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Ok I have to admit... all this talk about the benefits of airfilters kinda went over my head, until today. I had been messing around with one of my old cases and had taken the 3.5" bay panels off and left them off. This was 4 days ago. Now the Zalman inside was dust free prior to this, as I could clearly see it through the window on my case. So I was shocked 4 days later when I was removing it from my case to sell it to find this amount of dust on the fan and the fins. The only thing that had changed was that the front panels had been removed and the Zalman now was pulling in air from outside the PC. My house isn't dusty, in fact my wife has allergies and hay fever and can't stand dust on shelves or anywhere, which is why its amazing so much could accumulate so fast, the PC isn't on the ground either so no chance of dust from the floor being kicked into it.

I had removed the dust filters from my P180 as I imagine they'd impede airflow. I think i'll be putting them back.





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Air filters also impede airflow a bit, and for those who are OCing, every bit of airflow counts. I just have a handy can of airduster for situations like that.
    
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post #3 of 12
crazy dust man.

should look into getting some that new airfilter action called:

open windows.



I leave my comp on quite a bit and even after a couple months i dont get near that amount of dust. 4 days? that's crazy.
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Yeah, 4 days with that is amazing.
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post #5 of 12
Try having your PC in a room with old wool carpet, the dust bunnies multiply like rabbits My carpet is shot and going to the curb shortly
Filters aren't all bad but need to be maintained very often.
    
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all zalmans are like that, my 7900 used to eat dust. I havent checked my vf900 yet.
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post #7 of 12
I blow the crud out my filters every week.

Filters are easier to clean than HS's can. Some times the dust kinda sticks.
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My Zalman used to get the same way. It's a pain to clean with that fan in the way. Can you say air compressor?
    
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post #9 of 12
The bigger issue is not his PC but if that's like that after 4 days what in heavens name are you breathing IN? I think you've got serious `air quality` issues where that PC is housed, lol.
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post #10 of 12
Thats alot of dust! I keep a can of air around my comp too and dust it around once a week.
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