Can Dust REALLY F*** Up Your PC??

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  1. FULMTL

    FULMTL Ancient Guru

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    I have one intake on the bottom front and 4 exhaust fans with mesh everywhere. No problem with overheating even when overclocked :)
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    Besides, summer is over!
     
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  2. IPlayNaked

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    Guys, there's no hard and fast rule about dusting time.

    You need to dust according to the environment. My computer's in a basement, I have to dust once every couple weeks or I see temps affected.
     
  3. scoter man1

    scoter man1 Ancient Guru

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    Amen to that bro. I got an antec 1200 and I love my dust filters. I end up cleaning them about every 3-6 months. There is a little dust that makes it inside the case, but its a LOT less then if I didnt have the filters on there.
     
  4. nvlddmkm

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    No. Dust will not do anything bad to your components. Matter of fact, do not ever clean it out. Let it build up as much and as fast as possible. Manufacturers bank on this and make the most money from these actions. :D
     

  5. dirthurts

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    Actually dust can affect your components.
    Depending on your environment the dust can actually have conductive properties. Use your imagination as to what that can cause.
    I would keep your rig clean. Every month or so I would blow it out just to be sure. That's all you really need.
     
  6. DerSchniffles

    DerSchniffles Ancient Guru

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    Yeah I have a cat and the dust is alot worse (well i get dust and cat hair). I have to clean out the front of my case every 3 days or so. I open it up and blow the whole thing out once a month.

    And yes, ive had problems when i havent cleaned out my case in 3 months and it starts getting too hot. Especially since I overclock so it seems to happen faster than someone who dosent. But i would get the same as you; BSOD'S, IRQ not less or equal, restarts, and all that good jazz.


    edit: one that that i do that helps is put your pc on a box or stand or something so its off the floor. it will suck in less crap
     
  7. Mineria

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    Remember that blowing dust out can result with dust getting in where you connect stuff.
    So vacuum cleaning might be needed if dust got into the connections.
    I use both a homebuild pancake compressor and a vacuum cleaner, but not getting much dust into the PC, since it has dust filters.

    Remember always to ground yourself and the equipment you use for cleaning together with the PC (case), so you got the same static electricity level.
     
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    Yup, a friend of mine just lost a mobo because of dust, prob due to overheating and what you've mentioned.
     
  9. Atlas

    Atlas Maha Guru

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    Let's take a big money making company, like a bank or something. You really think they clean out the pc every month? Hell no, try never.

    So where is the advice coming from to clean out the pc every month? Actually, if you do it wrong, vacuum it for instance, you can break the parts because of static.

    I do admit it makes for a cleaner looking case, but it's not really lifesaving.
     
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    Intake Filters are your best bet imho.
     

  11. IPlayNaked

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    They also don't have i7s running at 4+ Ghz and high performance video cards overclocked to the max.

    Mine needs to be cleaned. If I don't, and the radiator is allowed to clog with that much dust, temps will be drastically affected.

    Like I said earlier, there's no hard and fast rule. You clean according to the need. Some people may get away with once a year. Some need it more often. Just as there's no reason someone should say that you should definitely clean once per month, there's no reason to say you definitely shouldn't.

    If enough dust is on it, and the temps get high enough, then yes, it can affect the longevity of the card or component. I'm sure we've all seen some nasty CPU fans, I know I've seen people with components running at 80C+ because of the dust and gunk in there.
     
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  12. maleficarus™

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    Dust slows down the PRM of any fan. Use common sense to this problem. Dust will kill your PC dead by slowing the fans, killing air flow and eventually over heating your electronics! If you look at your fans and they are caked full of dust it is safe to say they have not been doing close to there RPM's.

    If your fan says it is rotating 2500 RPM and it is covered with debris, it is a safe bet it is not rotating 2500RPM. LOL

    Think of a plane. Would a plan fly safely if there intakes were blocked?
     
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    I have the Antec 1200 case. I have to clean my filters every 2 to 3 weeks. Have no carpeting in the computer room and a hepa filter, but with 2 cats and a dog I have no choice. I could just imagine how it would be inside with no filters. I don't really get much in the case so I just do a general blowing out of the insides. I use a small coleman air pump to clean out the inside.
     
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    When you're on the bleeding edge overclocking your pc you're right actually. Ignore my previous post.
     
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    I took my carpet out and varnished my floorboards. No carpet ftw!

    It does help a lot.
     

  16. Anfield82

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    Well said. Fly a plane into an ash cloud lol.
     
  17. kanej2007

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    Yeah, I will get some this weekend.
     
  18. djjonastybe

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    Dust can kill humans but not a pc, unless the dust blocks air vents or something, your computer will heat up and boom. :)

    There are worse things to worry about. I have seen computers live for 10 years or longer and never cleaned from the inside.

    I am talking about a 2.2 ghz single core with 512 Mb DDR1 and ATI Radeon 9200 from 2003 or something now lol.
     
  19. Mineria

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    They got dust free server rooms, air condition and filters.
    The air conditions get maintenance once a year, since that is where most of the dust is filtered anyway.

    Workstations get only cleaned when trouble starts.


    You can easy find PC's that start to behave unstable and keep freezing up, cause of dust blocking the airflow.
    Airflow can be blocked in several parts of a PC like ventilation slots, obstructed fans and cooling fins.
    And naturally a reduced airflow leads to more heat, in extreme cases it will result in an overheat issue, modern motherboards/cpu's will regulate the speed down and even shut down to prevent damage.
    If you are overclocking on top of that you probably got every temperature regulation turned off in your motherboards BIOS, which makes it easy for large amounts of dust to kill your PC.
     
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  20. dirthurts

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    I can guarantee you this, a computer has never failed due to being too clean.
    Most dust in the home is actually human skin(so I'm told, probably cat hair in my home). Human skin conducts.
    Intake filters are a great great idea. I use them myself. The help a lot. But you have to clean them too.
     

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