I was just reminded by a spring cleaning article that it’s been quite a while since I checked under the hood of my PC. Enthusiasts know and love the process of getting air-flow-reducing dust bunnies out of their cases, but a lot of people out there (and perhaps some readers) may have never even tried it. It’s actually quite easy and you should give it a shot — I put together a video this afternoon just to show the basics.
It’s a bit long because I didn’t want to cut anything out — I wanted it to be clear that this whole process really only does take less than ten minutes and anyone can do it. All you need is a can of compressed air, which should be available at your local hardware store.
If you’re interested in getting a little more grungy, you can unplug everything, take out the hard drives and PCI cards, and give them a good going-over. A little oil on the bearings of your fans will also make everything run a little quieter. But the main thing is to just get the accumulation of dust and fuzz out of there.
I know, I know, it’s all pretty obvious to most of our readers, but hopefully it’ll make things a little easier for some.
Update: Commenters are noting various extra things to do or not do below – go check ’em out. My video is just a very basic look, so if you’re interested in doing a little more for your poor neglected PC, fire up the old Googletron and look around.