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Cleaning out the dust inside your PC

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May 26, 2013 6:32:11 PM

How often do you clean out the dust that accumulates inside your PC? Also, for those of you with water coolers, whats the best way to clean out your radiator?

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May 26, 2013 6:38:39 PM

Can of compressed air or if you are fortunate to have an air compressor :)  (just be careful not to set it to powerful)

Also I use q-tips or other like products to pick up the collections of dust from the heat sinks and fans - especially on the CPU/GPU
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May 26, 2013 6:51:46 PM

In an A+ cert. prep. text it says- do not use vacuum cleaner because it creates static. Also I am wondering- is there such a thing as Computer dust cover? This new case I bought came with no filters of any kind at the top- no fans- just open holes. I get lots of dust on a top of my other computers in few weeks- am I missing something- is it supposed to be open?
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May 26, 2013 6:58:13 PM

Astralv said:
In an A+ cert. prep. text it says- do not use vacuum cleaner because it creates static. Also I am wondering- is there such a thing as Computer dust cover? This new case I bought came with no filters of any kind at the top- no fans- just open holes. I get lots of dust on a top of my other computers in few weeks- am I missing something- is it supposed to be open?


Buy some filter material from your local hardware store. Tape it on with duct tape if you have to.

Failing that, you can buy various aftermarket computer-case filters online. Silverstone apparently makes good ones, but they're pricey.
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May 26, 2013 7:07:26 PM

Every now and then I clean my machine, not too often though. I find that a can of compressed air works best.

Easiest way to manage dust on radiators is to run a pull configuration on the radiator. Dust builds up on the side of the rad air comes from, so in a pull setup dust builds up on bare radiator rather than underneath a fan. From there you can just brush it off with your hand.

Or if you mean "clean out" as in internally, a warm 20/80 mix of White Vinegar and Distilled Water should do the trick. Pour it in, cover the ports and shake it around, rinse and your good to go.

@Astralav
Typically top and rear mounted fans are exhausts, so manufacturers don't put dust filter's on them as it would only inhibit dust leaving the case. You typically put filters on intake fans.
Not to belittle your A+ Certification, but there's just some stuff your not going to learn from a book :lol: .
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May 26, 2013 8:32:00 PM

with a air can once a month and a use a artist paint brush with long hair to clean the fin of the cooler and the inside,for the fan blade a blue paper towel you buy at the hardware store with some glass cleaner on it without alcool in .
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May 26, 2013 8:54:25 PM

manofchalk said:

@Astralav
Typically top and rear mounted fans are exhausts, so manufacturers don't put dust filter's on them as it would only inhibit dust leaving the case. You typically put filters on intake fans.
Not to belittle your A+ Certification, but there's just some stuff your not going to learn from a book :lol: .


Yeah, my bad. Didn't notice that he was just talking about his top fans. Still, if he notices a lot of dust build up on his exhaust fans, then either too much dust is getting into his case (in which case he should think about filtering his intakes better), or he's running negative pressure (in which case he might consider flipping one of his exhausts and using it as an intake instead, which'd mean buying a new filter ;)  ).

Or maybe the solution is to add another intake fan (and filter it), if his case has empty mounts.

Or maybe he just needs to clean more often. Some people seem to get along just fine with negative-pressure setups, after all. Sure seems like the dust's bothering him though.
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May 26, 2013 9:08:00 PM

I did not mean to t/j and change topic, if you dont mind, may be you can send me a PM. This case only has 2 fans: 200 front and 120 back. I want to install 2 more fans but do not know what should be intake, what exhaust. The side of computer also wide open- no plastic- just large mash. Top- mash and holes. I was looking at some filters, but was not sure about negative pressure you talking about. My computers get dust on a top of the solid cases and inside. This will be my 2nd build and I do not know what I am doing with fans. I just do not want my Haswell get cobered with dust as other computers. Any help appreciated (PM). Thanks.
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May 27, 2013 8:46:48 AM

I am using a positive pressure system: 1 front intake, 2 side intakes, 1 top exhaust, and then a push-pull out the back from my radiator. Anyone have a suggestion for good dust filters for my intakes?
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May 27, 2013 10:50:45 AM

I would be interested in some good dust filters myself. I have a fine mesh screen (forgot the micron measurements) from some other projects I was about to use but I am sure there is better built stuff.
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