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  Reply # 1098017 29-Jul-2014 17:17
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Can't you just stop the fan from spinning with a finger or a paperclip or something while blowing it to prevent bearing damage?? That's the main place my PC hoards dust...




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  Reply # 1098028 29-Jul-2014 17:28
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Niel: On a practical note, it is fun blowing air through a fan but do it only briefly a few times or else you will either kill the bearing or snap off a fin - been there done that.

Hmmm sounds like something the kids and I need to test with an old CPU fan - with suitable precautions.  :)




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  Reply # 1098505 30-Jul-2014 11:47
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At work I use a (new) paint brush & a vaccumm cleaner .
For the CPU heatsink I have a paintbrush with most of the bristles cut off, just poke it in there & it does the job.

Seems a bit extreme to buy a compressor just to clean a PC

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  Reply # 1098636 30-Jul-2014 15:11
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1101: At work I use a (new) paint brush & a vaccumm cleaner .
For the CPU heatsink I have a paintbrush with most of the bristles cut off, just poke it in there & it does the job.

Seems a bit extreme to buy a compressor just to clean a PC


Static discharge from a paintbrush tho, as well as vacuum cleaners (if you get them real close to components)

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  Reply # 1098715 30-Jul-2014 16:55
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ubergeeknz:
1101: At work I use a (new) paint brush & a vaccumm cleaner .
For the CPU heatsink I have a paintbrush with most of the bristles cut off, just poke it in there & it does the job.

Seems a bit extreme to buy a compressor just to clean a PC


Static discharge from a paintbrush tho, as well as vacuum cleaners (if you get them real close to components)


Pretty much something you wont have to worry about. ie a nonsnsense in the real world

Static buildup also from air compressors blowing air, from walking across carpet , from sitting on some office chairs (I know of offfice workers getting zaps they can feel) , from wearing artificial fibres (ie clothes not made from cotton) , from carrying the PC out to the garage to blow it out ......

Static isnt such a big issue when the components are soldered onto a properly designed board .

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  Reply # 1105900 10-Aug-2014 14:53
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I use a small airbursh compressor and it works great. If you want to see where the dust really gets to pull your video card, spend 5 minutes undoing the plastic shroud screws, unclip and look at the cooling fins around the card - mine were packed solid with dust..Cleaned them all out and dropped the card temp by about 14 degrees during gameplay. Was gobsmacked !

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