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PICS: The Dirtiest, Nastiest, Computers Ever

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Filthy things!

One can never be too clean about their gaming or working environment--or can they?

For many, cleaning their computer isn't the most important thing on the list. Sometimes though, things get really dirty and dust, hair, and other things get clogged up inside PCs. Sometimes it's the environment, but for the most part, it all boils down to self maintenance.

The Register recently posted a gallery of some of the dirtiest PCs they could find. Be warned though: some of the images can be pretty shocking.

How does the inside of your PC look? How often do you clean its innards?

Check out the gallery here.

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    Computer_Lots , January 6, 2010 2:29 PM
    Man, the pic above is an Antec NSK 4480. That's not even a very old case. How'd it get that dirty in such a short time?

    I've been repairing PCs for many years now and I've seen my share of really gross computers. It seams that the nastiest ones are always from either smokers or people with pets. A smoker with a bunch of cats is a nightmare!!!
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    christop , January 6, 2010 2:25 PM
    good god That is dirty..
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    fulle , January 6, 2010 2:27 PM
    I think I'm going to be sick. Those poor machines =(
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    NapoleonDK , January 6, 2010 2:28 PM
    I would break down and cry right now...if I hadn't already seen this numerous times before IRL. I'm SO VERY GLAD I have the full array of filters on my Antec P193!
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    Computer_Lots , January 6, 2010 2:29 PM
    Man, the pic above is an Antec NSK 4480. That's not even a very old case. How'd it get that dirty in such a short time?

    I've been repairing PCs for many years now and I've seen my share of really gross computers. It seams that the nastiest ones are always from either smokers or people with pets. A smoker with a bunch of cats is a nightmare!!!
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    fwiffo , January 6, 2010 2:30 PM
    I used to work at a compaq reseller and we would actually get computers in that had dead bugs and other unmentionables in the power supplies and case fans. Disassembling used computers (especially servers) is a truly disgusting enterprise
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    Anonymous , January 6, 2010 2:30 PM
    Makes me hungry.
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    adaman2576 , January 6, 2010 2:36 PM
    I know someone with six cats and two dogs. I just laughed at their response: "what do you mean when is the last time I cleaned out the computer". That was a fun day. At least they had an air compresser to use so I didn't have to use 10 cans of air.
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    chrisjust98 , January 6, 2010 2:38 PM
    That picture made me cringe. But I've worked on some computers that were worse. Once I found a nest of cockroaches inside.
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    jrivera04 , January 6, 2010 2:43 PM
    I've personally worked on a machine that was much worse. It was a computer at a gym and the amount of dust that was in there was insane. I was actually able to remove it in chunks. It resemble insulation because it was so tightly packed.

    The sickest part is that when you realize that 80% of dust is human skin, the machine actually had enough for a hand or foots worth.
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    jerther , January 6, 2010 2:50 PM
    http://www.electroniquejfb.com/informatique/truc_fan_bouche_full.jpg
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    winterblade , January 6, 2010 2:52 PM
    That's nothing, I work as an IT engineer onboard an oiling rig and believe me, I've seen waaay dirtier machines, of course we try to give them regular maintenance, but these machines are used in almost open environment, and there is A LOT of metal, grease an oil in our deck... so you can just imagine the things I've seen. I promise to take some pictures the next time hehehe.
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    nforce4max , January 6, 2010 2:54 PM
    The two dead mice were not much of a surprise and to any one who still has a job at a repair shop knows that just about every thing comes in.
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    Hilarion , January 6, 2010 2:54 PM
    I'm constantly cleaning my PC's as I live in a house that is 150 years old and seems to call dust up out of some nightmare space no matter how much cleaning I do.
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    theubersmurf , January 6, 2010 3:06 PM
    My roomate is a smoker, He smokes in front of his computer, usually when playing games. He had a dell bought in 1999. I had enough spare parts to just about build him a new computer, I got him to throw in the cost of the remainder of the parts and built him a new system. When I got it built, immediately prior to giving it to him... I opened up his old case to show him what smoking did to his computer, it looked something like some of the cases, the white plastic permanently stained, the particles of dust bonded in a thick layer on top of many components...it was amazing that it still worked...It didn't look like any air could pass through that case with the vents completely blocked. He still smokes in front of his new PC...And he saw his own case.
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    Onus , January 6, 2010 3:07 PM
    PCs around which people have smoked tend to get filthy very quickly. My wife and I do not allow smoking in our house, although more for our sake and that of our cats than because of the computers. I try to clean my PCs out about every six months or so. Thankfully our cats don't seem to shed very much, but the PCs do get dust and lint in them.
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    jerther , January 6, 2010 3:37 PM
    Yeah, the worst dirt is when people smoke. It gets thick, and sticks to the components. Even a compressed air can cannot blow it away.

    And it stinks SO BAD!!!!
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    Anonymous , January 6, 2010 3:38 PM
    This is what smoking does to a computer, folks. That brown stuff is gummy, thick, and sticky, and smells terrible. The bearings in the fans will be bad. All the fans will have to be replaced...
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    Anonymous , January 6, 2010 3:42 PM
    jtt283PCs around which people have smoked tend to get filthy very quickly. My wife and I do not allow smoking in our house, although more for our sake and that of our cats than because of the computers. I try to clean my PCs out about every six months or so. Thankfully our cats don't seem to shed very much, but the PCs do get dust and lint in them.


    Bird dander, especially from Cockatoos, is an issue. It isn't unpleasant stuff - just a white powder - but it gets everywhere. By the way, if you EVER think about getting a bird, do your homework. That white powder is just the beginning. They are very difficult, expensive pets, and require the patience of a saint.
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    JohnnyLucky , January 6, 2010 3:44 PM
    Yuck!
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    arges86 , January 6, 2010 3:50 PM
    And I thought i was bad (compared to my OCD friends i am) and i clean mine once every few months.
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