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Compressed Air in a Can for cleaning PC?

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Hey everyone,
Firstly, I am quite sure that this is in the wrong section of the forum, but I looked through about 5 times, and couldn't figure out where to put it, and since the main section here is "General Hardware", I figured this to be the only place to go to post this.
Alright, so I am looking for a Can of Compressed Air, but all of them I find either say nothing, or that they contain Butane and Propane. Please tell me if those are OK to use. On the Can is always a picture of a Keyboard, meaning the ones with Butane and Propane are to clean Keyboards, but can they also be used to clean the Dust of my PC Components, or will they leave marks or damage my Components?
Please reply and thanks in advance,
Marius
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Every Compressed air duster are okay for your PC and electronics, I prefer to use a air compressor . And I always shut off the PC before cleaning it and removing power cables from the power supply

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post #3 of 17
leave it plugged in.. my friend fried a HDD with static
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I also use an air compressor. just make sure to hold down or tape the fans. After that, I usually vacuum out any stuff that is still stuck. The canned air usually doesn't go very far, and gets expensive. Really only works with light dust.
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Danker16 View Post
leave it plugged in.. my friend fried a HDD with static
How???
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post #6 of 17
i use a Paintbrush. 80 cents and gets older dust layers better than air.
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Thanks all you guys I just looked to Air compressors on Amazon and I found one that is exactly the same as one thing we have at home for air mattresses. And I was like "Wait thats an air compressor I can use that" so thanks everyone I will now use that and I don't have to spend extra money
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post #8 of 17

i used to use can of compressed air but i find it expensive over time. now i use the datavac


it is noisy but works really well and saves me money over time.
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post #9 of 17
^was going to buy a datavac, then i looked at the hardware store flyers for that week, bought a 1/2 Hp little 1 gallon compressor, takes 2 fills to properly clean my whole rig but it is free and blows 2X harder pressure then any can of air. The real compressor was under 10$ more then the data vac plus no shipping fees
    
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post #10 of 17
Let's not forget that one benefit of the compressed air cans is that you can turn them upside down, aim and shoot it at your cpu's HSF and instantly drop your "ambient temps" for some short-term hotrodding.
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