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Old 06-30-2010, 01:41 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Cleaned Fan/Heatsink

Well I've had this computer for 3 years in the same spot within an enclosed area.

I recently purchased parts for a new computer I'm building, but still awaiting for their arrival (which should be tomorrow!).

Well I tested my temperature yesterday and was in the mid-high 70C's range.
That was pretty high in my opinion and I noticed my computer kept locking up ever sense I accidently hit the fan yesterday when looking at the different parts...

Well I took out my fan, took me an hour to figure out how to.. and I simply wiped out all the dust. I was amazed at how much dust accumulated in there!

Well did a temp check now and I'm in the low 50's!

Suggest everyone doing this if you haven't done it on your computer!
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Old 06-30-2010, 01:49 PM   #2
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Removing dust from your hardware atleast once a month is a good idea!
As dust builds up fast in cases (especially tight cases)
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Old 06-30-2010, 01:56 PM   #3
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Unfortaunaltly to say most casual users never clean out there PC never mind knowing how to checking there temps.

50c is still a little high but a lot better than 70c
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Old 06-30-2010, 02:01 PM   #4
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Well I wouldn't have done anything if it wasn't for my computer kept locking up over past day o.O
So when I opened my case, looked at the fan, and saw how much dust was accumulated behind it and I was like wow, definitely got to clean this.

Took me a while to figure out how to actually take off the fan/heatsink not knowing to turn the 4 screws/twisty-thingies. But finally got it off, then popped off fan and just whipped the actual heatsink down. This was actually my first time ever taking apart something in my computer lol.

Even the fan is quiet now and is running so smoothly.

Definitely going to keep my hardware clean on this next build I'm working on.


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Old 06-30-2010, 02:23 PM   #5
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Well I wouldn't have done anything if it wasn't for my computer kept locking up over past day o.O
So when I opened my case, looked at the fan, and saw how much dust was accumulated behind it and I was like wow, definitely got to clean this.

Took me a while to figure out how to actually take off the fan/heatsink not knowing to turn the 4 screws/twisty-thingies. But finally got it off, then popped off fan and just whipped the actual heatsink down. This was actually my first time ever taking apart something in my computer lol.

Even the fan is quiet now and is running so smoothly.

Definitely going to keep my hardware clean on this next build I'm working on.

If you can get a case that is airtight around the seals and has fitters on it - helps get dust down - but you also have to becarefull of airflow slowing down = heat

You will still need to clean it but it helps
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Old 06-30-2010, 02:24 PM   #6
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just a quick question... did you reapply thermal paste or just strap the heatsink back down?

Strapping it back down without cleaning it all then applying fresh paste may result in a bad thermal transfer.
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Old 06-30-2010, 02:32 PM   #7
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Removing dust from your hardware atleast once a month is a good idea!
As dust builds up fast in cases (especially tight cases)
I normally clean out my case every 6months every month seems to be a bit much and unneeded IMO.

-NZXT tempest case
-2 front intake 120mm
-1 side intake 120mm
-2 top exhaust 140mm
-1 back radiator exhaust 120mm.

<45c idle *shrugs*
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Old 06-30-2010, 02:33 PM   #8
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just a quick question... did you reapply thermal paste or just strap the heatsink back down?

Strapping it back down without cleaning it all then applying fresh paste may result in a bad thermal transfer.
I just strapped the heasink back down.
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Old 06-30-2010, 02:49 PM   #9
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get some paste and clean and reapply the paste to the heatsink this should help your temp even more

or get a new one as ever 3 years i would say replace the fan just incase it goes http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835200057 this one is for a socket 775 intel cpu $10
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Old 06-30-2010, 02:54 PM   #10
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What type of paste do you suggest?
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Old 06-30-2010, 05:09 PM   #11
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any paste will do arctic silver is apparently one of the best but to be honest, any will do.

Personally i use Zalmans STG1 as its very easy to apply
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Old 06-30-2010, 05:26 PM   #12
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Any local stores carry it?
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Old 06-30-2010, 05:38 PM   #13
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i tend to order mine on-line... any good pc repair store will carry it so just go in and ask all of my local shops stock at least 3/4 brands of paste.
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Old 06-30-2010, 06:14 PM   #14
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Alright cool, one more question.
Would a newly order Processor have this in it's package since it comes with a default fan/heatsink?
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Old 06-30-2010, 06:18 PM   #15
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Alright cool, one more question.
Would a newly order Processor have this in it's package since it comes with a default fan/heatsink?
Yes, they come with thermal paste preapplied to the heatsink.
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