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Old 30-Nov-2016, 09:43   #31
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And also; Why the fuck would you stripe a pair of SSDs? They're fast enough already, they're inherently less reliable than mechanical drives, and if you lose one, all your shit's gone.

Actually that might actually be slower if the controller shits itself.
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Old 30-Nov-2016, 17:42   #33
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You don't have any razer devices do you? I've just been notified of an update that fixes random crashes and lockups.
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High heat hurts a computer, a hairdryer isn't going to do that to a computer that is off and has cooled down. (Unless you regularly burn your scalp drying your hair).
Have you tried your mrs hairdryer? You might be surprised how hot your scalp gets if you keep it pointed at one place close up for even a short amount of time. Furthermore, your components generate heat in specific areas which are covered by heat dispersion materials based on where the source of the heat is. They are not designed to be heated up in all places where there is dust buildup. An easy example of where a hairdryer could very very easily exceed the normal thresholds for heat is on your system RAM.

To go back to hoovers - hoovering vents is fine as long as you prevent fans spinning while off. The effects of static doesn't travel very far too so you are fairly safe as long as you are careful to not actually touch components. You could also jury rig a ground from a metal hoover tube to the computer case. That said, for the faff involved in being safe, a can of compressed air is not much of an expense and will be significantly easier.

To go back to Minty - not sure how your rechargeable device works. If it is literally a reverse hoover it will suffer from the same static issues that a vacuum does because the static is built up from dust etc. in the air rubbing against the piping so reversing that flow will not prevent static build up.
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Old 30-Nov-2016, 18:58   #35
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Wait, you guys trying to say a hairdryer isn't safe?
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Old 30-Nov-2016, 19:51   #36
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Might be OK for a hairdryer with a cool mode. I wouldn't be sure on the static.
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And also; Why the fuck would you stripe a pair of SSDs? They're fast enough already, they're inherently less reliable than mechanical drives, and if you lose one, all your shit's gone.
Got two inexpensive SSDs on a flash deal so they were about the same price as one individual drive of the same capacity, but wanted more storage space so striped them. But yeah they are faster. Noticeably. Im always (Genuinely always) the first person loaded into multiplayer games for example.
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Have you tried your mrs hairdryer? You might be surprised how hot your scalp gets if you keep it pointed at one place close up for even a short amount of time. Furthermore, your components generate heat in specific areas which are covered by heat dispersion materials based on where the source of the heat is. They are not designed to be heated up in all places where there is dust buildup. An easy example of where a hairdryer could very very easily exceed the normal thresholds for heat is on your system RAM.

To go back to hoovers - hoovering vents is fine as long as you prevent fans spinning while off. The effects of static doesn't travel very far too so you are fairly safe as long as you are careful to not actually touch components. You could also jury rig a ground from a metal hoover tube to the computer case. That said, for the faff involved in being safe, a can of compressed air is not much of an expense and will be significantly easier.

To go back to Minty - not sure how your rechargeable device works. If it is literally a reverse hoover it will suffer from the same static issues that a vacuum does because the static is built up from dust etc. in the air rubbing against the piping so reversing that flow will not prevent static build up.
Fair enough, my answer was a little off the cuff. A quick google-fu says hair dryer air temp is 65-70deg. Most components are 'rated' at 80+. That's where cooling will keep temps, but if you leave it at that temperature long enough most of the PCB will be similar temp, so you'd have to rate the whole component.

10-15 deg is maybe not a great amount of headroom, but that would require you to keep your hair dryer on the same spot for a long time. So I still say you'd be fine.

Compressed air definitely the more effective option. Didn't know about the vacuum and hoovers thing.
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PSU replaced. A 15 minute stress test that caused the PC to crash yesterday has just completed without issue. Obviously I need to see the PCs performance over the next couple of days/weeks/months but so far so promising. Cheers to everyone that helped
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Was still happening. Ive forced a BIOS downgrade as some people have complained about the particular version that Im using. Gonna try that for a few weeks, but again, 24 hours in its looking good.
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What a fucking pain in the arse! Mine will occasionally not post. The reset button sorts it. CAn't be fucked to work out why until it really stops working. Will probably need a new mobo by then anwyay.
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This is literally one of the worst kinds of problems to diagnose. You get no error messages, no logs, no pattern to when it chooses to crash, etc. The only factor you can rule out really is the software, as it happens on different OS's.
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1 full day, zero crashes. Feeling fairly confident that this is fixed. It was a BIOS issue all along.
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1 week later, no crashes. Deffo BIOS issue. This is now resolved. Cheers to everyone that helped!
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No hairdryer required! And what a silly idea anyway.
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