Fan Filters?

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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  1. 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
  2. does a simple vacuum in the inside if my case do the job? and how regularly?
  3. 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.
  4. 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..
  5. 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
  6. Household vacuums can be powerful enough to dislodge components from the motherboard...better to use a smaller PC vacuum or compressed air.
  7. 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 :-)
  8. 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?
  9. 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
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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
  11. in my opinion yes

    it suits me but may not suit others
  12. 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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