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I'm struggling with the cooling in my HTPC. I have the Silverstone GD05B case with factory fans. They are ok but they do not move much air. I picked up a couple of these Cougar 120mm fans to run on the CPU side of the case. Should I ditch the dust filters to ensure the HSF gets the most air flow that it can? How restrictive are dust filters?

I blow the dust out of the case at least once a month so I'm not too worried about build up.
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post #2 of 7
They really aren't that restrictive but fans with better static pressure would do better in a smaller case. With the higher static pressure, they will push the air through all of the obstructions in a small compact case resulting in better air flow. I would go for the GT AP-15s which have a great noise to static pressure ratio but they are expensive due to their popularity.

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/10323/fan-674/Scythe_Gentle_Typhoon_120mm_x_25mm_Fan_-_1850_RPM_D1225C12B5AP-15_Hot_Item_.html

IF you wanted to go a little cheaper you could check out the Yate Loons. Make sure it says direct from yate loon when you buy them. They are a little noisier and a little less static pressure
http://www.jab-tech.com/YATE-LOON-120mm-Case-Fan-D12SM-12-DIRECT-FROM-YL-pr-4859.html
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I actually already bought fans. I picked these up based on the reviews. $17 each so they weren't cheap but I'm hoping they make a big difference. So the dust filters shouldn't make much difference. I'll give it a go with the filter first. Comments on the fans that I picked up?
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I find filters are pretty hampering to flow, they also make it louder.
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post #5 of 7
Those do have good static pressure so I am betting they will get you where you want to be. The dust filters do restrict a bit but as long as you have good fans, I dont see it making too much of a difference.

I would start with the filters on with you new fans for a couple days while monitoring temps, then I would remove them and see if there is a significant difference. I cant see it being more than a couple degrees. Less dust > 2c IMO.
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Sounds good.. I'll report back thumb.gif
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Well I took the HTPC apart last night and rerouted my cables, reapplied the AS5 and installed the new fans. I saw a pretty good drop in temps.

Playing TW2 for an hour temps had got up to 73c.. horrible for a Phenom II. After doing the above my temps were 56c, should drop even more once the AS5 cures. I left the dust filters on so might as well leave them while my temps are back in check.
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