Coming back after finally transferring my HTPC from a GD06 case to GD08 case...
Short version: GD-08 is awesome and I am so glad I did it!!
Had started small and simple in a GD06 case, but after maxing out HD space, adding a GPU and summer temperature arriving, things were getting out of control in that case: GPU added a lot of heat inside the case that basically was not being evacuated well enough. As a result, my HD temperatures were idling at 40-45oC, peaking at 50oC; Because of space constraint, my PSU needed to be mounted with fan inside the case, drawing hot air (instead of drawing cool, outside air), and having to spin the fan harder and faster resulting in unwanted noise. Finally, CPU was idling at 50-54oC. When summer arrived and temps got up in the house I had to take out the GPU. But my HDs were still running hot. And I was missing my GPU and MadVR...Pix of GD06 below:
So after some debating I decided to get the GD08, seemed like all the bottom fan would help keep the HDs cool and the case had better airflow.
With MB, PSU and fans installed:
The two black bottom fans are plugged into the MB and run slow all the time. The bottom blue one is a SUSCOOL121, with thermal probe on the HD. Usually does not spin, but will start spinning if temp rises. The left side blue fans are also SUSCOOL121 with thermal probe on the CPU heatsink. Same, usually don't spin, or very slowly, but will pick up speed if CPU and heatsink temp rises. At the back, are two SUSCOOL80 fans as exhaust. These are plugged into the MB and run slow all the time.
With everything in, before closing up the lid:
I will have to revisit to improve cable management but could not spend too much time, had to get the windows media center and media browser back up and running for the miss...
Temps are much much better now and the case is silent from where we sit, 10ft away, even when under heavy GPU load, which was not the case before (pun intented
. The HDs are idling in the low 30s, peaking at 38oC, CPU is idling ~40oC (it is still hot in the room). So, I am very pleased and I am going to enjoy my near silent setup before I start messing around some around.
Thanks for the info earlier the thread!