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September 12, 2008 1:35:56 AM

Just finished my first build and have a question about which way my fan should go.
Here's my case:

The fan I'm talking about is the one on the bottom, just to the right of the PSU. Pics can be seen here:

I currently have it as an exhaust but was wondering if it should be intake instead. The HD is right by the fan and I was thinking flipping the fan to intake would blow more air over the HD (which gets rather hot, Seagate 7200.10 750gb)? The only other fans that fit in this case are the CPU fan and the PSU fan as far as I know

I know this might sound like a dumb question, but as I said this is my first build and I don't know that much yet!

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September 12, 2008 1:59:19 AM

only way you find out is if you try both and get a temp program to monitor your temps...

if your psu blows out, maybe you should put it intake
September 12, 2008 2:43:03 AM

Yeah, I would switch it to intake.
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September 12, 2008 3:59:58 PM

I'd choose to mount as intake. I'd also put a dust filter on its intake to reduce dust buildup inside the case. If it was not part of teh case, mount one on the outside where it's easy to get at for periodic cleaning.