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Best way to clean a heatsink

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Well basically the only thing thats more clogged up with dust in my house atm apart from my heatsink doesnt work so i wanna clean it out. I havent cleaned the inside of my PC since i built it in October so its quite a state in there and it doesnt help that my case is so small my question to you is whats the best way to clean my heatsink? (yes i know im a noob lol)
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post #2 of 20
take of the hs. if u can then blow it out with canned air. if not take the rig out side and go to town. there might be dust bunnies hiding all over.
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post #3 of 20
Or you could also hoover instead of canned air
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Or you could also hoover instead of canned air
Good point, i might have some of these goodies somewhere, ill have to look around my house.
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post #5 of 20
Isopropyl Alcohol for cleaning the goop off the bottom.
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post #6 of 20
I wouldnt hoover the thing, thats asking for trouble.
blast it out with air. If you know how to remove, re-paste, and reinstall a heat sink properly then youll get the best cleaning by removing the hs, hoovering the heck out of it, and reseating it using thermal grease.
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Dude... 2 words: Shop Vac

Just make sure you tie down the fans, otherwise the bearings will go out.
    
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post #8 of 20
I like to get canned air to blow the dust off the components and have the hose of my vacuum in my hand with the long flat attachment on it and kind of vacuum the dust from the air or bottom of the case as its blown off the components.
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post #9 of 20
i take my heatsink out and hit it with my air compressor ( with PSI turned town of course )
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post #10 of 20
Canned Air to clean the dust off and then Rubbing Alcohol to clean the paste off.
    
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