Dust inside your CPU can be a huge problem if left unchecked. Often times, people worry about having the right software to keep malware out (Tips on how to get rid of malware) but seldom worry about their hardware collecting harmful dust.
Dust BuildupDust can quickly build up inside your CPU without you noticing it. Dust can accumulate inside your CPU if you live in a dusty area, like a place surrounded by factories, or if you have several pets inside your home.
Dust buildup in your CPU can cause:
These can all easily shorten the lifespan of your computer from years to months or even weeks. Dust does the “snowball effect” where more dirt traps even more dirt, and in a short time, you have lots of them inside your computer.
Causes of Dust Buildup in your CPU
There are many reasons why dust finds its way into your computer. Yourcomputer uses fans that suck in cool air into the case; however, not only is cool air drawn inside, but also dust particles.
Causes of such buildup are:
Getting Rid of Dust in your Computer
Getting rid of the dust inside your CPU is quite a simple task similar to you cleaning your room; however, utmost care must be done because you may either hurt yourself or damage your computer.
Before you start cleaning your CPU, make sure you disconnect it from your electrical outlet first. Also, disconnect all the cables attached to the CPU first to make the cleaning a lot easier. (For more tips on removing dust, read how to get rid of dust)
Cleaning your Dusty CPU
Cleaning your computer can be a easier if you have the right tools with you. Here are the things you will need:
Use the screw driver to open one side of your CPU. Usually, it has two to three screws at the side. After removing the screws, slide the panel open. You should see the interior of your CPU. If not, you have opened the wrong side. Return the panel and screw it back. Open the other side.
If you have a vacuum or canned air, point it to the dusty areas inside. Pay close attention to the fans and the heat sinks of your processor, video card, and the cooling system. Unused AGP, PCI, RAM, or any slots on your motherboard do collect a lot of dust to. Make sure you clean them too.
When using a brush, make sure that the one you will use has soft bristles so that it will not scratch the surface of your computer hardware.
If you know how to disconnect some of your computer hardware from the motherboard, do so. That will allow you to better rid the inside of dust, especially when there is already a lot of dust.
Here is what you should do:
If you still think that you need to remove other peripherals from your motherboard in order to clean it well, do so as long as you do it very carefully and you know how to remove them.
Preventing Dust in CPU
The best way to avoid getting too much dust in your computer is to place it in a less dusty area. It will also help if you sweep or vacuum the room or house everyday.
Also, make sure you inspect the inside of your computer every month to see if there is already a lot of dust.
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