When building a computer , most people do not give the stand too much thought. However, it is an important part of any computer and will affect what type of computer can be built as well as its operation.
Basically, a computer can be divided into three sections. One of them is the monitor which is also known as the display unit. Then there are the input and pointing devices (the keyboard and the mouse respectively). Finally, there is the stand which houses the ever-important motherboard that holds the CPU and memory. It also contains the power supply unit (PSU). These stands are known by various names including tower cabinets and tower stands as well as computer cases.
For those who have waited a long time to update their computers , there are many increases in speed and features that are waiting to be had. Increasingly, older games and other programs are not going to run with a dated, slow CPU and motherboard. Also, while an older monitor and other devices will likely work with a new motherboard and CPU, there is a good chance the newer motherboard will not mount properly in an old computer stand.
For those who have decided to purchase a new computer tower stand for these or other reasons, they are likely to find more choices than they expected. Times have changed and the computer towers are no longer the dull grey boxes they used to be. They are available in different color schemes that can enhance the look and feel of any room. Some of them even come in multi-color schemes. However, there are a few things that need to be confirmed before making any purchase which are more important than the glitz.
One is to ensure that there are an absolute minimum of two slots for mounting cooling fans. The modern generation CPU’s generate lots of heat and thus the cabinet needs to have adequate ventilation.
The next thing to watch out for is the number of extra bays. There is always the chance that the computer will need an additional hard drive or other device in the future, and these cannot be added without bays.
A good power unit is critical. It may be best to purchase a stand without a power unit and buy it separately. This way, one can insure they are getting a good unit that will keep noise and power consumption as low as possible.
For easy of maintenance, ensure that the stand can be opened without any fuss and that areas that might need servicing can also be accessed easily. Some stands even come with LCD displays on the front that displays the interior temperature.
Whatever cabinet is chosen, keep in mind that it is a critical part of any computer .