Tt Andy

How often do you clean your rig?

Cleaning, Cleaning, Cleaning!   25 members have voted

  1. 1. How often do you clean your chassis?

    • Everyday!! i'm a clean freak!!
      0
    • Every week
      3
    • Every 2 weeks
      1
    • Every month
      4
    • Every few months
      8
    • Twice a year
      2
    • Once a year
      6
    • NEVER!!!
      1
  2. 2. What do you clean your chassis with?

    • Compressed air can
      5
    • I'm a boss i own a air compressor!
      5
    • Vacuum cleaner
      5
    • I blow the dust with my mouth
      4
    • Dry cloth
      1
    • Other
      5

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Well when dust accumulates it has a possibility of blocking fan vents, or if there is enough dust it can insulate your parts which can cause overheating.

But unless the dust contains l amounts of corrosive or conductive material, it wouldn't damage the components directly.

What can happen in some circumstances is the dust mixing with condensation and creating a conductive goo but that usually occurs in below 0 deg C environment.

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Thanks, TT Andy
I generally just clean the keyboard and mouse regularly with a small "unused" paint brush and a dust buster.
Found an article a while back saying a guy's keyboard is one of the most bacteria invested places in their home so it's more a hygiene issue than performance.

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How do you guys clean your rigs without a vaccum??
I tried compressed air but I had to take my rig onto the balcony to spray it because of the dust.
The compressed air really sends the dust everywhere.

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How do you guys clean your rigs without a vaccum??

I tried compressed air but I had to take my rig onto the balcony to spray it because of the dust.

The compressed air really sends the dust everywhere.

 

Well i do suggest against using a vacuum cleaner as vacuuming can create a large static build up that could discharge into sensitive components inside your rig.

IMO compressed air is the way to go, but yes its a hassle to take your rig outside but u gotta do what u gotta do right?

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Just get naked with your case in the shower, spray out the dust with compressed air and then clean yourself and the shower with water.
Wear a mask to stop dust inhalation and maybe some safety glasses/goggles. 

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I clean mine out every 6 months. I use compressed air, a vacumm and wet/dry wipes :) I completely strip the case down and take all the components out of it. Normally takes the better part of a day but it must be done!

 

I must take my hat off for you Enos, completely stripping the case down is a lot of work! I usually avoid doing that as much as i can haha

Sometimes when i do that my GPU's don't work properly but i guess that can because of buggy hardware

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I must take my hat off for you Enos, completely stripping the case down is a lot of work! I usually avoid doing that as much as i can haha

Sometimes when i do that my GPU's don't work properly but i guess that can because of buggy hardware

Haha it comes with the territory I suppose. I repair, build and review PC's on a near daily basis and find it almost therapeutic LOL I block off the whole day, get everything ready to go in the morning, strip it all out, get some lunch, clean it all and build it back up. Normally after I'm done I enjoy a few beers and some gaming for my hard efforts lol. 

 

Also do the same thing with my laptop twice a year :P It's a pain in the but, but doing repairs I know how important preventive maintenance can be :)

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I'm the guy with the Pledge Wipes, cotton swabs, and a bottle of rubbing alcohol, especially for my keyboard!  I'm neurotic with keeping it clean.  Keep positive air pressure in your case and it will cut down on dust collection.

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I might take the side off and blow some dust away, but rarely, I tend to upgrade every 12-18 months, when I do a new build, I usually strip down the old pc, sell some parts, buy some new parts, as I do that I clean

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i usually clean my rig with lighter fluid becuase its too quick to evaporate and it cleans the dust also i used my comppresed air can so the dust in the thin areas can remove :D 

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I use a reverse vacuum motor on a small device called DataVac Electric Duster 500 by MetroVac. It's badass. I bought it from Memory Express here in Canada for $99 CAD.

 

It's like forever canned air on steroids and I just take the case outside, blow it out and use wipes on the rest. Works for keyboards, vacuums (I clean my household vacuum every year or so), even can do stuff like the spots you can't reach in behind your fridge compressor, etc. I use it on anything that gets dusty and it works great. You have to be careful on fans to not overspeed them, or on radiators with tiny fins due to the air pressure, but this is the same as using a compressor - and then you are also not worrying about compressor humidity, which can be an issue if you're not using a desiccant.

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