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gate1975mlm
07-12-04, 10:02 PM
If I leave off the pci slot covers where I have no pci cards would that help cooling the case? Is it safe to do that or you think dust will come in?

Galvin
07-12-04, 10:05 PM
More dust is probably going to happen. But if you're going to leave the case open make sure you have cool room or if the room is hot have a fan blowing air across the case that will cool it a lot.

If heat really is an issue, you may want to consider a illuminum case if you dont already have one. This make a lot of different in heat. Thats what I did.

Banko
07-12-04, 10:28 PM
lol i lost all my pci slot covers so i got all wholes doesn't really do anything for me.

Galvin
07-12-04, 10:50 PM
Cant you buy the covers from someplace?

ssj4goku887
07-12-04, 11:39 PM
well it depends sometimes it means for dust but my house isnt dusty so no dust get in anyway hehbeen running this setup with 0 dust buildup on my cpu fan or anything.

Galvin
07-12-04, 11:43 PM
Also I would think not having any slot covers in the back would disrupt airflow and may not cool things as well.

Maybe not

longstreet
07-13-04, 01:05 AM
Good Reason Not to Leave off PCI covers (http://www.dvdtalk.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=374207)

anzak
07-13-04, 01:06 AM
Good Reason Not to Leave off PCI covers (http://www.dvdtalk.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=374207)

:rofl

mustrum
07-13-04, 06:36 AM
Also I would think not having any slot covers in the back would disrupt airflow and may not cool things as well.

Maybe not
OMG!
That mouse got fried badly!

:firedevil

Gator
07-13-04, 08:19 AM
Good Reason Not to Leave off PCI covers (http://www.dvdtalk.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=374207)

WOH!!! Well that settles it, PCI covers aren't an option they are a REQUIREMENT!

Wow! All I can say is just WOW! :scarey: :scarey: :scarey:

Gn00b
07-13-04, 09:10 AM
Two words: DUCT TAPE.

stncttr908
07-13-04, 09:42 AM
Good Reason Not to Leave off PCI covers (http://www.dvdtalk.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=374207)
Wow, that is effed up.

combat_wombat
07-13-04, 09:51 AM
mouse tar tar. doesn't look like it would go to good with A1 sauce

Stolly
07-13-04, 10:29 AM
They are called blanking plates, not PCI covers :)

They have been around since way before PCI.

Riptide
07-13-04, 12:35 PM
They are called blanking plates, not PCI covers :)

They have been around since way before PCI.
I've heard them referred to as backplates as well.

Bill The Cat
07-13-04, 01:15 PM
If you lost the plates I'd at least duct tape up the opening. Air circulation will be adversely affected, and heat will stop being pumped out from your case fans I believe. Probably won't make or break your computer, but if you're an avid overclocker it might be a red flag.

Ludic
07-13-04, 02:07 PM
This is actually an A+ Certification question. Yes, you can overheat your PC by leaving those plates off. Put them on.