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So after about 2 months of having this rig or so I have dust all in my rig. Not crazy thick layers, but dust in the fans of my 580 to where on some parts you cant see the actual black little fan part. So what is the best way to avoid dust? Computer location? Also is it just something that is normal or will I need to be stocking up on dust off for my rig?


Also I heard you cannot clean PSUs safely opening them up that you had to do something first to ground the caps or something, how do I clean a PSU safely?

Would it be worth it to switch to smaller dust filters in my Haf X's side fan to allow less dust?

*Also best way to clean my 580, just clean it while in the case or take it out and dust it off with dust off and what can I whip it off with?

Any other tips and advice are always awesome!
Edited by Live_free - 1/21/11 at 1:15am
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i clean my psu with compressed air into the back and down the top fan.

i clean my gpu's by blowing air into the exhaust. and i blow out the fans straight up.

i only open up gpus after owning them for like a year or so.

p.s. im using a shop compressor with a moisture trap.
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i clean my psu with compressed air into the back and down the top fan.

i clean my gpu's by blowing air into the exhaust. and i blow out the fans straight up.

i only open up gpus after owning them for like a year or so.

p.s. im using a shop compressor with a moisture trap.
I have a compressor do I will looking into getting a moisture trap.

Could I achieve similar results with dust off or is a compressor air gun miles better?

Thanks :3


PS: I know these questions are a little... well stupid. But I like to know things for 100% by people that really know what they are doing so I don't miss anything.
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If I go 2 months without cleaning the interior of my CM 690, then I have about the same amount of dust. I even sometimes see a spider line or even a spider web under construction (or so it might appear).

So I clean the interior about once every 2 weeks and it's never a problem. My method is actually simple and I never have to use one single can of compressed air: I just reverse my upright vacuum's airflow and blow all the dust out. It's an extremely powerful vacuum for this because its airflow when reversed isn't impeded by anything unlike with "can" vacuums.

But regarding the PSU: I imagine that the fan on your PSU never goes any faster than its slowest speed due to the really small load you have on it. So, its internals may never need to be cleaned. I recently shined a bright flashlight into mine, and I was surprised because it looked fairly clean. I was expecting it to look kinda nasty, but it really didn't because its fan speed never goes above like 600-800 RPM or whatever it is.

I'll never use canned air because it's just wimpy in comparison.
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If I go 2 months without cleaning the interior of my CM 690, then I have about the same amount of dust. I even sometimes see a spider line or even a spider web under construction (or so it might appear).

So I clean the interior about once every 2 weeks and it's never a problem. My method is actually simple and I never have to use one single can of compressed air: I just reverse my upright vacuum's airflow and blow all the dust out. It's an extremely powerful vacuum for this because its airflow when reversed isn't impeded by anything unlike with "can" vacuums.

But regarding the PSU: I imagine that the fan on your PSU never goes any faster than its slowest speed due to the really small load you have on it. So, its internals may never need to be cleaned. I recently shined a bright flashlight into mine, and I was surprised because it looked fairly clean. I was expecting it to look kinda nasty, but it really didn't because its fan speed never goes above like 600-800 RPM or whatever it is.

I'll never use canned air because it's just wimpy in comparison.
I will look into doing that. Do you just take it outside and blow it out?

Never thought of that... lol

Yeah my PSU looks spotless I just asked so I don't have to post these informational yet "dumb" threads often. But with a second 580 it will get going a little faster.


Whenever cleaning your computer should you take it out of the room you have it in so the dust just doesn't get right back in or am I completely wrong here?
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I picked up a

; it arrived in the mail a few days ago, and I just used it today with fantastic results. I noticed you have a compressor, but it's really nice to have a smaller tool available.

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Whenever cleaning your computer should you take it out of the room you have it in so the dust just doesn't get right back in or am I completely wrong here?
If you are up for taking your rig out every time you need to clean it, then yes, that's the best way to do it. What I do is get as much dust out as possible, let it settle elsewhere, wipe off the table around the computer, and vacuum. It's the best solution I could come up with so I didn't have to lug around the 50-whatever pound fatass my rig is now.
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dont forget to vacuum the room ur comp is in regularly that will help cut down on dust build up
    
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Whenever cleaning your computer should you take it out of the room you have it in so the dust just doesn't get right back in or am I completely wrong here?
Yeah, it's always best to take everything outside and clean it. I usually find that using the air in "bursts" seems to displace more of the dust, particularly with the GPU. You'll see what I mean if you try it.
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I have a compressor do I will looking into getting a moisture trap.

Could I achieve similar results with dust off or is a compressor air gun miles better?

Thanks :3


PS: I know these questions are a little... well stupid. But I like to know things for 100% by people that really know what they are doing so I don't miss anything.
Nothing beat's a vacume cleaner and switching all the fans to 100%

And no... There will be no ESD is the computer is grounded, I'm grounded and the vacume cleaner is grounded
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I will look into doing that. Do you just take it outside and blow it out?

Never thought of that... lol

Yeah my PSU looks spotless I just asked so I don't have to post these informational yet "dumb" threads often. But with a second 580 it will get going a little faster.


Whenever cleaning your computer should you take it out of the room you have it in so the dust just doesn't get right back in or am I completely wrong here?
I never take it outside when I keep cleaning it every 2 weeks because the amount of dust is very small. But if I go more than a month or 2 between cleanings, then I am much more careful and I sometimes even take my system outside - especially if it's been 3 or more months.

On top of that, I also vacuum the carpet and the floors once every single week to keep a handle on the dust in order to minimize the amount of dust that gets stirred up. Of course, I also vacuum after cleaning my computer so that I don't stir that dust up in the air from walking around.

But, I do take my computer to a very different part of the room so that I hopefully don't end up with dust in my keyboard, on my chair, etc. I mean, even though it's barely enough to see once it's spread around, I still imagine it and so it still bugs me.

So yeah, I'm extremely anal about dust. I rarely ever clean my computer for the practical reasons of avoiding extra heat due to dust build-up, but rather just because dust bothers me quite a bit. For example: I've had my current keyboard for 10 months now, but it's 100% dust-free. When I want to remove dust from something, I just use a horse hair brush attachment on the vacuum. Actually, here's a pic of the one I use:



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Edited by TwoCables - 1/21/11 at 2:44am
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