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It's amazing to me that anyone might spend hundreds if not thousands of dollars on a computer only to over look one of the simplest ways to protect their investment...cleaning it.
At a minimum of once a month I shutdown my rig for cleaning. I have seven intake fans and one exhaust fan, all the intake fans have filters on them however, filters do not catch 100% of dust particles. Filters can vastly reduce how much dust does get into your computer. If dust is left to build over long periods of time on all the internal components, fans and so on...it acts like a thermal blanket which can lead to premature failure of that $500.00 or $1,000.00 video card x 4 or any other $$$ components you have.

My daughters boyfriend is into gaming. One day the dumb*****'s rig shutdown, he pops off the side panel and OMG...it looked liked a dirty Angora goat exploded inside the case! His only motivation to clean his rig was because it shutdown on him and disrupted his precious game play. I lent him my shop vac and a cutter paint brush. Took him a good hour to clean his rig so it could breath.

You don't need to spend a penny to keep your rig clean if you have a good shop vac, or regular vacuum cleaner, a paint brush and a micro fiber cloth. Wouldn't recommend sticking the vacuum nozzle to close to anything with a jumper on it, use common sense. Use the paint brush to loosen dust from surfaces and the vacuum nozzle from a distance to suck up the loosen particles. Use the micro fiber cloth to wipe hard surface after vacuuming. Some if not most shop vacs have reverse air flow great for accessing narrow areas in your computer case, radiators and such. Never use solvents of any kind for cleaning, their evil. If you use water for rinsing filters, make sure they are dry before replacing them.

I'm not a clean freak zealot but when it comes to my investments, I look to maximize the return on investment. I have kept computers for up to 7-8 years and if you popped the side panel, they would look brand new. That's how they latest that long.
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It's amazing to me that anyone might spend hundreds if not thousands of dollars on a computer only to over look one of the simplest ways to protect their investment...cleaning it.
At a minimum of once a month I shutdown my rig for cleaning. I have seven intake fans and one exhaust fan, all the intake fans have filters on them however, filters do not catch 100% of dust particles. Filters can vastly reduce how much dust does get into your computer. If dust is left to build over long periods of time on all the internal components, fans and so on...it acts like a thermal blanket which can lead to premature failure of that $500.00 or $1,000.00 video card x 4 or any other $$$ components you have.

My daughters boyfriend is into gaming. One day the dumb*****'s rig shutdown, he pops off the side panel and OMG...it looked liked a dirty Angora goat exploded inside the case! His only motivation to clean his rig was because it shutdown on him and disrupted his precious game play. I lent him my shop vac and a cutter paint brush. Took him a good hour to clean his rig so it could breath.

You don't need to spend a penny to keep your rig clean if you have a good shop vac, or regular vacuum cleaner, a paint brush and a micro fiber cloth. Wouldn't recommend sticking the vacuum nozzle to close to anything with a jumper on it, use common sense. Use the paint brush to loosen dust from surfaces and the vacuum nozzle from a distance to suck up the loosen particles. Use the micro fiber cloth to wipe hard surface after vacuuming. Some if not most shop vacs have reverse air flow great for accessing narrow areas in your computer case, radiators and such. Never use solvents of any kind for cleaning, their evil. If you use water for rinsing filters, make sure they are dry before replacing them.

I'm not a clean freak zealot but when it comes to my investments, I look to maximize the return on investment. I have kept computers for up to 7-8 years and if you popped the side panel, they would look brand new. That's how they latest that long.

I completely agree!
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There are many variables in using air compressors for electrical and delicate parts.Any one who ignores that or thinks they are vapor/%100 water free has no clue. Yes they can be used, but not with out care and knowing how to use one, just telling peeps on here its safe, is pure uncareing for others. And don't even go there, been using compressors for about 30 years in construction and painting cars/trucks/Harleys.
Plus one of my older brothers has been a auto painter/detailer for about 45, he also owns the Harley shop. He would laugh at any one who thinks,
moisture/particals don't come through air lines no matter what you have installed, like I said fact. Oh wait, he did chuckle when I told him. But he is a great guy,and just said one day they will find out. So by all meens tell all the noobs and people trying to learn, blast away its safe-lol.

P.S. Maybe read better to to thoughs who don't, never said I DIDNT ever use them for certain parts and certain ways on things like computers and other delicate parts.
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...it looked liked a dirty Angora goat exploded inside the case!

I usually wait for it to look like this before cleaning. Even then, I'll pay someone else to do it.
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G'Day Sheila, always wanted to go back to the land down under. Tell ya what, six cans and VB and a spin with Matilda for payment I'll do it right.
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I use a fairly large air compressor as well, with a attachment just like the one below. Works extremely well and cleans it great

 

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