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I opened up my PC today to find dust everywhere, I was sort of expecting this, but everywhere I looked there was dust caked on it. When I first build my PC it was beautiful it was all spick and span, and shiny. How can I get my PC to look like that again? And try to keep the dust out?
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I opened up my PC today to find dust everywhere, I was sort of expecting this, but everywhere I looked there was dust caked on it. When I first build my PC it was beautiful it was all spick and span, and shiny. How can I get my PC to look like that again? And try to keep the dust out?
Get a paint brush and a blower and get to cleaning, then when it is clean, go to walmart, buy some pantyhose, and stretch them over the intake for the case.
 
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Hello.

If you are patient and inclined to do so you could completely dismantle the components, clean each piece individually (to include a thorough cleaning of the case interior) then re-assemble your rig.

Imho, a weekly cleaning that takes about 5 minutes will be enough to ensure that your pride and joy do not become caked with dust and grime over time.

You could use dust filters. Filters can really help with keeping dust out but may affect the efficiency and loudness of your fans.

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What do you mean by a blower?
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What do you mean by a blower?
You could use canned-air (costly), or some vacuums can be reversed so that they blow air.

You could also use a compressor, but care ought to be taken as the air-pressure of some compressors is enough to damage some of the components.

If you do blow the case out I would recommend doing it outside.
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I opened up my PC today to find dust everywhere, I was sort of expecting this, but everywhere I looked there was dust caked on it. When I first build my PC it was beautiful it was all spick and span, and shiny. How can I get my PC to look like that again? And try to keep the dust out?
To clean them, I use a shop vac, soft bristle paint brush, compressed air, etc. If it's bad enough, I pull it apart and wash out the case, then use the paint brush to dust the components off.

You can use fan filters to keep dust and debris out of the case. If you don't want to fork out the cash for them, you can use panty hose as a cheap replacement, which works almost as well but doesn't look as nice.
 
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post #7 of 14
Air blower or canned air + soft bristle paint brush.

or, a mini pc vacuum.

edit: dangit, ninja'd by syril & mm!
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Wouldn't using a paint brush result in creating static?
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Yep.
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Air blower or canned air + soft bristle paint brush.

or, a mini pc vacuum.

edit: dangit, ninja'd by syril & mm!

I've tried a couple of the mini pc vacs, but I've never seen them do much of anything worthwhile. The ones I used were cheap tho, so a good one may be more effective.


In other news, OP, you can use an air compressor to blow it out if it's bad enough, but I wouldn't recommend it unless you set it to a fairly low pressure (15-20 PSI or so) and have a dryer/filter on it. Otherwise you run the risk of breaking something or embedding debris/moisture in a component.
 
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