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Old December 30, 2007, 06:04 PM
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i need to find an 80mm fan for my mother's case (old and dusty). I want to see if the cooling the case could be a solution for her comp crashing all the time. Might be some components prob, but 10$ is worth the try. So for you which fan is the best? i was thinking zalman zm-f1 or antec 80mm clear. The noise doesn,t really matter, i need something that can move the air in the old ECS case.
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Before buying a fan, you'd better make sure that the fans and heatsinks are clean of dust bunnies. That alone can make a computer crash since the heat transfer does not happen anymore. Clean all heatsinks completly; that should solve the issue.
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and how do you clean a very dusty computer?
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and how do you clean a very dusty computer?
compressed air and a vacuum if its super dirty.
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Old December 30, 2007, 07:23 PM
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the inside of the case is grey (dust covered) so Ill go for the vacuum.
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If you are going to use a vacuum, ensure the system is turned off and unplugged and make sure to ground yourself.

P.S. Don't use the brush the attachment, it could create ESD
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And once unplugged, press the Power button once to discharge the capacitors. I use a Q-Tip to dislodge the dust.
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Install a temperature monitoring program (Speedfan, Coretemp, etc) and see what kind of temperatures are happening. If they're nothing special, then it's probably not a heat issue.

But cleaning the case out never hurts.
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