Pc in enclosed cabinet - how bad an idea is this?

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  1. tongue_of_colicab

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    How bad an idea is it to put a PC with something like a ~65 watt CPU and a ~300 watt GPU in a enclosed wooden TV cabinet with basically nothing more than a 5x10cm hole in the back for ventilation?

    I'm thinking about putting my PC in the living room but obviously the wife isn't exactly overjoyed with the idea of having a big black box next to the tv.

    I tried looking for smaller, good looking cases but the few that don't look totally horrible are too inconvenient from a form factor perspective so that isn't an option.
     
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    A reference just for fun: I have an always-ready heater in my sauna, it takes 300W to keep the stones hot for bathing (i.e. at a few hundred degrees celsius) at all times.

    Back in the day I did run my HTPC inside a wooden TV cabinet, but it had a 45W TDP Athlon X2 with IGP only and the cabinet's backside was open from top (about 80cm*20cm opening).
     
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    If it can throttle down properly, it should be okay. But could be annoying when doing things that need continuous performance.

    Btw you probably can stick a small fan on that ventilation to make better airflow. Also can use usb fan for easier cabling
     
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    I would use it only for gaming so it's probably going to heat up quite a bit.

    Come to think of it, a better option might be to move my tv a couple of cm forward and put the case behind the TV on top of the TV's counterweight.
     
  5. cheapchips

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    Have you though of putting your wife in a cabinet so she doesn't have to see the PC? Lovingly of course. You could leave some issues of Womans Own in there to read and some knitting gear.
     
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    Active display port (and USB 3) cables aren't that expensive. Isn't there some hall closet within 10 meters and couple of drilled holes?
     
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    also could be making tinyyyy PC that supports full length GPU like this



    so can be placed outside of the cabinet, without looking like a manacing big black box
     
  8. tongue_of_colicab

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    Rental house so unfortunately drilling is a big no-no unless I want to pay for getting the wall fixed + replacing the wallpaper for the whole living room.
     
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    Maybe make a large hole into back of cabinet and huge fan turning slowly to rotate air to void cooling issues while keeping noise down?
     
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