 22, 2002
    I used to keep a PC tower in a special cavity (just off the floor) in a desk I used to have but removed it after a year after seeing how much dust it had collected. Later I had a G4 PowerMac on a coffee table at the end of my desk, about 40cm off the floor and room to dust around it. Now I place my G5 tower on the desktop but I have a big desk 180cm x 90cm surface area.

    Soon I hope to get an iMac but the G5 will move to a new home well off the floor.
  17. GermanyChris, Jul 9, 2012
    Last edited: Jul 9, 2012

    GermanyChris macrumors 601


    Jul 3, 2011
    This is what I'd like to have..

    I keep them on an adjacent desk but it's still up where I can hear it.
  18. gazzared macrumors newbie


    Aug 28, 2007


    A few years old, but basically in the same place. Keeps me warm at night :D
  19. chrisgayle885 macrumors newbie

    Jun 1, 2012
    I have a trolley desk built specially for my desktop
  20. TableSyrup macrumors 6502

    May 29, 2012
    In a whisper/isolation rack

    Basically the same as what I have (Stock photo), but I need to get the tray going soon so I can rack my interfaces with it....

    Has intake filter and exhaust/cooling fans. Good flow, no overheating. Very quiet solution as well.

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  21. ogs macrumors member

    Jan 26, 2012
    also using a iso box for my mac pro and converters lol.
  22. xgman macrumors 601


    Aug 6, 2007
    Mine is on wheels under the desk for quick pull outs. Wheels from container store make it much easier than a drag or lift.
  23. LorenK macrumors 6502

    Dec 26, 2007
    X-frame dolly under the desk. Afraid to open it up to blow out the dust, it might attack.
  24. DPUser macrumors 6502a

    Jan 17, 2012
    In a purpose-built air-conditioned machine closet, up off the floor on a shelving unit.
  25. akadmon Suspended

    Aug 30, 2006
    New England
    Under my desk, on the left side for easy acces to the side panel. No carpet, no pets. Had my old Mac Pro there for almost 6 years without any problems. I cleaned it only once, right before I sold it. I recently added an air purifier to my office, so I expect even less dust.

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