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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by MarkW7, 22 Feb 2009.

  1. MarkW7

    MarkW7 Total Noob

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    Hello,

    We've had the family pc for years now - i opened it up today and nearly died at the site of the ammout of dust! It's got into everything.

    Is there a cheap / effective way of doing this.

    Thanks :D
     
  2. O O 7

    O O 7 What's a Dremel?

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    Use air spray cans and a vaccum cleaner! (be very careful)
     
  3. DorkSterr

    DorkSterr Hakuna Matata

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    I realized that buying those compressed air was a waste of money, I just go straight to using the vacuum and let the vacuum suck all the suck off the fans, corners, heatsink. I let the vacuum's suction spin some of the fans around for a good 30 seconds, the fans spin really really fast taking out all the dust under them, Works better than a compressed can of air IMO.
     
  4. MarkW7

    MarkW7 Total Noob

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    So a vaccum is better than compressed air, what do you mean by be very careful?
     
  5. O O 7

    O O 7 What's a Dremel?

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    Ok.

    I meant use the vacuum cleaner first, then try some compressed air for any dust remaining.

    When using the vacuum cleaner, be VERY careful not to hit anything with the nozzle, you could potentially break small capacitor stuff and have the vacuum cleaner suck it up! YUM!

    Use the brush nozzle gently, and (if your vac cleaner has it) use low power.
     
  6. MarkW7

    MarkW7 Total Noob

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    Is it worth buying compressed air?
     
  7. LeMaltor

    LeMaltor >^_^

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    I vacuumed a bit off my gfx card and it never worked again :(
     
  8. mm vr

    mm vr The cheesecake is a lie

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    Yep, don't touch any components with the nozzle of the vacuum cleaner (could possibly physically damage them or release a static charge through them).

    I've been cleaning my PC's with a vacuum for all the time, and still working fine.

    Get the most of the dust out with the vacuum, and if something is still remaining, blow them out with compressed air (as O O 7 said).

    Oh, and you might want to check out the PSU, it's propably full of dust aswell. Just remember not to touch anything inside it.
     
  9. MarkW7

    MarkW7 Total Noob

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    Do you recomend getting compressed air to get into them little places - were would i get it from?
     
  10. culley

    culley What's a Dremel?

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    Buy an anti-static vacum and then you wont have to worry about frying the parts.
     
  11. IanW

    IanW Grumpy Old Git

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    Compressed air can be bought from PC or camera shops, even PC World & Maplin.
     
  12. KillerLettuce

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    I use compressed air- either from a can or an air compressor.
     
  13. MarkW7

    MarkW7 Total Noob

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    How much is a can.
     
  14. davidfield375

    davidfield375 Hardware Mods

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    I would forget wasting money on the compressed air, unless you want to clean your keyboard, doing the keyboard with a vacuum normally results in a few keys disappearing! I used to clean my PC every summer with the vacuum, never once had any problems.
     
  15. jbloggs

    jbloggs What's a Dremel?

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    I go the compressed air route myself, I would clean out the inside of my comp. every 2-3 months, so I would get a few goes out of a can, so quite happy with that, wouldn't be too keen using a vacuum cleaner on my PC Case (because of static mostly), but each to their own..
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  16. MarkW7

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    jbloggs. how much is a can.
     
  17. DorkSterr

    DorkSterr Hakuna Matata

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    They cost a maximum of $10.
     
  18. jhanlon303

    jhanlon303 The Keeper of History

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    I use the canned air about every month or two at the most. While we are discussing this cleaning stuff, is it better to keep PCs on the floor or up higher to stay away from the house heat and air flow?

    john
     
  19. MarkW7

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    $10 is around £5 i think as im in the uk, anyone know shops in the uk that sell it.

    As for pc placement im not sure probably better off the floor maybe on a desk but not high up - heat rises and you wouldn't want it to fall - maybe 0.5m or so off the floor?
     
  20. pimonserry

    pimonserry sounds like a party.

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    I'd use a stiff paint brush, a room fan, compressed air (from your lungs ;)) and if necessary a can of proper compressed air.

    JHanlon, If you put it on a desk it should stay more dust-free, unless the dust is in your ceiling ;) But in a carpeted room probs best to be on the desk rather than the floor.
    Also, there is probably greater airflow potential (read: exhaust from case) on top of a desk.

    MarkW7 - try a DIY shop or most computer shops.
    Also, you don't really have to worry about rising hot air unless it is seriously hot. Height in the room (purely for temperature change) probably won't make any difference to ambient temperature, or maybe 2*C if you live in a tower, in the summer ;)
     

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