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    Lightbulb Keep It Clean!

    I just cleaned my PC, again and it caused me to talk about this, again & yes, I know it is, again, but, that is just OK.

    I do this periodically and on a regular basis... and everyone should. I feel it is good to mention this, again, as I believe many, if not too many people don't make it practice. Granted, depending on environment & placement some towers may accumulate dust & dirt more & quicker than others yet, they, still, all need it done on some sort of interval.... say, @ least, monthly.

    It is helps performance, longevity and, certainly, operating temps, especially, in regard to the CPU. It is wise to run Core Temp which, shows CPU core temperatures. IF a CPU doesn't get cooled well everything suffers. If it were to get hot enough to hit a certain threshold, the machine would, actually, shut down.

    So, have can of Dust Off in your possession. Shut down the machine, unplug the power cable from it & open it up. Blow the dust out including all vents, fans, fan openings, the GPU fan (if you have one) and the CPU heat sink under its fan.

    And by the way, don't blow towards the CPU. You think you are blowing crud away but, actually, you are blowing down into the heat sink (fins) & doing no good, @ all. Either remove the fan & wipe the fins off with a toothbrush OR remove the heat sink, hold it upside down & blow through the fins from the bottom towards to top.

    The reason I mention Core Temp is if one notices temps are seeming a bit high or seem to be getting higher... and there was dust & dirt on that heat sink, between it & the fan... after it is cleaned those temps will be noticeably lower.

    There are 3 things electronics (and definitely computers) don't like and they are water, dust & dirt and heat.

    People vacuum their carpets and dust their furniture on a consistent, repetitive basis. Just because a tower is closed & therefore what is inside is not visible it, still, collects dust & dirt. Don't forget (about) this or that it, too, needs this kind of attention. Do not neglect this.

    Cheers,
    Drew
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    Default Re: Keep It Clean!

    Thanks for the reminder....time to do mine.

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    Default Re: Keep It Clean!

    Yup. Also time to replace some fan filters.

    My tower has a fan installed at the bottom of the case which is very prone to sucking dust in. What I actually did was used the box of the CPU fan and covered the circular hole with a used laundry fabric softener and fasten it with a paper clip all around. Then I slipped it under the CPU case where the fan is located. I folded the edge of the box to keep it raised from the surface and allow air to flow in. Here's the pic and you will see that it's about time to replace the fabric softener sheet:

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    Here's the fan at the bottom of the CPU. I also can easily monitor my temps with the monitors I got off ebay. It's not very accurate but I know more or less that the actual temp is more or less 3C higher than what is displayed on the LCD panel. Good enough to warn me about my temps.

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