Originally Posted by Deegan
are we talking heatsinks that can be removed? if so i always take them off and use break parts cleaner. then i use a toothbrush for the other more sensitive areas. watch some of techyescitys videos on youtube. he cleans the hell out of components and they seem to work great still.
I think I would say that the heatsinks can be removed, but I'm not going to do it because I truly don't feel up to going that far. :(
I like the idea of watching some videos on YouTube. Maybe I'll be even more motivated than I am now.
Originally Posted by nagle3092
I havent done that but read about it. Seems like as long as you remove the bios battery it should be fine though. I would let it sit overnight at a spot with good airflow just to be safe that its dry.
Yeah, but I might find someone on YouTube showing how to dry a motherboard after it's been in the dishwasher. The thing is though, I'd have to remove my Thermaltake Frio and I'm not up to that task. lol Damn.
Originally Posted by candy_van
Lol well look at this way - if you're talking about just performance benefits of keeping your PC clean there's a massive point of diminishing returns with how clean it is vs what your temps are.
At least that's what I tell my OCD when I shut the case door and say "good enough"
Aaaaaand my lucky post count is now gone
Yeah, that's exactly how I am. I want it to be perfect, even though I know it doesn't have to be. lol
I like starting with a clean slate. It's easier to feel good about staying on top of it. That's ok though. I plan to stay on top of it on a regular basis anyway. I'm finally doing a lot better health-wise, and so now I feel up to doing things like this again (it's no longer overwhelming).
Originally Posted by Deegan
after years a good enough job is kind of lame. do you take no pride in your nerd gear?
I do. When I built my rig in April of 2008, I was cleaning it once a week. I'd take the whole thing apart and get rid of ALL the dust. Yeah, about every week. I know how insane that is. I eventually brought that down to more-reasonable once a month and I stayed on top of it until like 2-3 years ago I guess.
Originally Posted by Chargeit
Have to second the Datavac when you can afford one. Thing makes keeping up with the ol'pc a breeze.
And I'm feeling like I'm slacking because I haven't cleaned my pc in over a month. Years, oh man. The cat hair!!!
*I bet it would be very satisfying to take a Datavac to your PC.
Oh my god, you have it worse than I do then. I don't have any pets. I don't even smoke. Some people smoke AND have pets. Yuck. I guess my cleaning job probably won't be as bad as I'm anticipating. I haven't even looked inside yet because I'm afraid to. lol
Originally Posted by Zero4549
Semi frequent small cleanings will probably keep your system in better condition than one big ultra detailed cleaning every few years, while also being less work.
That's actually why I find the datavac so useful, even when you might have something like a shop vac or compressor on hand. The fact that it is small and handheld means you can keep it with your computer and use it whenever. It of course beats canned air as well, since it never runs out, is a lot stronger, works upsidedown, etc.
Since you have your Kirby, that should be able to at least somewhat fulfill the same role, albeit with a lot less convenience. If money is tight right now, skip the datavac for now and just make it a habit to use the kirby.
Since you already have a brush on hand, I think you're good to go. Just make sure you stick your finger or a pen or something in the fan blades before you start blowing. You don't want the fans spinning and sending current back into your psu/mobo.
I am not saying that I clean my computer once every few years. When I built this rig, I was cleaning it almost every week. At some point though a few years ago, I kinda just stopped altogether and I don't even know why. So what I'm really planning to do is, clean it as best as I can without "killing" myself, and then stay on top of it on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. I've been doing much better health-wise lately due to measures I have taken to become healthier, and so now I feel up to doing things like this and it no longer overwhelms me.
Yeah, the Kirby is a beast. You should feel the force of air that it blows. You'd be worried that I might knock out some capacitors. hehe Ok, not really, but it's extremely strong. I love it. I used to have a weekly habit with the Kirby, and my mom thought I was insane. I wasn't insane. I was in love with my baby that I made all by myself. lol
Whoa. The spinning fan blades send current back through the wires? Holy you-know-what! Thank you for the tip!!! To think how many times I've done that. Omg. Hundreds? Dude.... not good. Not good at all. So far though, I've been lucky to have no problems due to that.
Originally Posted by Blameless
If you aren't willing to dismantle the system and wash parts, a damp cloth, a brush that can reach between fins, and a strong blower are the best that's likely to be practical.
We'll see. I know how I am. LOL Once I get started, I can't stop until it's perfect. It's like when I built my rig: when I reached the cable management portion, I was like, "pff, I'll just do a basically-good job using the CM 690's built-in cable management features". The next thing I knew, I was meticulously and anal-retentively doing perfect cable management. rofl Geez.
I'm feelin' pretty good today, so maybe I should do this today. Of course, Thursday's weather is supposed to be cool and dry. heh Damn. It's hot today, but the humidity is low. I dunno. I mean, I plan to go outside at some point to blow the dust off off. I plan to start the cleaning by vacuuming up the loose dust so that I can carry my stuff around with out dust flying off of it. lol