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February 19, 2012 6:48:10 PM

Hi, in my nzxt phantom full tower case a lot of fans and a lot of room for more fans.In every fan "hole" theres a black thing that is as wide as the "hole", i would think its a dust filter. Without knowing this though i took them off a week ago, and recently i thought of the possibility of them being case filters. I took them off because i wanted my LED lights to shine brighter through them since they were letting very little light out. Is there a problem to running a pc without filters? if it is, do i need all of them? or only where i got an intake fan? ur thoughts please guys...

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a b ) Power supply
February 19, 2012 6:53:37 PM

i take all mine out

lets more air flow for better cooling and as you say the fan leds show brighter

only downside is you draw more dust in

but i clean inside my pc and my radiator regularly so doesnt bother me if the dust gets in
February 19, 2012 7:15:51 PM

does a simple vacuum in the inside if my case do the job? and how regularly?
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February 19, 2012 7:45:27 PM

goga44 said:
does a simple vacuum in the inside if my case do the job? and how regularly?

Get a can of compressed air to blow out the dust. I use the compressed air while holding a vacuum nozzle near the side of the case to capture as much of the dislodged dust as possible to prevent it from recycling back into the case.

How often depends on a variety of factors including how dusty your environment is. It helps if your computer has a clear side panel so you can more easily monitor the dust formation. I keep a flashlight next to my computer so I can examine all areas of the interior through the side panel.
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February 19, 2012 7:57:53 PM

goga44 said:
does a simple vacuum in the inside if my case do the job? and how regularly?

Don't use a vacuum cleaner inside your rig ESD from the vacuum could damage it..
a b ) Power supply
February 20, 2012 5:50:58 AM

goga44 said:
does a simple vacuum in the inside if my case do the job? and how regularly?


i use a small paint brush--not a nylon one

dislodge all the dust and fluff and then i just blow it out with my partners hairdryer on cold and held a couple of

feet away--then vacuum it off the floor not put the vacuum in the pc
February 20, 2012 6:23:59 AM

Household vacuums can be powerful enough to dislodge components from the motherboard...better to use a smaller PC vacuum or compressed air.
February 20, 2012 6:43:14 AM

I use an industrial vacuum which can push or pull air, I just take a bit of care not to get too close apart from on case fans; I have not had any problems and the case is as clean as a whistle :-)
February 20, 2012 3:46:50 PM

so is it setled then? no problems with using my computer without filters as long as i clean it right? and would i need to clean if i left the filters on?
a b ) Power supply
February 20, 2012 4:13:04 PM

if you leave the filters on then you need to clean the filters as they block with dust

some filters are easily removed to clean and some are a bit of a pain as they can be held in by little bendable

metal tabs and may involve removing the front of the case etc--not sure how easy it is on your case to remove

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February 20, 2012 7:31:50 PM

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if you leave the filters on then you need to clean the filters as they block with dust

some filters are easily removed to clean and some are a bit of a pain as they can be held in by little bendable

metal tabs and may involve removing the front of the case etc--not sure how easy it is on your case to remove

them


wow, mine are screwed in with the fan :ouch:  , i guess its better to be without them then
a b ) Power supply
February 20, 2012 7:38:33 PM

in my opinion yes

it suits me but may not suit others

February 21, 2012 2:06:14 AM

Clean PC monthly and you will be fine! Like everyone said above filters are there only to keep the dust out

dRyk
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