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post #11 of 24
My Antec p180 Mini has them built in and they are great (as does my Antec 300).
I just clean the filters every few days since they are easily removeable on the 180 (I have to take the side off to do the 300).
I have yet to clean inside either case because of dust build-up.

Filters are nice, but need to be easily removable or they start restricting airflow (makes more noise and increases heat) if you don't clean them.
Something like These or These (best deal, $19.16 shipped for 3 sets of 2) are easy to remove to clean.

Just curious, why do you have 6 intakes (Is it the BitFenix Merc Alpha case in your sig rig?)?
2 front intakes and 2 side intakes I can see, but do you have the top 2 as intakes or exhaust?
Edited by blupupher - 2/14/12 at 9:31am
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post #12 of 24
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Originally Posted by blupupher View Post

Just curious, why do you have 6 intakes (Is it the BitFenix Merc Alpha case in your sig rig?)?
2 front intakes and 2 side intakes I can see, but do you have the top 2 as intakes or exhaust?

I'm planning to have two intakes at the top, two intakes in the front and one intake on the side (VGA cooling). I was originally thinking of filtering the other empty opening on the side... but now that I think of it, it's probably better to keep it unfiltered as a natural exhaust channel.

The pairs you recommended may be too thick... apparently their something like 10mm. I'll have to double check when I get home. I know my clearance is pretty tight on all sides.
Edited by thehybridkiwi - 2/14/12 at 9:42am
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for me, I use fan filters for all of my intake fans,

I have two favorites -> http://www.koolertek.com/computer-parts/pc/Black-Aluminum-Fan-Filter-120mm-162p2209.htm and this one http://www.koolertek.com/computer-parts/pc/Black-120mm-Steel-Mesh-Fan-Grill-Filter-1-5mm-Hole-162p2206.htm . No doubt fan filters affect airflow a bit, but i find it worth it since it makes cleaning a bit easy and less time consuming. One can clean the case without a filters, but when the dust sticks, a vac isnt going to cut it.
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post #14 of 24
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for me, I use fan filters for all of my intake fans,
I have two favorites -> http://www.koolertek.com/computer-parts/pc/Black-Aluminum-Fan-Filter-120mm-162p2209.htm and this one http://www.koolertek.com/computer-parts/pc/Black-120mm-Steel-Mesh-Fan-Grill-Filter-1-5mm-Hole-162p2206.htm . No doubt fan filters affect airflow a bit, but i find it worth it since it makes cleaning a bit easy and less time consuming. One can clean the case without a filters, but when the dust sticks, a vac isnt going to cut it.

I've tried out several types of filters, and the wave type works the best for me: doesn't restrict airflow and keeps dust away. It's like the one in Raiden911's first link. I just pass cloth over it to clean it.
The second one doesn't really filter dust and usually makes noise. Stay away from that.
DEMCIflex filters are total crap. Even a high static pressure fan like a GT AP-14 will be rendered useless with that filter.
The lian li removable filters are good too, but you have to wash them.
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I've tried out several types of filters, and the wave type works the best for me: doesn't restrict airflow and keeps dust away. It's like the one in Raiden911's first link. I just pass cloth over it to clean it.
The second one doesn't really filter dust and usually makes noise. Stay away from that.
DEMCIflex filters are total crap. Even a high static pressure fan like a GT AP-14 will be rendered useless with that filter.
The lian li removable filters are good too, but you have to wash them.

I concur, the 1st one with the wave works great. I used a 140mm one for my top intake fan and it works well. I had a modright fan filter -> http://www.frozencpu.com/products/9589/ffi-35/ModRight_FilterRight_140mm_Black_Aluminum_Fan_Filter.html but it was a bit thicker and i couldnt close my top cover.

I will try to post pics if i can find them
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post #16 of 24
Just seeing what my filters pickup in only 30 days, yes, case filters are worth it.

I own a datavac too, but still.
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post #17 of 24

I use these and these from Koolertek. I vacuum them periodically.

 

I have a Lian Li filter on a 5.25 bay fan on my daughter's rig. I heartily dis-recommend it. OTOH, they use another kind of filter that is great:

 

Dirty Lian Li filterClean Lian Li filter

 

Too bad they need to be fitted into little slots.

 

Overall I recommend filters. No unfiltered intake, is my motto. My case fans are all intake. I have cut out my rear grill and slot pillars so I get a positive flow case instead of a positive pressure case:

 

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post #18 of 24
Forgive me if somebody else has already given you this tip, I haven't read the whole thread.

The answer for you might be pantyhoses!
like this one: 298

They are cheap and you can ask any woman in your family for an used one which is basically cheap.
I asked my mum for one of those she actually had for the body and so I cut the back of it to make a gigantic 30x30 filter for my side panel.

Every intake fan on my rig has them.

You will probably have to spend money only with something to protect them from tangling with your fans if it doesn't look very safe for you, for example a fan grill or even a cheap fan filter.
post #19 of 24
By the way, I usually don't take them out to clean, I just use a vacuum sucker every now and then to get things nice and clean again. That means zero maintenance for my hardware.

I can't remember when was the last time I had to take a video card of my apart, risking damaging it or taking hours of my time, just to clean it's heatsink and fan. The vacuum method only takes 5 minutes of my time!

IMO, pantyhoses are the best fan filter both at benefit and benefit per price.
post #20 of 24
Quote:
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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.

They do? Damn, I should contact them about maybe getting new filters for my chaser mk1
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