Re: New computer (first timer), how to ensure correct push/pull?
push/pull is more of a heatsink/radiator cooling term where there are fans on each side, one pushing the other pulling.
To find out which way the fan is blowing most fans have an arrow indicator on the side or, generally, they blow toward the side where the wire comes out.
For case cooling my preferred method is positive pressure, where you have more intake fans than exhaust fans.
Setting up this way means that air comes in where you want it, and keeps dust from getting sucked in through cracks and whatnot.
If you filled all the fan spots on your case I'd go: intake = front and sides; exhaust = top and rear.
Fans on the side will blow cool air over/into your video card and CPU keeping them cool.
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