Silverstone Grandia GD05: A Versatile HTPC Case

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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 optical drive).

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.

Even modest-sized coolers like the Arctic Cooling Alpine 7 Pro interfere with optical drive installation.

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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