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You could buy some pantyhose and cut them to get cheap yet functional dust filters
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You could buy some pantyhose and cut them to get cheap yet functional dust filters

That's not really getting at the heart of his problem, his case is getting dusty despite the air filters already included.....unless he removed them.
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@Lazerzen maybe, if your issue is that dust come in your case, it's because you got a negative pressure, so the dust is coming through the psu exhaust grill, which is not filtered, and through the holes for the USB hub, behind the front pannel ? In that case you should speed up the front fans or slow the exhaust fan, if you got enough fan headers (that's the first thing I did when I've built my rig)...

Then you might check your CPU cooler speed, and try to regulate its speed according to your case fans. I have a pretty quiet case, which runs at 300/400 RPM at idle and 700/800 when in load, no OC (Silentwings pwm as intakes and exhaust, NH-u12s for the CPU).


It should then prevent dust to come in (I haven't had to clean the interior since... Since... Eeh... Like, never, except for an older GPU which was dusty before I got it second hand?)

You could test the airflow with an incense stick to check the airflow.

What are the fans you're using, how are they plug and at which speed are they running ?
     
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@Lazerzen maybe, if your issue is that dust come in your case, it's because you got a negative pressure, so the dust is coming through the psu exhaust grill, which is not filtered, and through the holes for the USB hub, behind the front pannel ? In that case you should speed up the front fans or slow the exhaust fan, if you got enough fan headers (that's the first thing I did when I've built my rig)...

Then you might check your CPU cooler speed, and try to regulate its speed according to your case fans. I have a pretty quiet case, which runs at 300/400 RPM at idle and 700/800 when in load, no OC (Silentwings pwm as intakes and exhaust, NH-u12s for the CPU).


It should then prevent dust to come in (I haven't had to clean the interior since... Since... Eeh... Like, never, except for an older GPU which was dusty before I got it second hand?)

You could test the airflow with an incense stick to check the airflow.

What are the fans you're using, how are they plug and at which speed are they running ?

By default, with stock fans, the case is a slight bit negative pressure, since the stock 140mm exhaust fan is 66cfm, and both of the front 92mm fans are 24cfm each, totaling about 50cfm on intake.

If you include the PSU fan's cfm, then there is technically positive pressure. But either way, a PSU fan should be enough to keep air exhausted out of the side vent, keeping dust out. Air simply won't be entering from that spot, and that's filtered too.

These aren't inherently dusty cases, especially since air has a fairly direct flow straight from any openings.

I have 260cfm exhaust fan in mine, so my case is extremely negative pressure.
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@HZCH You're right, I'm seeing quite a lot of dust build up underneath the PSU and the front panel. I'm running the stock fans (both front and back) at med. setting on the fan head controller on the back. My CPU cooler is the shuriken rev b. (used it in the rvz01 before). The Sfx600w i use has got a fanless mode so i'm guessing its not enough to create a positive pressure inside the case. So maybe i'm going to replace the fans + cooler (if it helps) and play around with fan speeds.
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@HZCH You're right, I'm seeing quite a lot of dust build up underneath the PSU and the front panel. I'm running the stock fans (both front and back) at med. setting on the fan head controller on the back. My CPU cooler is the shuriken rev b. (used it in the rvz01 before). The Sfx600w i use has got a fanless mode so i'm guessing its not enough to create a positive pressure inside the case. So maybe i'm going to replace the fans + cooler (if it helps) and play around with fan speeds.

If you're on a budget, you could put the front fans or the rear fan on a fan header on your motherboard... But I don't know if the Fractal fans can be regulated with a DC fan header without having a clicking noise. Still worth a try, I guess 😁

Or if you have a spare resistance, you could put it on the rear fan to lower its speed ?
     
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I have money to spare, so i can replace the fans. I could try to connect the rear fan to case fan header on tge mobo, although it might be currently blocked through cpu cooker heat pipes.
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Honestly, you'd be wasting money. You'll still be getting dust buildup if the stock filters aren't keeping it out. Even in negative pressure cases, dust buildup should take months and be cleaned regularly. Positive pressure won't change this much if you're in a dusty environment AND the dust filters aren't working. You're supposed to get buildup on the filters....just not soo much in the case.

The idea of positive pressure comes from the notion that a case has spaces and crevices the air will come through that aren't filtered, but the node 304 doesn't really apply since it's small and the case cover goes on pretty snug. So there really aren't cracks for negative pressure to suck dust into, unlike what you would find in ATX cases with drive bay panels and such.

At best, I'd suggest a better exhaust fan over the stock fan....so that way you're sucking higher volumes of air out, and dust along with it. I'd also suggest to just run the fan controller switch on high.....even on high they're silent. Running the fans soo low might be part of your problem....you're sucking dust in ever soo gently, but not creating enough force to suck it right through, so it settles inside. Even on high, the stock fans don't really move a lot of air.
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Alright, l'll see what works. Thanks a bunch for the tips! biggrin.gif
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How much benefit would i get if i swap the case fans for Noctua's?
My 6700k runs hot, and that means the 970 is getting a few degrees hotter than when i have my i7 3770.

Considering swapping out the fans, are we talking 1/2*c at the most?
I tend to run the fans pretty medium speed, around 800rpm on the fronts and rear - constant speed.

Its in audible from my sitting distance (6 feet).

Any recommendations?
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