Hey anons, i was wondering how frequently should you clean your pcs to keep it in top shape without overdoing it.

Hey anons, i was wondering how frequently should you clean your pcs to keep it in top shape without overdoing it. I heard some who clean it once a month, others once every 6. I haven't cleaned mine in 20 months.

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  1. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Long as it runs I don't touch it.
    Pre built master race

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      if its not broken dont fix it

      So you open it only when it starts temp throttling?

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        What's temp throttling

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          nevermind then

  2. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Every year

  3. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    if its not broken dont fix it

  4. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Depends if you live in a dust bowl or at the top of a mountain. A visual inspection every couple months never hurts and clean it when the heatsinks start getting clogged.

  5. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Ur suppose to clean it??????

  6. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Two times a year.

  7. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    if its blocking airflow or you are changing critical components like cpu and RAM that can stop functioning properly from getting dust in the connections

  8. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    i built mine in Feb 2000, haven't cleaned it once. Maybe this weekend

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I don't believe it

  9. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I clean it when i can start hearing the fans or i notice shit running worse.

  10. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    As long as it works, I don't bother.

  11. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Keeping a PC higher on a desk as opposed to the floor greatly reduces dust buildup. An air purifier in your room is a good idea too.

  12. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >THE FRICKING SSD JUST WEDGED UP ON CABLES
    lmfao anon frick me sideways
    you don't need to clean it that often, depends on your house and how dusty it gets. i clean mine every month or two but only a relatively quick clean that only takes a few minutes. i clean my filters every 2-4 weeks or something.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      All of my SSD's are held in place with Blu-Tack and tape.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        just install it in the damn hdd enclosure anon for god sakes.
        or better yet, get a more modern case that have ssd mounts on the other side of the case because they're easy as frick

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I'm surprised it took so long before someone noticed the ssd

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        We noticed, its just not a big deal

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >THE FRICKING SSD JUST WEDGED UP ON CABLES
      all my SSDs are like that lmao

  13. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    If you have a glass sidepanel and rgb lighting, clean it whenever it starts to look dirty inside
    If you don't have a glass sidepanel, clean it whenever your temps start getting negatively impacted
    There's no point comparing "oh I clean it every month/6 months/year" because people have their computers in different positions in different environments
    But really, people are kinda nuts about dust and it's mostly a social thing like pretending you've never picked your nose, so everyone exaggerates their shock at the slightest amount of dust. In reality computer components are resilient and if the temps are fine, there's no real problem.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      the primary reason to clean is to keep it a small, fast job. it's less of a pain in the ass to clean every month or two for 5 mins or less than it is to have to actually remove your fans and shit once every year or two and clean for 45-60 minutes or more at once.
      keeping the job small and fast not only limits you in accidentally breaking some shit, but it stops it being a genuine chore that you cannot be fricked doing

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >it's less of a pain in the ass to clean every month or two for 5 mins or less than it is to have to actually remove your fans and shit once every year or two and clean for 45-60 minutes or more at once.
        5 minutes every month is 60 minutes a year. Just get picrelated and do it every 6 months instead, only takes a few minutes to blow everything out

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          I ain't buying that homosexual shit. I'm a real man, and real men use a 30 liters air compressor to deep clean their pcs

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          I ain't buying that homosexual shit. I'm a real man, and real men use a 30 liters air compressor to deep clean their pcs

          just blow it

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            My pc doesn't feel arousal

            • 3 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              every cpu is housing a soul

              • 3 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                I had to perform an exorcism on mine to make it compatible with the latest AAA games.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >only takes a few minutes to blow everything out
          that doesn't actually clean enough. sure i use compressed air myself sometimes, all that does is blow the dust around into the air, it looks clean, then 5 minutes later its settled again, especially if you turn it back on right afterwards all that dust in the air goes right back in through the fan intakes.
          you need to spray it, wait a few minutes, wipe it up off the case panels, the bottom, everywhere its went, then maybe even repeat that process if you aren't satisfied enough has been removed.
          i understand its the same amount over time, the point is 5 minutes is far less effort in one go than 60 minutes+ is.

          I'm surprised it took so long before someone noticed the ssd

          >the other ssd is installed fine to the side
          if he moves this pc around its going bouncing.
          looking at it again though reminded me that psus used to be installed at the top like that, thank frick i don't have to do that anymore.

          >THE FRICKING SSD JUST WEDGED UP ON CABLES
          all my SSDs are like that lmao

          please fix your damn ssds anon. at least tuck them down the gap at the other fricking side and sit them resting against the bottom surely

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            nah they are fine

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            It's an old asus pre-built from 2015. The only things i upgraded was the storage (from 1 tb hdd/ 250 gb ssd to 2x 1tb ssds ) when i installed the second ssd i didn't bother to tie and set everything nicely since i was going to replace it shortly. It has been 2 years since then.

  14. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    when it's dirty

  15. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I do it every 3 weeks.

  16. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Get a make-up brush to remove the dust, it's a God send
    Thanks mom

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >scratches your components and creats static

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        it's soft as frick and anti-static

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        it's soft as frick and anti-static

        The one I got looks basically like these they sell to vinyl gays
        https://www.ebay.com/itm/304926226113

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          that's a shaving brush
          audiophiles are moronic

  17. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    How am I supposed to clean the heat sink behind the fans? The dust is so caked up in there that air compression doesn't do jack shit. I'm finally cleaning my PC after what feels like 4 years.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      brush

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      You have to remove the heatsink from your motherboard

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        you have to remove it realistically if its that dirty.
        or at least remove the fans if its a decent kind of modern one where the fans are detachable from either side of the heatsink without removing the heatsink itself.

        [...]
        basically never to my knowledge. like i'd guess at least 3+ years minimum, probably more like 5.
        unless you can notice a difference in temperature thats causing problems compared to how it used to be that hasn't been solved by normal cleaning, i would pretty much never repaste.
        but dont necessarily take my word for it that's just how i do things

        AIIIIIEEEE dunno about that one, chiefs. The fans look undetachable from the sink itself. Thanks for the inputs though.

        brush

        This worked. I just copied this anon

        Get a make-up brush to remove the dust, it's a God send
        Thanks mom

        when I realized I still had unused camel hair paint brushes. Some brushing along with the air compression did the trick. Thanks!

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      you have to remove it realistically if its that dirty.
      or at least remove the fans if its a decent kind of modern one where the fans are detachable from either side of the heatsink without removing the heatsink itself.

      How often should I change the thermal paste on my cpu?

      basically never to my knowledge. like i'd guess at least 3+ years minimum, probably more like 5.
      unless you can notice a difference in temperature thats causing problems compared to how it used to be that hasn't been solved by normal cleaning, i would pretty much never repaste.
      but dont necessarily take my word for it that's just how i do things

  18. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    How often should I change the thermal paste on my cpu?

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      2 times a day
      after you wake up and before you go to bed

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I never changed it on my last 8 year old build and my temperatures were consistent the entire time

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Only if your having cpu temp problems after cleaning normally.

  19. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    make sure you used compressed air to recirculate the particulate matter into your lungs

  20. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Just dust it off every 3 months while its off. It ain't that hard.

    Just don't be a moron and put an expensive PC under your desk and be shocked when dust, carpet fibers and other shit that gets tracked gets inside your PC.

    My idiot parents gave me shit for years until finally I showed the difference between scenarios with their own PCs. Finally they shut up and then I didn't have to worry about them having to buy a new PC every 4 years when something shit the bed that wasn't Windows related.

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