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wizzardxexe 04-18-2009 08:58 PM

how to protect your computer from dust
 
after i opened up my desktop to add another cd drive in, i noticed that it had some dust on the fans and a few of the cards. i was wondering what are the best ways to clean dust and prevent it from getting in.


maybe stickied? this seems like info all newbie builders should know.

FlyingCoyote 04-18-2009 09:20 PM

Re: how to protect your computer from dust
 
The best way to remove dust form computer parts is spraying them with compressed air.
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you may want to look into getting filters for your computer-case

snowsurfer 04-19-2009 10:36 AM

Re: how to protect your computer from dust
 
If you can't find filters or don't want to spend more money, just use stockings over your intake fans, it will help a lot. The only final answer is regular cleaning. Every 6 months I take it all apart, use compressed air for getting the dust out of fins, etc.

Oh and by the way, no vacuum cleaners near the PC. :)

wizzardxexe 04-19-2009 11:27 AM

Re: how to protect your computer from dust
 
Why no vacuum cleaners? That seems like the perfect solution.

Albo23 04-19-2009 12:45 PM

Re: how to protect your computer from dust
 
You can easily damage and hit something. Also, don't vacuums create some type of static?

wizzardxexe 04-19-2009 05:18 PM

Re: how to protect your computer from dust
 
oh, but you can still vacuum around the pc right? =)

snowsurfer 04-19-2009 06:08 PM

Re: how to protect your computer from dust
 
Vacuum cleaner = static = death to semiconductors and such. :)

FlyingCoyote 04-19-2009 06:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by wizzardxexe (Post 1635848)
oh, but you can still vacuum around the pc right? =)

Yes you can

ram, gpu, mobo, cpu are very sensitive to static

Cluelessnoob 04-19-2009 08:04 PM

Re: how to protect your computer from dust
 
I do it the slow way, open up the computer and grab a dry cloth or just use my hands and pick out whatever i can :-)

carnageX 04-19-2009 08:20 PM

Re: how to protect your computer from dust
 
Like FlyingCoyote said, best way to do it is canned air. Or if you have access to an air compressor, that works too (just make sure water doesn't spray out first, as sometimes condensation can occur on an air compressor).

And you can also just use drier sheets for fan filters if you want. Cheap and work well. Just be advised any filter will restrict airflow somewhat, depending on how its made.


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