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How do I clean dust from my GTX 680?

Hello, I recently built a new computer and one of things I am having the most trouble with is dust management. I am able to clean dust from the from fans by removing the shield and shooting air through that, but my major concern is my graphics card.

About once a month, I remove the card from the system and try to blow dust out, but I don't feel anything is actually getting cleaned. This is the card I have:

Could anyone please tell me how they manage to get all the dust out of that small space? Thanks for any assistance.
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  1. Best answer
    Remove the cooler. Use a leave blower no the heatsink ONLY to remove the dust. Replace cooler. LOL

    only way, but you should get dust filters for your build, they are cheap and install easily in most cases.
  2. Please just remove the shroud screws(they are all around the plastic shroud and not on the back of the card). This way you do NOT have to remove the heatsink.

    Cans of compressed gas(air duster) can be picked up at almost any store now.

    @ hijaxhfx, Please do NOT select a best answer in a thread you did not start.
  3. nukemaster said:
    Please just remove the shroud screws(they are all around the plastic shroud and not on the back of the card). This way you do NOT have to remove the heatsink.

    Cans of compressed gas(air duster) can be picked up at almost any store now.


    Yeah this will work too. We don't have compressed air so easily available here. Damn...
  4. I have filters built into the case (CM Storm Trooper), but I just feel like I am not protecting my card, and as a matter of fact my CPU, too, from dust exposure, even with the cleaning.
  5. datguy88 said:
    I have filters built into the case (CM Storm Trooper), but I just feel like I am not protecting my card, and as a matter of fact my CPU, too, from dust exposure, even with the cleaning.



    You sure all holes are filtered? LOL sounds dirty...

    Excuse the pun...
  6. Novuake said:
    nukemaster said:
    Please just remove the shroud screws(they are all around the plastic shroud and not on the back of the card). This way you do NOT have to remove the heatsink.

    Cans of compressed gas(air duster) can be picked up at almost any store now.


    Yeah this will work too. We don't have compressed air so easily available here. Damn...

    I know someone who was using a model helicopter to blow out dust :)
  7. nukemaster said:

    I know someone who was using a model helicopter to blow out dust :)


    hahaha yeah that's not gonna happen. I am still struggling with my damn H80 radiator clogging up... Leaf blower does not like the DPI on that thing. Ideas are welcome.
  8. An actual air compressor would be my choice at that time. Chances are good you know at least one person with a small compressor.
  9. nukemaster said:
    An actual air compressor would be my choice at that time. Chances are good you know at least one person with a small compressor.


    Hmmm that I do at least. Thanks. Some fresh ideas always help.
  10. Novuake said:
    nukemaster said:
    An actual air compressor would be my choice at that time. Chances are good you know at least one person with a small compressor.


    Hmmm that I do at least. Thanks. Some fresh ideas always help.

    Remember to use the regulator to turn down the air pressure(you do not want to damage things.). And note that some users say you can damage things with an air compressor, but in ALL my years, I have never had an issue doing this with more than one compressor.
  11. Does removing the screws and top cover to dust out what the fans intake, void the warranty?
  12. datguy88 said:
    Does removing the screws and top cover to dust out what the fans intake, void the warranty?


    Not for EVGA cards, no...
  13. Nvidia actually wanted to word out about shroud removal from the beginning so users would not have to remove the heatsink and risk messing up the thermal paste re-application.

    You are good as said above:)

    EVGA will almost let you do anything.
  14. Thanks, I was only planning on removing the unscrewable part, not the heat sink, just to get the dust out of that fan.
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