Is your CPU fan clean?

Discussion in 'Overclocking, Cooling & Modding' started by Trinity, Sep 11, 2005.

  1. Trinity

    Trinity Little Kiki Staff Member

    I just cleaned my cpu fan out. It looked clean,,, But I noticed my cpu was
    running warm. So I pulled the case out and removed the fan from the
    heatsink,,, OMG :shock: It was plugged!!! It was a ***** to clean (caked on man! No
    dust off here!)... q-tips and alcohol,,, then dust off.

    My cpu is back down to normal temp, 5 degrees difference! :)
    Last edited: Sep 11, 2005
  2. Bestia(ry)

    Bestia(ry) Mac'ster

    Switching systems about every 3 weeks (now back to the A64 again) .. :oops: :roll:
    So I never get a dirty/dusty HSF, even if I'd want to. :D ^^
  3. Papercut

    Papercut Newbie


    Dust filters = :thumb:
  4. Trinity

    Trinity Little Kiki Staff Member

    Wait 6 months... And I will show a pic. then... :lol: :roll:
  5. Chai

    Chai Administrator Staff Member

    :thumb: :haha:

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  6. AAY

    AAY ARP Reviewer

    Methinks you need an air filter in your place :D. I used to enjoy cleaning Pentium classics with the stock Intel heatsinks though...just unclip the fan and hold the processor + heatsink under some running water...heh...
  7. Trinity

    Trinity Little Kiki Staff Member


    Hahaha,,, Yeah! just like that!!! :oops: :wall: :lol:
  8. Chai

    Chai Administrator Staff Member

    What air filter... My case is opened... :D

    My case was so dirty, the PSU cables are covered with dust, even IDE cable! :haha: Everything is literally covered with dust!
    Last edited: Sep 12, 2005
  9. Majormaggot

    Majormaggot Newbie

    wow if u look close enuff u can see a layer of dust covering the copper. thats sum serious build up... now that i think of it my front intake looks pretty close to that!!!
  10. PsYkHoTiK

    PsYkHoTiK Admin nerd

    Whoah damn... Lvl 5 biohazard! :haha:

    I always clean my PC up all the time.... :p
  11. lklatmy

    lklatmy Newbie

    Will water ruin the processor :?:
  12. Bizarre

    Bizarre Newbie

    Fan filters are the best thing i ever got for my computer, i just let it build up then suck it off with the vacuum lol
  13. The_YongGrand

    The_YongGrand Just Started

    Several years ago, when I was using my K6-2 PC, I didn't know why my PC started giving exceptions and errors when doing nearly anything and kept on restarting like mad.

    So I stuck my ear on the CPU and listen. It was particularly silent. Where's the fan anyway?

    I opened up my case. I see the CPU fan is moving very slowly. Aha, that's the culprit. I blew it. No use. Dust as thick as an inch. All messed up into the heatsink-fan chamber.

    I took out the fan, get a dry paintbrush (or tissues), and brush it off. The dust is as thick as even 2-inch!! I continued until I finally managed to brush out a mangled heap of black-and-grey dust!! :shock:

    My goodness, then the whole comp started to work as usual. Whew... :D

    [Have I told you this story before anyway?? :D]
  14. Mike

    Mike Newbie

    pretty clean. i have 2 intake fans and 3 output fans with no filtres.

    more air going out than coming in = most of the dust blown outside of the case :thumb:
  15. Trinity

    Trinity Little Kiki Staff Member

    Yeah, My fan looked like Chai's picture.

    The thing is it's a pretty new fan. You all should remember when I put it on I posted pictures of that. And I have blasted it with dust off more than a few times. But I never thought to remove the fan. WOW, All the dust was just caked up right where the fan body "protected" the copper fins :lol: from my dust-off air blast's. :doh:

    What a mess! :snooty:

    But now that it's clean my VIA Hardware Monitor shows about 5 degrees cooler under full cpu load (105F). And my hsf rpm's have increased about 225 rpm. :)

    BTW, Here are some pictures of my hsf... When new. :lol:
    Last edited: Sep 12, 2005
  16. peaz

    peaz ARP Webmaster Staff Member

    Even my notebook cooler is so dusty... heatsink? Don't even want to think about it. once, my radiaotor built up a 5mm thick dust! :haha:
  17. Trinity

    Trinity Little Kiki Staff Member

    I was looking at those pictures in that link I posted and... :!:
    Gawww!!! :shock: :shock: :shock: :doh:

    I put my HSF back on in the WRONG direction!!! :doh: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :doh:

    Well I just changed it back. And now it's cooling even better. :)

    While I was in there again I took a couple of 'after cleaning' pictures.

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  18. zy

    zy Staff Member

    :p my friends PC .. while i was cleaning it :p

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  19. Trinity

    Trinity Little Kiki Staff Member

    Woah!!!! :shock: :roll:

    Mine was not quite the bad... :haha:

    That looks like cat fur. :think: Does your freind have a cat? :lol:
  20. Adrian Wong

    Adrian Wong Da Boss Staff Member

    Take a look at how dirty my cooler got! :mrgreen:

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