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I've been putting a build together online just for fun, and I was thinking dust filters would help alot in the long term, but would they? Does anyone here have them already? If so, how are they, and how much air flow is blocked by em?
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They are nice to have, I'd recommend them. You have to vacuum them clean once in a while, but that's a lot easier than vacuuming the whole computer.
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Hi. smile.gif

First and foremost, I am not baggin' on filters.

That having been said, I avoid them as they (or at least the ones I have used) decrease airflow.

I suppose it comes down to the environment the system in question resides in, and the cleaning/maintenance habits of the owner.

If one has a tendency to clean and dust the system(s) weekly and lives in a house that has minimal dust, then filters may not be something needed.

I also have a medical-grade air filter that runs 24/7/365 so dust, pollen and general airborne detritus is constantly scrubbed from the environment.

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Originally Posted by Syrillian;12021663 
Hi. smile.gif

First and foremost, I am not baggin' on filters.

That having been said, I avoid them as they (or at least the ones I have used) decrease airflow.

I suppose it comes down to the environment the system in question resides in, and the cleaning/maintenance habits of the owner.

If one has a tendency to clean and dust the system(s) weekly and lives in a house that has minimal dust, then filters may not be something needed.

I also have a medical-grade air filter that runs 24/7/365 so dust, pollen and general airborne detritus is constantly scrubbed from the environment.


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drool.gif I live in a basement apartment, that would work wonders in my house.. wanna loan it to me? tongue.gif
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Originally Posted by Hbliss23;12021629 
I've been putting a build together online just for fun, and I was thinking dust filters would help alot in the long term, but would they? Does anyone here have them already? If so, how are they, and how much air flow is blocked by em?

I have them on my 700D and plan to get a SilverStone 140mm magnetic fan filter.

They reduce the CFM/air flow, but the amount of dust they keep out (70-80% for me) is a lot. You can offset the loss of airflow with more fans until you have positive air pressure (I think) where the air is escaping out the gaps/vents in your system as out take instead of intake (negative pressure).

Fan filters are something I recommend for systems with lots of fans or vents to mount fans like 700D or Antec 1200. You'll lose airflow, but you'll keep a ton of dust out of it. I think the amount of airflow lost is only 1-2C in terms of temps.
Edited by Rpg2 - 1/15/11 at 12:02pm
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post #6 of 34
If you plan on cleaning it you don't really need dust filter.
If you are too lazy to clean it, get dust filters.
Either way cleaning is cleaning.
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post #7 of 34
i'd invest in one of these instead

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Get them, nothing worse than trying to clean an ECO Alu or H50 after six months.
    
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post #9 of 34
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Originally Posted by Rpg2;12021688 
They reduce the CFM/air flow, but the amount of dust they keep out (70-80% for me) is a lot.
That's what I'm looking for. Chances are the computer they are equipped to I will be keeping for a really long time. After 1 year with my current rig, the dust is tremendous. I have a dog in my house which makes it pretty bad. Filters, or at least vey high quality ones, might be a wise investment.
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post #10 of 34
Take a 50 CFM fan. Put a grill in front of it, it's not like a 40 CFM fan, if not less. Put a dust filter in front of that, it's like 20 CFM.

A fan works best with absolutely nothing in front of it. If you don't want dust, don't have fresh air coming into the case. Fresh air will always bring dust, it's reality.
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