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Cleaned my compy after a LONG time.

post #1 of 10
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I sucked some dust out of my computer and applied a fresh batch of AS5 to my messed up, not-well-lapped CPU on Mon. Not a New Year's celebration. Just thought I was too ignorant of the machine that has served me well for a long time. haha.

Well, this astonished me very much.

I noticed that inside of my computer was completely (and literally) CAKED w/ dust. There was like a gray jungle going on. The front panel where two intake fans are located was completely clogged. HSF had patches of dust stuck between the fins, the back panel, I think, was the best of the worst.

Anyways.... doing this made me feel much better.

Booted the compy, and lo behold. Before the clean-up, even without my 3.833 oc, the idle hovered around mid-high 50s. haha. The load.... well.... it went to 70*C when running an app. that took about 60%+ of the CPU. Like the game (horrible, IMO) my little brother is into: Runescape.

AFTER the clean-up, w/ little oc (just at 3.24 right now. ) I idle at low 40s... and load hovers around 50*C. Yep. 20*C difference. (Pressys are recommended 65*C max, mind you)

Here's a lesson for all of us...

CLEAN COMPY AS OFTEN AS YOU CAN~
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post #2 of 10
hehe..... Funny story, had that in the comp I have now.. but its a dell, so IDK

Good to hear that its cooler (temp-wise)
    
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Nice drop! I cleaned out my Asus Vento, and there was so much dust between the fins of my Big Typhoon. Also, I saw a 3C drop in temps, running at the same clock speed, then I reapplied Arctic Silver 5.

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Lol. On my server #2 I had it running a CSS server for 4 months straight without turning off the comp, it was in my friend's dorm taking advantage of the college's 25mbit connection that every dorm has, and it has a tornado fan in it and a 35mm-thick 120mm exhaust that was 90cfm. Recently during this winter break, it was caked with dust inside as well. It was absolutely unbelievable how much dust there was. All of us laughed and, well, eventually cleaned out the case, and that took like 30 minutes using dust blowers.
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lol

I clean my heatsink in the sink; then wipe down the rig with some Lysol, because a can of compressed air isn't going to remove the dust well enough (just blow it all over, and can even sandblast it into the electronics itself).

When I make that other case, it's going to be more self-cleaning...hehehe.
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My only intake fan has a filter so I just clean that every month and the rest stays dust free
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post #7 of 10
I just did the same last night with my old amd2100..I stopped using it myself about 3 years ago and gave it to my mom, i'd sprayed it out a few times with compressed air, but tahts about it. Yesterday I was over there and decided to give it a good cleaning. Removed all the fans, removed the heatsink and applied AS5(instead of the stock crap i used when I built it 5 years ago), rounded the ide cables, sleeved the power cables, etc...took a few hours to get it all done. Actually used a combo of a vaccuum and a small air compresser to clean out all the misc spots, worked well, had alot more force than canned air.

Had similar temp drops too, system case temp went from 38c to 33c, cpu idle went from 66c to 62c, load from over 80c to around 70c. Still seems abit warm, but better than what it was..not sure the normal temps of those cpu's anymore
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post #8 of 10
O.o

I clean mine out once a month. Also do any of you smoke around your computers? A friend of mine had the worst dust in his case after only a few months and he smokes next to it.
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post #9 of 10
yeah..one of my friends got the brilliant idea to get one of those ash tray/cig lighter 5.25" bay things..he's had his computer for about 3 years and i doubt hes cleaned it more than once a year
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Hah the Thermaltake one? Dude I had that but it's for charging your cell phone and holding case screws

I couldn't imagine anyone ashing in that flimsy piece of plastic he needs to be shot.
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