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Sorry didn't no what section to post this in anyways need to clean my PC for the first time since it has gathered a lot of dust was wondering what options do I have. I have heard cleaning with a vacuum cleaner is a big no no so I guess the only option would be compressed air. I understand you can get air dusters (compressed air can) but what about using a air compressor? I have seen some around but some of them or maybe all of them plug into a mains socket so they are working on electric which is not good but then again they are blowing air out not sucking air in like vacuum cleaners ? Please let me no Thanks
post #2 of 9
go get a 5 dollar can of compressed air
post #3 of 9
Canned air is a better option, but if you must use compressed air it has to be dried and regulated or you will blow water (small amounts) all over the computer and blow things to pieces (unregulated)
As for vacuum cleaners they are a no go as you said, they produce way to much static.
Edited by Doom - 4/20/11 at 12:05am
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post #4 of 9

Instead of getting a can of compressed air you can get something like this ->

which is a bit cheaper over the long run.

For me I use a can of compressed air and a vacuum cleaner. It kinda works, but you gotta use a cloth or whatever to wipe the dust off.
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I bought one. I love it. I recommend it. It paid for itself a long time ago.



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A filtered air compressor will do the best job, a vacuum will work but you need to make sure the power is completely off first (obviously, but just saying because I have seen people start to do it on a live system before) and be prepared to do alot more work by hand. Canned air works okay but keep in mind that it can leave a film on your components that has the possibility of shorting your hardware, you will also need to do alot more work by hand afterwards. I have never witnessed that before but it has been reported. I only ever use an air compressor for my gear and even using that there is still more cleaning needed but not near as much as with canned air or a vacuum.
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Ive done thorough wash downs on most of my components. water works fine as long as everything has been unplugged long enough for all the caps to bleed, and wait to put everything back together until you are 100% sure its all dry again... haters gonna hate but every component Ive ever washed comes out looking almost brand new and still works to this day.....

Keep in mind i only recommend doing this if you are comfortable doing it and don't have any other way to clean it. a good ol' can of air is your best bet
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Dishwasher. No contest. Gets in all the corners. I recommend Bosch.
     
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I use compressed air cans once a week to blow stuff out. About once every other month I take out everything(yes remove my mobo and all) and wipe down all the fans,HDD's,PSU,GPU(top and bottom plastic covers). and I remove the plastic shroud from my GPU and blow the doust out of the heatsink, same for the CPU heat sink, blow all the dust form inbetween the fins. A tip with the whip's, use a lint free cloth to dry everything befor you stick it back in. anything wet/damn in the case or what ever will be a dust magnit. this is how I have taken care of my PC's for EVER! always seems to work, and has never shoted anything out...dont wipe the contat's or mobo BTW.

I find that more cleaning out the dust more often helps make each cleaning easyer aswell, good luck
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