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Cleaning dust in graphics card

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September 3, 2010 2:33:33 PM

hi,i have a pc for gaming with a ATI RADEON XFX 4770 graphics card,i think it might be collecting too much dust and was wondering if there is a safe way to clean out dust without damaging it,thanks in advance
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September 3, 2010 3:24:01 PM

take it out of the case and use a can of compressed air. you may want to do it outside or in the garage since dust will go flying everywhere.
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September 3, 2010 3:28:39 PM

i prefer air compressor myself if you have one great just go low on the psi i usually run 100-150 and don't get very close motherboard or cars, i clean the case and everythign liek this once a month and my system has been running great for 3 and a half years :D 
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September 3, 2010 3:42:59 PM

Personally, I just use a can of compressed air and maybe a toothbrush for the fan blades to loosen any accumulated dust. One thing though, do NOT allow the fan to spin freely or you may burn out the bearings. Just hold the fan in place while spraying air on to the blades.

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September 3, 2010 3:58:45 PM

g00fysmiley said:
i prefer air compressor myself if you have one great just go low on the psi i usually run 100-150 and don't get very close motherboard or cars, i clean the case and everythign liek this once a month and my system has been running great for 3 and a half years :D 


You are playing with fire doing it like that g00f. Unless you have a dehydrator inline with your aircompressor, you are introducing moisture to your GPU. If the smallest amount of moisture stays on your card when you plug it in, poof you just lost your card.

I would rather play it safe and use canned air. If that isnt enough air pressure put the can in a bucket of HOT water for a few mins, that will give the can a good bit more PSI.
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September 3, 2010 4:26:44 PM

good point i didn't mention but yea while i don't have a dehydrator on the line i do purge the tank and fill inside in the air conditioned house for lower humidity in the air before blowing it off outside also i'm the type to pull fans/heatsinks and replace greace twice a year
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September 3, 2010 11:49:07 PM

hey thanks everyone for all your advice,this forun is always very helpful,thanks
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September 3, 2010 11:50:02 PM

Best answer selected by mrclownface.
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September 4, 2010 9:02:09 AM

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