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I'm debating purchasing case fan filters for my system. Thing is, if I'm going the filter route, it only makes sense to filter all the intakes (which is 6 for my case). At 2.99 a piece + shipping, these guys are the cheapest I can find but that works out to be 20 just for filters.

I've tried PH's, but they aren't really reusable and thus not that cost-effective in the long run. To cover the entire fan, part of the fabric has to cover the screw holes and the fabric begins to tear after a few in's and out's of the screw.

Worth the investment?
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Where I come from, fan filters are a god send. With all the dust where I live it's really a worthwhile investment!

Since you're from Texas, is it safe to assume that it can get pretty dusty as well? If it is I would recommend these:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811999234

They install more easily than the one you chose (with magnets) and I personally love and use them since it's easier to pull out when cleaning out the case. Though, if cost is really something your concerned about, the ones you chose will do the job, albeit the cleaning part will be not as easy compared to the ones I recommended.
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post #4 of 24
They look pretty "basic", for 2$ out of 3 filters different I'd choose the first ones you posted.
I don't use them for the fan holes, but I do have one at the bottom of my 800D.

Once in a while I clean it up, and I'm so grateful all that dust is being kept away from my internal hardware!
post #5 of 24
Fan filters will do wonders AS LONG AS you have positive air pressure witin the case.


Edit: If you cantact DEMCIflex, they can make the magnetic filters (best I've seen for catching dust, the mesh is really fine!) to your specification. I talked to vincent over there and I got two filters with mounting magnets for 20$ plus shipping. My filters were however custom made for my needs, but I recommend those over any other.

I also use on of the Lian Li filters. They also work incredibly well, but are more expensive.
Edited by Rognin - 2/14/12 at 8:52am
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post #6 of 24
I really want to install filters for mine as well, but it just seems like taking off the fans every time will turn into a pain... frown.gif there is no good option. damn the bunnies!
post #7 of 24
I've seen slide filters somewhere. Basically a very thin shroud that had a slot for a filter that didn't require you to take the fans off. Ill see if I can locate a link after my schooling.
post #8 of 24
I just take the vacuum with the hose attachment and suck off all the dust that collected (on the filter). When the computer is off...

Edit: In parenthesis
Edited by OCScrub - 2/14/12 at 9:24am
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post #9 of 24
I vote no. They block airflow and a shop vac and a little can of air for the tight spots works wonders for me.
post #10 of 24
yes if you have like me 12 fans in your case XD
ive got a radiator and last thing you want is dust in it..
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