Yesterday I was browsing around lookin at some ram since I was thinking about upgrading. The next morning, I opened my pc case to check somethin out, and then I saw it....
Dust.....everywhere, and lots of it - especially on both of my harddrives....this made me cringe the most. The part that really shocked me was that it hadn't been too long since I opened the case before. Then again, it was a few small months and I've had all my windows open along with the ceiling fan on often lately because of the horrible Cali heat. I was still surprised though.
I wasn't very excited to clean it. After opening the case and taking out a few parts such as the gpu, I figured since I was this far, might as well go all the way and clean it good, so I spent a pretty long time today using compressed air/etc to clean as much as I could.
The insides look slightly newish again, but I know it'll only last for so long. So my question: is there anything I can do about it besides just wait for the dust to buildup and clean again? This is the case I'm using:
So far I've disconnected the fan on the frontside, which is right next to both of the hdd's - they had alot of dust on them that would've eventually got worse. If I remember right, the ports for the disk drives came with some soft air filter things to be used in empty slots. I probably threw those away somehwere, but replaced them with folded printer paper which fit perfectly.
Was it a good idea to disconnect the front fan? Do the hdd's need it? To compensate, I was gonna place a 80mm fan on the side of the case, replacing the funnel that's already attached there. If the hdd's really don't need that front 80mm fan, I'll just move it to the side lid.
I think another reason the dust built up so fast is because I still don't have a proper I/O plate for this case. The mobo came from a Dell Inspiron 530s (slim case) and I could remove the mesh from it's case, which I had to tape on with still a gap open (as it wasn't big enough to fill in the space). I taped that gap today, but looks even more horrible and ghetto now, which doesn't bother me too much I guess.
Is this dust buildup inevitable or is there at least a few other ways to slow it down? I have no why idea why but seeing dust gather on my electronics bothers me abit....probably cause I know it'll only get worse overtime. I've been cleaning me room abit more than usual in the past weeks.
Any help would be appreciated!
If needed I could probably take a few pics of the insides.
There are few things you can do to stop the dust. The easiest is to buy some dust filter material and cut it to go between the fans and the case. The most common and sometimes cheapest method is to buy vacum clear dust filters and again cut them down to the correct size.
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I didn't make it!
Dust is far better than heat. If anything, get more cooling, not less.
The other option is just to get an air duster and give the PC the good news every couple of months. It doesn't stop the dust building up, but it stop it getting to a point where it'll cause things to overheat or catch fire.
Yes, take pics to show off your nastiness! I must see it!
I clean mine every couple of months with a new small paint brush and a hand held vac. Compressed air is good but I actually enjoy stripping it down and giving a good clean.
Was it a good idea to disconnect the front fan? Do the hdd's need it?
No. That's going to cause more heat problems than the dust would.
Your best option is to get some dust filters to fit your fans. That's what i love about my Antec 300, it has a build in dust filter for both the intake fans, i just have to pop the front cover off, clean the filter, and its good as new.
+1 for filters. Vacuum cleaner bag filters work pretty well, or if you're desperate just use muslin or something. Especially if the dust is bad, you should also clean the dust from inside the fins of the heatsink; last time I cleaned, my TRUE had more dust inside it than the rest of the case put together, more even than the filters; since the 902 is open to the top, then whenever the computer isn't on dust has a tendency to drift in and get lodged in the HS.
Another idea would be to clean the room regularly.
Mr. Pedantic;5383958 Another idea would be to clean the room regularly.
That cracked me up :rofl:
You can make or buy premade dust filters for PC fans. I make mine out of black tent netting I buy locally, but they also sell it mail order. A 18"x54" piece (half yard) only costs $1.50. Mesh for Clothing, Bags, Screening and more! Mosquito Netting
I would also add another fan to the side panel of that case if you haven't. Looks like you could mount another 80mm on the vent with the shroud or a 120mm on the vent below it.
Ideally what you want in order to minimize dust while maintaining good airflow is a slight positive air pressure. That means slightly more intake flow than exhaust flow with the fans. Most cases have negative air pressure, which can cause dust to suck in through any opening that is not an exhaust vent, including small gaps. Stock your case is probably neg air pressure because it has one 80mm intake and one 120mm exhaust.
When you make your filters it's best to try and position them so they'll be easy to clean. Look closely at the mesh grills in front of your front intake fan. They might be made in such a way that you can lay a piece of thin material suitable for a filter in between the outer mesh and the bay cover frame.
I built a system in a case once that had plastic bay cover grills with steel mesh pieces snapped onto the front of them. It was fairly easy to cut pieces of tent netting and lay them in between the two pieces, then snap them back together. The person I built the PC for is physically disabled, it's easy for him to just wipe off the grills where the dust builds up.
Most PC fan filters you can buy fit right in front of the fan itself using the fan's mounting screws. They filter OK but you typically have to remove the front case panel every time you want to clean them. With some case panels that can be a chore and some are vulnerable to breakage even if they are easily removable.