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I posted a couple of times before about rubber cable grommets (ATCS 840 upper rear plate and rear exhaust duct and Corsair cases).

I was in Home Depot today and saw a GE Single Brush Plate (white). It is a plastic wall plate in standard size for an electrical outlet. In the center is a rectangular opening with two facing brush strips. The concept is used commonly on a large scale in cooled computer room raised floors.

This plate is intended for a bundle of home theater, audio or I suppose Cat 5 LAN cables to enter the room from a wall cavity... w/o an ugly gaping hole and limiting air flow (ever hold your hand over a leaky wall receptacle in Winter?) and w/o an extra set of male/female connectors at the wall.

This is off the shelf in a single small size (not bulk you'd have to buy from a computer room vendor). The blister pack was sealed so I could not see how the brush strip part was attached to the larger plate. But this might be an easy to get and adapt alternative to rubber grommets.

I did not think to look until after I left HD, but there are also brush strip door sweeps (weather stripping section) that might be adaptable... some attached to an aluminum strip that could be riveted to a case plate.
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I forgot how fast dust accumulates when my case is on the floor ...anybody else have this problem as well? Could be the fact that my computer runs 24/7. Only idea I have is that it's coming from the outside environment as my window is always open.

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I forgot how fast dust accumulates when my case is on the floor ...anybody else have this problem as well? Could be the fact that my computer runs 24/7. Only idea I have is that it's coming from the outside environment as my window is always open.
lol holy cr@p! Dust is a bit*h, this is bound to happen if your PC's on the floor and its running non stop.

I often rinse my filters in water or use a damp microfibre cloth to wipe my case down, but I never let it get this dirty haha
    
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That is the annoyance when one insists on living in an Aerodynamic Vortex Tunnel.
How long does it take to reach this state?

One thing that discovered that helps, is having fly screens on the windows.
More expensive is the use of an ionizer.

Looking at the dust, I am starting to doubt that it is "outside environment dust". Looks too white to be that. Is it possible that the (clothes) dryer exhaust air, comes right back in your window?
     
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Hmm, I actually have about that much accumulated on that filter right now... though the windows are always shut, at least until summer hits home, and in that case it takes maybe a week to accumulate that much. The one under the PSU fan is sort of a pain, though, since I have to take the bottom intake S-Flex out of the position and move it a bit to get that filter out. Maybe something they'll think of in the revision, hm?

Hey, that reminds me, only a month and a week until COMPUTEX, I think, and hopefully we'll see it then.
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I actually do have fly screens. I think it's only been a couple of weeks since I last cleaned it. It could be from clothes in general (doing laundry and folding in my room)...but I'm sure there are probably more culprit at hand. I usually sweep around my room every week or so cause my computer isn't the only thing that accumulates this kind of dust...

-Floor
-Against bottom walls
-Wall corners
-Under wires
-Under bed

...there's also the obvious places that take a little longer to accumlate...

-Desk
-Shelves
-Cabinet

...maybe my body secretes dust when I sleep...I don't know ...biologically speaking that is actually true when we shed our skin/dead skin .
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Well yes, if I remember properly, dust is 80% dead skin, 20% other. So... I guess wear thicker clothing?
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Well yes, if I remember properly, dust is 80% dead skin, 20% other.
I just read in some other thread 95% dead skin. I imagine in a residential or office environment (not a wood shop or fabric work room) that is a major part of it even if the %ages above are high. If you look at dust on the dining room table or the top of the TV some of those particles are pretty small and small particles might even come through window screens. Arid sections of the country may experience lots of small particle dust from the outside. Ever think about the ubiquitous back-pack leaf blowers and the clouds of dust they kick up?

Two questions.

1) I've seen aluminum screen fan grills. Some people seem to use thin sheets of foam rubber (often used in small engine air filters). I think I saw someone using kitchen scouring pads (the 3M green would go with an nvidia color scheme). What are various experiences with these sorts of materials as filters. (Of course ATCS 840 has front, bottom and PSU filters already but are there better replacements. I'll also be building a 5.25 bay intake which will require a filter.)

2) Are either airflow or dust control improved by raising ATCS 840 off the floor with taller feet? I imagine dust accumulation might be reduced by getting the case off the floor and putting it on a riser, desk or table but it still leaves the question of clearance between the bottom of the case and whatever it sits on.
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As far as I know...there really isn't a better replacement for the stock filters that come with the case. They work very well (as seen in the photo ) and are easily removable to be cleaned/washed with the exception of the PSU filter (I seriously don't know what Cooler Master was thinking with that one). However, I was surprised to find that after several months when I decided to mod my case...the PSU filter barely had any dust on it . I came to a conclusion that the PSU filter is really dependent on how strong the PSU fan is. The amount of fans in my case would probably explain the amount of dust already accumulated on my filters. As for the level of the case...having a some clearance off the floor will indeed help with reducing the pace of dust collection as I'm sure all dust acquisition is from the floor.
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"...doing laundry and folding in my room.."
There's your main problem! Judging from the accumulation, I deduce you love white cottons! lol

Yes dust indeed follows the law of physics being heavier than air.
But if you wave your arms, or throw your body around the room violently, or develop some other nifty way to cause massive air movement..............
you will discover that dust doesn't care too much about physics, and will gladly drop on the first available surface. Even if that might be the top of a closet/wardrobe (6' high).

Dusting once a week or so will never solve your dust problem. Not doing laundry in your room, and not sleeping in it, will solve about half the problem.
Dusting/vacuuming (hoovering) needs to be done at least twice a week; and wet mopping & cleaning once a week.
Using a "dusting rag" doesn't count, since this merely constitutes "redistribution" of the dust. Something like a "swiffer" is 100 times more effective.
And a vacuum which spits out the dust from the bag ain't doing any dent in the dust neither!

As for filters, the CM one are a good compromise in blocking dust whilst still allowing air to enter. A nylon stocking stretched over the fan is also very effective.
     
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