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Hello

I just opened up my old computer after I got home from college and its got quite a lot of dust in it.

Its a HAF 912 case with a mobo, cd drive, and some fans, and I want to clean it up so I can pop my i5 2500k into the mobo (the mobo in there is the first msi mobo i had that had a malfunctioning LED, also i'm getting a z77 sabertooth biggrin.gif).

Is it safe to just use a compressed air can to blow the dust out of the area behind the mobo? Or should I take everything out and then clean out the case and parts? That would be quite difficult because I don't have a table to prop my computer on there.

What's a good way to get dust out of my case?
    
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Compressed air will work fine, just make sure you're holding the fans that you're spraying to prevent them from randomly breaking (it's happened before).
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Can of air will work fine, if you really want to take things apart and clean thoroughly you can, but I usually only do that with something like a radiator or hsf after a long while.
If you have access to an air compressor that will do the job great too of course tongue.gif

A lot of people on here also are big fans of the DataVac (don't have one myself, but probably will get one out of curiousity)
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Compressed air, either with a can or powered air compressor.
 
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okay cool.

is there any device or something that traps the dust? lol

the compressed air will just move the dust from wherever it is and just deposit it somewhere else in the case, right?
    
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I take my pc outside so the dust stays out and use http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA0Y70890465 (alternative to canned air) Doing it inside is just redistributing the dust
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Originally Posted by candy_van View Post

Can of air will work fine, if you really want to take things apart and clean thoroughly you can, but I usually only do that with something like a radiator or hsf after a long while.
If you have access to an air compressor that will do the job great too of course tongue.gif
A lot of people on here also are big fans of the DataVac (don't have one myself, but probably will get one out of curiousity)

That DataVac is the greatest thing I've ever seen. Now I have a way to stop my cats from clawing the couch...
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wubsmiley.gif datavac

As previously stated, bring the case outside. Since you are taking out your motherboard, you might as well cloth-wipe the case down too. Dust becomes sticky, even the datavac's not getting that off.
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post #9 of 17
step 1: remove the parts you want to keep and clean them.
step 2: remove the parts you don't want to keep and trash them
step 3: locate the nearest garden hose biggrin.gif
step 4: cough up some $ and buy a case with fan filters on them tongue.gif
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Originally Posted by Landon Heat View Post

I take my pc outside so the dust stays out and use http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA0Y70890465 (alternative to canned air) Doing it inside is just redistributing the dust

Oh please. For that kind of money I could almost buy two Datavac's.

 

OP. Try a vacuum cleaner first. Then, as noted above, take your rig to pieces, brush off the dust, use alcohol-soaked rags to clean it.

 

Then invest in some filters, make sure you have all intake fans so you don't have to worry about dust. Open out your air exits -- no restrictive grills. The you will have a clean quiet cool rig.

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