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Hello there,

Just wanted to remind some of you that cleaning the HTPC (or any PC for that matter) is essential to keep those babies running for a long time. I do it every 4 - 6 weeks. This time I waited 6 weeks and the amount of dust being stuck onto the filters of my HTPC was impressive. Temperature of the MB and Graph went down 2°C immediately.
While I was at it, I also cleaned my Office/ Work PC, which is always open on one side to let the air circulate and the dust collected in the fan of the GT 630 Graphic Card was close to scary. After the cleaning the temperature of all the important parts went down between 4°C and 5°C. That is a lot and proves that dusting is essential for a long lifespan.

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I just did my first cleaning after about 1 year after building my HTPC. MB and CPU temps dropped by about 6 C each. I was impressed by how little dust, namely none, got through the dust filters on my Silverstone GD-05B.
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You guys use a vacuum for the task, or some other method ?

Thanks for the heads up.


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Hello there,

Just wanted to remind some of you that cleaning the HTPC (or any PC for that matter) is essential to keep those babies running for a long time. I do it every 4 - 6 weeks. This time I waited 6 weeks and the amount of dust being stuck onto the filters of my HTPC was impressive. Temperature of the MB and Graph went down 2°C immediately.
While I was at it, I also cleaned my Office/ Work PC, which is always open on one side to let the air circulate and the dust collected in the fan of the GT 630 Graphic Card was close to scary. After the cleaning the temperature of all the important parts went down between 4°C and 5°C. That is a lot and proves that dusting is essential for a long lifespan.

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You guys use a vacuum for the task, or some other method ?

Thanks for the heads up.


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I use the counter method, namely a hairdryer on COLD air of course. Very very important to keep the fans from moving while blowing the dust out of the power unit, the processor cooling unit and the Graphic Card's fan, preferably outside. I use cotton swaps for that but also for gently cleaning the cooling areas in the PC that don't have fans.

Works great and as mentioned in the initial post helps lowering the temperature considerably.

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You guys use a vacuum for the task, or some other method ?

Thanks for the heads up.


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I use my air compressor with fine straw trigger .... It's the best option I've found.
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I use my air compressor with fine straw trigger .... It's the best option I've found.

Thanks for the suggestion Mike sounds like an inexpensive option, I know for some finishes I use to own (piano glossy types) I wound ovoid using an air compressor can, as it might projectile tiny particles thus scratching the surface. Wasn't too sure if the same case applied here.

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You guys use a vacuum for the task, or some other method ?

Thanks for the heads up.


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I use my air compressor with fine straw trigger .... It's the best option I've found.
Doesn't that just push the dust further in? I use a brush and a piece of tubing shoved through a cork stuck in the end of my vacuum's hose.

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I use a shop vac on my server fwiw.
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I use my air compressor with fine straw trigger .... It's the best option I've found.

Ditto. Set the regulator to 35 PSI or so. I also keep the case fans from spinning while I concentrate on the blade edges.

It had been years since I did mine. Big puffs of dust out of the CPU cooler and the PSU.
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