How do i clean my CPU Fan

My cpu fan makes really weird noise at start up ... i thought i d give it a chance and clean it up before i make my mind and buy a new one .. maybe it would work well then !!

so the question is that i dont really know whether I should simply blow some high pressured air at it to get it cleaned .. or if i should use WD-40 or other methods ... like brushing it with a paint brush.

is there anything i should watch out for like damaging the fan or the CPU while removing the fan... if there was then please, share ur experiences with me +)))

Note: i ve searched the net and i saw that people were always saying something about Air Cans .. well, thats not really anywhere to find here , so please give me other methods to cleaning the fan then that :)


System
Core 2 Duo E7400 2.8 ghz
2 gb ddr2 800mhz kingston
a stupid suicidal and crazy little 8800 gts 512 oc by factory ..... that decided that it would rather electrifying itself then letting me play crysis with the Crysis Very High Hack On
windows xp ( this explains the Crysis hack part)

Appreciated everyone :)
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  1. Xermax said:
    My cpu fan makes really weird noise at start up ... i thought i d give it a chance and clean it up before i make my mind and buy a new one .. maybe it would work well then !!

    so the question is that i dont really know whether I should simply blow some high pressured air at it to get it cleaned .. or if i should use WD-40 or other methods ... like brushing it with a paint brush.

    is there anything i should watch out for like damaging the fan or the CPU while removing the fan... if there was then please, share ur experiences with me +)))

    Note: i ve searched the net and i saw that people were always saying something about Air Cans .. well, thats not really anywhere to find here , so please give me other methods to cleaning the fan then that :)


    System
    Core 2 Duo E7400 2.8 ghz
    2 gb ddr2 800mhz kingston
    a stupid suicidal and crazy little 8800 gts 512 oc by factory ..... that decided that it would rather electrifying itself then letting me play crysis with the Crysis Very High Hack On
    windows xp ( this explains the Crysis hack part)

    Appreciated everyone :)


    I would NOT use WD-40 to clean a fan or heatsink. Your best bet is to buy a can of compressed air. You can buy them at any Home Depot or some other local hardware store. Computer shops usually carry them as well.

    here's a video that shows how to do it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8QZ8j46GB2w

    this way you have to remove anything from your case and it's easy.
  2. Use a toothbrush or something to get all the gunk and dust off, then use can of compressed air to get everything else off would be your safest bet.
    Whats your cooler? stock one?
  3. Personally i use a paintbrush its very nice with dust and not very abrasive, plus i just use my moth to blow are at it... you just need to be carefull with water particles that you may spit if you use this method, other then that theres no need to waste much more money in anything, use and old brush and your breath lol should be more then enough...
    PS: if your heatsink is round, clean from the center to the outside of the circle, to avoid compacting and making it harder to clean afterwords
  4. vacuum is my way of removing dust, use a vacuum with some nozzles to increase pressure and suck that thing up, you can also use compressed air with vacuum cleaner at the bottom to suck up everything that falls
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