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post #1 of 8
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I'm assuming after a year or two, there has got to be a lot of dust buildup inside those plastic housings for the fan and heatsink. Sucky thing is that it seems as if there is no way to clean out that dust without unscrewing that actual plastic area. Is it even required to be unscrewed or is just blowing compressed air into the vents enough? I was wondering this because I don't want to damage the video card.
post #2 of 8
Disasembeling is quite easy. Just make sure you have more paste to apply after.

Remove cooler and blow through fins with canned air.

Worst case, blow canned air through the fan intake and hope it pushes some of the dust out the vents. Or you can do like me and just go to water...
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You can just blow it with some canned air but that wont get all of it, its better to just open it up. Be careful, make sure you have the right tools, some times those screws can be stubern, they are soft and strip easily.
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What card do you have? Some cards are more difficult to open than others (ie, gtx280). The 470 I used to have was very easy to open. I didnt even need to remove the heat sink, just the plastic shroud, so no paste required with that.
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post #5 of 8
Just blow some compressed air backwards through the exhaust (on blower type cards) or from the bottom of the fins (closest to the PCB) out towards the fans on most aftermarket coolers. That should blow most of the dust out.

Simple Rule: Blow compressed air through the fins in the opposite direction of the fan.'

Compressed air in a can works fine and dandy, but nothing beats an actual air compressor, just hold on to the card tight so it doesn't go flying across the room
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post #6 of 8
I usually take apart the card to make sure it's complete dust free after I clean it. Spraying a can of compressed air through the heatsink works just as well though. lol
     
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I have small air compressor. I don't take it apart.

I clear it out, then shine a flashlight through the back to make sure the heatsink is clean.
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I use one of these little suckers. Best investment I made in PC maintenance (much better than that crappy canned air). All I do is place a pencil in the fan blade (so it doesn't go too fast) and hit it with that stream of air. I also do it all around the edges of the PCB and HSF. It gets rid of everything and I never have to disassemble.
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