Can all prebuilt PCs be opened?

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#1 Posted by Deathscythe777 (27 posts) -
Can all prebuilt PCs be opened? I'm worried about this, i think i can, but the PC seems to have screws on it basically sealing it...i could be wrong though.
#2 Posted by topgunmv (10249 posts) -

I've seen some prebuilds use rivets instead of screws.

If that's the case, you'll literally need to drill them out.

#3 Posted by Truth_Hurts_U (9261 posts) -

Your best bet is to call the maker up and ask them directly.

#4 Posted by Vuud (1336 posts) -

Check inside if you can before you buy, or ask the manufacturer. I wanted to salvage some stuff from my mom's prebuilt but found everything was bolted in tight. So i'd have to do some serious cutting to get anything out of the brackets.

#5 Posted by General_X (9032 posts) -
Depends on the manufacturer, some are better about it than others. Some even use proprietary parts that can't be replaced with standard parts.
#6 Posted by N8A (18602 posts) -
sometimes you'll void your warranty when you open them, but there should be a sticker telling you about it on the back or side that opens.
#7 Posted by Avenger1324 (16344 posts) -
I would expect all cases to have atleast one removable panel or way of getting in to the hardware. It may not be tool-less entry - likely a screwdriver required to remove a few screws holding either a side panel or overall case in place
#8 Posted by superclocked (5823 posts) -
Yes, they all open.. Sometimes you have to remove a couple screws, other times there is a big mechanic release hidden in the asthetics. But I've never seen a pre-built PC that cannot be opened in some way, and I've been repairing PC's since the days when the 286 was top of the line...
#9 Posted by MuD3 (1288 posts) -
there are these cool things called screw drivers. with them you can pretty much open anything ever...
#10 Posted by Deathscythe777 (27 posts) -
I got back from talking with tech support. It seems they don't recommend me opening it, because if i break it in the process of opening it, that voids the warranty. I dunno if it's safe to do it.
#11 Posted by FelipeInside (25683 posts) -
I got back from talking with tech support. It seems they don't recommend me opening it, because if i break it in the process of opening it, that voids the warranty. I dunno if it's safe to do it.Deathscythe777
1- Why do u want to open it? 2- It is still in warranty cause it WILL void ur warranty
#12 Posted by GummiRaccoon (13613 posts) -

Can all prebuilt PCs be opened? I'm worried about this, i think i can, but the PC seems to have screws on it basically sealing it...i could be wrong though.Deathscythe777

what is a screwdriver?

#13 Posted by Deathscythe777 (27 posts) -
[QUOTE="Deathscythe777"]I got back from talking with tech support. It seems they don't recommend me opening it, because if i break it in the process of opening it, that voids the warranty. I dunno if it's safe to do it.FelipeInside
1- Why do u want to open it? 2- It is still in warranty cause it WILL void ur warranty

If my PC cannot run youtube well, i hope to install a cheap graphics card.
#14 Posted by FelipeInside (25683 posts) -
[QUOTE="FelipeInside"][QUOTE="Deathscythe777"]I got back from talking with tech support. It seems they don't recommend me opening it, because if i break it in the process of opening it, that voids the warranty. I dunno if it's safe to do it.Deathscythe777
1- Why do u want to open it? 2- It is still in warranty cause it WILL void ur warranty

If my PC cannot run youtube well, i hope to install a cheap graphics card.

If ur PC can't run YouTube, it's not the graphics card, you have a software problem. ANY computer can run YouTube, even my 8 year old Pentium.
#15 Posted by Deathscythe777 (27 posts) -
[QUOTE="FelipeInside"][QUOTE="Deathscythe777"][QUOTE="FelipeInside"] 1- Why do u want to open it? 2- It is still in warranty cause it WILL void ur warranty

If my PC cannot run youtube well, i hope to install a cheap graphics card.

If ur PC can't run YouTube, it's not the graphics card, you have a software problem. ANY computer can run YouTube, even my 8 year old Pentium.

So it wouldn't really help to add in a $30 graphics card in? I mean i heard prebuilts start to slow down after about 2 years.
#16 Posted by GummiRaccoon (13613 posts) -

[QUOTE="Deathscythe777"][QUOTE="FelipeInside"] 1- Why do u want to open it? 2- It is still in warranty cause it WILL void ur warrantyFelipeInside
If my PC cannot run youtube well, i hope to install a cheap graphics card.

If ur PC can't run YouTube, it's not the graphics card, you have a software problem. ANY computer can run YouTube, even my 8 year old Pentium.

Don't you mean pentium 4?

a pentium can't run youtube, I'm guessing.

#17 Posted by GummiRaccoon (13613 posts) -

[QUOTE="FelipeInside"][QUOTE="Deathscythe777"] If my PC cannot run youtube well, i hope to install a cheap graphics card. Deathscythe777
If ur PC can't run YouTube, it's not the graphics card, you have a software problem. ANY computer can run YouTube, even my 8 year old Pentium.

So it wouldn't really help to add in a $30 graphics card in? I mean i heard prebuilts start to slow down after about 2 years.

Windows computers begin to feel sluggish because all the bloatware people install over the years.

#18 Posted by FelipeInside (25683 posts) -
[QUOTE="Deathscythe777"][QUOTE="FelipeInside"][QUOTE="Deathscythe777"] If my PC cannot run youtube well, i hope to install a cheap graphics card.

If ur PC can't run YouTube, it's not the graphics card, you have a software problem. ANY computer can run YouTube, even my 8 year old Pentium.

So it wouldn't really help to add in a $30 graphics card in? I mean i heard prebuilts start to slow down after about 2 years.

EVERY computer slows down after 1-2 years, it's because of Windows. Yes, sooner or later u'll have to upgrade but what is happening with YouTube and I might be able to help.
#19 Posted by FelipeInside (25683 posts) -

[QUOTE="FelipeInside"][QUOTE="Deathscythe777"] If my PC cannot run youtube well, i hope to install a cheap graphics card. GummiRaccoon

If ur PC can't run YouTube, it's not the graphics card, you have a software problem. ANY computer can run YouTube, even my 8 year old Pentium.

Don't you mean pentium 4?

a pentium can't run youtube, I'm guessing.

I did say Pentium didn't I....? Sorry I didn't put the model but when I said it, I meant the series.
#20 Posted by GummiRaccoon (13613 posts) -

[QUOTE="GummiRaccoon"]

[QUOTE="FelipeInside"] If ur PC can't run YouTube, it's not the graphics card, you have a software problem. ANY computer can run YouTube, even my 8 year old Pentium.FelipeInside

Don't you mean pentium 4?

a pentium can't run youtube, I'm guessing.

I did say Pentium didn't I....? Sorry I didn't put the model but when I said it, I meant the series.

That p4 must have been your first computer then.

No one just called them "pentiums"

#21 Posted by Deathscythe777 (27 posts) -
[QUOTE="FelipeInside"][QUOTE="Deathscythe777"][QUOTE="FelipeInside"] If ur PC can't run YouTube, it's not the graphics card, you have a software problem. ANY computer can run YouTube, even my 8 year old Pentium.

So it wouldn't really help to add in a $30 graphics card in? I mean i heard prebuilts start to slow down after about 2 years.

EVERY computer slows down after 1-2 years, it's because of Windows. Yes, sooner or later u'll have to upgrade but what is happening with YouTube and I might be able to help.

I don't understand what you're saying. I haven't tried the PC yet, but i will, and i hope that streamed video works ok.
#22 Posted by FelipeInside (25683 posts) -

[QUOTE="FelipeInside"][QUOTE="GummiRaccoon"]

Don't you mean pentium 4?

a pentium can't run youtube, I'm guessing.

GummiRaccoon

I did say Pentium didn't I....? Sorry I didn't put the model but when I said it, I meant the series.

That p4 must have been your first computer then.

No one just called them "pentiums"

I've had so many Pentiums in my life that I just call them Pentium now...
#23 Posted by FelipeInside (25683 posts) -
[QUOTE="Deathscythe777"][QUOTE="FelipeInside"][QUOTE="Deathscythe777"] So it wouldn't really help to add in a $30 graphics card in? I mean i heard prebuilts start to slow down after about 2 years.

EVERY computer slows down after 1-2 years, it's because of Windows. Yes, sooner or later u'll have to upgrade but what is happening with YouTube and I might be able to help.

I don't understand what you're saying. I haven't tried the PC yet, but i will, and i hope that streamed video works ok.

What? What do you mean you haven't tried the PC yet? Is this a brand new PC?
#24 Posted by Deathscythe777 (27 posts) -
[QUOTE="FelipeInside"][QUOTE="Deathscythe777"][QUOTE="FelipeInside"] EVERY computer slows down after 1-2 years, it's because of Windows. Yes, sooner or later u'll have to upgrade but what is happening with YouTube and I might be able to help.

I don't understand what you're saying. I haven't tried the PC yet, but i will, and i hope that streamed video works ok.

What? What do you mean you haven't tried the PC yet? Is this a brand new PC?

Yeah.
#25 Posted by FelipeInside (25683 posts) -

[QUOTE="FelipeInside"][QUOTE="Deathscythe777"] I don't understand what you're saying. I haven't tried the PC yet, but i will, and i hope that streamed video works ok.Deathscythe777
What? What do you mean you haven't tried the PC yet? Is this a brand new PC?

Yeah.

LOL, then you have nothing to worry about. YouTube will work fine.

If you want HD YouTube, it depends more on your internet speeds.

#26 Posted by jun_aka_pekto (16433 posts) -

Most PCs can be opened. Heck, Even my old-style Mac Mini can be opened. The main tool is a putty knife though.:lol:

#27 Posted by FelipeInside (25683 posts) -

Most PCs can be opened. Heck, Even my old-style Mac Mini can be opened. The main tool is a putty knife though.:lol:

jun_aka_pekto

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01NHcTM5IA4

#28 Posted by superclocked (5823 posts) -

[QUOTE="jun_aka_pekto"]

Most PCs can be opened. Heck, Even my old-style Mac Mini can be opened. The main tool is a putty knife though.:lol:

FelipeInside

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01NHcTM5IA4

lol.. epic movie scene...
#29 Posted by SPBoss (3632 posts) -
Some companies are notorious for making it hard to open their pc's, I remember i had an old sony vaio desktop that was basically soldered together lol
#30 Posted by superclocked (5823 posts) -
Some companies are notorious for making it hard to open their pc's, I remember i had an old sony vaio desktop that was basically soldered together lolSPBoss
Yeah, sometimes you have to take off the front panel first. And I had a Dell that had a huge "open" button on top that was made to look like part of the design of the case...
#31 Posted by jun_aka_pekto (16433 posts) -

[QUOTE="jun_aka_pekto"]

Most PCs can be opened. Heck, Even my old-style Mac Mini can be opened. The main tool is a putty knife though.:lol:

FelipeInside

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01NHcTM5IA4

Heh. This one is deadlier. I used to laugh at the thought of using a putty knife. Then I remembered I needed to add more RAM to my Mini. :lol:

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To be honest, I've never heard of a PC (MS-DOS or Windows) case being non-accessible. I mean I've seen RAM and CPUs soldered into their slot/socket. But, I've never seen a PC that cannot be opened.

#32 Posted by FelipeInside (25683 posts) -
I guess none of you have had to take apart a Mac Notebook (50+ screws of different size) or an iMac (you need glass suckers to remove the glass and special tools for some parts).