#1 Posted by turbomonkey138 (4950 posts) -

Hey GB my computer was overheating like crazy so decided to open her up ...i have seen some threads on Giantbomb  where people show the inside of their computers so i thought i would show you what mine looks like . 
 
I dunno if what i have is that great but here you go ...
 

My USB ports were not working also so i rang up my computer customer support from where i bought it from and they told me to take out the bottom usb ports and discconect the card reader at the front ...so i did and the usb ports started working :) 
 
haha i didnt realise how dusty the inside could get i almost had a astma attack opening this shit up ..
#2 Posted by kmdrkul (3476 posts) -

Undoubtedly the best computer I have ever seen.

#3 Posted by AndrewB (7571 posts) -

That's not too bad, considering. My computer has dust filters and everything still has good layer of dust on it maybe a month after last cleaning.

#4 Posted by iam3green (14390 posts) -

pretty nice. looks like it is an old computer.

#5 Posted by turbomonkey138 (4950 posts) -
@iam3green: its not that old though its only a year old haha .
 here are my specs
 
8190mb RAM 
2.83 GHz Quad core
N-vidia gtx 260
vista 64 bit
1TB hardrive
#6 Posted by SaturdayNightSpecials (2368 posts) -

That Intel heatsink/fan probably isn't doing you any favors.
 
Too bad it's such a chore to replace that shit.

#7 Posted by iam3green (14390 posts) -
@turbomonkey138: o lol. i thought it was old because of how simple the inside is compared to say my computer.    Pentium 4   3.4ghz, 2gigs, Nvidia 7900gt 512MB.  
 
isn't 8gigs to much RAM?
#8 Posted by turbomonkey138 (4950 posts) -
@iam3green: probably but i didn't build it myself you see . I got it made on a website
#9 Posted by timay (190 posts) -

That case is so clean. I see some disgusting thinks inside computer cases everyday.

#10 Posted by Gamer_152 (14067 posts) -

My family's computer got ridiculously dusty inside and at one point it actually affected it working so much we had to remove the side panel on the case and leave it in the garden to blow all the dust out.

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#11 Posted by Evilsbane (4591 posts) -
@iam3green: @turbomonkey138: 
 
I am running 12GB of DDR3, you can never have to much RAM lol.
#12 Posted by PenguinDust (12491 posts) -

Ha-ha, yeah some of us just had this conversation yesterday.  How Often Do You Clean Your PC?  I opened mine this past weekend and was surprised how much dust had accumulated since the last time I popped the side to install a new GPU.  I now plan to keep a closer eye on such things.  Once every couple of months I think in addition to keeping the fans and vents free.

#13 Posted by DavidPalmer (343 posts) -

I think every 6 months or so it's probably a good call to open it and take a vacuum to that thing to clear out the dust. I had a friend with some performance issues that I swear were due to overheating because there was so much dust inside the tower.

#14 Posted by Geno (6477 posts) -

Whoever made your computer did a terrible wiring job.

#15 Posted by Xeiphyer (5602 posts) -
Man those things get dusty.. I remember opening up mine recently.
#16 Posted by Binman88 (3685 posts) -
@DavidPalmer said:
" I think every 6 months or so it's probably a good call to open it and take a vacuum to that thing to clear out the dust. I had a friend with some performance issues that I swear were due to overheating because there was so much dust inside the tower. "
Vacuum cleaners generate a lot of static electricity. If the built up static discharges into one of your components you could irreparably damage it.
#17 Posted by Whisperkill (2969 posts) -

damn sexy

#18 Posted by cstrang (2381 posts) -
@Binman88 said:
" @DavidPalmer said:
" I think every 6 months or so it's probably a good call to open it and take a vacuum to that thing to clear out the dust. I had a friend with some performance issues that I swear were due to overheating because there was so much dust inside the tower. "
Vacuum cleaners generate a lot of static electricity. If the built up static discharges into one of your components you could irreparably damage it. "
Word.  Compressed air is your friend.
#19 Posted by Elston (58 posts) -

The most important thing might be to clean the dust off the case fan(s) so that air can flow freely thruout. it also helps to blow compressed air into the heatsink/fan and the GPU fan and of course give the whole thing a good blow-dusting. Honestly I only clean my computer when I notice it is running hotter than usual. Speedfan is good for monitoring that sort of thing: 
http://www.almico.com/sfdownload.php  

#20 Posted by turbomonkey138 (4950 posts) -
@Geno:  I bought it from a website ...sorry :(
#21 Posted by OutOfBounds9000 (2300 posts) -

 
Really,first time?
 
I did it like 6-7 times.

#22 Posted by turbomonkey138 (4950 posts) -
@OutOfBounds9000: Yea i never feel confident usually i dont know anything about the inside of computers at all ...i thought i would bake something :3
#23 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

I've tried opening mine up, but for some reason, it never wants to open up. I just want to love you, Compaq! Why do you have to be so cold?
 
My Compaq Computer said:

Well, your sense of irony does not help.
#24 Posted by Tireyo (6409 posts) -

Wicked.

#25 Posted by Meteora (5787 posts) -

Looks pretty clean to me.
 
I swear the first time I've ever opened my old computer in 4-5 years since buying it; was fucking dusty as hell. The ventilation for the PSU was pratically sealed off.

#26 Edited by Geno (6477 posts) -
@turbomonkey138 said:

" @Geno:  I bought it from a website ...sorry :( "

There's nothing wrong with getting it from a website, you just need to find good builders. For example, Digital Storm offers the best build quality in the biz, look how clean the wiring is on this beast (not my PC btw): 
 

Look how fucking clean it is. The PCIe power connectors are pretty much the only wiring there, and even then only out of necessity. It helps air flow, which in turn decreases dust buildup and overheating.
#27 Posted by blackbird415 (777 posts) -
@turbomonkey138:  your hard drive looks crooked
#28 Posted by Gizmo (5389 posts) -

I had to open my PC for the first time to RMA the GPU, removing it from the mobo was a pain in the arse, nearly tore the bloody thing off.

#29 Posted by damnboyadvance (4060 posts) -

I opened my old one up a few times to add another drive for it, cleaning, and some fixing up. I've had my new one for about a year now, and I have yet to open it up and see what's inside.

#30 Posted by RetroIce4 (4392 posts) -
@turbomonkey138 said:
" @iam3green: its not that old though its only a year old haha .  here are my specs  8190mb RAM  2.83 GHz Quad core N-vidia gtx 260 vista 64 bit 1TB hardrive "
Damn. Got enough RAM there? lol. I would show mine, but its a laptop.
#31 Posted by Black_Raven (1759 posts) -
@Geno said:
" @turbomonkey138 said:

" @Geno:  I bought it from a website ...sorry :( "

There's nothing wrong with getting it from a website, you just need to find good builders. For example, Digital Storm offers the best build quality in the biz, look how clean the wiring is on this beast (not my PC btw): 
 

Look how fucking clean it is. The PCIe power connectors are pretty much the only wiring there, and even then only out of necessity. It helps air flow, which in turn decreases dust buildup and overheating. "
Holy shit that's some good cable managment, are those corsair cases good?
#32 Posted by Von (328 posts) -

Since I'm at work at the moment, I can't take a snapshot of the inside of my home computer but anyways.. *this* is how mine looks like inside. Nice cable management, eh?

#33 Edited by Geno (6477 posts) -
@Black_Raven: It's not the case, it's the builders. Digital Storm is known for having the best build quality in the business; in that case what they did was take off the right-side panel and hide all of the wiring there, taking care to twist-tie it as well so it doesn't get messy. I'm not sure what case that is but the HAF 932 has the same capability. 
#34 Posted by SJSchmidt93 (4894 posts) -

My tower is always open. If I put the side on it gets too hot.

#35 Posted by Fbomb (1168 posts) -

I don't understand why people put LED lights in their computers. I find the power button light annoying enough. Not to mention, who's looking at your PC? Mine just gets hidden away under my desk so that all I have visible are my speakers, my keyboard, my two monitors, and my mouse. Even my laptop has its own hidden docking station so no one has to see it when in-use. I just don't understand the allure of "sexifying" a PC. Then again, I hate clutter, so anything unecessary has to go, or be well-hidden.

#36 Posted by Hamst3r (4481 posts) -
@Fbomb said:
" I don't understand why people put LED lights in their computers. I find the power button light annoying enough. Not to mention, who's looking at your PC? Mine just gets hidden away under my desk so that all I have visible are my speakers, my keyboard, my two monitors, and my mouse. Even my laptop has its own hidden docking station so no one has to see it when in-use. I just don't understand the allure of "sexifying" a PC. Then again, I hate clutter, so anything unecessary has to go, or be well-hidden. "
Some people like having their stuff on display, especially expensive stuff.
 
I'm not one of those people, so my computer is under the desk. :P
#37 Posted by artofwar420 (6283 posts) -

@turbomonkey138: Oh that case looks familiar, did you get it from Velocity? 

Reminds me I have to clean mine up.

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#38 Posted by SeriouslyNow (8534 posts) -
@Geno:  Those Corsair cases are just the Lian Li PC-P50 Armorsuit models rebadged.  Yes, they are great.  The BTX style design places the PSU on the bottom but unlike the older BTX standard the PSU's fan is placed downwards with the intake taking air from under the case via filter in the case floor.  This means that no PSU heated air is let into the case and also considerably lowers the potential that dust will flow over the motherboard.  Also those Lian Li cases have cable clamping slots at the bottom of the case just slightly ahead of the PSU so that you can make sure that the PSU cables are easily managed and redirected to the rear of the MOBO and drive compartments neatly.  The Corsar versions don't have this feature.
  
You can see the cable clamps just off the bottom right hand corner.
#39 Posted by GreggD (4487 posts) -

This reminds me, I've got to open up mine and give it a good cleaning.

#40 Edited by Geno (6477 posts) -
@SeriouslyNow: Ah yes, those are definitely good ones. Lian Li is arguably the best case manufacturer but I think they're also a little overpriced; the PC-P50 however is fairly good value for price, coming in at the same price as the Antec 1200 or HAF 932, all very good cases. 
#41 Edited by SeriouslyNow (8534 posts) -
@Geno:  Yeah, especially in Australia where all the cases that are really good seem overpriced against the UK and US values.  I love my Lian Li PC 58 still even though it's quite old, but I'm beginning to think its fan setup (2x10mm front and rear + 1x10mm top) is a little to noisy for my liking so I've been looking around for a new case and so far I'm torn between the HAF922 or Antec 902 as cases that fall within my budget.  If I could justify the extra 50-70 bucks I'd go with the Lian Li PC-P50 because out of all the cases I've owned none of them compare to Lian Li's build quality or ergonomic design.  My PC 58 still has more room than most modern and larger cases.
#42 Posted by JackiJinx (3089 posts) -

Frankly, I'm afraid to open my up, meaning that it's looong overdue for a cleaning. I just remember hearing this one story where customer service was carelessly instructing this one person to open up their PC and it caused the insides to completely crash down. That, and we're talking 5 years of accumulated dust here. That's gotta be potent stuff.