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How often to you clean out your PC

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by ALLI, 5 Mar 2006.

  1. ALLI

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 9 Jun 2004

    Posts: 1,712

    Location: Lovely Wolver-ampton!

    of dust and grime?

    i used to do mine a lot but dont bother anymore. any clean-a-holics here? own up!
  2. Ren.182


    Joined: 2 Mar 2006

    Posts: 754

    Location: Birmingham, England

    I planned to clean my very regulary... but so far the inside of my computer is really pretty clean, and i've had it for 7 months I think. I get a lot of dust on the intake and around any gaps, but thats easy to clean.
  3. semi-pro waster

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 27 Sep 2004

    Posts: 25,829

    Location: Glasgow

    Barely ever is the honest answer, occasionally if I notice high temperatures or am pretty bored then I might take a look and see but if it works then I'll normally leave it alone.
  4. strudey


    Joined: 4 Mar 2006

    Posts: 935

    Location: Macclesfield

    My old PC is terrible for dust.. I tend to just leave it. Is there any safe way of getting dust off the motherboard + components?
  5. techmonkey


    Joined: 9 Sep 2005

    Posts: 336

    Location: Stoke on Trent

    I tend to clean mine roughly every 2 months or so. The only places that every need cleaning are the fans. I must get round to ordering some dust filters from ebay. :rolleyes:
  6. Nazbit


    Joined: 11 Dec 2004

    Posts: 3,870

    A lot less than I should.

    The outside of the case gets a dust whenever the rest of the room gets tidied. But It only really gets clean when I am already taking the side pannel off for an upgrade and I decide to do it then.

    Im looking at it now and it looks in some need of attention, but Im installing water cooling next week so I will clean it all up then.
  7. quadboi


    Joined: 28 Feb 2006

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  8. CurlyWhirly

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 24 May 2003

    Posts: 1,429

    Location: UK

    I usually clean mine every few months which isn't really often enough but it's better than not doing it at all.

    I use a mini vacuum cleaner that runs off 4xAA batteries (complete with dust bag) and it really works!
  9. Trifid


    Joined: 18 Feb 2006

    Posts: 8,454

    When I go into my PC. I just cleaned it the other day, the radiator was the worst, I ended up blowing it through. I clean the whole of the front every 2 weeks as it is a huge dust filter.
  10. basmic


    Joined: 10 Apr 2004

    Posts: 13,144

    Location: Darlington, County Durham

    Once every 5-6 months, usually does me fine.

    My side 12cm fan has a filter on, and so does the lower-front 8cm - but this just has a generic one on that you use for dust masks.
  11. Phil99


    Joined: 29 Oct 2004

    Posts: 10,900

    Occasionally I'll clean the dust out of the heatsink as that gets quite clogged up in a short space of time, but the rest of the PC doesn't get very dusty at all. Probably because I don't have any intake fans.
  12. Borden


    Joined: 14 Jul 2005

    Posts: 3,808

    Location: Derby

    Hardly ever because about a week after i clean it there will be more dust. What really annoys me is how clean the insides of my friends computer is because he doesn't have carpets in his room. He's never cleaned it before and it's nearly spotless :p
  13. Werewolf


    Joined: 17 Oct 2002

    Posts: 29,377

    Location: Panting like a fiend

    I tend to clean out computers (not just mine) whenever i'm working on them.

    In some cases that means they are kept pretty much spotless, in other cases it means that the machine gets thoroughly filthy between cleans (mine).

    This method isn't really fair on the PC's though, the best behaved ones are the dirtiest :p
  14. Etaqua


    Joined: 25 Nov 2005

    Posts: 478

    In the past two years, I've cleaned my computers once; I don't clean my mother's, sister's or my laptop though.

    One of them has never been cleaned (I've only had it for 4 months though. :p), and the other one was cleaned once when I took it apart and reassembled it.
  15. valerian

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    Joined: 8 Feb 2006

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    Location: Stafford

    cleaning of a pc is a very personal thing, e.g. if the other half does her thing with any regularity-no not that, i mean hoovering, then the frequency is less.
    since loads of dust on the heatsinks and fan blades has got to reduce their efficiency, then you know when it is time, easier to see this if you've got a see thru side panel
  16. Steedie

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 29 Jun 2004

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    Location: Oxfordshire

    once every 2 weeks :)

    if i spend alot of money on something, i like to take good care of it, and i also hate dust lol
  17. PinkFloyd


    Joined: 21 Sep 2005

    Posts: 14,300

    Location: Bradley Stoke, Bristol

    Since I havent got a side window and rarely go out to clean it, unless I have the panel off, then I'l quickly blow / pick the dust off of the heatsinks, the Zalmon 9500 is a dust attracter for sure.
    Once I have a window I will probably turn into a clean-a-holic
  18. Jez


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 32,673

    I clean them out a bit (as far as blow the dust away etc) every time i am working on them. In the case of my home pc thats well over a year then as i have lost interest :)
  19. RJC


    Joined: 29 May 2005

    Posts: 28,826

    Location: Kent

    Once a year I give my pc a good clean, did mine yesterday using my dads air compressor on a low setting, worked wonders amount of dust that blow out I was quite suprised.

    Every other month I give a quick wipe down.

  20. volt9291


    Joined: 2 Feb 2006

    Posts: 615

    what do you all use? Air to blow the dust out?