Case and CPU Temperatures in 1 Hour
-- By: GideonX
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With so many fans and components in your system, I'm
sure many of you have a good amount of fans and cooling products
within your box. These fans are great, but after a good amount
of time, things seem to slow down. The amount of air going in
and out of the case is diminishing. Temperatures in the case
are actually going up!
Common problem with some users (I can feel the flame
coming...) is that you don't have time to CLEAN your system!
That's right, slapping all those fans and huge heatsinks into your
box and leaving them there to do your evil cooling work will not cut
it. Over time, dust build-up can cause a real damper in your
Case in point, this guide has been brewing for quite
some time now. I have purposely let my system (P3 700 @
1.02GHz w/ Alpha p3125, Full Tower Antec KS188) collect dust and
hair over time to prove this point. After a grueling 3 months
of use, it was time to clean this bad boy out. Temperatures
have been hitting the high marks, since it is summer time, this is
definitely not something I want to continue happening.
Want to see something scary? This is the
result of continuous 24/7 use on my Alpha heatsink.
That's right, I'm a dirty little
person. I let my heatsink succumb to such disgusting depths of
cooling. No air is passing through that 'sink right now!
Hot air is being trapped and has no where to go. Heating up
the chip in the process. Something had to be done.
I finally un-hooked the power and
disconnected everything. The computer hasn't been turned off
for the past 3 months, so this is something new. Carried it
over to the living room, wide open space is needed, unless you plan
on enjoying the nice dust balls in your small enclosed room.
If you can, take it outside! Enjoy the sun and clean your
computer at the same time.
What we first did was take care of the
fans and grills on the outside. Namely the back, top and the
front intake and exhaust fans.
There we have it, our rear exhaust fans
(2 X Sunon 80mm) have taken a serious beating with the dust stick.
The grills have been coated with dust and grime! Our solution,
take it apart and clean it.
Take the grill and fan out and wipe
them down. Most of the dust should just come right off.
It may be easier if the towel was slightly damp, but that's up to
Our next step is the top exhaust fan.
Follow the same routine, unscrew it and wipe it down. A good
idea that I came up with, while your cleaning this, if you are stuck
inside the house, take your vacuum and have it on a low setting.
Have it suck next to the fan or grill while your cleaning it.
It picks up all the un-necessary dust that falls off the towel if
there are any.
That's the view from the 120mm front
intake. With such a huge hole in the front, a lot of dust and
hair can be sucked in. Fan filters do help, but they also
decrease the amount of air coming in. Do the same as the
others, unscrew it and have a blast with it using your towel.