• We've upgraded our forums. Please post any issues/requests in this thread.

Naked System Or Cased System?

Naked Or Cased?


  • Total voters
    23
Joined
Nov 22, 2007
Messages
50 (0.01/day)
Likes
2
Location
South East England
Processor Pentium D 920 2.8GHz
Motherboard ASUS P5W DH Deluxe
Cooling Akasa AK-961
Memory 2GB Generic 533MHz DDR2 4-4-4-12
Video Card(s) ATi Radeon X850XT Crossfire Edition w/ Arctic ATi Silencer 5 Revision 2
Storage Western Digital Caviar SE 320GB SATA-I, Generic 160GB SATA-II
Display(s) LG Flatron M1917TM 60Hz @ 1280x1024
Case Cooler Master WaveMaster
Audio Device(s) Realtek ALC882 (Onboard)
Power Supply Hiper Type R 480W
Software Vista Ultimate, XP Pro For Games
#1
I'm just wondering if it would be better to have my system in a case, or without a case laying naked on my desk. I don't mind doing it this way, I just want what will give me the most performance and least heat. Since when it's naked the motherboard is laying flat and CPU fan blows straight upwards, will this result in cooler temps for the CPU and GPU's?
 

CDdude55

Crazy 4 TPU!!!
Joined
Jul 12, 2007
Messages
8,178 (2.15/day)
Likes
1,269
Location
Virginia
System Name CDdude's Rig!
Processor AMD Athlon II X4 620
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3
Cooling Corsair H70
Memory 8GB Corsair Vengence @1600mhz
Video Card(s) XFX HD 6970 2GB
Storage OCZ Agility 3 60GB SSD/WD Velociraptor 300GB
Display(s) ASUS VH232H 23" 1920x1080
Case Cooler Master CM690 (w/ side window)
Audio Device(s) Onboard (It sounds fine)
Power Supply Corsair 850TX
Software Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP1
#3
Cased is better for less dust.
 

Demos_sav

New Member
Joined
Aug 26, 2006
Messages
870 (0.21/day)
Likes
42
Location
Cyprus
Processor Intel P4 519K LGA775 3.06GHz @ 3.82GHz
Motherboard ASUS P5WD2
Cooling Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro
Memory 3GB Kingston Hyper-X DDR2 3-4-3-6 @667MHz
Video Card(s) XFX 8800 GTS 320MB XXX Edition @ 630/970
Storage Samsung 160GB SATA2 7200RPM 8MB
Display(s) SONY SDM HS75 17' LCD
Case Interset (black)
Audio Device(s) Realtek HD ALC882 8-channel onboard
Power Supply Thermaltake Toughpower 750W
Software Windows XP Home edition 32bit fully tuned
Benchmark Scores 3dm01-29689 3dm03-31099 3dm05-10298 3dm06-6409
#4
Yes it will be cooler but it would look ugly
 
Joined
Nov 22, 2007
Messages
50 (0.01/day)
Likes
2
Location
South East England
Processor Pentium D 920 2.8GHz
Motherboard ASUS P5W DH Deluxe
Cooling Akasa AK-961
Memory 2GB Generic 533MHz DDR2 4-4-4-12
Video Card(s) ATi Radeon X850XT Crossfire Edition w/ Arctic ATi Silencer 5 Revision 2
Storage Western Digital Caviar SE 320GB SATA-I, Generic 160GB SATA-II
Display(s) LG Flatron M1917TM 60Hz @ 1280x1024
Case Cooler Master WaveMaster
Audio Device(s) Realtek ALC882 (Onboard)
Power Supply Hiper Type R 480W
Software Vista Ultimate, XP Pro For Games
#5
Not concerned about looks, I'm the only one who sees it.

Purely looking from a performance perspective.
 

quickie

New Member
Joined
Jul 16, 2007
Messages
238 (0.06/day)
Likes
26
Processor Intel Core 2 Quad Q9300 @3.0Ghz
Motherboard Gigabyte P35-DS3L rev2.0
Cooling Xigamtek S1283, 2x Antec TriCool 120mm Case fans
Memory 2x2GB OCZ, DDR2-800
Video Card(s) ASUS Radeon 3450 256mb
Storage WD 640GB AAKS; WD 500GB AAKS
Display(s) Dell 23" SP2309W
Case Sonata II
Audio Device(s) Audigy 2ZS
Power Supply OCZ GameXStream 700W modded with Scythe SFF21e
#6
not to mention there is a greater chance of accidents from spills, static etc

putting your hardware in your case would be the best choice. in a case, you can control the direction/amount of air following through it with fans. so long as your internal cooling is sufficient (i.e.:your fans blow out the hot air efficiently), then you will be ok.

when you leave your hardware out on a desk, things like the passive heatsink on your motherboard won't be cooled as efficiently since you won't have a steady flow of passing by, as you would in a case.
 

Hawk1

New Member
Joined
May 8, 2007
Messages
1,248 (0.32/day)
Likes
161
Location
The Big Smoke, Canada
Processor E6600@3.6Ghz (8x450)
Motherboard Commando
Cooling TRUE
Memory 2GB Ballistix Tracers @900 4-4-4-12
Video Card(s) ATI X1950XTX w/TR HR-03
Storage 2 x WD250GB (RAID0) 1x WD150GB Raptor 1x500GB external
Display(s) Dell 24" Ultrasharp
Case TT Armour
Audio Device(s) Xfi xtreme Gamer (X-230s/HD595s)
Power Supply TT 750W modular
Software xp pro SP2/Vista Ultimate 32
#7
I say use a case. Going naked may give you a few degrees less heat (or more, depending on what case/airflow is like), but would be much more risky - ie knocking over PSU/other hardware from desk dragging everthing else with it, or having something metalic/liquid fall onto the components shorting somethig, etc. Don't know what you plan on doing with the system (benching/games etc.) but not worth the risk IMO.
 
Joined
Nov 22, 2007
Messages
50 (0.01/day)
Likes
2
Location
South East England
Processor Pentium D 920 2.8GHz
Motherboard ASUS P5W DH Deluxe
Cooling Akasa AK-961
Memory 2GB Generic 533MHz DDR2 4-4-4-12
Video Card(s) ATi Radeon X850XT Crossfire Edition w/ Arctic ATi Silencer 5 Revision 2
Storage Western Digital Caviar SE 320GB SATA-I, Generic 160GB SATA-II
Display(s) LG Flatron M1917TM 60Hz @ 1280x1024
Case Cooler Master WaveMaster
Audio Device(s) Realtek ALC882 (Onboard)
Power Supply Hiper Type R 480W
Software Vista Ultimate, XP Pro For Games
#8
I plan on just gaming, don't care about benches.
 

Duffman

New Member
Joined
Dec 5, 2007
Messages
1,011 (0.28/day)
Likes
66
Location
Mt. Pocono, PA
System Name Black Knight
Processor Intel Xeon W3520 @4.2Ghz
Motherboard evga Classified 760
Cooling Prolimatech Mega Shadow with Dual Noctua NF-P12 fans
Memory 6GB Corsair Dominator GT DDR3 (3gb x 2) 1600
Video Card(s) Sapphire 5870 Vapor-X
Storage Corsair P128 SSD for OS, 4 Samsung 500GB in RAID10 For Storage
Display(s) Samsung SyncMaster T240HD
Case Corsair Obsidian 800d Twin Zalman ZM-MFC Plus fan controllers
Audio Device(s) HT|OMEGA CLARO
Power Supply Antec Truepower 1000
Software Win7 64bit ultimate
#9
case it.
 
Joined
Feb 19, 2006
Messages
5,605 (1.30/day)
Likes
1,283
Location
New York
System Name http://www.heatware.com/eval.php?id=73751
Processor i7-920 CO@4.2GHZ / ASUS GL553VW 15.6" Gaming Laptop NVIDIA GTX 960M 4GB Intel Core i56300HQ 8GB DDR4
Motherboard Asus P6T Deluxe Intel X58
Cooling Asetek Liquid CPU Cooling System
Memory CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 1600
Video Card(s) 2X ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 2GB DDR5 PCI-Express
Storage (RAID-0) with 4 Identical Hard Drives (1.28TB (320GBx4)
Display(s) LG 50" 50PK550 1080p 600Hz Plasma/37 Inch WestingHouse @1920x1080
Case Thermaltake M9 (I hate it its like trying to live in a 1 inch box)
Power Supply ThermalTake ToughPower 1200 Watt
Software Windows 7 professional 64
#10
I use DFI mobo's and they have a power switch on the mobo ...i have been running naked for 5 years now and alls I can say is easier to clean , easier to swap parts and pleanty of air flow ...but a bit breezy on my umm ... bum:roll:
 
Joined
Dec 18, 2005
Messages
5,922 (1.35/day)
Likes
818
System Name money pit..
Processor Intel 7700K at 4800 mhz.. vcore 1.280 volts..
Motherboard Asus rog Strix Z279F Gaming
Cooling Dark Rock TF air cooler.. Stock vga air coolers with case side fans to help cooling..
Memory 32 gb corsair vengeance 3200
Video Card(s) Palit Super Jetstream 1070 x 2..
Storage Three.. all solid state 128 Transend.. 1 T Sandisk.. 1 T Transend.. plus USB external..
Display(s) 27" Asus PG279Q ROG Swift 165Hrz Nvidia G-Sync, IPS.. 2560x1440..
Case Gigabyte mid-tower.. cheap and not really big enough for what is inside..
Audio Device(s) USB Sound blaster Roar 2 all in one unit with bluetooth
Power Supply EVGA 850 watt..
Mouse Logitech G700s
Keyboard Logitech K270
Software Win 10 pro..
Benchmark Scores 3Dmark Firestrike Ultra 8542.. Timespy 10508.. everyday settings..
#11
it wont make any difference.. assuming your case it well cooled.. if not it would be better scattered all over your desk..

trog
 
Joined
Aug 4, 2007
Messages
3,818 (1.01/day)
Likes
262
Location
Netherlands
System Name Xeon platform
Processor Intel Xeon W5580 3,20ghz 2x
Motherboard HP Z800
Cooling all on air
Memory 24gb ecc ram 1333mhz
Video Card(s) R9 380X 4gb
Storage 300gb harddisk and 1tb harddisk 128gb ssd OS 160gb pci-e ssd Fusion io drive
Display(s) Acer KA210HQ
Case Jonsbo case
Audio Device(s) Onboard
Power Supply Corsair Powersupply CMPSU-1000HXEU 1000W, Modular
Mouse Drakonia Black
Keyboard Xtrust nameless?
Software Windows 7 ultimate 64bit, Luxion Keyshot 5, 3ds max 2016, fusion 360
Benchmark Scores 3d mark 11 p12 093
#12
naked is just 1 big mes.. i have used it naked on my backup pc
just looks rubish
 
Joined
Mar 27, 2007
Messages
2,746 (0.70/day)
Likes
371
Location
just outside of new orleans
Processor Intel Core i7-4790 Haswell Quad-Core 3.6GHz LGA 1150 84W
Motherboard GIGABYTE GA-H87-D3H LGA 1150 Intel H87 HDMI
Cooling CPU - Cooler Master Hyper T4 / Case - cooler master 120mm rear case fan (Air cooling)
Memory G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
Video Card(s) ASUS GTX660-DC2O-2GD5 2GB 192-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI support
Storage Samsung 500 GB 840 EVO SSD Drive
Display(s) ASUS 23" LED Monitor
Case COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 (silver & black)
Audio Device(s) (onboard audio) Realtek ALC892
Power Supply CORSAIR SU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V
Software Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit Edition
#14
just remember that in a case there is airflow moving across the parts as it goes through the case and this airflow takes heat away so to avoid hot spots from no air moving around you should set it up with some form of air moving across the ram motherboard and hdd, cpu cooler does its own airflow. a good tip is run a coat hanger wire through the screw holes of a case fan and it works as a stand for it so it doesnt fall over.
 

CargoX

New Member
Joined
Jan 10, 2008
Messages
38 (0.01/day)
Likes
5
System Name CM6
Processor C2D E6750
Motherboard ASUS P35K
Cooling Zalman CPS9500LED
Memory OCZ 2GB
Video Card(s) 8800GT w/Zalman VGA1000
Storage WD SATA 250GB
Display(s) ACER 22
Case CoolerMaster Elite 330 CheapO
Audio Device(s) On Board
Power Supply Corsair HX520W
Software XP
#15
Mount the whole mess on a board and hang it on the wall
 
Joined
Nov 14, 2007
Messages
1,773 (0.48/day)
Likes
232
Location
Detroit, MI
Processor Intel i7 4790k
Motherboard Gigabyte z97X-Gaming 7
Memory 4x4GB Kingston/Micron DDR3 665mhz 9-9-9-24
Video Card(s) AMD HD7930
Storage Intel 180GB SSD (boot), Intel 240GB SSD, 2x Samsung 512GB SSD's, Hitachi 2TB HDD
Display(s) 27" Qnix PLS LCD @1440, 27" Samsung Syncmaster@1080, 24" HP EliteDisplay @1200
Power Supply Corsair Modular HX620w
Software Windows 10 Pro
#16
Better, using 50lb test fishing line, and hang everything from the ceiling.

Lights, fans, PS, everything.

I've though about doing that on many occasions...
 

erocker

Senior Moderator
Staff member
Joined
Jul 19, 2006
Messages
42,369 (10.18/day)
Likes
18,018
Processor Intel i7 8700k
Motherboard Gigabyte z370 AORUS Gaming 7
Cooling Water
Memory 16gb G.Skill 4000 MHz DDR4
Video Card(s) Evga GTX 1080
Storage 3 x Samsung Evo 850 500GB, 1 x 250GB, 2 x 2TB HDD
Display(s) Nixeus EDG27
Case Thermaltake X5
Power Supply Corsair HX1000i
Mouse Zowie EC1-B
Software Windows 10
#17
I would use a case. But, if you are going "naked" get a torture rack.
 

3991vhtes

New Member
Joined
Apr 22, 2007
Messages
2,785 (0.72/day)
Likes
107
Location
My house.
Processor AMD Athlon 64 3800+ Venice 2.4GHz
Motherboard ASUS A8V-VM SE
Cooling Stock
Memory 1GB DDR400
Video Card(s) DiamondViper Radeon X1650PRO 512MB PCI-e
Storage Seagate 250GB SATA
Display(s) Acer AL2002W 20" LCD Widescreen
Case cheap
Audio Device(s) Creative SoundBlaster
Power Supply 500 watt
Software Vista Ultimate
Benchmark Scores 4.1 Vista index
#18
It all depends:

If you're on a heavily carpeted area: go with a case to have a less chance of static electricty killing ur stuff. [I'm also assuming that you don't eat/drink while at the computer when I say this]

If you're on a less carpeted area/hardwood, then you can go with a naked system.

I run most of my systems in a case, but, if I have to, I'll run them without one.
 
Joined
Feb 17, 2007
Messages
979 (0.25/day)
Likes
26
System Name beastybuild
Processor 4670k
Motherboard GigabyteZ87X-UD4H
Cooling SR-1 360 and GTX 360 custom, Koolance 380Iblock, swiftech355 &xspc"restop"
Memory 2X4gig G Skill Ripjaw 2400
Video Card(s) Gigabyte gtx660ti(OC) windforce
Storage western Digi sata
Display(s) Acer 24 LCD
Case modmantasticca
Audio Device(s) basic onboard
Power Supply Sea Sonic G550m
Software Win 7 Enterprise 64
Benchmark Scores 4.9 stable with mem at 1333 4.8 stable with mem at 2133
#19
I actually likethe hangingfrom the cieling line!
 
Joined
Dec 23, 2007
Messages
16,919 (4.65/day)
Likes
1,622
Location
Omaha, NE
System Name The ShadowFold Draconis (Ordering soon)
Processor AMD Phenom II X6 1055T 2.8ghz
Motherboard ASUS M4A87TD EVO AM3 AMD 870
Cooling Stock
Memory Kingston ValueRAM 4GB DDR3-1333
Video Card(s) XFX ATi Radeon HD 5850 1gb
Storage Western Digital 640gb
Display(s) Acer 21.5" 5ms Full HD 1920x1080P
Case Antec Nine-Hundred
Audio Device(s) Onboard + Creative "Fatal1ty" Headset
Power Supply Antec Earthwatts 650w
Software Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
Benchmark Scores -❶-❸-❸-❼-
#20
I like nekked comps :p