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How Do I Choose the Best Computer Tower?

Most computer towers are rectangular in shape.
A good computer tower has room for a person's desired power supply with adequate air flow.
You want to make sure the tower is an appropriate size and will accommodate all of the internal hardware components you intend to install.
Before choosing a computer tower, you should determine the size of the motherboard that you are going to use, which may mean purchasing the mainboard first.
A computer tower should have space to house one or more hard drive.
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  • Written By: G. Wiesen
  • Edited By: Heather Bailey
  • Last Modified Date: 19 July 2014
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When considering a computer tower, you should be sure to choose one that is large enough for whatever you wish to place in the tower. You should also consider the power and cooling needs of your computer and ensure you choose a tower that can fulfill those needs. Depending on the motherboard you are going to use in the tower, you might consider additional connections such as universal serial bus (USB) ports. You can also consider any aesthetic concerns or desires you may have and find a tower you find visually appealing.

A computer tower is a case used to house the various internal components found in most personal computers (PCs). This tower is also referred to as the computer case, and is usually placed near the monitor, mouse, and keyboard used with the computer, which all connect to the tower itself. If you are building your own computer, you should choose a computer tower that is large enough to house all of the components you wish to put in the tower. This is especially important with components such as multiple hard drives or disc drives and large components such as powerful video cards.

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You should ensure that any computer tower you consider is able to provide you with sufficient space and connections for your power and cooling needs. Most towers can easily fit a standard computer power supply, but if you are considering any type of unusual power supply then this may be a concern. You should also ensure that the tower you choose has enough fans on it; most towers have at least one side fan and two or more back fans. If you are planning on using a water cooling system, then you might consider choosing a computer tower designed to work with such systems.

Any computer tower you choose should also provide you with any additional features you may need or want. If you are using a motherboard that can connect to USB ports or other features on the front of a tower, then you should look for one that can accommodate such connections. You might also look for a computer tower that is aesthetically pleasing as well, such as a tower with lights on the side or front. This is not only visually interesting, but can also help you quickly determine when your computer is on. They can also indicate if the computer is processing operations or has frozen, based on if the lights are blinking.

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