Reducing dust intake on an Antec P183 case

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Reducing dust intake on an Antec P183 case

Post by Ozkar » Wed Mar 02, 2011 7:15 am

What are some things I could do to decrease the amount of dust that comes into the case? The computer is in a carpeted room. Thanks in advance.

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Re: Reducing dust intake on an Antec P183 case

Post by flemeister » Wed Mar 02, 2011 8:11 am

Block off the top fan port (if you're not using it), and use solid covers on the expansion slots. This would force all air to come in through the filtered front, at the cost of reduced airflow.

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Re: Reducing dust intake on an Antec P183 case

Post by Fire-Flare » Wed Mar 02, 2011 11:10 am

You can buy fan filters from mod sites. Or make your own from finely woven but breathable cloth like what you'd find on a speaker cover.

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Re: Reducing dust intake on an Antec P183 case

Post by drez » Wed Mar 16, 2011 7:03 am

might also consider running the case under positive pressure. If my camera sd card weren't broken I'd post pictures of my 12mm-fan-into-5.25"drives mod (why else do they have dust filters there?) but basically it involves two pieces of .5mm balsa cut to size with a hole for fan inlet and mounting holes for screws. Needless to say I am quite pleased with my ingenuity as it is quite a neat and secure install that took barely 30 mins to fabricate.

I should probably test the airflow by using incense sticks and replacing front cover with a piece of acrylic plastic, but I am far too lazy, and would only do this to prove a point. Personally I would intuit that configuring the top fan to exhaust would also reduce dust ingress as I have no idea of how to easily and neatly seal this vent, but this would ruin the my positive pressure approach. Using incense would also show me whether the top vent is actually exhausting or intaking in my current setup (or doing a bit of both.)

I guess using lower flow rate fans might maintain positive pressure while solving the top intake dust ingress - while this is not foolproof it should do better than having this as intake, or no fan at all as I currently have.

Using solid expansion slot covers cant hurt, and you can also find perforated versions which might work just as well if not better - these are what I am going for in my build. The usb3 extension cord hole on the rev.3 model might be a bit harder to seal in a neat/foolproof solution that doesn't look (too) hacked.

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