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post #21 of 35
Most computer shops/ departments will have can's of compressed air. You might as well grab new thermal paste while your at it, it wouldn't hurt to clean the old stuff off. thumb.gif
I like to personally reapply thermal paste every few months and dust out my rad's at least once a month.
Mx4 is good and fairly cheap
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835186038
Can of compressed air
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826996025CVF
post #22 of 35
Air compressor for blowing out the radiator to make sure no dust bunnies are hiding in it. Compressed air is expensive and not as powerful so not as good.

Cleaning waterblock and applying new TIM should also be done.
For cleaning water block Isopropyl alcohol is about as good as it gets.

MX4 at Newegg is expensive!

Same stuff on Ebay for less than $11 including post.
Edited by doyll - 12/14/12 at 5:56am
post #23 of 35
Cans of compressed air work just fine if you don't have access to an air compressor and they aren't very expensive, I've found it in a 4 pack for less then $7.
But if the OP does have a compressor that will work a lot easier.
post #24 of 35
Thread Starter 
Time to go shopping. But I realized something. The cpu fan that is pulling slowed down to the point where I can see the fan's blade moving. However the fan that is pushing is working at full speed.

At PC startup, the pull fan would be at full speed, but now it just slowed down.

Is this normal?
Edited by Delicious - 12/14/12 at 6:03am
post #25 of 35
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Cans of compressed air work just fine if you don't have access to an air compressor and they aren't very expensive, I've found it in a 4 pack for less then $7.
But if the OP does have a compressor that will work a lot easier.
You can buy a cheap little compressor for $50 on sale at Harbor Freight and accessorie kit with hose for another tenner. Job done... and you can pump you car tires, bike tires, use other air tools, etc. More one time expense but it's easy to use a $7 can of air every time your clean computer. So pays for itself in less than a year of cleaning once a month.. not even figuring all the other things you can clean with it as well as other uses.
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Time to go shopping. But I realized something. The cpu fan that is pulling slowed down to the point where I can see the fan's blade moving. However the fan that is pushing is working at full speed.
At PC startup, the pull fan would be at full speed, but now it just slowed down.
Is this normal?
Both fans should be running same speed.
post #26 of 35
Thread Starter 
Hmm, do you know what may be the cause for this issue. As soon as I started up BF3, the pull fan slowed down and the push fan is working full speed. At the current moment, sensors say the CPU fan RPM is at ~5800.

As for the air compressor which would you recommend?
Edited by Delicious - 12/14/12 at 6:46am
post #27 of 35
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Hmm, do you know what may be the cause for this issue. As soon as I started up BF3, the pull fan slowed down and the push fan is working full speed. At the current moment, sensors say the CPU fan RPM is at ~5800.

As for the air compressor which would you recommend?

For what you are going to use it for, whatever is most cost effective. Ingersolrand, campbell hausfeld are a few project grade compressors. 1 h.p is more than enough for light work.

As far as your fan slowing down, is one of them backward? Otherwise consider replacing it.
    
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post #28 of 35
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Generally the whole computer. But more specifically the GPU fan, rad and CPU fan.
post #29 of 35
You DO NOT need a dedicated compressor for PC maintenance.
    
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post #30 of 35
Are both fans plugged into same source? If not switch them to see if it's the fan or the source.

As for compressor they are all little cheap bits of carp. Buy from somewhere that has a warranty that's easy to deal with.

I'm in UK so have this one. I prefer it to pancake one but that's because it's the style I've used for 30 years now. Not same compressor... same style. biggrin.gif
http://www.axminster.co.uk/axminster-awc10hp-compressor-prod868639/

Harbor Freight for example has these:
http://www.harborfreight.com/1-3-hp-3-gallon-100-psi-oilless-air-compressor-97080.html
http://www.harborfreight.com/3-gallon-100-psi-oilless-pancake-air-compressor-95275.html
with accessorie kit similar to this:
http://www.harborfreight.com/20-piece-air-compressor-starter-kit-68191.html

Look around and find the cheapest price because they all come from cheap Chinese factories. biggrin.gif
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