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Cooling Air duster!

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by wst, 6 Jun 2017.

  1. wst

    wst Active Member

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    It's that time in my PC's life when the fans are held still and I unleash all hell with a can of compressed air again - what do people use/recommend? I've borrowed an air compressor other times, to sensational effect. I can't do that this time. Do cans have enough oomph to get what is frankly, a fairly disgusting PC, clean?

    And where do people get it? Is 6 quid a can fairly reasonable, or am I going to get through 10 cans doing this?
     
  2. Vault-Tec

    Vault-Tec Green Plastic Watering Can

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    For anything that isn't static sensitive use a paint brush. Fans, heatsinks (removed) etc.

    Never used air myself. Then when you are done just vacuum it all up.
     
  3. Big Elf

    Big Elf Oh no! Not another f----ing elf!

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    modd1uk Well-Known Member

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    I bought one in 2015, never looked back. But then I do use it every week, not sure if its a bit ott for the people who just clean their pc's out twice a year, would take a good few years to get your moneys worth.
     
  5. Elspuddy

    Elspuddy Member

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    Could just use a foot pump, like the ones to blow up a air bed.
     
  6. Gareth Halfacree

    Gareth Halfacree WIIGII! Staff Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

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    I usually use a rocket blower. Zero running costs, although if you're cleaning a really filthy machine your hands will be knackered by the end of it.
     
  7. GeorgeK

    GeorgeK Swinging the banhammer Super Moderator

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    Another vote for the datavac here - even if you only use it occasionally you'll still appreciate the speed of the thing. Make sure you're holding tight though when you first fire it up!
     
  8. Blogins

    Blogins Panda have Guns

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    Yes yes and yes!

    It has other uses mind you. Cleaning dust from hard to reach places including radiators for example. At least that's how I justified the expense! It's a really good piece of kit. :thumb:
     
  9. johnim40

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    wolfticket Downwind from the bloodhounds

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    Ages ago in a thread like this I speculated that this hand held vacuum cleaner might make a good alternative to a relatively expensive DataVac:

    http://www.blackanddecker.co.uk/en-...-blackanddeckereanz-gb/2016/04/01/18/48/vh780

    In the end I went for it and I'm really glad I did.

    It's maybe a little less ergonomic than a DataVac for blowing (it's intended primarily to suck so blowing means attaching a tube to the rear) but being 780W it has a seriously powerful blow and there are plenty of attachments that make up for the lack of ergonomics on the main unit. I use it for computer stuff, but also to dry my bike, as a leaf blower, airbed inflation and general dusting.

    It's never been used as a vacuum cleaner. The only time I use it to suck is to deflate stuff and to vacuum pack stuff.

    Well worth the (as I recall) under £40 I paid for it.
     
  11. wst

    wst Active Member

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    I think I'm leaning toward the low-budget solutions suggested. I have (somewhere) a football adaptor that'll go in my bike stirrup pump. Should be enough speed to get rid of the stubborn stuff, I can refill the tank by eating pizza, and I'm a student so £90 is a bit rich for me ;) Thanks everyone!
     
  12. legoman

    legoman breaker of things

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    Paintbrushing air compressor does the job for me, that or the rocket blower gareth uses.
     
  13. play_boy_2000

    play_boy_2000 It was funny when I was 12

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    If you want something dual purpose, get a shop vac that allows you to attach the hose to the air outlet. If you want something multi-purpose, a proper air compressor just can't be beat; I bought one ~10 years ago and now can't imagine life without it. Just keep in mind that it can be a bit of a gateway drug, before long you'll be wanting nailers, impact guns, die grinders, air chisels, etc.

    edit: post 1337 :D
     
  14. Yaka

    Yaka Well-Known Member

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    go for metrovac, not regretted getting mine also comes in handy when i decide to give my motorbike a bath, great for drying out the awkward spots before a coat of acf50
     
  15. bladecs_04

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    Ive used the 400ml cans to great effect on pcs that havent been cleaned for a few years (1 inch of dust on everything) and I could get 2 PCs out of 1 can.
     

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