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Computer Maintenance – Part 1 – Blowjob

Chef in Jeans January 8, 2014 Everything Else 2 Comments
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For most people computer maintenance is usually only done with virus scans and spyware removal, most dont realize that there’s physical maintenance that can and should be done to extend the life or your system.  The first and easiest step is simply to clean the dust out of your case and fans.

Dust can kill a computer by building up on the components, insulating them causing them to heat up faster, and cool less efficiently.  Dust also builds up on the fans causing them to run slower, less effeciently and potentially burn out entirely so they no longer run.  By spending three bucks on a can of compressed electronic cleaner and taking 15 minutes to clean the dust out of your case you can get your component temperature down and make your system run faster.

I noticed my own system running slowly and realized it had been many months since I had blown out my case and fans.

You need to start by turning the system off and unplugging all cables and removing the access panel on the side (usually held in by two thumb screws)  I placed mine on a clean white towel to show exactly how much dust can build up in the course of a few months.

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Here you can see how much dust is sitting inside the case, on the components and in the bottom.

received_m_mid_1389205366971_a9f1108a98714e8b79_1I started by pulling out the video card (which I’ll go over installing in the next part of this series)  You can see the dust built up on the fan blades

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You’ll want to spray the dust off the blades of the video card (if you have one) as well as the CPU fan (pictured below)  Work the tip of the straw deep inside of the fan after the blades have been cleaned off to blow any dust that’s sitting underneath the fan ontop of the components.

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Next you’ll want to look on the back of the case and clean the dust off of the fan over the Power Supply.  Again, clean the fan blades, then get as far inside as you can to blow the dust inside the component out.   If you can  get into the Power Supply from the other side, inside the case, and blow the dust out that way I recommend it.

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Turn the case over next as there’s usually an air exhaust on the bottom as well.  You’ll want to clean this out that way the airflow through the case is optimized, meaning that the fans you do have are able to move the warm air out of the as efficiently as possible.received_m_mid_1389205366971_a9f1108a98714e8b79_5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

received_m_mid_1389205384096_496cd4cdfc5bdcfa70_0After the fans have been cleaned, start blowing out the bottom of the case and the Motherboard and all other components.  After that I usually lat the tower on its open side and gently rock it back and forth, to get any built up dust to fall out.  You might have to do this a few times, going back in with the compressed air to continue to release more dust.

You  can see here how much dust was freed from the inside of the case.

received_m_mid_1389205384096_496cd4cdfc5bdcfa70_1This is incredibly easy maintenance that can drastically (in some cases) improve the speed and longevity of your computer, and is sadly overlooked by so many people who treat a failing computer as disposable, simply throwing it out and buying a new one.

After cleaning my rig out my idle temperature dropped by almost 20 degrees, which can make a huge difference in performance.

 

 

 

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2 Comments

  1. lynch January 8, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    Great article and reminder — I need to do this soon!

    If you do decide to remove parts, get an ESD strap, read the directions and wear it. A static discharge that you may not even feel can kill your expensive CPU or graphics card.

    I realize the towel was used for illustrative purposes, but a hard surface and/or use of an old ESD bag (like your motherboard came in) will reduce risks as well.

    • Chef in Jeans January 15, 2014 at 8:59 pm

      I’ve heard horror stories about guys nuking their systems with a static discharge, though despite taking no precautions its never happened to me *knock on wood* though I suppose that’s a lie, I do make a point to touch the metal off the case frequently to potentially discharge.

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