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Here is the PC I built for my dad, in May of 2009. It's a Q6600 at 3.0 with a Zalman CNPS9700 in a coolermaster case with very good airflow:

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It's a pretty decent looking rig, I only had to dial up about 30% on the CPU fan speed to keep it cool. There's an aftermarket cooler (arctic cooling) on the GPU.

My dad brought it down for thanksgiving 2011. He said it was making a funny noise sometimes. I asked him on the phone if he keeps it clean, he says "yea I clean it off". Here is what it looked like when I cracked the case (get your barf bags):

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Take a close look at the fins of the CNPS9700, they are completely covered in a blanket of filth!! There is absolutely NO AIR going through that thing.

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Look closely at this pic. There are spiderwebs all around the bottom, and if you look close you can see the dead bug carcasses on the floor of the case.

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Here is the full pic to contrast with the original.

It was disgusting. I have no idea how this thing could still run. The noise my dad was hearing was the fan on the GPU cooler. The bearing died while it was struggling to turn through the crap packed in there.

It took me a while to clean it up, but it cleaned up OK. I had to take it far enough away from the house so that crap wouldn't blow back in.
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post #2 of 24
jeesus. that is pretty bad, I know that's what my parent's computers are going to look like. Although I have seen worse, it still stresses me to see such dusty computers, you need a datavac, check out the one in my sig, perfect for jobs like these
   
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post #3 of 24
Did you sleeve all those cables your self ?
 
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post #4 of 24
bahahahahah!!!!! thats so freaking nasty!
post #5 of 24
That is actually kind of disgusting. One of the reasons that i have fine mesh in front of all my intake fans.
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Air filters dude :]
     
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post #7 of 24
it wouldve taken me 5 mins to clean that..Out to the driveway..crank blower..blow out (standing back to avoid icky)..done

Did i mention nice build? Nice build!thumb.gif
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post #8 of 24
Quote:
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Air filters dude :]

This. I'm going to buy some for mine.
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post #9 of 24
All you have to do is vacuum and you do not have this problem. Yes you will get dust, but no where near this much.
post #10 of 24
Is that one of those old Ultra power supplies with the flat cables? I almost got one of those for my build when I graduated high school five years ago, but I got a PCP&C instead. Glad I did too, it's what's running my rig now.
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