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Old 01-27-2011, 01:32 PM   #1
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Hello Guys just basic question i Want to clean the inside of my computer , i know there is alot of dust there... Any Suggestions ?
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Do NOT use a vacuum, they can, and do, build up static, which, if it is discharges through one of your components, will kill it.

The best way is to take everything, vacuum your empty case.

Then, each heatsink, clean off excess thermal paste with a soft, lint free cloth. Coffee filters work best, but toilet/kitchen paper will work well too. Do it until no more grey is coming off on your cloth. Then, vacuum your heatsink to get the worst of the dust off. Then, runs the heatsink under water to get the surface dust off, and use a hairdrier to clean, as it will blow off any excess.

Then for each component either do it by hand with your hands, tweezers and cloth, or use a can of pressurised air to blow off the dust
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Do NOT use a vacuum, they can, and do, build up static, which, if it is discharges through one of your components, will kill it.

The best way is to take everything, vacuum your empty case.

Then, each heatsink, clean off excess thermal paste with a soft, lint free cloth. Coffee filters work best, but toilet/kitchen paper will work well too. Do it until no more grey is coming off on your cloth. Then, vacuum your heatsink to get the worst of the dust off. Then, runs the heatsink under water to get the surface dust off, and use a hairdrier to clean, as it will blow off any excess.

Then for each component either do it by hand with your hands, tweezers and cloth, or use a can of pressurised air to blow off the dust
I Don't want to try doing the empty case taking everything out.. So is a hair dryer ok?
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Just buy some compressed air cans. They are cheap and work great.
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Just buy some compressed air cans. They are cheap and work great.
Alrright can i still use the hair dryer or not Risk it?
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I Don't want to try doing the empty case taking everything out.. So is a hair dryer ok?
No. It is the fast moving air that makes the static. Compressed air doesn't move that quickly, but is in a concentrated area, and so it does move dust very well. You can get anti-static vacuum cleaners, but to get one just for your computer, not worth it I don't think unless you work building computers and do this sort of stuff regularly.

If you aren't taking everything out, compressed air is your best bet, but you will have to take the dust out by cloth/hand because the air blows it, not sucks it up. It is worth the taking everything out approach to clean it to "as good as new"
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No. It is the fast moving air that makes the static. Compressed air doesn't move that quickly, but is in a concentrated area, and so it does move dust very well. You can get anti-static vacuum cleaners, but to get one just for your computer, not worth it I don't think unless you work building computers and do this sort of stuff regularly.

If you aren't taking everything out, compressed air is your best bet, but you will have to take the dust out by cloth/hand because the air blows it, not sucks it up. It is worth the taking everything out approach to clean it to "as good as new"
Ok ill buy that compress can
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If you know somebody that has an air compressor, those work great.
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If you use industrial compressed air, be sure to keep one hand in contact with a unpainted part of the computer case in order to prevent static discharge damage.
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If you use industrial compressed air, be sure to keep one hand in contact with a unpainted part of the computer case in order to prevent static discharge damage.
Thanks everyone.. I thought Compressed did not built static
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ahha i always used my shopvac and never had a problem, best to be safe and not use it anymore :P
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invest a air compressor and blow the fans, always works for me and plus i can use my air compressor to check my car tyres now
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invest a air compressor and blow the fans, always works for me and plus i can use my air compressor to check my car tyres now
How can you check Car tires?
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i have a fitting that checks air pressure on the tire
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Thanks everyone.. I thought Compressed did not built static
I am referring to industrial compressed air. The type of air compressor and equipment that you would use to inflate car and truck tires. Even if you are using anti-static canned air I would still keep one hand in contact with the bare metal of the computer case to eliminate any possibility of static discharge. Also, when cleaning a personal computer in such a manner, do so with everything unplugged. I usually take the computer case outside to blow the dust out of it.
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I am referring to industrial compressed air. The type of air compressor and equipment that you would use to inflate car and truck tires. Even if you are using anti-static canned air I would still keep one hand in contact with the bare metal of the computer case to eliminate any possibility of static discharge. Also, when cleaning a personal computer in such a manner, do so with everything unplugged. I usually take the computer case outside to blow the dust out of it.
I got a simple yet Interesting question... Why would the shock kill the component? Don't most of this component run Electric type of stuff already?
Just wondering
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I got a simple yet Interesting question... Why would the shock kill the component? Don't most of this component run Electric type of stuff already?
Just wondering
Because the components are designed to use very low voltages. Static discharges can occur at much higher voltages than the components can safely handle sometimes.
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