Originally Posted by txenakis
Thanks again for all this super useful info, I really appreciate it. I've thought about what you say and, given that I don't have any need for a DVD drive or hard drive, I might try the Noctua cooler first to see what happens. I'll also get low profile RAM and also a SFX PSU to give more clearance to the fan in the back of the case. I think that might get me decent results, especially with no overclock. If not then I'll try the AIO cooler.
Now the last question I have is how to orient the case fans, should they all be pulling air out of the case, or should some of them be pushing air in?
I think the case is designed to have the 3 left and right fans as inlet and the air to exit everywhere else, mainly at the rear via the two 80mm fans but also through the GPU out the back of the PCIe slots and through a vent directly over the top of the hot end of the GPU.
With the air cooler you should first try with the 3 120s as inlets and with the left one of the two 80mm fans as an outlet. I didn’t find the second 80mm particularly useful without making a baffle (I tried it in the GD05) as it just pulls cool air around the corner from the nearby 120.
Blower GPUs are definitely better for case temps in this case. The second 80mm exit fan may be more useful if you don’t have a blower perhaps.
I’m not sure what a SFX PSU will do to the airflow. The case is designed for an ATX PSU to get its own air from the LHS and to be independent. You will need to buy an adapter to mount the SFX PSU. If you use it to put the PSU fan facing left up against the air intake that will be similar to the intended config for ATX PSUs but there will be a gap where the SFX is smaller than the ATX letting air out the LHS. You might want to seal that gap.
The cable run for the motherboard power goes around the front of the case and is quite long. I think SFX PSU cables will be too short to reach. I’m pretty sure SF600 cables will be too short. It may be better to go with a short ATX PSU. It shouldn’t be too difficult to find one which will not obstruct the left fan position.
Hope it works out well for you. Don’t forget to post some pics and case temps when you are done.