1. Duvi's Avatar
    How do you guys clean the inside of your rigs? Aside from a couple of dust sprays, a couple times in the first year I built my rig, I haven't touched the inside to clean. What's the best and safest way to clean inside?
    03-27-2017 12:35 AM
  2. Duvi's Avatar
    Anyone clean theirs? Lol.
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    03-30-2017 06:00 PM
  3. Josiah23's Avatar
    Errrgg. Not really, lol.

    I built my PC a while ago and I don't have the energy to really give it a clean... for some reason it's not really dusty either, it stays clean on it's own. Which is less work for me! Lol.

    I'll clean the outside of the case with a wet wipe but that's about it.
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    03-30-2017 09:05 PM
  4. mtf1380's Avatar
    Vacuum and Air spray is only way I know.
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    03-30-2017 09:14 PM
  5. sd4f's Avatar
    Blowing it with compressed air or vacuuming is usually best. Depending on components, a soft brush can also be used, however, I'd be very careful with electronic components, as agitating them can remove some components, if they aren't soldered on very well.

    If it's not incredibly covered in dust, then better off to just leave well enough alone. Usually, it's just the fans and heatsinks that need a decent clean.
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    03-30-2017 09:35 PM
  6. Guytronic's Avatar
    Compressed air...

    I carry the box out to the garage, remove the side panel and blow it out with 125 lbs of compressed air.
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    03-30-2017 09:43 PM
  7. Duvi's Avatar
    Thanks folks. I bought 3 or 4 cans to use.
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    04-02-2017 10:00 AM
  8. midnightfrolic's Avatar
    I bought an air compressor for blowing off dust from electronics. I disconnect and take them outside and blow them out every 4-6 months. I open the case and blow everything out that is not screwed down.
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    04-02-2017 05:29 PM
  9. mtf1380's Avatar
    Thanks folks. I bought 3 or 4 cans to use.
    I forgot one very useful tool for a through cleaning...that is a GOOD soft bristle cleaning brush; something like this: https://www.amazon.com/OXO-Good-Grip...pUvbUpU3646191 , or similar.

    be careful when using a brush, not to do damage.
    04-04-2017 07:11 AM
  10. chsoriano's Avatar
    Like others I use compressed air, but I've found having good filters on all the intake fans help keep a lot of dust out. I have a case with tempered glass inside so dust is visible easily so I give it a good clean every couple months.
    07-06-2017 11:40 PM
  11. causalityWin's Avatar
    Besides filters, having positive air pressure in the case also helps against dust.
    07-10-2017 03:12 AM
  12. Peter1984's Avatar
    I can't believe how much dust my machine seems to attract. At least weekly I have to clear the dust traps that thankfully the Corsair 750D come with.

    I vacuum and use a duster. Gonna pick up some compressed air today in fact
    08-07-2017 08:58 PM
  13. Will Gilliland's Avatar
    Compressed air...

    I carry the box out to the garage, remove the side panel and blow it out with 125 lbs of compressed air.
    My "light" cleaning is keeping PC in place and using compressed air-in-a-can while vacuuming at the same time to keep the dust from blowing around too much.

    For thorough cleaning, I have a large compressor in my garage and I put the blower nozzle on and carry the computer to the garage. I don't worry about the dust I blow everywhere since it's my garage. I also use about 125 lbs pressure. It gets things thoroughly clean but not enough to blow connectors off.

    I have a sealed liquid with radiator cooling system. When I do the thorough cleaning, I disassemble the radiator to blow through the cooling fins. It makes a huge difference. My cooling fans stay at low speed and silent ..... for about 3 months until the dust builds up again.
    08-25-2017 10:12 AM
  14. raycpl's Avatar
    I get my nerdy friends to clean it,.... in exchange for a bowl of ramen



    ... !
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    08-25-2017 10:19 AM
  15. eddlang's Avatar
    Compressed air...

    I carry the box out to the garage, remove the side panel and blow it out with 125 lbs of compressed air.
    That's what I do too, although not my garage but the car service shop near my building.
    08-25-2017 11:49 AM
  16. Vicious Enzyme's Avatar
    Cotton buds dampened with soapy water, and a full wash and dry if necessary on the parts.

    Prevention being better than cure large filter mays are my preference, not pressed against the fans but boxed onto them with a large surface area to keep airflow good.

    Really really wish they would fit magnetic mounted fans to the gpu so you can slide em out, those are murder to clean. I dont have gpu liquid cooling but have it on the CPU and that makes it a million times easier. Hoover for the motherboard.
    08-25-2017 04:36 PM
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    08-26-2017 01:07 AM
  18. schlubadub's Avatar
    I've always used a vacuum cleaner without any issues. I haven't used a vacuum on my current PC yet (after 1 year), as it has front and bottom filters. I take out the filters and wash them under the tap, then dry before putting them back in. Cotton-buds are a good way, but you do have to be careful. I've never tried or bothered with compressed air.
    08-27-2017 12:14 PM
  19. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    I have a vacuum specifically designed for PC cleaning.
    Metro Vacuum MDV-1BA DataVac Pro 4.5-AMP Computer Vac/Blower https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00006IAOR...pUvbUpU3699443
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    08-27-2017 12:21 PM
  20. KelvBlue's Avatar
    I preferred to open the box and tie it to the roof of the car and take it for a spin in highway.
    08-27-2017 11:10 PM
  21. Golfdriver97's Avatar
    Every few months I pull out the filters and use compressed air to blow them out.
    02-23-2018 09:45 AM
  22. TechFreak1's Avatar
    I clean my PC about every couple of years, it's all about air flow as if you have conflict of flow you end up with pockets of 'trapped air' so to speak (stagnant air) therefore you have a build up of dust. Prior to getting 2000 rpm scythe fans, I still cleaned it every couple of years. I built it for my old bro's birthday before Ivy bridge was launched so it's fairly old.

    The reason I got the 2000 rpm silent scythe fans (120mm x 120mm x 12mm) was to pull heat out of system given out by the XFX RX480 when over clocked. I also have a fan at the bottom of the case and the rear exhaust. They all are venting out, one of the scythe fans has been attached to the radiator and this fan (facing the motherboard) is venting out through the radiator and the other is attached on the top of the radiator also venting out (facing the top of the PC case).

    This is the only place I could mount the radiator, prior to getting the GPU it was mounted on a side panel grill with the now bottom case fan venting out through the radiator. As I could only mount the radiator like this and as the metal side panels also helped disipate heat. The max stable overclock I achieved was 4.7 Ghz, but since it was not doing much it was reduced to 4 Ghz. (right now as the motherboard is dying it is on stock).

    There is natural air flow into the PC through the other grills and other 120MM Fan grill (fanless).

    In regards to dust, there is hardly any in the PC - I know that because I have had to clear the bios a few times and when installing my ssd I checked for dust and there was nothing. All the dust as expected was on the 2000 rpm scythes and some on the rear exhaust fan.

    The other reason they have been mounted like this, they are directly above the GPU rear plate.

    The PSU has been installed in way that the fan is facing upwards towards the motherboard and towards the GPU fans.

    Previously when I had installed the fan, the "specialists" recommended it was to be installed facing down towards the floor against my instincts I did so just to see what happens. A few months later, all the components were caked in dust. I turned the PSU fan towards the motherboard and that reduced the dust build up a lot.

    When I clean the fans and PC, it is off at the PSU but not unplugged to provide an earthing point. The fans are cleaned by holding the rubber blades and using a household vacuum cleaner (dyson DC39). You must hold the blades in position as you risk burning out the fans bearings. The radiator is cleaned with the vacuum cleaner and as everything else is pretty much dust free. It only takes about a couple of minutes.

    TLDR:
    Make sure the case has proper air flow and your lay out has zero chance for stagnant air to linger. Hold the fans in place using anything that does not damage them when using compressed air or a vacuum cleaner. If using a house hold vacuum cleaner (like a dyson vac) - vacuum from at least 15 cm in short bursts.

    EDIT: NB: The PSU fan also vents out and does not blow air into the case.
    Last edited by TechFreak1; 02-27-2018 at 07:22 PM. Reason: Clarification added about PSU fan.
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    02-27-2018 01:29 PM

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