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2018/02/17 18:24:58 (permalink)
When I get my new GPU I plan to clean out my case. How do I do this without damaging parts? Compressed air doesn’t get everything.
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    Re: Best way to clean dust 2018/02/17 20:39:02 (permalink)
    What I do is (once a year for the big clean-up) take out the ram, fans, hard drives and any water cooling components ( have AIO radiators so I don't have to worry about water) vacuum them then blow them out (removing the fans from the radiator) then wipe carefully every thing down with a lint free cloth.
     
    Make sure you keep the fans from spinning when you blow them out, especially with the GPU.
    Same with the power supply and the fans with the cpu heat sink.
    I use Q-tips with alcohol to clean the edges of the fans. I have a cat that likes to crawl all over the place so the fans like to suck in the oily hair and gunk them up. I use 91% rubbing alcohol to get the gunk off.  
     
    I then reapply thermal paste and put it all back together.
     
    Although it is a pain it can solve several problem you may not know you have or yet to have.
    I have a 7 year old computer that the cpu was getting hot so I finally took off the heat sink and found out that the thermal paste had turned to dust!!!
     
    So when you put back together clean the contacts as they do get fouled up and make sure put the wiring back snugly (had a ram chip that was giving me errors because of this and a hard drive that the cabling became loose). 
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    Re: Best way to clean dust 2018/02/17 21:06:33 (permalink)
    All the needs can be found in this Thread Proactive maintenance
    or This one Using a Leaf Blower on PC? 
    Duplicate Thread more or less.
    post edited by bcavnaugh - 2018/02/18 13:14:01



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    Re: Best way to clean dust 2018/02/18 12:32:44 (permalink)
    Leaf blower. 


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    Re: Best way to clean dust 2018/03/12 05:38:13 (permalink)
    I use a Ryobi hand held blower, it works the dust out the rads nicely.
    The compressed air for me didn't remove the heavy "baked" dust so just went to hardware store and got the blower.

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    Re: Best way to clean dust 2018/03/12 05:51:01 (permalink)
    This:
     
    https://www.gearbest.com/brushes/pp_1620879.html
     
    Attaches to most all normal vacuum cleaners

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    Re: Best way to clean dust 2018/03/12 09:44:38 (permalink)
    Sajin
    Leaf blower. 


    +1
     
    Electric or gas powered?
     
    Edit: I try to clean out dust as often as I can once a month I'll take the side off (it's a not see-through panal) and at lest look what's doing. For an annually deep cleaning I will take the system outside to use an old toothbrush and can of compressed air or my own breath. The best is when I get face full dust from blowing into it.
    post edited by EyeDeeNo - 2018/03/12 10:06:31

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    Re: Best way to clean dust 2018/03/12 13:12:01 (permalink)
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    Leaf blower. 


    +1
     
    Electric or gas powered?
     
    Edit: I try to clean out dust as often as I can once a month I'll take the side off (it's a not see-through panal) and at lest look what's doing. For an annually deep cleaning I will take the system outside to use an old toothbrush and can of compressed air or my own breath. The best is when I get face full dust from blowing into it.


    Gas of course.  


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    Re: Best way to clean dust 2018/03/12 14:15:44 (permalink)
    I used a hoover once, obviuosly i wouldt recommend it. A mouth blow is a best way  :D
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    Re: Best way to clean dust 2018/03/13 11:52:50 (permalink)
    and most importantly is to keep the room clean as possible, i get very little dust in mine. us a good air filter on the furnace/AC unit, it does wonders.

                                   
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    Re: Best way to clean dust 2018/03/15 10:58:16 (permalink)
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    Leaf blower. 


    +1
     
    Electric or gas powered?
     
    Edit: I try to clean out dust as often as I can once a month I'll take the side off (it's a not see-through panal) and at lest look what's doing. For an annually deep cleaning I will take the system outside to use an old toothbrush and can of compressed air or my own breath. The best is when I get face full dust from blowing into it.


    Gas of course.  


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    Leaf blower. 
     All jokes aside, there are small blowers for electrical components
     
    https://www.amazon.com/XPOWER-Airrow-Multi-Use-Electric-Computer/dp/B01BI4UQK0/ref=pd_lpo_vtph_86_tr_t_2/140-4831895-7518011?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=SVXE0T8RKBHFJ0CVKF8J
     
    https://www.amazon.com/dp...12916011_t2_B01N6UE8T2
     

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    Re: Best way to clean dust 2018/03/15 14:35:26 (permalink)
    take your rig into the garage and use the oldladies hairdryer. keep an air purifier running in your office and you will be golden!

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    Re: Best way to clean dust 2018/03/15 15:43:23 (permalink)
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    Leaf blower. 


    +1
     
    Electric or gas powered?
     
    Edit: I try to clean out dust as often as I can once a month I'll take the side off (it's not a see-through panel) and at least look what's doing. For an annually deep cleaning I will take the system outside to use an old toothbrush and can of compressed air or my own breath. The best is when I get face full dust from blowing into it.


    Gas of course.  


     All jokes aside, there are small blowers for electrical components
     
    https://www.amazon.com/XPOWER-Airrow-Multi-Use-Electric-Computer/dp/B01BI4UQK0/ref=pd_lpo_vtph_86_tr_t_2/140-4831895-7518011?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=SVXE0T8RKBHFJ0CVKF8J
     
    https://www.amazon.com/dp...12916011_t2_B01N6UE8T2
     

     
    But how good are they for oaks and maples on a half a acre? 
     
    Yeah I have known about these electric dusters for a longtime but I still use Dust-off or similar product, they're just what I'm use to. No cord to plug in, take up less space and no parts to store or find.
     
     

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    Re: Best way to clean dust 2018/03/21 10:01:59 (permalink)
    data vac duster hands down
    https://www.bing.com/vide...3&&FORM=VRDGAR
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    Re: Best way to clean dust 2018/03/21 10:31:02 (permalink)
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    data vac duster hands down
    https://www.bing.com/vide...3&&FORM=VRDGAR


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    Re: Best way to clean dust 2018/03/28 19:53:49 (permalink)
    Remove all, and vacuum.  I then use micro fiber cloths with believe it or not Meguires interior auto detail spray.  I put a bit of this onto the micro fiber cloth, wipe, and it pulls all the dirt away.  No residue. Easy to make it look new.  
     
    Oh and never used a air compressor for things such as a nail gun, or one in a work shop.  Those have oil in the compressor and tank and well, you will not be happy.

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    Re: Best way to clean dust 2018/03/29 20:30:39 (permalink)
    Vacuum is best, as you don't have moisture issues - unlike most "blow air" methods that generate enough force to get dust out of stuff.
     
     

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    Re: Best way to clean dust 2018/03/29 20:38:06 (permalink)
    Keep in mind to much airflow will hurt fans and can damage computer parts. The best thing is a small data vacuum since I have found that canned air isn't that good for long term.
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    Re: Best way to clean dust 2018/04/10 03:59:09 (permalink)
    I often just use microfiber cloths as it is just the easiest to clean the big parts in the case. For the Smaller parts I will use canned air and take the risk with the moisture but it works well. Personally, I don't like the vacuum method as it isn't powerful enough to remove all of the dust. The simplest solution would be to install good dust filters to keep the majority of the dust out
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    Re: Best way to clean dust 2018/04/10 08:51:28 (permalink)
    No this is not true. If you want to stop dust from filling up your computer you need to remove it from your environment.. like live in a manufacturing clean room.
    Dust filters only stop the big to medium particles but allow fine debris pass and I think that the small stuff is harder to get out of the case and I would rather have it mix/stick to the bigger stuff.
     
    What is dust?
    Mostly textile fibers from clothing, bedding and carpet, human hair and skin cells, outdoor soil and plant pollen.
    The skin cells is the worst because it will have oil in it too and that's the stuff I want stuck to textile fibers.

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    Re: Best way to clean dust 2018/04/10 11:46:03 (permalink)
    Depends on the filter - most of the ones used on computers are "big stuff only" but there are some around that will keep fines out - at a serious cost in airflow.
     
    Better to keep the environmental dust level down, but even THAT doesn't keep ALL the dust out short of a clean room environment.
     

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    Re: Best way to clean dust 2018/04/20 14:41:23 (permalink)
    All amazingly good advice hear. My personal preference is once a month, disconnect PC, take outside/garage and used compressed air. A decent air compressor can be had for $125 and has a verity of amazing uses. Don't waste your money on cans of compressed air......they simply don't do a good enough job. Be sure when using a compressor to hold fans in place when you are blowing them, learned my lesson there. Whatever a compressor doesn't get, get with a q-tip, microfiber rag, or toothbrush. The cleaner you keep your home & the less humans & the pets the better(I am screwed in that department ). What Rj posted @ post #6 looks like it would be a super awesome contraption that might be worth looking into.......

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    Re: Best way to clean dust 2018/04/20 16:23:39 (permalink)
    Just pointing out the topic is about cleaning dust. Not sure why anyone would want to clean dust. I just want the dust gone. Normally I just use an electronics vacuum that can suck up dust or blow air. Doing both gets things clean enough for me.
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    Re: Best way to clean dust 2018/04/20 21:22:24 (permalink)
    LOL, fire up the air compressor and blow it out, cleans up really nice and ready for overclocking and gaming :)


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    Re: Best way to clean dust 2018/04/21 10:48:11 (permalink)
    $59 air compressor from harbor freight does the trick for me 

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
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    Re: Best way to clean dust 2018/05/14 00:04:24 (permalink)
    I do it using an air blower and a brush. Compressed air cans are damn expensive and are not much effective too.


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    Re: Best way to clean dust 2019/02/10 22:55:50 (permalink)
    this topic will be helpful for everyone, thanks alot for this.
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