Ok. Here are some tips that you can use to help keep your computers insideds clean, keep it cool, prolong its life, and keep all the outter add ons nice and shiny. 1) Once a week: clean your keyboard and mouse. -Wiped the keyboard and mouse off with a damp towel or rag and wipe dry. Also use a can of compressed air to blow out dust and crumbs and anything that might get underneath the keys. 2) Once a week: wipe your monitor down with a microfiber or soft cloth -If you still use a CRT monitor make sure you wipe off the air vents to collect any dust that has settled there. 3) Once a month: Clear the Fans -Once a month with the PC off, take a q-tip and clean the fan blades on your CPU heatsink, PSU, GPU, and any others. Don't use a can of compressed air on the fans. This will only force the dust deeper in to the fan which could cuase some damage 4) Once a year: Air it out -This is wher u should use a can of compressed air. You should unplug your PC, take it to your garage or some area where you won't mind any dust getting blown around, open the case, and then use a can of compressed air to blow the dust outta the case. Don't use any kind of vacume on your computer. 5) Just Once: Make it neat -If you have the skills and know what goes where and if you have the old fassioned IDE cables you should look for more round cables since they provide better airflow. Also, you should zip tie any loose cables into bigger clusters. If you follow these steps this should make your computer run cooler and and stay clean year round.
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And it's probably a good idea to do step #4 more than once a year.
Good advice. Agree that most cases do need spraying with compressed air at least every few months if you want to maintain optimal airflow - especially if your base unit is in an enclosed space or is sitting on the floor. Environments like that attract dust like you wouldn't believe.
I didnt get it from the net. Simple tips i have gotten from my fellow gamers.
I didn't make it!
good idea/tips. My computer could defeinetly use a good cleaning out.
GateCrusher420;3674480I didnt get it from the net. Simple tips i have gotten from my fellow gamers.
Sorry, I didn't mean to be such a jerk.
Nah its cool. Usually when I get something off of the net Ill cite the sources from which I got the stuff from.
Just out of curiosity, what steps can i take to keep from frying my system. last time i cleaned mine out i ended up frying my motherboard and spending $200 to buy a new one and get microcenter to tell me what was wrong. Any tips?
Don't touch it; use compressed air.
Col. Kenny;3681109Just out of curiosity, what steps can i take to keep from frying my system. last time i cleaned mine out i ended up frying my motherboard and spending $200 to buy a new one and get microcenter to tell me what was wrong. Any tips?
What did you do to fry it?