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Windows 7: How often should i clean my GAMING PC

22 Jan 2017   #21
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

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They said , we used to do that kind of cleaning with a blower and the authorities here does not allow it anymore...

So, they can't do it.
They must be kidding mate I have never heard of such nonsense. Personally I would just go ahead and get yourself an anti static brush or even one of the cheap hogs hair brushes I use and with a can of compressed air just clean what you can.
Now if you have access to an ordinary hair dryer and if it will blow cold then it can be used to blow out the dust
Now keep in mind that using the compressed air you need to be careful with any fans because it is possible to spin them faster than they were designed to go and maybe even wreck the bearing notwithstanding that spinning the fans has the potential of inducing unwanted voltages into the system and that is not good.


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22 Jan 2017   #22
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

A hair dryer on a cold setting seems a good idea but I'm not sure if they still produce charged particles/ions. I did a bit of looking and apparently some modern hair dryers are designed to produce ions
Hair Dryer Air Flow - How Hair Dryers Work | HowStuffWorks
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23 Jan 2017   #23
fahadhum

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

That's all great tips guys

But my main issue is the disassembly of Graphics card...Liquid Corsair FAN and other similar components for cleaning..

I once started unscrewing all the graphics card screws and I TRIED TO pull the Graphics card out.It wasn't getting out and it kinda stayed stuck.I did not forced more pressure on pulling so that it causes some kinda damage or what not ,,,
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23 Jan 2017   #24
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fahadhum View Post
That's all great tips guys

But my main issue is the disassembly of Graphics card...Liquid Corsair FAN and other similar components for cleaning..

I once started unscrewing all the graphics card screws and I TRIED TO pull the Graphics card out.It wasn't getting out and it kinda stayed stuck.I did not forced more pressure on pulling so that it causes some kinda damage or what not ,,,
You are overthinking this. It isn't rocket science. If you don't go too long between cleanings, there is no need to disable anything between cleanings other than the case sides and, maybe, front panels. Just either use canned gas (keep the can upright so you don't spray any liquid) or a very low pressure compressor or blower to blow the dust out. I have never dissembled a computer to clean it other than to remove access panels. I remove the side and front panels on my desktop computers to clean them. I use my fingers to keep the fans from spinning when I'm blowing around them. If you need to manually remove dust due to excessive build up, use a anti-static brush (do not use regular or artists' paint brushes since they can generate static). If you can't get anti-static brushes, use a soft, cotton cloth. You can also use cotton swabs, such as Q-Tips.

As far as the graphics card goes, there usually are enough gaps and crevices you can poke the nozzle straw of canned air into to get the worst of any accumulated dust out. Again, you can also use cotton swabs to loosen stubborn areas. Just make sure you block any fans from spinning while blowing air around them. You don't have to get the insides squeaky clean as long as you get the worst of it out.

I use an electric blower (it works like a miniature leaf blower) to clean my desktop computer out. I spend more time removing and replacing the front and side panels than I do actually cleaning.
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23 Jan 2017   #25
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
A hair dryer on a cold setting seems a good idea but I'm not sure if they still produce charged particles/ions. I did a bit of looking and apparently some modern hair dryers are designed to produce ions
Hair Dryer Air Flow - How Hair Dryers Work | HowStuffWorks
I agree MJ and I am thinking that maybe the charged ions maybe due to the dryer being an electrically driven device much in the same way that say a vacuum cleaner is and would generate an electrical field and that is where the static charge would arise??

I will say that air moving over any surface is going to create or possibly create friction that raises and electrical charge and I am guessing that charge however small is not good for the computer full stop.

Now I have in the past (I might have mentioned before) have rigged vacuum cleaners with small poly tubes that have hogs hair bristles arranged around the "nozzle" as a brush and inside the aperture an aluminium band that goes inside that aperture for about an inch and over the edge to the outside. To that I have attached an earth lead that goes the the mains supply earth connection all held in place with duct tape. I never had any problems with that setup although I do not use it much these days after I found it was much easier to do cleaning on a regular basis.

I guess there is no hard and fast solution to this issue as it has been brought up on many occasions in the past in here.
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23 Jan 2017   #26
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ICIT2LOL View Post
I agree MJ and I am thinking that maybe the charged ions maybe due to the dryer being an electrically driven device much in the same way that say a vacuum cleaner is and would generate an electrical field and that is where the static charge would arise??

I will say that air moving over any surface is going to create or possibly create friction that raises and electrical charge and I am guessing that charge however small is not good for the computer full stop.

Now I have in the past (I might have mentioned before) have rigged vacuum cleaners with small poly tubes that have hogs hair bristles arranged around the "nozzle" as a brush and inside the aperture an aluminium band that goes inside that aperture for about an inch and over the edge to the outside. To that I have attached an earth lead that goes the the mains supply earth connection all held in place with duct tape. I never had any problems with that setup although I do not use it much these days after I found it was much easier to do cleaning on a regular basis.

I guess there is no hard and fast solution to this issue as it has been brought up on many occasions in the past in here.
I use an electric blower (DataVac) for cleaning out my computers and never had a problem with it. As long as you don't actually touch anything with the nozzle, I don't believe there is anything to worry about.
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23 Jan 2017   #27
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Well Jeannie I have a miniature battery driven vacuum cleaner that I must admit have not tried yet and I am guessing the electro magnetic field generated by it would not come close to the mains driven devices.

Having said all this I am surprised that no-one has come up with a solution for this issue, and would think they would be on a winner if the device had some way of at least minimising the possibility of a static charge being built up if not completely avoiding it.

Edit: I suppose in a way we are drifting OT though.
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23 Jan 2017   #28
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

It's a non-issue. Again, as long as any blower, be it the DataVac I have (which was designed for cleaning computers, btw), a reversed vacuum cleaner, or an air compressor, as long as the nozzle doesn't contact the computer (and, probably, not even then), there will be no danger from static. You all are overthinking this.

Read through this thread for more on using the DataVac blower.
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23 Jan 2017   #29
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Yep well the subject has been done to death and I don't think any of us will ever agree on what is and isn't because we all think of static in different ways.

Me personally static is built up by the rubbing or otherwise known as the friction of one object being moved across the surface of another is going to build up a static charge, and in my tiny mind even dust particles being wither drawn across a surface by suction or positive pressure blowing is going to create some static charge between those two interacting parts.

So we could go on debating this forever suffice to say over the last ten years that I have been involved in any way in fixing or servicing computers of mine or friends I have never had any problems with how I have done that. As you all may have noticed I have tried many different forms of removing the dust and crud from those machines and I just use whatever comes to hand to be honest.
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27 Jan 2017   #30
fahadhum

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
I understand.I am somewhat contended now .... :)

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
You are overthinking this. It isn't rocket science. If you don't go too long between cleanings, there is no need to disable anything between cleanings other than the case sides and, maybe, front panels. Just either use canned gas (keep the can upright so you don't spray any liquid) or a very low pressure compressor or blower to blow the dust out. I have never dissembled a computer to clean it other than to remove access panels. I remove the side and front panels on my desktop computers to clean them. I use my fingers to keep the fans from spinning when I'm blowing around them. If you need to manually remove dust due to excessive build up, use a anti-static brush (do not use regular or artists' paint brushes since they can generate static). If you can't get anti-static brushes, use a soft, cotton cloth. You can also use cotton swabs, such as Q-Tips.

As far as the graphics card goes, there usually are enough gaps and crevices you can poke the nozzle straw of canned air into to get the worst of any accumulated dust out. Again, you can also use cotton swabs to loosen stubborn areas. Just make sure you block any fans from spinning while blowing air around them. You don't have to get the insides squeaky clean as long as you get the worst of it out.

I use an electric blower (it works like a miniature leaf blower) to clean my desktop computer out. I spend more time removing and replacing the front and side panels than I do actually cleaning.
I understand ..Perhaps i was overthinking.And watching too many Youtubers cleaning their Graphics Card made me interested in this...

I have found a video for my Case and it shows how it looks from OUTSIDE & inside.And all other details...

Cooler Master Elite K280 500W Case Review ► - YouTube
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