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That's true (a nuance I didn't remember, but know about from having 2 uncles who used to be carpenters). But there is still some, and there can be residual water in various places that isn't drained - I've watched a well drained and maintained air compressor spit out a line of moisture onto a flat surface, something you don't want to see on a computer.

Just saying it's a very good idea to have a moisture trap on them before blowing out your CPU
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I don't bother buying compressed air cans, i take my case outside and use a craftsman air compressor to really give it a good cleansing. I always say the dust here in the desert is pretty bad, and it is. Things get dusty the same day you dust them. I blow my case out every 2-3 weeks, my heatshinks and such get pretty dusty. We already had an air compressor to begin with (my stepdad's that is) so what works works.
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why do people bother?
you have 2 very capable lungs.......
also - a high CFM fan will do the job well
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I don't bother buying compressed air cans, i take my case outside and use a craftsman air compressor to really give it a good cleansing. I always say the dust here in the desert is pretty bad, and it is. Things get dusty the same day you dust them. I blow my case out every 2-3 weeks, my heatshinks and such get pretty dusty. We already had an air compressor to begin with (my stepdad's that is) so what works works.
Yea, I can attest to an air compressor working well - I've used one on several occasions before, but I was always made sure there was a moisture trap attached. You'll more then likely be fine, but several experiences with my liquid cooling system (as well as one issue where a cousin dumped a large cup of water onto the keyboard of my running, brand-new laptop) have made me wary of water around computer parts.

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why do people bother?
you have 2 very capable lungs.......
also - a high CFM fan will do the job well
Saliva residue isn't good for your computer, and you'll end up dusty and coughing. Neither a powerful fan or a good set of lungs will dislodge well-stuck dust, I have a Vornado 633B as well as a huge shopvac fan and neither put up close to enough pressure to do a good job. Plus, both are very unwieldy.

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Thanks a lot for the positive feedback, everyone - I always have a hard time getting everything together to actually write a long article, and it's nice to know it's helping others.
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I use some little industrial Japanese pneumatic air compressor, with a jerry rigged tank. works great.
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why do people bother?
you have 2 very capable lungs.......
also - a high CFM fan will do the job well
yeah, spit is a great addition to your system!

No. Your breath won't thoroughly clean out a case, and what if people have quiet fans? The air compressor i use is powerful enough to get the dust out of the CPU heatsink no problem, and other tight places as well. This thread here is ideal for people who don't have air compressors like myself.
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You must have a different mattress blower then the one I have, the one I have is hilariously weak and can't so much as move a pop can. My datavac shoved a full can of Pepsi a considerable way across the table, but my mattress pump put out a weak stream of air that didn't budge the can.
This is the one I have... I use the smallest tip with he rounded end cut off of it and it does a fantastic job, it is cordless/rechargable/ and it holds plenty of a charge enough to really deap clean a computer... The only down side to it is that it is loud as hell, but who cares about the noise, I care that it is cheap as heck and doubles nicely as a mattress inflator and a great computer cleaner!
http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...uct_id=4694688
    
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This is the one I have... I use the smallest tip with he rounded end cut off of it and it does a fantastic job, it is cordless/rechargable/ and it holds plenty of a charge enough to really deap clean a computer... The only down side to it is that it is loud as hell, but who cares about the noise, I care that it is cheap as heck and doubles nicely as a mattress inflator and a great computer cleaner!
http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...uct_id=4694688
That's quite impressive. I might have to pick one up someday to compare it to the datavac. Obviously not as sturdy, but if it does just as good of a job for half the price it's worth looking into
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That's true (a nuance I didn't remember, but know about from having 2 uncles who used to be carpenters). But there is still some, and there can be residual water in various places that isn't drained - I've watched a well drained and maintained air compressor spit out a line of moisture onto a flat surface, something you don't want to see on a computer.

Just saying it's a very good idea to have a moisture trap on them before blowing out your CPU
oh yea you either need to run a stream of air for a few minutes untill all visible moisture is gone (risky) or run a filter (smart)
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Yea, I prefer the $10 water trap myself. If you already have a compressor, it's much cheaper then the datavac. Air compressors do have the disadvantage of being large, noisy, and hard to move (although a friend has an electric version that's around suitcase-size and fairly easy to transport). It's not really something I want to take to a client's house to clean off their computer
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