You made a typo: those are Noctua fans, unless I have been flung into a parallel universe of Nexusian rulership.
Correct indeed. I've been contemplating buying some Nexus fans recently and so I tend to say Nexus instead of Noctua.
Have you considered blocking those vents off and perhaps mass dampening the panels?
The side left side panel would be relatively easy to mass dampen, and really needs it. However, I've had to leave this for now. This is because I've been trying to work out my final fan set up. My motherboard is about 7 degrees warmer, and my CPU about 5 degrees warmer with the fan mounted at the front compared to the lower left side intake.
Is the hard drive cage easily removable? It looks like it is fairly restrictive and may be blocking a lot of the front fan's air flow. I would consider removing it.
It is not removable.
It is fairly restrictive.
I'm contemplating sectioning that part of the case off, such that air can't get in or out and moving the front fan to the left side. Doing this will drop down my northbridge temps 7 degrees and my processor temps 5 degrees. Problem is the grill is too impeding, and I don't have anything to cut it with - it is loud with a fan even at 600 rpm.
Blocking off some of the side and top vents could also improve your cooling slightly, as the airflow will be better controlled from front fan to rear fan.
I might give that a go. I think I'd do it inside the gap between the chassis and the black plastic top cover, rather than inside the case.
O.P. Nice build. I like how you dealt with all the cables, and nice hdd suspension.
You doing any overclocking? Your rig is more than capable of doing it quietly as well...
Temp wise it is perfect 51 degrees at load, at 400mhz * 8.5 =3.4GHz. That is the highest I've managed to get it keeping the vCore within intels product specifications.
Unfortunately ASUS's PC Probe went a bit hay-wire, and led to crashing (even when not overclocked). The program also wouldn't readily uninstall, even in safe mode. So I wiped my PC - which I'd been planning on doing anyway, and am reinstalling everything. When thats all done, I'll go back to my overclocked settings, and push it a bit more.