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I'm thinking my next mod is going to be happening this week to the case. My plan is to move the motherboard over about 2-3 inches to the right.<br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1549931/"><img alt="LEAD Technologies Inc. V1.01" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="1549931" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1549931/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 263px"></a><br><br>
I'll probably need to invest in a Nibbler and a tool to create new threaded holes for the mobo stand offs. This way I can get my optical drive slot back.<br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1549933/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="1549933" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1549933/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 263px"></a>
 

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Found some more pics online of a guy placing the H100 in the case....<br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1573474/"><img alt="*" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="1573474" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1573474/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 585px"></a><br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1573475/"><img alt="*" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="1573475" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1573475/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 585px"></a><br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1573476/"><img alt="*" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="1573476" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1573476/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 585px"></a><br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1573477/"><img alt="*" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="1573477" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1573477/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 585px"></a>
 

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I have made some updates to my Grandia tonight and I seem to be much happier with the case. I am waiting on a few parts from my buddy here on the forums which should help with the HDD placement.<br><br>
1. I sent the HDD/Optical Drive cage packing. It's a nice idea for those wanting to use the entire HDD rack, but I felt like it was taking up too much room.<br><br>
2. I replaced all of the Silverstone fans with Corsair AF120's. The front 3 fans are down to 2 for right now and they are AF120's as intake fans. The fans to the left I have one AF120 set as an intake and the stock Corsair fan that came with the H60 also set as an intake. I am considering switching this fan to a SP120, might be a better fan. The rear 2 x 80mm fans are cooler master fans that are set as exhausts. I have been going for a whole positive air flow here.<br><br>
3. I also rerouted most of the cables/wiring underneath the motherboard. There are still several cables that I need to clean up as seen in the images below.<br><br>
4. For both the HDD's, I ended up using rubber sticky feet which I mounted to the bottom of the chassis for right now. Once I receive the HDD cage later this week, my plan is to mount the HDD cage above the middle fan.<br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1575317/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="1575317" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1575317/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 263px"></a><br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1575318/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="1575318" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1575318/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 263px"></a><br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1575319/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="1575319" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1575319/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 263px"></a><br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1575320/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="1575320" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1575320/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 263px"></a><br><br><br>
My next goal is to find a way to get a fan controller into this case with what I have done. I think I can achieve this once I get the HDD situation under control.<br><br>
I feel like this is a nice sized HTPC that has a lot of wasted space.
 

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Coming back after finally transferring my HTPC from a GD06 case to GD08 case...<br><br>
Short version: GD-08 is awesome and I am so glad I did it!!<br><br>
Long version:<br><br>
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:<br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1577744/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="1577744" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1577744/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 233px"></a><br><br>
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.<br><br>
With MB, PSU and fans installed:<br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1577750/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="1577750" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1577750/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 233px"></a><br><br>
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.<br><br>
With everything in, before closing up the lid:<br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1577759/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="1577759" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1577759/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 233px"></a><br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1577760/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="1577760" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1577760/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 233px"></a><br><br>
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...<br><br>
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 <img alt="smile.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/smile.gif">. 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.<br><br>
Thanks for the info earlier the thread!
 

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Your welcome! You will really love the GD08. My only complaint with the case is the lack of ability to water cool without doing crazy things to this case. LOL!<br><br>
Which air cooler are you using on your CPU and which CPU do you have? I see your at 40 degrees on idle. My i5 2500K under water is at about 30-32 degrees on average.<br><br>
I have been close this week to pulling the trigger on a mATX case since my water cooler rad is pushing up against one of my components on the mobo and I am afraid of it either causing heat issues or worse, snapping off.
 

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Which air cooler are you using on your CPU and which CPU do you have? I see your at 40 degrees on idle. My i5 2500K under water is at about 30-32 degrees on average.<br><br>
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CPU is a 3570k and cooler is Shuriken Rev. B. This was one of the few that would fit under optical drive in GD06. Yeah, 40 idle is not great and I might replace it with a better cooler in the future. Or go water-cooling once you have figured out all the hurdles for us lol!<br>
But really, the CPU fan runs at 900rpm all the time and wspins fast and becomes noisy is at night during commercial removal and compression...and I'm usually not around to hear it <img alt="wink.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/wink.gif"> That will do for now....</div>
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CPU is a 3570k and cooler is Shuriken Rev. B. This was one of the few that would fit under optical drive in GD06. Yeah, 40 idle is not great and I might replace it with a better cooler in the future. Or go water-cooling once you have figured out all the hurdles for us lol!<br><br>
But really, the CPU fan runs at 900rpm all the time and wspins fast and becomes noisy is at night during commercial removal and compression...and I'm usually not around to hear it <img alt="wink.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/wink.gif"> That will do for now....</div>
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Oh, I made some crazy mods to the case last week and regret it now. I drilled new holes for stand offs, then I cut the I/O panel and 2 of the PCI-e slots. I shifted the motherboard over, but the issue is that things just didn't quite fit right. I had the system running like that for a few days. Then I put everything back as to how it was.<br><br>
For cable management, run some of the cables under the motherboard with some electrical tape.<br><br>
In the image below, you can see the Rad pushing up against the Z68 controller. Good thing this thing is flexible, but over the long haul I am not sure what kind of issues or damage that it will do. My RAM slots push into the Rad so if I need to get to the Ram, I need to remove the cooler.<br><br>
The HDD's in that little corner, have no good air flow to them so that could be bad.<br><br>
Where the arrows are pointing.<br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1577845/"><img alt="LEAD Technologies Inc. V1.01" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="1577845" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1577845/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 263px"></a><br><br>
Let's hope the GD09 fixes some of this for us. This is why I am considering moving towards a mATX case, so I can use water cooling, an optical drive, a fan controller, etc.
 

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I've found a few older pictures with my GD-08 and wanted to share them with you. I used this case before my actual HAF XB. Here just as replacement build with an old Pentium 4 3,2 GHZ CPU.<br><br>
I had a few heat problems in this case, so I switched it. A few mods I did, to mount a few more 5,25 parts with full access. top with extra filtered hole to get better air to CPU cooler, in main build before, here was mounted my Corsair H60 AIO watercooling.<br><br>
Now the case is empty, front has gone completely, will be replaced with a clear plexi plate. perhaps sometime I build in here my parts from my Kenwood audio AMP, that will be then activ cooled with a few silent fans.<br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1579117/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="1579117" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1579117/width/400/height/200/flags/LL" style="; width: 300px; height: 200px"></a> <a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1579118/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="1579118" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1579118/width/400/height/200/flags/LL" style="; width: 300px; height: 200px"></a> <a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1579119/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="1579119" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1579119/width/400/height/200/flags/LL" style="; width: 300px; height: 200px"></a><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1579120/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="1579120" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1579120/width/400/height/200/flags/LL" style="; width: 300px; height: 200px"></a> <a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1579121/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="1579121" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1579121/width/400/height/200/flags/LL" style="; width: 300px; height: 200px"></a> <a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1579122/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="1579122" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1579122/width/400/height/200/flags/LL" style="; width: 300px; height: 200px"></a>
 

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I've found a few older pictures with my GD-08 and wanted to share them with you. I used this case before my actual HAF XB. Here just as replacement build with an old Pentium 4 3,2 GHZ CPU.<br><br>
I had a few heat problems in this case, so I switched it. A few mods I did, to mount a few more 5,25 parts with full access. top with extra filtered hole to get better air to CPU cooler, in main build before, here was mounted my Corsair H60 AIO watercooling.<br><br>
Now the case is empty, front has gone completely, will be replaced with a clear plexi plate. perhaps sometime I build in here my parts from my Kenwood audio AMP, that will be then activ cooled with a few silent fans.<br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1579117/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="1579117" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1579117/width/400/height/200/flags/LL" style="; width: 300px; height: 200px"></a> <a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1579118/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="1579118" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1579118/width/400/height/200/flags/LL" style="; width: 300px; height: 200px"></a> <a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1579119/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="1579119" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1579119/width/400/height/200/flags/LL" style="; width: 300px; height: 200px"></a><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1579120/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="1579120" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1579120/width/400/height/200/flags/LL" style="; width: 300px; height: 200px"></a> <a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1579121/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="1579121" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1579121/width/400/height/200/flags/LL" style="; width: 300px; height: 200px"></a> <a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1579122/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="1579122" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1579122/width/400/height/200/flags/LL" style="; width: 300px; height: 200px"></a></div>
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Thanks for sharing. Looks like the Grandia Frankenstein, LOL! Did you use a dremmel for a lot of the cuts on the front panel?<br><br>
I've seen your HAF XB modding over the last few months in the HAF XB thread.<br><br>
The GD08 is a nice case, but I feel is very limited. It does produce a lot of heat in there when under load. As you can see, I have 6 fans going at once creating a positive air flow. I think my 770 attributes to a lot of the heat in the case.
 

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Don't have a dremel here and also don't like to work with it. first I drilled holes, then filed them. after this I used a jigsaw and filed again. what was ok. the top hole i just filed out - took a lot time, but therefor very clean.
 

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Don't have a dremel here and also don't like to work with it. first I drilled holes, then filed them. after this I used a jigsaw and filed again. what was ok. the top hole i just filed out - took a lot time, but therefor very clean.</div>
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I can't wait to see what you do with the clear plexi-plat.<br><br>
Did you use a jigsaw to cut that piece of metal in front of the two fans in the middle open spot where you placed your fan controls and what not?<br><br>
How well did the H60 run when it was mounted to the roof of the top panel? Wasn't that top panel a pain to take off then?
 

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Don't have a dremel here and also don't like to work with it. first I drilled holes, then filed them. after this I used a jigsaw and filed again. what was ok. the top hole i just filed out - took a lot time, but therefor very clean.</div>
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I can't wait to see what you do with the clear plexi-plat., right, one fan controler and the other 2 bay unit is a Antec Veris Premier Media Display. (from 2007, IR remote not working anymore)<br><br>
Did you use a jigsaw to cut that piece of metal in front of the two fans in the middle open spot where you placed your fan controls and what not?<br><br>
How well did the H60 run when it was mounted to the roof of the top panel? Wasn't that top panel a pain to take off then?</div>
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1) that will take a while (perhaps at beginning of next year(after my birthday)). plan was to use a 8-10mm thick plexi plate in front, to look inside. other option is like I did to the HAF XB front.. then if I not put in my audio AMP, but a 2nd easy and cheap pc build (as replacement pc or for my sleeping room) , I thought about putting fans to the front (2x or 3x 120mm fans - so straight airflow.<br><br>
2) yes a jigsaw and a hand saw. yes, one fan controler and the other 2 5,25" bay unit is a Antec Veris Premier Media Display (from 2007, IR Remote since 2 years not working anymore)<br><br>
3) a bit difficult, because top couldn't be removed complete. The screws gone from outside through the dustfilter frame (middle part could be removed, because 4 little extra screws - good for cleaning), then the 120mm akasa fan as intake, then H60 rad. unter the rad was then the pump onto the cpu. temps here were no problem. If I wanted to remove the top complete - I had to remove the 4 screws, and after i screwed then in again.
 

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1) that will take a while (perhaps at beginning of next year(after my birthday)). plan was to use a 8-10mm thick plexi plate in front, to look inside. other option is like I did to the HAF XB front.. then if I not put in my audio AMP, but a 2nd easy and cheap pc build (as replacement pc or for my sleeping room) , I thought about putting fans to the front (2x or 3x 120mm fans - so straight airflow.<br><br>
2) yes a jigsaw and a hand saw. yes, one fan controler and the other 2 5,25" bay unit is a Antec Veris Premier Media Display (from 2007, IR Remote since 2 years not working anymore)<br><br>
3) a bit difficult, because top couldn't be removed complete. The screws gone from outside through the dustfilter frame (middle part could be removed, because 4 little extra screws - good for cleaning), then the 120mm akasa fan as intake, then H60 rad. unter the rad was then the pump onto the cpu. temps here were no problem. If I wanted to remove the top complete - I had to remove the 4 screws, and after i screwed then in again.</div>
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I think that will be a very badass build with plexi in the front. I'd love to see it when you get to it next year.<br><br>
I wanted to put 2x120mm fans in the front, but I keep thinking is it worth it to keep messing with this and completely ruin the case. LOL! Did you find it very hard to cut through that front panel? I think a dremmel will cut through it very easily compared to the jigsaw.
 

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1) that will take a while (perhaps at beginning of next year(after my birthday)). plan was to use a 8-10mm thick plexi plate in front, to look inside. other option is like I did to the HAF XB front.. then if I not put in my audio AMP, but a 2nd easy and cheap pc build (as replacement pc or for my sleeping room) , I thought about putting fans to the front (2x or 3x 120mm fans - so straight airflow.<br><br>
2) yes a jigsaw and a hand saw. yes, one fan controler and the other 2 5,25" bay unit is a Antec Veris Premier Media Display (from 2007, IR Remote since 2 years not working anymore)<br><br>
3) a bit difficult, because top couldn't be removed complete. The screws gone from outside through the dustfilter frame (middle part could be removed, because 4 little extra screws - good for cleaning), then the 120mm akasa fan as intake, then H60 rad. unter the rad was then the pump onto the cpu. temps here were no problem. If I wanted to remove the top complete - I had to remove the 4 screws, and after i screwed then in again.</div>
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I think that will be a very badass build with plexi in the front. I'd love to see it when you get to it next year.<br><br>
I wanted to put 2x120mm fans in the front, but I keep thinking is it worth it to keep messing with this and completely ruin the case. LOL! Did you find it very hard to cut through that front panel? I think a dremmel will cut through it very easily compared to the jigsaw.</div>
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It was a bit difficult because of the thickness from the front alu plate. took a longer time and about 4 cheap metal saw blades, but went ok. sure, when I go on next year, I will post it in here, for sure
 

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It was a bit difficult because of the thickness from the front alu plate. took a longer time and about 4 cheap metal saw blades, but went ok. sure, when I go on next year, I will post it in here, for sure</div>
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I bet that metal was a PITA to cut through for sure. I love this case, just wish I had the proper tools to do what I want with this case. There is a lot of potential here.<br><br>
Why did you stop using your case with your main build? Was it due to the heat in the case?
 

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Yes, because the heat in the case. Killed my board. If I knew it before I never had bought this one. When it was released I wanted it so much, because 1st atx htpc case with 120mm fan mountings. After all case is too expensive for what it delivers. 100€ were OK but not nearly 150€ for the gd-08. Gd-07 was 10€ cheaper, but didn't liked the front.<br><br>
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Yes, because the heat in the case. Killed my board. If I knew it before I never had bought this one. When it was released I wanted it so much, because 1st atx htpc case with 120mm fan mountings. After all case is too expensive for what it delivers. 100€ were OK but not nearly 150€ for the gd-08. Gd-07 was 10€ cheaper, but didn't liked the front.<br><br>
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I had paid $140 for mine and I agree, I didn't like the front of the GD07.<br><br>
Which motherboard did you have in there that died from the heat? Another thing I notice from your pics is that there is no 2x80mm fans in the case to help expel the heat? Did you ever use those? Plus did you not add a second fan to the side?<br><br>
My 770 produces the most heat with this case, but the rest of my components are fine except for what I had done with the HDD's by placing them on the bottom chassis. I did some testing yesterday in another case and the HDD's had a drop off of 5-10 degrees due to better air flow. I am going to be getting a HDD bracket from a friend, so I can mount 2 HDD's right above those front fans.
 

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Yes, because the heat in the case. Killed my board. If I knew it before I never had bought this one. When it was released I wanted it so much, because 1st atx htpc case with 120mm fan mountings. After all case is too expensive for what it delivers. 100€ were OK but not nearly 150€ for the gd-08. Gd-07 was 10€ cheaper, but didn't liked the front.<br><br>
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I had paid $140 for mine and I agree, I didn't like the front of the GD07.<br><br>
Which motherboard did you have in there that died from the heat? Another thing I notice from your pics is that there is no 2x80mm fans in the case to help expel the heat? Did you ever use those? Plus did you not add a second fan to the side?<br><br>
My 770 produces the most heat with this case, but the rest of my components are fine except for what I had done with the HDD's by placing them on the bottom chassis. I did some testing yesterday in another case and the HDD's had a drop off of 5-10 degrees due to better air flow. I am going to be getting a HDD bracket from a friend, so I can mount 2 HDD's right above those front fans.</div>
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Oh, did not exactly know what it was. Just know that it was a Asus Board with AMD 990 Chip. CPU was a Phenom II X6 1100 BE, 16 GB Corsair Vengeance RAM. The build at pictures was not main rig. In the main I had 2x 80mm BeQuiet Silent wings as exhaust. in bottom front left and centered 2 120mm fans (stock fans). on right side I first had just the 3rd 120mm stock fan in. Thwe AMD CPU also went very warm and my VGA produced a lot heat extra. It was an Asus EAH 6970 Direct CU-2 (3-Slot).<br><br>
At the beginning of this year I wanted to change all to a Core-I3 3225, because much less power load. VGA was not needed anymore, so I sold all components, except the board, LOL
 

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Oh, did not exactly know what it was. Just know that it was a Asus Board with AMD 990 Chip. CPU was a Phenom II X6 1100 BE, 16 GB Corsair Vengeance RAM. The build at pictures was not main rig. In the main I had 2x 80mm BeQuiet Silent wings as exhaust. in bottom front left and centered 2 120mm fans (stock fans). on right side I first had just the 3rd 120mm stock fan in. Thwe AMD CPU also went very warm and my VGA produced a lot heat extra. It was an Asus EAH 6970 Direct CU-2 (3-Slot).<br><br>
At the beginning of this year I wanted to change all to a Core-I3 3225, because much less power load. VGA was not needed anymore, so I sold all components, except the board, LOL</div>
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I wonder if the AMD GPU was your issue in the case. I had a 7970 in this case for a few days to test and it lit up my case on the top, to the point where I was able to cook an egg on it. Considering that older AMD GPU's were even more power hungry could attribute to that.<br><br>
Now don't laugh at my Photoshop pic but this is something quick I put together. This is what I would have done if I was engineering this case. I would of moved the optical drives to the left with all the power buttons, then add 2x120mm fans in the front with the signature Silverstone fan grills, but in the same brushed aluminum paint. This would help push air from front to rear. I would also of placed an open hard drive cage that hangs right in back of those 2x120mm fans to get air ventilation or remove the one 120mm fan and place the HDD cage there. The fans from the bottom front could vent it then. I wish I had the skills and tools because I would mod the hell out of this case.<br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1580597/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="1580597" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1580597/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 175px"></a>
 

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Why laughing. Looks good to me. the only problem is, that the original front never will look like this, because the 5,25 cutouts at right front. If you want it like on your pic, you have to do a complete new front panel. will be a lot of work then.
 
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