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I have a Cooler Master TX-3 92MM cooler with a push/pull config
if i let it dry overnight then can i rinse the fins with water to get all the dust out or is that not a good idea ??
    
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That would work fine as long as you have decent water pressure. An air compressor or "duster" can would be a faster solution too.
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i have found compressed air to work the best, or you could try using a vacuum cleaner hose. Not sure what will happen if you just rinse the whole thing. I don't know if the dust would get all mushy and stick to the cooler, or just come right off. If you could wipe everything down and in between the fins it should work well
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i put them in the dishwasher,but i don't let it dry in it.
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That would work fine as long as you have decent water pressure. An air compressor or "duster" can would be a faster solution too.
Ive tried the canned air and there nice to get dust off of your mobo but thats bout it lol
and i dont have a compresser so yeah
i was going to wash it with a normal sink i guess
i was worried bout the aluminum oxidizing or rusting or something

And dishwasher works huh nice ill try it (kinda worried bout it bendign the fins but its only 19.99 cooler) and why dont u let it dry it ??
    
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I tear my rigs down about once a year to deep clean them. The case, heatsinks and fans (yes, fans too) get washed in hot water. Everything else gets wiped with a dry paintbrush and then blown off with compressed air. I let the case, heatsinks, and fans dry for a couple of days, then reassemble it all. I've been doing it this way for 10 years, and I have never had a problem with it.
 
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Ive tried the canned air and there nice to get dust off of your mobo but thats bout it lol
and i dont have a compresser so yeah
i was going to wash it with a normal sink i guess
i was worried bout the aluminum oxidizing or rusting or something
I'd be more worried about the copper heatpipes honestly. I've never done it, so I don't know for sure. I've heard washing your other components can be fine. But aluminum and copper, I'm just not sure about.

I'd just use air on it personally. Q-tips and Alcohol will get between the fins if you need it.

Save some money, and buy a portable air compressor. I don't remember the name of it, but there's a really popular one just for this purpose, that's around $40 or so on Amazon.
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That would work fine as long as you have decent water pressure. An air compressor or "duster" can would be a faster solution too.
Ive tried the canned air and there nice to get dust off of your mobo but thats bout it lol
and i dont have a compresser so yeah
i was going to wash it with a normal sink i guess
i was worried bout the aluminum oxidizing or rusting or something

and dishwasher work huh nice ill try it
will it bend the fins or no??
and why wont you let it dry it??

sorry for the double post lol
    
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yes you can use water. just take the fans off first and clean them by hand, if they get wet it is not good, will cause things to rust like the barrings inside. use the sink sprayer to get the dust out between the fins. because mine is all copper and it gets nasty i actually boil mine in a vinegar/water mix of 30/70 to clean the copper nicely. takes about 5 min of boiling. then i use the air compressor to blow it out and dry it.
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If you dont have a compressor, Id say distilled water over the fins or something like that to try to clean it up and then let it dry or use a blow dryer. Tap water might leave discoloration and marks when it drys on the metal.

A distilled water / alcohol mix might be ideal... look for 90% + iso alcohol.
    
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