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Always on Unless I am fixing something 55 70.51%
On more then off 9 11.54%
Off more then on 8 10.26%
Always off or doesn't exist 6 7.69%
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Old January 17, 2012, 01:31 PM
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Side on.

The case airflow is designed to function properly that way. Leaving it off lowers air pressure and disrupts the flow. It also (in the case of a metal case) provides EMI shielding both to and from the computer. Leaving it off prevents this shielding. It also stops dust buildup, provides physical protection to the internals (as it's designed to do) and adds to the structural integrity of the case.

Also it looks better. :)
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Old January 17, 2012, 02:20 PM
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Half and half for me. The 800D was not designed for air cooling - GPU temps are considerably lower with the panel off. My watercooled Antec 900 keeps its side panel on.
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Old January 17, 2012, 04:12 PM
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Usually on. I always open it up just to peek at the glory though. Even though I do have a window....
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Old January 17, 2012, 04:21 PM
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On My folding Box I have both side panels off. when and if I ever get a decent server case I will most like have the side or any panels on to keep the dust out.\
on my Main box they are always on , the one side panel has a vent type thing that filters allot of dust out
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Old January 17, 2012, 05:40 PM
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Always on....I like smooth airflow. I know side fans help for gpu temps but its not for me. Hot air rises, so air in the front and/or bottom and out back and/or top. I actually have the side vent blocked off on my case (though there are no huge heat producers in my computer).
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Old January 17, 2012, 07:45 PM
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I always used the side panels, although on my main it's more important now as it's on my desk. If I kept the left side panel off, I'd end up using the case as "storage" when I clear items off the desk
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Old January 17, 2012, 08:40 PM
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Always on. That's why I need a case with a window
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Old January 17, 2012, 08:55 PM
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Half and half for me. The 800D was not designed for air cooling - GPU temps are considerably lower with the panel off. My watercooled Antec 900 keeps its side panel on.
800D works fine for air. Issue is that it is such a cavernous case that you need fans in it and not the stock crappy ones.
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Old January 21, 2012, 06:36 PM
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Always on. For better airflow.
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Old January 21, 2012, 10:34 PM
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off and a fan on it lol
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