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arrow_runner
11-28-2008, 07:23 PM
Compressed air and thermal compound specifically. What do you guys use and where do you get it (in bulk,20-30 pcs each)?

Is anyone using an actual air compressor/refillable tank?

Jory
11-28-2008, 07:55 PM
I usually end up buying compressed air at Walmart. It's the same price or maybe a dollar more than what I'd pay on Newegg, and I usually need some quickly. I might end up getting from a local office supply store that's closer than Walmart, but it's a lot more expensive since they only have the tiny bottles and charge the same price as others get for the big ones.

A couple people here said they use air compressors, but apparently you need to have a thing that filters out the water on your line to avoid blowing moisture into the computer so it's kind of expensive. Others have talked about using leaf blower, shop vac on reverse, etc too.

For thermal compound I personally use Arctic Silver 5. If I'm ordering a CPU I'll typically pick up an extra tube of it. They seem to last forever, and the one time I actually tested it it dropped the temp 4 degrees at idle.

sonyw810
11-28-2008, 09:13 PM
Tessco.com (http://www.tessco.com/products/displayHierarchySkus.do?groupId=610&subgroupId=15&showFilterItems=true&eventGroup=4&eventPage=1)

They have alot of neat stuff, might be a little expensive not sure my old company always paid for everything so I wasn't worried :) The above link is to the air duster page


if you have an account you save money, setting up your account is free.

arrow_runner
11-29-2008, 12:40 AM
That just links to the search page. Do you have an item number for it?

14049752
11-29-2008, 02:23 AM
A couple people here said they use air compressors, but apparently you need to have a thing that filters out the water on your line to avoid blowing moisture into the computer so it's kind of expensive.

Not really... You can get a small 2-gallon air compressor for about $50, then the moisture trap is about $10-15. It's much less expensive to pay for the compressor once than to keep buying packs of canned air. Less waste, too.

Jory
11-29-2008, 05:46 AM
Got any links for air compressors and moisture traps?

14049752
11-30-2008, 04:30 AM
Got any links for air compressors and moisture traps?

Not off hand. I picked mine up at Tractor Supply a few years ago. You may be able to find something used and get a steal.

Not quite as cheap as I said, but if you look you can find them for less:
http://www.amazon.com/Campbell-Hausfeld-FP2028-Oil-Free-Compressor/dp/B000BOCBAM/ref=sr_1_21?ie=UTF8&s=hi&qid=1228019086&sr=8-21

As for the moisture trap, check local hardware stores or craft stores that sell airbrushing equipment for something similar to this:
http://www.ecompressedair.com/pointofuse/desiccantsnake.shtml