How often do you dust out your computer?

Discussion in 'polls' started by luciddream, Jun 24, 2012.

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How often do you dust out your computer?

  1. Every month (or more often)

    15 vote(s)
    11.4%
  2. Every few (up to 6) months

    55 vote(s)
    41.7%
  3. 7-12 months

    22 vote(s)
    16.7%
  4. A Year+

    11 vote(s)
    8.3%
  5. Every other/few years

    17 vote(s)
    12.9%
  6. NEVAR!

    12 vote(s)
    9.1%
  1. luciddream

    luciddream Registered Member

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    Ya know... get that can of compressed air out and give 'er a good hose down. How often? Also (if you want) give the specifics of your ritual, if any.

    This came to mind because just a few days ago I noticed my fan running faster/louder than usual. I'd been neglecting to do this for quite some time, where I used to be very good with it in this regard (twice a year). I opened 'er up and beheld a TON of dust... the worst it's ever been. I personally blow as much out as I can with my own lungs first, and then save the can o' air for the finer detail. I take out all the drives, cords, cards (i.e. memory, PCI) too.

    Now she's running nice and quiet again. That was the first time I actually heard my fan work harder/faster, because it was over-heating I reckon. By the looks of how much dust was caked all over the fans & power supply, it was understandable.
     
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  2. Page42

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    Every 1-3 months. I am trying to do it more often.
    Having a pet can add to the volume of debris that builds up inside the case, that's for sure.
    Recently, while in the process of moving one box while setting up a new machine, I took the opportunity to carry the PC outside to blow it out. (Sometimes it's fun for the computer to go for a walk.) :D
    If I don't take the box outdoors, I have begun the practice of keeping the vacuum cleaner hose running and near the fan opening while I blow out the dust, so that it collects most of the cloud. That helps.
     
  3. The Hammer

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    Keep it on a leash.;) :D
     
  4. tgell

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    For me, 7-12 months is good enough for me. But I try for every 6 months.

    Just remember to hold the fans with a stick before you blow them off, especially the CPU fan. If you spin them up with compressed air, they will produce a current that may feed back, causing problems.
     
  5. STONEMAN

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    My main day to day PC probably gets a good clean maybe every 6 to 8 months,
    I should do it more often though!
    My other 2 PCs which I barely use haven't needed a clean as of yet,they both have good fan filters as-well which my main PC doesn't,maybe time to invest in some :eek:
     
  6. Tsast42

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    Whenever it turns itself off from overheating! My ritual? I take a deep breath and blow :D
     
  7. tomazyk

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    2 to 3 times a year.
     
  8. Spiral123

    Spiral123 Registered Member

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    oops i voted incorrectly, I meant to vote for "Every few (up to 6) months"
     
  9. Tyrizian

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    Every 6 months
     
  10. Tomwa

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    I bought a package of 12 cans of compressed air of from Costco, I dust out my PC every couple of weeks otherwise my fans get blocked up with dog hair and dust.
     
  11. noone_particular

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    Big time. My cats figured out that the computer case is warm spot to take a nap, especially in the winter. I get the hair off of the intake grills every couple of weeks. Every few months I blow out the cases. About once a year they get a more thorough cleaning.
     
  12. safeguy

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    Laptop user here. Apart from simple keyboard cleaning and wiping the screen, I've never bothered to dust out my comp.
     
  13. SweX

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    I got my PC on the desk and not on the floor as some do. But I suspect that those that have the PC on the floor tend to clean more often.
     
  14. TairikuOkami

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    Indeed, that is one of reasons, why I replaced PC with laptop, I just could not keep up with the dust, my room gets too dusty about once a week. :rolleyes:
     
  15. Yakuman

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    Started my routine of every 6 months. That's enough for some dust to accumulate in my laptop's heatsink / side vent. I use this electric duster to save money over compressed air cans.

    In my experience it doesn't matter whether the PC is placed on the floor or desk - same amount of dust. It depends on whether your PC is set up with positive / neutural / negative air pressure, with the latter being more prone to a dusty case.
     
  16. xxJackxx

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    Every few months, when it gets dirty. I keep mine on the desk so there is not a lot of dust. Putting on the floor turns it into a dust collection machine.
     
  17. Noob

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    Only when i notice it's getting high temps.
    My main desktop got it's first dust cleaning after almost 5 years of use, after i cleaned it (Did not apply new thermal paste because i didn't have it on hand) and after i turned it on, i got almost 10C° less on the CPU with OLD paste. :eek: :eek:
     
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  18. Ocky

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    About every 4/5 months. The Lian Li case is the best Iv'e had as regards dust. Unfortunately it is vey humid here which makes the task a grind i.e. difficult to dislodge dust even with compressed air.
     
  19. woomera

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    now that i have a laptop i dont but back when i was on PC every few month but i need to remind you im in a very dusty country ;)
     
  20. Tsast42

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    You would think it would be standard for computer cases to block dust from getting into the machinery somehow.
     
  21. Noob

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    My computer case does not even have the side panel on. :D
     
  22. Ashanta

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    with a laptop, is hard to clean. :(
     
  23. Noob

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    I wouldn't even recommend cleaning a laptop if someone does knows what they are doing. :rolleyes:
     
  24. elapsed

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    7-12 months and it gets a proper clean with compressed air.

    However the external grills collect dust quite fast so every time I vacuum I usually swipe the hose across the grill.
     
  25. farmerlee

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    Depends on the time of year for me. I dont worry about it in the winter but in the summertime with my fans and aircon going it tends to blow a lot of dust inside which ends up in my computer.
     
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