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Windows 7: How often should i clean my GAMING PC

07 Jan 2017   #1
fahadhum

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
How often should i clean my GAMING PC

It's been over a year or more since i bought my assembled PC...

Soon after i bought a liquid cooling fan and i replaced the stock Intel cooling fan for better gaming and longer hours of gaming safely.

Now,i clean my pc after 2 or 3 weeks.And i just blow the dust off it it's hardware.I do not unscrew anything.I honestly do not know how to assemble and disassemble my LIQUID cooling fan or my graphics card ...

So , i am a bit worried that should i get it cleaned by disassembling it's hardware components i.e Liquid Cooling Fan...An other fan and Graphics Card via a shop or continue using it like this..

I do hear a slight...SLIGHT clicking sound ..may be indicating that i perhaps need a system clean up..

So, can somebody guide me ...


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07 Jan 2017   #2
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

How long between cleanings varies.

What environment is the computer in. Dusty, sandy or areas with pets will need cleaning more often.

Do or do not all the intake fans have filters and are the filters kept clean.

Because you don't have the experience doing such a thing you have three choices.

1. Taking your system to a professional shop for cleaning.
2. Ask a experienced friend to help and guide you.
3. Watch several videos on line and learn how to do it yourself.
Then go forward carefully. It's really not hard to do once one learns the basics.

The first aftermarket cpu air cooler I installed many years ago scared the hell out of me but it worked well when I was done. That led me down the road to building my own computers.

Jack
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07 Jan 2017   #3
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

- I would install air intake filters and clean them once a month. This will keep the inside computer parts clean.
- As you have liquid cooling, you can also install an air intake filter.
- If you can take the water cooling fan from the water cooling heat exchange, clean the water cooling heat exchange with a vacuum cleaner once a year.
- Don't blow compressed air or use a vacuum cleaner on the fan. You can damage it.
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09 Jan 2017   #4
fahadhum

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
i see....

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
How long between cleanings varies.

What environment is the computer in. Dusty, sandy or areas with pets will need cleaning more often.

Do or do not all the intake fans have filters and are the filters kept clean.

Because you don't have the experience doing such a thing you have three choices.

1. Taking your system to a professional shop for cleaning.
2. Ask a experienced friend to help and guide you.
3. Watch several videos on line and learn how to do it yourself.
Then go forward carefully. It's really not hard to do once one learns the basics.

The first aftermarket cpu air cooler I installed many years ago scared the hell out of me but it worked well when I was done. That led me down the road to building my own computers.

Jack
HMMMM i am hearing subtle clicking noise i.e if i bring my ear to my system.Which wasn't there some months or a year ago.So,perhaps it is a sign that i need to unscrew my FANS , my graphics card and other hardware (may be ) too , to clean them from the inside.And not just blowing off air from the outer body ..WHICH I HAVE BEEN DOING all this time..

What about the thermal paste under the Graphics card chip ??? How often shall i replace that.Should i replace that too when i take my system to the shop for cleaning ....?
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09 Jan 2017   #5
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

Thermal paste doesn't need to be replaced if you don't take the heat sink out.

Clicking noise is a sign of a damage bearing from a fan or from HDD.
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09 Jan 2017   #6
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 Megahertz07 View Post
Thermal paste doesn't need to be replaced if you don't take the heat sink out.

Clicking noise is a sign of a damage bearing from a fan or from HDD.
Agree and by clicking is the click a rapid or slow or an intermittent one?

Just by the by the PSU how old is that?

Just a tip when you are cleaning fans of one sort or another and are using compressed air to blow off the crud make sure the fan blades are kept still either by holding them or using a cable tie (not done up) to prevent them spinning a a speed that they were not designed to take it could be the last straw for the bearing and I have seen it mentioned that spinning fans that way may induce a voltage in to the system and that you do not want.

Edit: The thermal compound for the GPU chip only needs to be done if the temps are really quite high. However it is generally an easy job but very fiddly. For the temps use this Speccy - Free Download - Piriform
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09 Jan 2017   #7
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ICIT2LOL View Post

Just a tip when you are cleaning fans of one sort or another and are using compressed air to blow off the crud make sure the fan blades are kept still either by holding them or using a cable tie ..
Agree. I find a plastic drinking straw inserted and maybe held between the the fan blades is a simple way to stop the blades spinning when using compressed air. You obviously don't attempt cleaning when your PC is on.
I find the cost of compressed air cans a rip off and can't source a suitable small compressor. They may be more available in places like the US.

It may help to keep your PC raised off the ground a little.
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09 Jan 2017   #8
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
I added real air conditioner filter material to my screens
They work very well
I had to add a tin or sheet metal grid on it so the filter material won't get sucked in but that was easy
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09 Jan 2017   #9
ICIT2LOL

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

Yep like TZ I use a sheer material some net curtain, a material called Organza (very fine) it really doesn't matter and instead of cleaning the material I find it just as easy to cut a new piece as the materials I mentioned are very cheap.

As for the air well I use a vacuum cleaner with a reduced piece of clear ploy tubing taped to the large cleaner tube and I run an earth wire from around the rim of it to an earth point for collecting ant static that it may cause. In my mind static is caused by air passing over and disturbing dust particles and therefore it seems of no consequence of which direction the air is flowing as to how much static is set up.
But I stand to be corrected of course.
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10 Jan 2017   #10
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ICIT2LOL View Post
As for the air well I use a vacuum cleaner with a reduced piece of clear ploy tubing taped to the large cleaner tube and I run an earth wire from around the rim of it to an earth point for collecting ant static ....
I wouldn't recommend this. Even with an earth wire you'll still get a potentially strong electrostatic field which is more of a problem because you need to move the plastic vacuum tube close to the dust area giving a potentially (sorry for the pun) high conduction path.

With a blower you can operate some distance away and minimize charged particles.
At least that's how I see it.

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