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  • Mattwow 16 Jul 2012 21:43:34 43 posts
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    How often do you guys clean / dust out your gameing machines? What do you use or how do you keep your gaming pc running how it should? Any links to any software that is a must to have?

    I ask as this is my first gaming PC & id like to keep it in top notch order.

    Windows 7 - 64
    Intel Core I7-2600 CPU @ 3.40GHz
    8GB Ram
    ATI Radeon HD 6970

    Xbox Gamertag - Wolves since 86

  • UncleLou Moderator 16 Jul 2012 21:44:36 35,851 posts
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    Ccleaner

    Must have that allows you to get rid of all sorts of temporary files and whatnot and cleans your registry with two clicks. Also let's you check your autostart, uninstall things, etc. Been using it for years.
  • Mattwow 16 Jul 2012 21:45:52 43 posts
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    Already have CC cleaner installed mate, How often do you run it?

    Windows 7 - 64
    Intel Core I7-2600 CPU @ 3.40GHz
    8GB Ram
    ATI Radeon HD 6970

    Xbox Gamertag - Wolves since 86

  • Deleted user 16 July 2012 21:45:55
    you been in that pub again uncle?
  • UncleLou Moderator 16 Jul 2012 21:48:03 35,851 posts
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    @Mattwow
    Once a week I guess, on average.

    @Crispy
    Occasionally, but just for lunch, not in the evening. Why, you there right now? :p
  • caligari 16 Jul 2012 21:53:32 17,194 posts
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    I've got an Antec 900 case which is in desperate need of a cleaning out - the front fans are getting pretty clogged with dust/pubes.

    The only problem is that I don't trust myself with such a simple task - the last time I opened up this PC, I managed to break the motherboard. :/
  • Deleted user 16 July 2012 21:53:37
    Nah, I'm drunk enough though! :D
  • caligari 16 Jul 2012 21:57:52 17,194 posts
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    As for software, I've picked up a few nifty programs that were recommended in a similar thread started by Dirtbox.

    Super Antispyware

    Malwarebytes

    Microsoft Security Essentials (yes, I know that's an obvious one, but there are people out there still paying for inferior programs)

    CCleaner (as already recommended by Lou)

    Edited by caligari at 21:58:28 16-07-2012
  • oceanmotion 16 Jul 2012 21:57:53 16,126 posts
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    I wouldn't bother with the registry, It's a myth that it slows down anything. Leave it alone.

    Ccleaner will be just fine for junk, temp stuff.

    Revo uninstaller is handy for installing and uninstalling stuff, keeps it clean.
  • Deleted user 16 July 2012 22:09:21
    Yup, hoover for the win. Although having a half decent case with removable grills makes life much easier.
  • caligari 16 Jul 2012 22:18:40 17,194 posts
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    Could I just stick the hoover on the front of my Antec 900 to clear the fans, or would I end up sucking out half of the components with it?

    Hmm...decisions, decisions.
  • neilka 16 Jul 2012 22:22:52 16,527 posts
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    CrispyXUK wrote:
    Yup, hoover for the win. Although having a half decent case with removable grills makes life much easier.

    BAAANG!!!!! EXPLOTION!!!!!

  • Sharzam 16 Jul 2012 22:24:39 3,362 posts
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    @caligari

    I have to ask, how did you bork a motherboard by opening the case ? My favorite oops moment is when fiddling years ago (when PSU used to have voltage switchs) i ended up setting my PC on fire as it got 130 extra watts.

    Known as 'Sharzam' in 98.5% of games

  • caligari 16 Jul 2012 22:31:42 17,194 posts
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    @Sharzam - Hah, oh dear - did the voltage trick on my girlfriend's family computer a few years ago. There was no picture on the monitor, so I decided to fiddle with cables etc. I flicked the little red switch, only for a fireball to come out of the back of the machine along with a massive 'bang' - shutting off the power in the house in the process.

    As for my PC, it returned from a repair and still wasn't working. The repair guy told me to open the case and reseat the memory - I did this, but obviously pushed too hard when reinserting the sticks (maaatron) - the motherboard flexed and I just could not everything back in place.

    They kindly repaired it for me...again...but it came back with a new motherboard etc, so I assumed that I'd contributed to the death of the old one.

    Edited by caligari at 22:33:21 16-07-2012
  • Deleted user 16 July 2012 22:42:15
    Not very good with electronics I take it?
  • FutileResistor 16 Jul 2012 23:00:45 1,238 posts
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    Vacumn cleaner with brush attachment every 6 months or so.

    Sandboxie is a must after cross site scripting and sql injection became the major vectors for malware/spyware and trojans. The only time I've been hit by anything was through a cross-site scripting attack. You can't really protect your PC on the internet except by using a sandbox.

    I've never had a hit from spyware/malware/virus since I installed sandboxie about 3 years ago.

    Edited by FutileResistor at 23:19:46 16-07-2012
  • FutileResistor 16 Jul 2012 23:05:57 1,238 posts
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    Ninite for new PC installs.
    Steam Mover for moving your steam games.
    Gamesave manager for backing up gamesaves.
    Keepass - Password/serial key manager
  • Gartt 16 Jul 2012 23:09:44 1,849 posts
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    Definitely keep on top of dusting, its a chore but an essential one.

    I was wondering why my machine was running so loud under any kind of strain, opening up the case revealed pretty much every case fan to be clogged with dust, same with the vents, so airflow was pretty much non existent. Just laziness on my part really.
  • Mattwow 17 Jul 2012 21:32:42 43 posts
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    Thanks guys, Most things posted i already do.

    Windows 7 - 64
    Intel Core I7-2600 CPU @ 3.40GHz
    8GB Ram
    ATI Radeon HD 6970

    Xbox Gamertag - Wolves since 86

  • Dirtbox 17 Jul 2012 22:24:14 79,199 posts
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    Most dependent on your situation post ever.

    Is it dusty?

    yes > hoover

    no > don't hoover

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  • caligari 17 Jul 2012 22:29:57 17,194 posts
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    So I just take the side off the case, stick the hoover nozzle in (the PC), and go crazy?

    Okay, wish me luck.
  • Dirtbox 18 Jul 2012 03:02:32 79,199 posts
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    Nozzle? I just lay the case flat and shove the dyson in on the deep shag setting.

    Edited by Dirtbox at 03:04:04 18-07-2012

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  • caligari 19 Jul 2012 15:03:47 17,194 posts
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    Soluto seems like quite a cute little program, and is good for people who have trouble maintaining their laptops/PCs.

    Also, not exactly 'maintenance', but I love Prey. I had fun setting my PC's status to 'stolen' when it was away being repaired - I could see what they were doing to my poor baby.

    Edited by caligari at 15:06:01 19-07-2012
  • Fallen_Angel 19 Jul 2012 15:19:10 89 posts
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    @caligari God, the Antec 900 is an absolute arse to clean. Its a hoover itself and when I had one it was such a tight fit once you'd cabled it up inside (without cable runs going behind the mobo) cleaning it was a nightmare.

    Picked up a HAF 912 last year and thanks to the dust filters and cable runs meaning the main body of the case is pretty empty, there was next to nothing inside it, just needed a yellow dust cloth running across the bottom of the case and a q-tip to clean the fans. Components were untouched.
  • Grump 19 Jul 2012 16:55:34 1,180 posts
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    Use a hairdryer instead of a hoover.

    It's much more effective to blow rather than suck the dust out.

    However, try to do it outdoors if possible...I learnt this the hard way....
  • Buztafen 19 Jul 2012 16:59:03 16,531 posts
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    Wont a hair dryer melt...stuff?

    Edited by Buztafen at 16:59:14 19-07-2012
  • Grump 19 Jul 2012 17:05:06 1,180 posts
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    Stick it on the cool setting
  • orpheus 19 Jul 2012 17:05:38 1,011 posts
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    Not to mention the static electricity generated by the hoover stands a fair chance of being transferred to (and potentially damaging) the components if you happen to touch anything while you're using it, unless you're grounded.

    Using a hoover or anything that generates static to clean a PC is a terrible suggestion. Get a compressed air can from amazon or whatever for a couple of quid and blow the dust out with that. And like Grump says, do it somewhere you can clean up easily!

    Edited by orpheus at 22:59:09 20-07-2012
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