OK, here's another (sort-of) related question.
Is there any reason to be cautious about vacuuming the front fan filter (it's not removable)? Obviously I would advise turning the PC off before doing so.
Hold the fans in place if you do so, a vacumn has a crapton of suction/pressure and could damage your fans if they spin too quickly in any direction.
Thanks, I hadn't even considered that, only that it would be a bad idea to have the vacuum sucking whilst the fan was running and pulling air in the opposite direction! I was thinking more about possible electrostatic charge.
I think it's going to be quite tricky to hold the fan whilst vacuuming the filter, as the drive cage is rather in the way and whilst it's removable, I don't really want my brother having to do that. I originally planned to cut off the (rather ugly) lower part of the fascia, below the power buttons, http://www.aerocool.com.tw/index.php/pr ... v/121-vs4w
, screw a piece of black wood to the case with a hole cut out for the air intake and screw a filter (or use a magnetic one, although I'd need to get some stick on magnetic strips) to that but I was 'convinced' by someone that it would look a bit rubbish, although I think he was biased as he knew he'd end up doing most of the work! I bought one of these filter/frames to do that, but I haven't managed to work out how to separate the parts yet! http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/120mm-PC-Comp ... 43a9b52499