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How often do you clean dust in your computer
« on: January 15, 2017, 02:42:54 PM »
One of the case fans of my desktop was running slow so decided to replace it. When I removed the old one, I found it was feated in a heavy amount of dust. Kept cleaning and  I removes the heat sink from my CPU cooling tower (Cool Master Hyper 212) and found a ton of dust between the heat sink and the fan.

I am curious how often people clean the durst from inside their desk top and how often is it recommended?
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Re: How often do you clean dust in your computer
« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2017, 03:50:42 PM »
I'd say I do it less often than I should. I also got a water cooler for my current system. You're supposed to change the fluid about once a year. It's been two years. I am terrified. I will never by a water cooled system again.

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Re: How often do you clean dust in your computer
« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2017, 04:57:13 PM »
Who wants clean dust in their computer? ;D
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Re: How often do you clean dust in your computer
« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2017, 05:12:25 PM »
I'd say I do it less often than I should. I also got a water cooler for my current system. You're supposed to change the fluid about once a year. It's been two years. I am terrified. I will never by a water cooled system again.

I don't think one can ever get truly away from maintenance on your PC such as that. Luckily the Cooler Master makes it really easy to detach the fan. I was processing a video file and my CPU was overheating (processing video actually requires more CPU power than most games and it was also warm in the room) and I suspect that part was that there was gunk in the heat sink / fan. 

Who wants clean dust in their computer? ;D

I doubt anybody wants to. . . .
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Re: How often do you clean dust in your computer
« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2017, 05:18:09 PM »
Only when I'm opening the case for something else. which is close to never. I was actually surprised when my HD crashed last fall, just how clean it really was. I had an uncle that called me a couple years ago because he was getting the BSoD and an overheating error. I opened that case and couldn't even see the motherboard. I vacuumed it out and I think it's still the PC they are using today.
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Re: How often do you clean dust in your computer
« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2017, 08:55:56 PM »
I had my previous MacBook for eight years and cleaned it only once, when it was open for another repair.  Even then there was little dust intrusion, mainly around the vents.
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Re: How often do you clean dust in your computer
« Reply #6 on: January 16, 2017, 09:16:50 PM »
Often.
I've been a computer tech for over 20 years.  ;)
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Re: How often do you clean dust in your computer
« Reply #7 on: January 16, 2017, 11:54:06 PM »
I am in the process of upgrading to all higher end cases with proper airflow and fan filters. I keep meaning to post pics. I'm  proud of how some of them have turned out. No more ugly rack mount cases for me, no more dust.  I have tried a few different ones, so far this is my favorite case and I will be purchasing more of them but probably the cheaper one without the glass, not all my machines need to be that pretty  >:D.

http://www.bequiet.com/en/case/701

I'll get pics up sooner or later but yes CLEAN OUT THE DUST!  especially if its clogging up your power supply or processor fans.

I use a vacuum hose followed by short bursts with an air can, go slow. I would use a compressor if I had one.
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Re: How often do you clean dust in your computer
« Reply #8 on: January 17, 2017, 03:37:33 AM »
I opened up my PC recently (to change GPU) and to my surprise there was no dust at all.  I imagine the configuration of the fans/filters means it's keeping things nicely dust free.

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Re: How often do you clean dust in your computer
« Reply #9 on: January 17, 2017, 09:31:00 AM »
I would not know how to open my iMac. And the fan almost never runs, so I cannot imagine there'd be enough dust to see.
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Re: How often do you clean dust in your computer
« Reply #10 on: January 17, 2017, 12:04:53 PM »
I'm going to put filters on the intake fans in the chassis to collect dust before it coats the innards. I need to clean my system - now almost a year old.
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Re: How often do you clean dust in your computer
« Reply #11 on: January 21, 2017, 02:18:29 PM »
I find it easier to just buy a new computer. I said easier, not cheaper. But, after a few years my machine is out of date anyway.

BTW, I don't throw out the desktop when it gets replaced. The current one gets designated as a word processor, disconnected from the internet, with most other programs removed.
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Re: How often do you clean dust in your computer
« Reply #12 on: January 21, 2017, 04:34:20 PM »
Never!  If god had intended our PCs to be dust free, he wouldn't have put it in there to begin with.

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Re: How often do you clean dust in your computer
« Reply #13 on: January 21, 2017, 04:44:02 PM »
I find it easier to just buy a new computer. I said easier, not cheaper. But, after a few years my machine is out of date anyway.

BTW, I don't throw out the desktop when it gets replaced. The current one gets designated as a word processor, disconnected from the internet, with most other programs removed.

My PC is about three years old now and is still quite competitive with respect to performance.
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