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CLEARANCE & COMPATIBILITY
According to Silverstone, the case can fit full-sized graphics
cards up to 11" long and CPU coolers 70 mm tall (120 mm tall without an
The GD05 is one of the few HTPC cases that can comfortably fit long,
high performance graphics cards. With a 10.5" GTX
260 installed there is about half an inch to spare. If you wish
to use a third party video card cooler, watch out for overhang as the
distance between the edge of the graphics card PCB and top cover is only
about 1.5 cm.
Due to the case's depth, the optical drive overhangs the CPU socket,
so a low profile cooler like the Scythe
Big Shuriken is optimal. Alternatives include the Nexus
Low-7000 and the Silverstone NT01-E
which they claim can run passively when paired with a 65W CPU in the GD04/05.
If your media library is mostly digital you may wish to ditch the optical
drive and free up space for larger heatsinks. However, you will still
be limited to a height of 12cm, which rules out most tower coolers with
92 mm fans like the Xigmatek
HDT-S964 pictured above.
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