Side Case Fan Position - Exhaust or Intake?

I figured this was the most appropriate place to post this as we all worry about heat and air flow here :)

Just had a thought when looking at my shiny new case fan...

Which way round should it be for best heat dissipation? Exahusting or Intaking air? I have 2 fans at the front which are intaking, a big 20cm fan on top that's exhausting and the (almost) mandatory back panel fan exhausting too.

A big Zalman 9700 HSF is crammed right between the top and back fans too, great for dissipating heat. Thing is, I'm quite sure I don't want to be intaking with the side case fan - but then again I'm no expert on air flow and the effects it has on cooling.

Anyone care to guide me? You might find some of these pics helpful http://www.orbixx.com/pics.rar

Best regards.
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  1. Sounds like you have an Antec 900, i have my side case fan blowing inside, thats typical, although in some cases the opposite maybe optimal.
  2. You want it to intake air.
  3. Agreed. A side panel fan set to intake air blows fresh cool air onto all the parts of the motherboard that other fans can't reach.
  4. Great, I got it right, then :)

    Thanks for the input, guys.
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