With a growing amount of people taking ownership of a computer for the first time, there are still a lot of questions to be answered. From general operation and navigation questions, to the different aspects of maintenance; these seemingly basic principles are vital for first time computer users to know. However, there is a lack of information and training regarding these basics at the disposal of newcomers unless they know where to look; as a result, many people make minute mistakes that eventually cause something detrimental to occur, whether it comes in the form of unknowingly installing a virus, or accidentally damaging hardware. Among one of the more important aspects of overall computer maintenance and something that is commonly overlooked, even by people who are avid users, is the concept of proper placement for the computer.
The generalized concept of where to place your computer is something that may not seem like a big deal. Many people will get their machine set up and be intent on getting connected to the internet and actually using it before they worry about where the computer is being placed. However, proper placement of your tower is something that can make or break the longevity of the machine in terms of hardware. One mistake people commonly make is to set their computer directly on the floor, specifically carpeting. This is an issue because it drastically ramps up the speed in which dust and other particulates coat the case as well as inside of the case. Additionally, depending on how the case itself is constructed, the carpeting can obstruct the ventilation.
In going the route of ensuring your computer is placed in a situation where minimal maintenance will be required in terms of dust gathering as well as prospective ventilation obstructions, it is always good to begin with a solid, flat surface. This can be accomplished in a number of ways, even if you sacrifice the aesthetics of your office to put it on the surface of a desk. Additionally, ensure the tower is elevated at least 3 inches off the floor.