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User Info: ein311

ein311
3 weeks ago#11
ClunkerSlim posted...
Surprisingly not, I’ve had multiple optical drives on their sides for years.

Opitcal drives even have little sliding clips on them you can use to keep the disc held in the tray if the drive is oriented sideways.
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arleas
3 weeks ago#12
They actually make cases especially to have it sit horizontally.

https://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-HTPC-Computer-RC-902XB-KKN2/dp/B00FFJ0H3Q/

That's a fat little cube of a PC case. I might do one of these on my next build.
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captsplatter_1
3 weeks ago#13
arleas posted...
They actually make cases especially to have it sit horizontally.

https://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-HTPC-Computer-RC-902XB-KKN2/dp/B00FFJ0H3Q/

That's a fat little cube of a PC case. I might do one of these on my next build.

Next build I'm using the same case, seems pretty future proof.
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arleas
3 weeks ago#14
captsplatter_1 posted...
Next build I'm using the same case, seems pretty future proof.

Well yeah, if I was going to just gut this one and build a new one that's how I'd do it too... In fact my OLD computer has the same case from 2004 (and I semi-retired it in 2013).

My next build probably won't be till 2021 unless something major changes and I need new technology to get some kind of extra benefit to gaming. With VR that's a possibility too. But I figure when I build a new computer I'll just relegate this one to doing folding@home or use it as a file server or something, and that's why I was thinking it might be neat to try out one of those squat little cases instead of the usual mid tower or full tower design.

In any case, all I was trying to say to TC was that if he's worried about resting his current PC on its side, they make cases especially for a horizontal orientation.
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HeliosMagi
3 weeks ago#15
As long as any HDDs, optical drives, and the motherboard is face-up and no vents are blocked you should be okay.
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SinisterSlay
3 weeks ago#16
It doesn't really matter which way. Although motherboard on the bottom is best, so that gravity helps keep your cards inserted.

Disc drives have notches on them to work sideways, so no big deal.
HDDs don't care at all, they will work upside down if they have to, no issue.
Try not to block to many vents but it really doesn't matter much. Not unless you get truly crazy and block all of them. Blocking 1 of 5 that has no fan on it, doesn't matter at all.
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