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January 26, 2014 1:21:04 PM

Hi all, I'm building an open air rig, and there's really only two places I can put it:

1. Elevated on a wooden table in the living room which is totally carpeted

2. Elevated on a wooden table in my bedroom which has wood floors

I'd much prefer the first option because I will be running a 20'' box fan to cool the rig so it will likely get quite noisy. However, I'm worried about the potential of dust damaging the components. Does anyone have any suggestions or experience with setting up an open-air rig in a carpeted room? Or should I not worry about it since I'll have the box fan blowing a consistent stream of air away from the rig?

Thanks.

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January 26, 2014 1:23:20 PM

As long as you clean it regularly the living room option will be fine
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January 26, 2014 1:37:48 PM

Clean the hardware or clean the living room? Lol
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January 26, 2014 1:46:28 PM

Clean both. The most destructive thing involving dust and PC components is resultant heat build up from dust clogging heat sinks and/or blocking airflow in general. Keep it clean, it should stay happy and perform well - keeping the room clean will help keep the PC clean
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January 26, 2014 1:52:08 PM

Thanks for the reply I appreciate it. Do you have any suggestions for frequency and how to clean the computer parts? Are there specific products I should be looking at?
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January 26, 2014 2:51:33 PM

Compressed air products (although highly overpriced IMO) is what is usually used. Although some people like to keep a schedule for cleaning, I'm more of the "as needed" type...
My cleanings are quite involved so I tend to do them about every 6mo - 1yr but I'm not running open-air rigs either
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January 26, 2014 3:00:12 PM

Seems like they'd last a while though. So if I were to purchase a can of compressed air would I just spray the whole setup, say, monthly? Or is it more involved with taking each piece apart and thoroughly spraying it down?

Thanks for all the help dude
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January 26, 2014 3:20:08 PM

That would be about right, nothing elaborate, with the computer off; blow under the motherboard, in and around the heatsink(s) (CPU, graphics and others). With open air I'll also suggest putting the straw that comes with it down into the PSU and blowing it out every other month or so. It is suggested you keep the fans from spinning while blowing compressed air through them to keep them from overspeeding and possibly damaging their bearings.
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January 26, 2014 4:25:59 PM

Awesome, makes sense. Just one last question then if you don't mind: when you're vacuuming around the rig, do you power everything off, or is it inconsequential? I have a pretty shitty old vacuum and I figure it circulates dust just as much as it suctions it unfortunately
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January 26, 2014 4:54:06 PM

See if you can get a HEPA vacuum for around $40. HEPA vacuums filter out dust and clean the air
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