Originally Posted by txenakis
I'm thinking of getting the GD09 and installing a 3950X in it. Has anybody done this? Trying to figure out if I can fit a decent air cooler for this CPU (no overclocking) or even an AIO but not sure if there are any that fit without modding the case.
Any tips would be appreciated, thanks.
I haven’t done a 3950X but have overclocked an X5680 and an X5690 in a GD05 and also have a GD09.
I put a 240 radiator on the outside right side of my GD09 with the fans inside. There are pics earlier in the thread. Required modding the case by cutting holes for the tubes to enter at the right rear side. The GD05 has a similar config but with the tubes entering front right.
Someone with a micro atx motherboard in a GD09 has put a 240 inside in the vacant PCIe area which would otherwise be occupied by a full ATX motherboard. Again pictures earlier in the thread. This option doesn’t require modding the case.
I think there are some 120 rad examples (maybe for GPU AIOs) as well.
I think I saw someone with an ultra slim 120 RAD and slim fans inside on the right but the fans were raised and over the motherboard. This was inside without modding.
My GD05 with the external 120 has been fine for years and the GD09 has been reliable too.
Airflow is in with 3 120s at the sides and out with an 80mm in the left rear position. The AIO tubes interfere with the 80mm fan position in the right rear so it can’t be used.
If I was putting a 3950X in a GD09 I would investigate modding the case to use a 120 AIO on the outside right. It’s an easy enough mod and it doesn’t look too bad, just adding the extra width of the radiator to the size of the case.
One potential problem with having the tubes enter on the right rear is that the lower one may interfere with the IO area of the motherboard. I had to remove the plastic cover from that area of my X99 deluxe.
I think the micro ATX option with the 120 AIO in the spare space is a neat solution too. I guess you could go ITX for even more internal space.