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Do the iMac or Mac Pro need to be cleaned physically for maintenance like a normal PC?

Since all computers get dirty with time, and need to be cleaned for maintence and good performance, I was wondering if the Mac Pro and iMac also need such cleaning.

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Should be on SuperUser. (or ServerFault) –  egon Jan 31 '10 at 13:44
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Nah, the patented Steve Jobs "reality displacement field" keeps all the dirt away. –  nb2580 Jan 31 '10 at 13:47
    
I was unaware that regular computers ever needed to be cleaned. :-) –  kubi Jan 31 '10 at 13:58
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You should check this out and decide for yourself...theregister.co.uk/2009/11/13/ventblockers –  t0mm13b Jan 31 '10 at 14:01

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I periodically open up my Mac pro and vacuum out the dust that the case fans tend to accumulate. The iMac's harder to access, but it's less prone to dust too. Other than said dust control, you shouldn't need to clean anything.

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They’re no more or less dirt-prone that other computers.

all computers... need to be cleaned for maintence and good performance

I’d query the good performance part. Sounds like nonsense.

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If components run too hot they'll often downclock themselves in order to stay within temperature limits. It's not that far-fetched :P –  Phoshi Jan 31 '10 at 15:19
    
Or shut down entirely... –  marcusw Jan 31 '10 at 15:34
    
Sure — overheating will diminish performance, dust in the wrong place will cause overheating, cleaning the dust out will stop the overheating. I’ve just got an irrational dislike of vague advice. –  Paul D. Waite Feb 8 '10 at 9:28

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