Computer Tower Stand

Information on the computer tower stand, other cases and other tips on the best parts to build a computer.

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Computer Tower Stand

What to look for in computer tower stands 

Building a computer starts with the stand. It not only holds all the components, but it also determines what components can be installed and how the computer will operate. This makes it the most basic building block of any computer, and something anyone about to build their own computer should carefully ponder before making any purchase.

The first thing one should consider is the size of the case. This should be based on both the external available space, and the internal space one intends to use. If external space permits, it is usually best to go with a larger computer tower stand. This will give more room for components and possible future upgrades. A larger stand also makes the computer easier to work on since one will not have to stick their hands in such tight spaces.

When deciding on size, one should also consider motherboard support. Motherboards are not one-size-fits-all, and some stands cannot accommodate certain motherboards. The size and shape of a motherboard is called its computer form factor. Currently, the most common type of form factor is called ATX. Make sure the stand ATX is the same or larger than that of the motherboard before making any purchase. For example, while a micro-ATX motherboard can probably be installed in a regular ATX stand, the reverse is not true. Also be aware that cheaper stand have the most accommodation issues.

Power supply
The computer power supply (PSU) often comes included with the tower stand or may need to be purchased separately. Be wary of very cheap stands that come with a PSUs since they are almost certainly low quality. Purchasing the PSU separately may be better since it allows consumers to select exactly what they would like. The PSU supplies power to all the components, and purchasing a good one will reduce noise, save energy and help the computer run more smoothly. PSUs are also built to conform to ATX form factor standards. Since the amount of power needed will vary with the intended use of the computer, it is best to check with a power supply calculator online before making any decision.

Although computers produce a lot of heat, they need to be kept cool to avoid damaging the components. Since computer tower stands keep components apart, allow for more air flow and allow for more fans, they are much better for heavy computer users. Regardless of the type of stand, it should allow for multiple fans to be installed and have an opening to allow greater airflow.

It is always nice to have some ports on the front of the computer for easy access. Considering how often most people use USB devices and audio, most computer stands now have access to those ports on the front of the computer, and it is not a good idea to buy one that does not. Those who frequently use firewire should look for a stand with a front firewire port.

The bottom line is that the stand is a lot more than just a box but a critical building block for any computer. Since most of us use our computers daily, it good idea to go for quality to build a computer that will perform as desired.

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