I decided today that the PC was due a thorough dusting even though it was only a few months since I did the last dusting. Keeping your PC on carpet is a bad idea for precisely this reason.
In true blogging style, I’ve decided to share this occasion with all of you!
On first impressions, it’s not so bad. There was a 2mm layer of dust over the rear intake, but once that’s removed things don’t look so bad.
Well there’s certainly a build-up in some places but the intake filters are certainly doing their job! Most of the dust is on the horizontal surfaces rather than clinging to heatsinks and fans.
Well… I did say most of the dust! The rear ports have taken a real blasting from dust that has flown into CPU and been blasted out its heatsink…
There was also quite a bit of dust in corners and strangely, on my battery. God knows what it was doing there.
The front intake also takes a fair amount of dust and keeps it from getting near the harddisks. The HDs remain pretty clean and cool with this system.
The rear intake isn’t nearly as well filtered but it’s more important that there’s a good stream of air coming through it that the front intake.
All in all: a job well done. I’ve moved it off the floor now and I’m just seeing if I can stand the noise… If I can’t, I’ll probably look at getting the quietest 120mm fans known to man for the intakes. If that doesn’t work, I’ll have to look at passive cooling solutions for the CPU and graphics card.
How was your last dust?