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June 22, 2012 12:51:50 AM

I just got a new PSU and while I need another Q answered in another thread..I have one easy question:

Should I face my fan on PSU out (into a vent going out of my tower) or into my tower?

I have it at the top of my case.

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June 22, 2012 1:00:35 AM

You want the PSU to be an intake fan from your case, so face it down. This will take warm/hot air from your case and get it out.

If you experience PSU overheating with this method, then face it up instead.
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June 22, 2012 1:01:30 AM

if the vent is already there and there was something in place to prevent something like a small case screw from falling into the PSU, then i'd vote up so that fan will draw presumably cooler air from the outside, pass it over the electronics, and then out the back.

If vent is not already there, I personally would point it down. Just because there's a risk of something falling into the vent and shorting something out. don't ask me how I know.

Also, make sure the mounting holes will support both mounting positions.
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June 22, 2012 1:03:12 AM

It's more a preferance thing then something that should be one way or the other. On one had if the PSU fan is moving in air from the bottom of the case the air is soley cooling the PSU, granted, if the system is on the ground (more specificaly a carpet) then it might be harder for the fan to move air, plus you'll be getting a fair amount of more dust then if the fan was inside the case (and not on the floor as well).

With the PSU fan inside the case it helps move some hot air away from the hardware inside the system, but remember that the air going into the PSU will always be warm/hot which some people may not like(though i don't beileve it makes a huge difference largely considering that hot air rises so most of the air will be escaping from the top of the case.)

I personally have my PSU fan facing upward simply because i don't want the fan pick up dust and other crap from the table. But really it makes no difference to me.
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June 22, 2012 1:07:18 AM

Best answer selected by phomatic.
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