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how do you guys clean your air cpu cooler?

im afraid that it will produce rust if i clean it on water.

should i just go to a gas station and use their air pressure to blow the dust off of my heatsink?
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post #2 of 42
A vacuum would be fine. Or, a can of pressurized air.
If those aren't available, yes...a gas station air line would work.

Also, a quick rinse in tap water and a thorough drying would not cause rust.
post #3 of 42
I use this.
http://www.homedepot.ca/product/95-litre-stinger-vac/958334

Cheap money and good power. Just connect the hose to the exhaust end and you got yourself an endless can O' air!
Edited by JoeC - 8/23/11 at 4:04am
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I use a powerful hair dryer smile.gif
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post #5 of 42
Forgot to add this, If you life in a realy dusty place or have cats or what ever, put a filter on the intake side of your CPU cooler, to filter dust out befor it hits the heat sink. Had to do this to a friends PC becouse his mom has a million cats. His CPU cooler would look like a wookie after a day.
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post #6 of 42
Quote:
Originally Posted by Akusho;14639903 
I use a powerful hair dryer smile.gif

^^This. Did it and it worked fine.
 
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post #7 of 42
Light dust - Canned air + vacuum (to suck the dust as I spray since I don't want to lug my >30 lb PC outside)

Heavy dust - Small soft bristled paint brush (gets between the fins) + vacuum then a can spray afterwards


This way I don't have to take the sink off, good TIM is expensive.
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post #8 of 42
Same way I clean everything else in my machine. An air compressor. I have a dual tank air compressor (than I also use with my brad nailer), has a spray nozzle and an unusually long hose (that's what she said) that can reach downstairs to my office.
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Check out this guy, the guy is creepy but his advices are good:

[ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrSVbH3Zr_I[/ame]
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post #10 of 42
I use metro data vac to blow it out.
[ame="http://www.amazon.com/Metro-Vacuum-ED500-500-Watt-Electric/dp/B001J4ZOAW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1313766860&sr=8-1"]Amazon.com: Metro Vacuum ED500 DataVac 500-Watt, 0.75-HP Electric Duster: Home Improvement[/ame]
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