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How often do you clean your rig?

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Poll: Cleaning, Cleaning, Cleaning! (24 member(s) have cast votes)

How often do you clean your chassis?

  1. Everyday!! i'm a clean freak!! (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  2. Every week (3 votes [12.50%])

    Percentage of vote: 12.50%

  3. Every 2 weeks (1 votes [4.17%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.17%

  4. Every month (4 votes [16.67%])

    Percentage of vote: 16.67%

  5. Every few months (7 votes [29.17%])

    Percentage of vote: 29.17%

  6. Twice a year (2 votes [8.33%])

    Percentage of vote: 8.33%

  7. Once a year (6 votes [25.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 25.00%

  8. NEVER!!! (1 votes [4.17%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.17%

What do you clean your chassis with?

  1. Compressed air can (5 votes [20.83%])

    Percentage of vote: 20.83%

  2. I'm a boss i own a air compressor! (4 votes [16.67%])

    Percentage of vote: 16.67%

  3. Vacuum cleaner (5 votes [20.83%])

    Percentage of vote: 20.83%

  4. I blow the dust with my mouth (4 votes [16.67%])

    Percentage of vote: 16.67%

  5. Dry cloth (1 votes [4.17%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.17%

  6. Other (5 votes [20.83%])

    Percentage of vote: 20.83%

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#1
Tt Andy

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How often do you clean rig?


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What's the worst thing that can happen to a machine with years of dust on it?



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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!


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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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PC 2 - (Retired Mining Rig) - AMD Phenom II 965 BE @ 4.2ghz / 5 x Sapphire Tri-X 290 / Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3 / Corsair Dominator 8GB 1600MHz 

 


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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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maybe 2 times a year if lucky though i clean my dust filters every month



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once a year



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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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Actally use more than 1 ways to clean. And as long as feel necessary, clean immediately.



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Every week with air compressor. I got a bird and 2 persons in same room, sure gets lot of dust. XD



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Once a year is good enough for me ._., with dry cloth too 

you can imagine how dirty my rig  now >.<



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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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Nice thread, I usually blow the dusts using my mouth and some dry cloth. :) 







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