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Should you put your computer on your desk? Well, the current trend is to get your computer up off the carpet and onto your work surface. This is becoming commonplace for a few reasons, primarily because more and more builds are RGB’ing ALL THE THINGS, and power supplies are at the bottom of the case, with an intake on the floor panel, which could be an issue if sitting on carpet.
But what about those of us who can’t necessarily do this because of the need of all the desk space possible, such as for audio engineering setups where the monitors (engineering speak for the speakers) need to be set up in a certain way?
Well, the answer to this is to put the tower on a computer stand, or “cpu caddy”. Typically these are adjustable, rolling stands made of either metal or plastic. A PC caddy will get your tower up off of the messy carpet, keep it under the desk out of site (and fans out of earshot a bit), while being movable to allow for access to the back if necessary. Here’s a few of the better computer stands that will do the job for you:
This Syba computer stand has an adjustable metal base, and is a fairly sleek design. It shouldn’t interfere with any window panels, however because it’s a bit short, it most likely won’t rest on the rubber feet of the tower, so positioning should be paid attention to as to not block the PSU intake fan.Buy SYBA Metal Base CPU Stand for Large Tower Case on Amazon
This is branded by IOCrest, however appears to be another Syba product. While this computer stand is also most likely not large enough to rest on the tower feet, this one won’t block the PSU fan for sure.Buy IOCrest CPU Stand ATX Case Caddy on Amazon
This one’s a bit more tall, but more stylized. I don’t know if I would load this up with a heavier tower due to the adjustable design, but for a lighter tower this cpu caddy could be a good choice if it matches your decor.Buy Allsop Metal Art CPU Caddy on Amazon
Another X design like the IOCrest above, this is another flexible and reasonable CPU caddy.Buy 3M Adjustable CPU Stand on Amazon
A computer stand that looks like something straight out of Office Space. This is probably the most pedestrian stand of them all, but also possibly blending in the best in your office setup. Again, you will need to verify tower placement in regards to the PSU intake.Buy Econo Mobile CPU Stand on Amazon
By far, this is the best looking computer stand from the whole list. This caddy doesn’t use any sort of gripping force to keep it upright and on the stand, however that shouldn’t be an issue as long as you don’t take those “racing wheels” seriously. This does come in the black above, as well as red and clear platforms.Buy Pitstop Furniture CPU700B Black Computer Stand on Amazon
And now for something completely different. If the floor cpu caddy isn’t for you, or you have some bizarre reason for not placing your tower directly on the floor, consider this one. If you have a desk that can take the mounting (IKEA desks need not apply), this is a great option for a functional and unique way to manage your PC. The mount spins 360 degrees, and should suit any need you have.Buy 3M Adjustable Under-desk CPU Holder on Amazon
We can’t all get our towers onto the desk, but that doesn’t mean you need to let your poor PC languish on the carpet, sucking in all that dust directly. A good PC caddy can elevate both your computer (literally) and your office setup (figuratively), and shouldn’t be overlooked as a viable option.
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