ITX Host Upgrade + Dust Cleaning Record

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Continuing from the previous text, I previously set up an ITX host (but with an M-aTX case hhh) and kept it running as a server at home for 24 hours. I mounted home media services, file services, and automatic tracking of TV series. The memory usage with 16GB of RAM is usually around 50%-60%. However, when I tried to play games or do multiplayer, I found that the memory and cooling were at risk. The previous installation plan did not include an additional fan, so I took the opportunity of my birthday to ask hxd to buy me some memory and a fan. After opening it up, I found dust everywhere, so I decided to document the process. You can also perform dust cleaning with simple tools that you have on hand.

Dusty air cooler

Poor fan

Considering that the motherboard only has 2 4-pin and 2 3-pin fan connectors, and after a simple understanding, I found that most fans on the market are 4-pin. Since one of the CPU air coolers already occupies one connector, I can only add one more fan. (Actually, it's because I'm too lazy to find a 3-pin connector ヽ (*≧ω≦)ノ)


  1. Tool preparation

From left to right: wet wipes, screwdriver toolkit for disassembling, flathead screwdriver, Phillips screwdriver, shaving razor for dust cleaning, fan screws (4)

The picture was taken after installation. Usually, the fan comes with 4 screws.

Display of tools

  1. Remove the fan, same as the second picture in the Problem section

Bend the wire clips on the left and right sides outward and remove them.

Poor fan

  1. Brush, wipe, and blow

Since I accidentally pulled out the USB 3.0 port on the motherboard when I was installing the computer, and I wanted stability, I didn't remove the motherboard. Instead, I placed two pieces of tissue paper under the CPU cooler fan to prevent dust from falling on the motherboard.

Tissue paper

The small brush is very powerful, I blew it vigorously!

After brushing off the dust, I used wet wipes for a final touch. Dust cleaning is complete!

  1. Upgrade the components


Align the memory with the memory slot, press down with both hands, and listen for two "click" sounds.

Install the fan according to the instructions provided with the case. I installed it at the back of the case and tightened the screws outward. OK.

  1. Display of results


Successfully lit up!

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The memory is overclocked to 3600Mhz

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