You want to keep then close, but always have more going out than in. You DO not what to more in than out, or to pressurize the inside of the case. Pressure has a way of holding the heat closer to the surface. You should try and keep it close, with about 10 to 15 percent more going out.
Actually the consensus in previose posts has been that youi want a little bit more air comming in than out. The extra heat cause by the extra pressure is nominal and the extra presure keeps the dust out. I'll go see if I can find a link to a good thread about it.
Good reading, if your worried about dust bunnys then I guess the positive pressure is for you.
If not then the negative.
A close balance either way.
It seems to me with a negative pressure you would have more cfm of cool air flowing thru the case than with positive as the intake fans would have zero resistance.
Would be a good article for someone to do some testing with.
Let me get this straight...having more air drawn in the case creates less dust bunnies??? How so? Having more fans sucking air in than blowing out would create more dust (logically) no? Your sucking in all dust particals and cig. smoke inside the case which sticks to everything...Doesn't make any sense!
It makes sense if you have dust covers on your fans then the air going into the case is only going in through the dust cover. If you have lots of fans pulling air out of the case dust will accumulate in every crack and crevice in your case because air is being drawn in from all those little holes. This doesn't happen with more pressure inside the case because air is coming OUT those little holes. I have a ton of air moving through my case and have almost no dust inside. In fact one time my case was actually bowing out because of the pressure. I finally realized my exhaust fan was ALSO blowing air into the case on accident.