ITX Host Upgrade + Dust Cleaning Record

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Continuing from the previous article, 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 anime series. The memory usage with 16GB of RAM was around 50%-60%. However, when I wanted to play games or do co-op gaming, I found that the memory and cooling were at risk. The previous build did not include additional fans, so taking advantage of my birthday, I asked hxd to buy me some memory and a fan. After disassembling it, I found dust everywhere, so I decided to document the process. With some simple tools at hand, you can also perform dust cleaning.

Dusty air cooler

Poor fan

Considering that the motherboard only has 2 4-pin and 2 3-pin fan connectors, and after a simple search, I found that most fans on the market are 4-pin. Since one is already occupied by the CPU air cooler, I can only add one more fan. (Actually, it's because I'm too lazy to look for a 3-pin fan ヽ (*≧ω≦)ノ)


  1. Tool preparation

From left to right: wet wipes, disassembly screwdriver toolkit, 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.

Weapon arsenal display

  1. Remove the fan, same as the second picture in the Issue 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 building the PC, and for 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 onto the motherboard.

Tissue paper

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

After brushing off the dust, use a wet wipe for a spa treatment. 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 case manual. I installed it at the back of the case and tightened the screws outward. OK.

  1. Results display


Successfully lit up!

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The memory is overclocked to 3600Mhz

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