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Hai!

Any idea on how to clean dust from my GTX 580's PCB? I thinking about the "top" PCB, where a backplate can be installed.
Its so dusty and filled with my dirty fingerprints all over it(In dust) so yea, any suggestions?
BTW: My PCB is currently gray, not black, as original tongue.gif
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This will make everyone cringe, but I just vacuum it right off with a horse hair brush attachment - but never while my system is turned on and never while my PSU is plugged into the wall.  I usually do it while I'm standing barefoot and holding my video card by its edges.  I've been doing this since early 2008 when I was new to building computers and it hasn't caused me any problems.

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I use a 5-Gallon Twin-stack Air Compressor to remove big dust from whole rig, for PCB parts, I use a humid Linth-Free cloth to remove sticked dust. I used to use the Vacuum like TwoCables but my Rig is too compact to reach everything with a vacuum cleaner


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Yeah there is a ton of hype about using a regular household vac or air compressor to clean electronics, and in my experience, I havent had anything damaged by using a vacuum or my 10 gallon air compressor (Central Pneumatic). However, to avoid chances of ESD with compressed air, use quick bursts of air from about a foot or so away and go in closer if needed...
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Quote:
Originally Posted by KaRLiToS View Post

I use a 5-Gallon Twin-stack Air Compressor to remove big dust from whole rig, for PCB parts, I use a humid Linth-Free cloth to remove sticked dust. I used to use the Vacuum like TwoCables but my Rig is too compact to reach everything with a vacuum cleaner



+1 for air compressor
Or even something like a DataVac or an O2 Hurricane.
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Originally Posted by TwoCables View Post

This will make everyone cringe, but I just vacuum it right off with a horse hair brush attachment - but never while my system is turned on and never while my PSU is plugged into the wall.  I usually do it while I'm standing barefoot and holding my video card by its edges.  I've been doing this since early 2008 when I was new to building computers and it hasn't caused me any problems.
Have done that myself, but this PCU think is sticking like hell.
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Originally Posted by KaRLiToS View Post

I use a 5-Gallon Twin-stack Air Compressor to remove big dust from whole rig, for PCB parts, I use a humid Linth-Free cloth to remove sticked dust. I used to use the Vacuum like TwoCables but my Rig is too compact to reach everything with a vacuum cleaner


Well, i might try using my compressor again, but i doubt it will help. Myself i dont like using the vacumcleaner to clean it, and i had a filter on the compressor i use, so i think that one helps alot, as the compressor isnt really used that much tongue.gif
Lint-free cloth you say? Have not taught of that. Will try that.
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+2 air compressor.

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If all else fails take you an old toothbrush and lightly cover the bristles with 100% isopropyl alcohol and scrub lightly, this should get rid of everything, just be sure to let all traces evaporate to be on the safe side before using it again (usually about 10 minutes or less)

IMPORTANT: use 100%-99% OR a lower concentration that contains distilled water ONLY
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