Do you remember your first computer? I do. I do not remember the exact components because at that time I used it to talk on Terra’s chat and play a game of pimp cloth that I have not heard from again. I also remember that I cared little about the tower , so much so that it was under the desk, out of my sight, because nobody cares about a gray plastic tower closed up tight.
Now, with exceptions, the towers are there to show them . Office towers are still being made and without major pretensions, with their gray caps, without lights, without a spectacular air intake (because the components they assemble do not require it either), without a tempered glass side that shows the graphic and liquid cooling … But it is enough to take a look at the main computer stores to discover that what was previously hidden is now made to be seen, and if we walk through Instagram, Reddit or TikTok, we will see that, indeed, now we want show off our setup .
In my opinion, that we like to show off the tower has several reasons. The first is that the components ask for it. For a good handful of years we have seen manufacturers mount RGB LEDs on almost every component . Do you want lights? Well, take lights on the fans, on the CPU heatsink, on the RAM memory and if you put yourself even on the graph itself. What’s more, if you buy mine, you will be able to control them all at the same time and make cool fabric lights for your computer. And this is what someone tells you who accidentally started RGB lights on his PC and ended up putting them where he could.
The truth is that I do not quite understand where this issue of RGB lights comes from. I imagine it is a matter of making the PC more personal , of being able to put it in the color you want. After all, the tower will be black, gray, white or red, but RGB allows you to choose between 16.8 million colors, so the range of options is wide. That, or that science fiction and cyberpunk aesthetics have brought us here, of course, or that having it on the desk collects less dust than near the ground, which can also be.
That brings me to the second reason: since you have a computer that somehow represents you, it would be ugly to leave it under the desk, right? Well, we put it on top to show it . That, obviously, means having a large desk, with enough space to put the tower, the monitor (with RGB, of course ), the mouse, the mechanical keyboard and the XXL mousepad, all to match. Now you no longer have a computer, you have a personal setup, something yours, something worth showing off.
In the end, all this redounds to a kind of myth: that of the gaming computer . Can you achieve excellent performance in games without lights of any kind, leaving the computer under the desk and with a tower without glass? Of course. But take a look at the PC gaming communities on the Internet and you will see what it takes: lights, custom liquid cooling that give vertigo, a fairly aggressive aesthetic in general … PC Gaming Master Race in its maximum splendor .
Here we are sinning from a generalization: that only gaming computers are taught and that work computers are boring. Well, nothing is further from reality . There are setups with towers without RGB that are pure fantasy , even some that bet on minimalism , by disassembling the tower and putting the pieces on the wall … There are ideas for all tastes and colors .
And it’s funny, because the tower is still one of the biggest and heaviest elements of the setup. Someone looking for practicality could perhaps argue that the most useful thing would be to have it under the desk to take advantage of that space or simply leave it free to give a feeling of spaciousness. But of course, then you see the towers, which are no longer just a warehouse for components, but are quite a design element , and you think “am I really going to hide this nice thing under the desk?”
In any case, my opinion is that technology is already part of us. After all, what could once be considered a simple business tool can now be seen as an extension of ourselves. The computer not only serves to read PDFs and make Excels, but also allows us to design, create, play, stream, share, it is something personal, something ours and something we can teach to express ourselves . And that’s nice.