Weekend Open Forum: How often do you clean your computer?

By Shawn Knight
Feb 17, 2012
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  1. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,617   +494

    Before and after Lans, as well as any major hardware upgrades. On average if none of the previous take place I would say 2-3 months.

    Working at a computer sales/repair store I've seen some incredibly dirty systems, the ones that smell like ash trays are by far the worse. I find it hard not to laugh when someone asks me if that could be why their PSU stopped working, well the fan is seized and the rear exhaust is completely clogged with brown tar... I wounder. Makes me feel better about not smoking and fear for those who do.
  2. EXCellR8

    EXCellR8 The Conservative Posts: 1,835

    i vacuum out my vents once in awhile... my computer weighs like 80lbs so i usually don't lug it downstairs and outside to blow it out unless i have to do extensive work on it.
  3. nismo91

    nismo91 TS Evangelist Posts: 899   +15

    i think once every 3-4 mths, when i have term-breaks. few yrs back i used to dismantle every part and clean it thoroughly. after knowing the hazard of statics discharge, i just vacuum it these days.

    it doesnt cut it for my laptop, i have to open the maintenance cover and dismantle and brush the heatsink manually about twice a year. the vacuum couldn't reach the edges of the heatsink where it's not visible and dust are clogging there.
  4. Baronia

    Baronia TS Rookie

    I used to clean my PC once in couple of months!
  5. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 1,600   +411

    Almost weekly. I can't stand a dirty PC. My case has a side window to show off my hardware, so leaving it covered in dust is not an option.
  6. abe10tiger

    abe10tiger TechSpot Paladin Posts: 770   +10

    Well, I always clean it... externally that is. :D

    Internally? that's a different question :)
  7. Air compressor just in the next room so I take that and set it to 40PSI.
    Takes only about a min to clean, once a month.
  8. jarulezz

    jarulezz TS Enthusiast Posts: 42

    I look into my PC quite a couple of times, but I only clean it like every 6 - 12 months. And to be honest, my PSU looked just the same when I opened it :S
  9. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,533   +48

    I look after my PC like it's a family member.

    Around 4-6 month it gets a full strip down and clean....Just like old Grandad. :D

    Nah, seriously, 4-6 month.
  10. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,462   +1,760

    If Grandpa goes 4 to 6 months between cleanings. you might want to invest in a second hand pressure washer......:rolleyes: That'd probably shine 'em up real purty, even without cutting his clothes off...:haha:
  11. adamantell

    adamantell TS Rookie

    I clean my desk once a week keeping it junk free and dust free off my R. A. T. 7, G19, and glide 7.. hate dust and dirt my rig is watercooled so I need clean the dust out each 2-4weeks its in a lot :) filters I do aswell it only take 30m and I find small boost in proformace 1-2fps more all adds up :)

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