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Old 11-08-2004, 12:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How many people use fan filters? Do you use them on the intake fans as well as the exaust fans? What kind work the best? I know they slow down the amout of air coming in/leaving, are they worth it? What is your opinion onf fan filters?
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Old 11-08-2004, 12:54 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I protect my PC from harmful air contaminants by wrapping it in plastic sheeting with duct-tape!

Seriously, though...I never use filters for two reasons. 1. I'm pretty good about giving things a cleaning blast of air once in a while. 2. Filters tend to get clogged up with dust, then the airflow goes down, then the system gets funny.
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Old 11-08-2004, 01:58 PM   #3 (permalink)
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the amount of air thats blocked by filter prolly hurts more then it helps.

i would however use a custome filter of my own - example) a filter in the shape of a cube or a cylinder, with open spot at the bottom to put the fan, that way there is 5x the amount of avalible air flow threw a cube[cause 5 sides] then a normal flat material laying ontop of the fan... only for intake fans. i would use a filter for outtake but one less dense that alows a lot of air flow, cause outtake doesnt matter much[interms of filtering].
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Don't go with it, they're not worth it. IMO they have no use other than to keep fingers out of the fans.

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Old 11-08-2004, 03:24 PM   #5 (permalink)
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than to keep fingers out of the fans.
That's what the fan grill is for.

If you have your PC in a dusty environment (like a college dorm) then filters are invaluable. You can literally set a box on fire by letting it fill up with dust.
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But if you were to clean your pc four times a year the filters are not work it?
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Old 11-08-2004, 04:47 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Depends on your situation. If I had only cleaned my PC 4 times a year in my dormatory back in college, it would have caught fire 4 times a year. However, now, in my home, I only have to clean it once in a while, since I have far less dust in my home than my dorm did.
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I got one of these during my case mod journey:

http://www.svc.com/mesh-clr-24.html

Put it on the blower fan that's behind the motherboard. It's a fine mesh and didn't really disturb the flow too much and I just mainly didn't want something getting sucked in and blown directly behind the motherboard so it works for my situation, but other than that I wouldn't ever use on of these.....Fan grills REALLY slow down air and can make your fans whine even worse, unless you simply get the wire fan grills which work best.
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Ninbius, did you use that instead of a fan grill? Which side of the fan did you put it on?
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