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Everyone should own one of these. It's my favorite new toy
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i was worried bout the aluminum oxidizing or rusting or something
I'm fairly sure that aluminum does not rust. The outer layer oxidizes slightly, sealing it from any major rust.

At least that's what I think I remember from shop class
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DataVac Metro Everyone should own one of these. It's my favorite new toy
Yes! That's what I was talking about in my earlier post! Bookmarked for future purchase .
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You won't regret it. If you're like me, you'll save heaps not buying cans of air. I gave my PC a thorough clean with it just the other day. Good fun
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As mentioned above, I do a thorough cleaning once every 6 months. Dust seems to "stick" inside the cooling fins and heatpipes, and on fan edges; and blasting it with air and a brush might get most of it, its just not clean. So on the heatsinks, I use AC evaporator cleaner. It comes in a spray can. I put the heatsinks in the sink, spray this stuff on and watch it foam up, let it sit for a couple of minutes, then rinse with hot water, and everything is shiny and new again. Damp (cheap) q-tips are used for cleaning fan blades. I find that the "good" q-tips are too soft and fall apart to easy. Then the inside of the case gets a good wipe down. In between these deep cleans I just use my shop vac that I can use to blow out the case with an old 1" paint brush.

I use this

that I get at my local Home Depot. Makes my computer smell good to.
post #16 of 17
instead of compressed air, i use a foot pump, like the ones for paddling pools, as they have a pointy nozzle, and is cheaper than buying air cans.

but once a year, i do remove everything, and give it a deep clean
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I'm fairly sure that aluminum does not rust. The outer layer oxidizes slightly, sealing it from any major rust.

At least that's what I think I remember from shop class
Correct, aluminum cannot rust because it contains no iron! Rust = iron oxide.

When raw aluminum is in the presence of oxygen, a thin protective layer of aluminum oxide forms, resulting in a cloudy look. The heat sink manufacturers clean off the oxide, and then apply a clear (lacquer?) finish so everything stays nice and shiny. Don't use a scouring pad on the aluminum and you'll have nothing to worry about.

The copper heat pipes will tarnish, which can be cleaned with a jewelery cleaning cloth, or a multitude of other options found here.
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