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Build Advice Air cleaner advice for PC please?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by 3Dbuild, 9 May 2011.

  1. 3Dbuild

    3Dbuild What's a Dremel?

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    Hi,

    Please can you give me some advice;

    I need to give my PC a good clean inside from dust and have read that a lot of people use compressed air to do this. But i wanted to check first if this was the best way to do it and would there be a problem if it blew dust into components / ports etc?

    Also I have seen some "computer air duster cans" at Maplins, but i can't remember the make and think they were reduced to £6.99 / per can? Are the ones at Maplin good or do you know of better please?

    I know not to use a vacuum cleaner and this will be my second time dusting after building the PC last November; the first time i just blew away the dust myself!

    Thank you
     
  2. Ficky Pucker

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    £3.49 for a 400ml can

    here's my super uber secret "air duster" technique that i use,

    1. take off both sidepanels
    2. open window
    3. spray the crap out off the heatsink and the GPU fan and lastly bottom of the case (i use a vacuum to catch the most of the dust [don't get too close with it or you could end up with dead hardware] while the rest goes flying out of the window)
    4. wipe the rest of the dust with "pc cleaning wipes", oh and the fan blades as well.

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  3. TheLegendJoe

    TheLegendJoe Syntax error

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    You can't? o_O
     
  4. IvanIvanovich

    IvanIvanovich будет глотать вашу душу.

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    small portable air compressor. you can buy one for about the cost of 4 cans of air. they work better, can use it for longer if you have a big cleaning job, and best of all cheaper in the long run. also better for the planet if you're one of those.
     
  5. Torin

    Torin What's a Dremel?

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    Little 12v Car Plug Air compressor works fine.
     
  6. shah

    shah Minimodder

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    I always use vacuum cleaner!! but I am normaly very careful! :)
     
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    jbloggs What's a Dremel?

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    I've been looking to get one of those, I just get through too much compressed air. Where in the UK can I get one?
     
  9. adam_bagpuss

    adam_bagpuss Have you tried turning it off/on ?

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  10. Torin

    Torin What's a Dremel?

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    I use 12v car Air Compressor through an Adaptor.
     
  11. mkb

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    I use an air blower from an inflatable swimming pool. Works a treat everytime ^^
     
  12. 3Dbuild

    3Dbuild What's a Dremel?

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    Hi everyone,

    Thanks for the advice - i didn't get chance to get and air duster today as i was busy during lunch. Hopefully i should be able to get one later on in the week.

    I don't fancy blowing the dust out myself again as it made me very light headed and i nearly passed out!!

    Cheers
     
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    Sponge12349 (づ。◕‿‿◕。)づ ︵ ┻━┻

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    Would this do the job? clicky

    I'm thinking about this too! :)
     
  14. WildThing

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    Hmm it's for inflating tires, but I suppose it could work, and it's a lot cheaper than some cans of compressed air!
     
  15. Wicked_Sludge

    Wicked_Sludge My eyes! The goggles do nothing!

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    no.

    those types of compressors produce high pressure at very low volumes. you need the opposite to successfully remove dust. youd be better off blowing the dust away with your mouth.

    in fact, i cant recommended using any type of mechanical air compressor to blow out a PC...at least not one without proper air conditioning devices in the line. air compressors send condensation and oil into their tanks (thats why there are drains on the bottom of the tanks). using that to blow off a PC is not good at all.
     
  16. jbloggs

    jbloggs What's a Dremel?

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    I got mine Here
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  17. WildThing

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    Thank-you +rep!
     
  18. 3Dbuild

    3Dbuild What's a Dremel?

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    Does that also apply to the tin can air dusters?

    Cheers
     
  19. Wicked_Sludge

    Wicked_Sludge My eyes! The goggles do nothing!

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    no, canned air gets its pressure from a gas that cannot be in liquid form at atmospheric pressure. it evaporates before leaving the can, so little to no moisture is present in the exiting gases.

    EDIT: are you talking about contaminants in a compressors tank or having enough volume to blow dust away? canned air produces considerably more volume than those little 12v tire fluffers.
     
  20. 3Dbuild

    3Dbuild What's a Dremel?

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    Ok, thank you - didnt get chance to get one in the end, so i will try again next week
     

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