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Hey guys, the title is pretty self explanatory. I have 2 Nemesis' rads using EK fans in push. I tried using compressed air in a can and a home vacuum but neither had enough force to actually suck the dust/dirt out. I was thinking about buying an air compressor but somebody said that might be to much force and could damage the fins etc. Would a shop vac be better? seen as I would be able to blow and suck (hue hue hue) the dust out of the rads?. unfortunately removing the rads from the case to clean them isn't an option due to tubing.


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I use this as a replacement for the compressed air cans .... Its really great
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I use a fairly large air compressor myself and as long as you're somewhat careful you should have no problems. I'd be careful using a vacuum to clean it inside the case. They can easily cause a static charge. Also if you use compressed air make sure you don't let the fans spin, it can damage them.
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I use this as a replacement for the compressed air cans .... Its really great

Hmm interesting I might have to look around to find one in Canada


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I use a fairly large air compressor myself and as long as you're somewhat careful you should have no problems. I'd be careful using a vacuum to clean it inside the case. They can easily cause a static charge. Also if you use compressed air make sure you don't let the fans spin, it can damage them.

What size/specs exactly? I'm just looking at a small one preferably under $100 aside from my PC I don't have much use for it right now..
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What size/specs exactly? I'm just looking at a small one preferably under $100 aside from my PC I don't have much use for it right now..

Got it from Home Depot. I have a bunch of air tools I use with it and it does the job.

Campbell Hausfeld 1.3-HP 15-Gallon 200-PSI Electric Air Compressor
Item #: 340273 | Model #: HJ300100DI
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Hmm interesting I might have to look around to find one in Canada
What size/specs exactly? I'm just looking at a small one preferably under $100 aside from my PC I don't have much use for it right now..

Homedepot sells a little HDX pancake for $60 which includes accessories

http://www.homedepot.com/p/HDX-2-Gal-Pancake-Air-Compressor-0210284C/205467817

Its perfectly fine for this kind of work. Ignore the bad reviews, mostly people trying to do things they shouldn't with a small compressor.
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I use a fairly large air compressor myself and as long as you're somewhat careful you should have no problems. I'd be careful using a vacuum to clean it inside the case. They can easily cause a static charge. Also if you use compressed air make sure you don't let the fans spin, it can damage them.


If sucking air causes static so would blowing air, the only time it becomes an issue is in dry climates. If you mean static build up in the nylon vacuum "wands" again you would need to be vacuuming for hours and hours to build up enough charge to make it arc. Plus nylon is an insulator in most solid forms, you know like those old plastic standoff people loved before they realized they can cause weird grounding feedback loops by not completely ground the motherboard.

Just don't use it directly on your cpu cooler(while mounted to your cpu) your gpu's cooler(while mounted to your gpu) or your ram or pci-e slots and you'll be pretty fine everything else can take a little bit of static build up the whole thing is grounded after all.


Honestly I'm a bigger fan of leaf blowers than vacuums, but using a vacuum outside of your case and the bottom of your case, and using the leaf blower on the rest. A leaf blower can be had for $40 and you don't need to worry about drying the air like you would with a compressor, a compressor is at least $100 and you need to add an air drier to it to make sure you don't blow water or oil(oh a lot of cheap compressors will spit out oil into the compressed air it's a big problem for people using them to paint with) I don't think it's worth it.
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Don't take my word for it, Google it. And your correct about the potential for moisture to be expelled from a compressor. Oil, not so much. Unless you have an oil leak from the motor into the tank. Moisture can be minimized as its caused by condensation from the compression of the air creating a temperature differential. But the potential is there. Much like using a can of compressed air. In the shop we use driers on our compressors for this reason as you stated. But as I said, I wouldn't use a vacuum. And a quick search will back up that recommendation. A leaf blower isn't a bad idea either. Though I'd be careful not to use it to closely to any parts that could be dislodged from the shear power and volume of air one could move. I can see some people blowing their cases right over. I prefer the compressor method for large scale dusting and canned air for small touch ups. But to each their own my friend.
post #9 of 25
It seems as long as you blow the compressor for a second any moisture clears out.
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These are handy for small jobs such as blowing out your pc case.

http://www.makita.com.au/products/lithium/lithium-ion-skins/18-volt/dub182z-18v-mobile-blower

They are antistatic as well... comes complete with a rubber nozzle rather than plastic etc.

Basically a mini leaf blower with controllable fan speeds.

Also handy for cleaning out my hard to reach box gutter on my roof....smile.gif
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