fans covered with dust

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Octopus, Jun 2, 2003.

  1. Octopus

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    does this effect the perfomance?
     
  2. sboulema

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    hmm i think i will hinder the airflow so yes i think, just put a vacuumcleaner on them and the will clean in no time :p
     
  3. Taurus

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    no, but it will help heat buildup. if your cpu fan is covered in dust, there is certainly dust packed into the heatsink underneath it. same goes for the fan on your video card. it's pretty important to keep these two clean. case fans aren't as important.
     
  4. Alex_is_Axel

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    does this include Power Pack Fans too? :confused:
     
  5. Alex_is_Axel

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    *gets his hoover out* :p
     
  6. Taurus

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    an dusty overheating power supply can be dangerous... or at least shorten it's life considerably. :)
     
  7. Alex_is_Axel

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    :D.. ill hoover that too then :)
     
  8. Geffy

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    the effect of dust on fan blades is that turbulance is created on the blades, which can under some circumstances cause air to be diverted in the opposite direction which that fan is trying to send the air. It can also unbalance the fan which places unneccessary strain on the fan motor. For these reasons it is important to keep your fan blades as free from dust as possible I personally recommend a Compressed Air duster to blast the dust off the blades (and a pencil or something to prevent the blades from rotating during this blasting process, as rotation will reduce the efficiency of the duster to remove the dust. Then I use a hoover to suck up the dust from the air to reduce the chances of the same dust just recoating the fan blades again
     
  9. 2z

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    there is no way I would put a house hold vacuum cleaner any where near my PC ~ the static build up would almost certainly damage PC components such as memory

    A keyboard vacuum cleaner might be more suitable ~ I personally wouldnt use that either

    Geffy's suggestion is one the best by using specialist compressed air

    in the past I have used cotton buds to clear excess dust & then a long bristled paint brush to clean deep inside the blades after removing the fan first
    finishing off with an anti static lint free cloth for the inside of the chassis

    :cool:
     
  10. Maveric169

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    Umm, hate to bash you but, just remove the fans! Remove the PSU and vacuum it (unpluged). Then take a Q tip dipped in rubbing alcohol if you want it really clean. I usually unplug my system, set my shop vac to blow air and blow all the dust out of my case and clean all my fans about once every month or so, I also have filters over my intake fans which really help.
     
  11. Zedric

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    I allways make sure the computer is grounded and that I have contact between the case, me and the vacuum cleaner. Comined with careful vacuuming I've never broken anything. :D

    Also a camel-haired paintbrush (round, artist style) is very good to scrub of dust that won't get sucked off. I heard camel hair is better than plastic because of static, but I'm not sure.
     
  12. Shamus MacNoob

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    Hell yeah it can I seen that happen with a buddy of mine he was let's say not a clean freak ..and the power supply was packed with dust it fried went up like a roman candle ...Me I clean out my whole system at least one time a month and I use a can of commpressed gas that I buy at my local computer store .... it blasts the dust bunnies right outta there ..... all fans should be cleaned on a regular basis imho :)
     
  13. Shamus MacNoob

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    The camel hair will cause a static feild that will draw the dust to the hairs were as plastic will push it around ...if you have a vacum cleaner were you can attach the hose at the rear end and cause it to blow that works very well .....but the can of gas is the best :)
     
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    don't worry about contradicting me ~ all constructive criticism is welcome :D

    I'm not big on cleaning ~ my pc only gets done once a year
    plus I smoke so the dust tends to congeal underneath the heat-sink fan ~ so a blast of air might not be enough
    I have no specialist tools ~ like a vac that blows ~ so I tend to use ordinary things you would normally keep around the home

    perhaps I should pay more attention to the PSU ~ although it doesn't get any where near as dirty as the HSF ~ I just give it a quick brush along with the case fans ~ I'm way too lazy to remove it

    :p
     
  15. GoNz0

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    as another smoker, air aint enough :(
     
  16. Nedreplan

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    I must have one of the most stupid solution to the dust problem.

    I went to one of those sales for companies that had gone bankrupt.. there I bought a sort of a cabinet (not big at all) which this company kept their computer in. In there you can fit a Big Tower case .. at the most... and some cables.
    The cool thing about it is that it has its own Air Conditon system, which not only controls temperature but also humidity. There is a a small LCD-screen to it. On the back is a ventilationfan which has a carbon filter.
    Since I put my computer in this ...no more dust and the temperature is stable :D :p

    Perfect for OC'ing I guess, even if I have not done it. :)
     
  17. ntentz

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    As another smoker i clean mine maybe every few months mainly from tryn new stuff things are always in and out of the case. I personally have always taken taken my case right out to the garage and used the air compressor( i know we dont all have one already so dont say it lol) and blown alll the dirt and dust out its extremly effective... i can do it equally sa well with the psu and the cpu fan installed or not,, that babys clean when im done. I have done it many times and my friends do the same, never with anything bad coming of it. I live in in attic an take heat pretty serious and try to keep things cool so i can game in the summer, when i can i want to upgrade to a h20 setup or something, or id love to find one of those cases that Nedreplan has what kind of temps wwill that do?and where can i get one?
     
  18. Taurus

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    if using a vacuum can cause static buildup, wouldn't the same be true with compressed air? even the canned kind?

    i heard a long time ago you shouldn't use a vacuum to clean out your cpu as you could fry things. i fail to see the difference between that and using a can of compressed gas...? the air is just going in a different direction. :confused:
     
  19. Geffy

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    How do the camels feel about this :p
     
  20. Zedric

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    You've got a point there. :)

    Theory 1: Static occurs when dust is "rubbing" against something. On a vacuum cleaner it "rubs" all down the hose (no naughty thoughts!) building up the static on the way. On a spray can the dust just flies off.

    Theory 2: A vacuum cleaner is on all the time. That allows static to build up. A spray can is just used short periods. The static generated in a short blow dissipates before the can is used again.

    Does any sound likely? :)