I recently assembled a HTPC around this case using the following components:
ASUS P8H61-M Pro Rev.3
Zotac GT430 Zone Edition
Scythe Big Shuriken 2 Rev B
Corsair CX430 Rev 2
I thought I could deal with the stock cooler based on the seating distance, having previously built a SB-based server and not finding it too bad, but it's just too loud and too inadequate. The fan ticks at low speed too. The minimum speed it could run at via PWM was around 1000RPM, and refused to go any lower. At max speed (which it does briefly at every power on, it's horrendous). The push-pin mounting is complete crap. It's a good job the CPUs have the heat spreaders or else we'd see more cooked or cracked cores. Even though the pins "clicked", one of them managed to jam and as such wasn't actually mounted. There is just no way to tell visually either, until you boot up and the CPU temperature is up in the 60s (once correctly mounted, it averaged around 35).
The Big Shuriken is considerably better than the stock Sandy Bridge heatsink/fan. It was a bit inconvenient to remove the motherboard from the case (particularly with the flimsy finger-cutting I/O plate ASUS supply). The instructions were a bit daunting, but in reality it's simple. Anyone considering a GD04/GD05 - just buy the Big Shuriken from the start; you'll only end up replacing the stock cooler. The only downside was that the fins align themselves at 90 degrees to the side exhaust fans, when the Shuriken is aligned so its base sits on the CPU socket plate.
There was a brief "d'oh" moment after installing the Zotac card, as it looked as if the brace member and optical drive were going to clash with it (since the heatsink wraps around the top of the card). I didn't even think to check the "height" of the card, having only done regular tower builds before. Fortunately it fits like a glove - the fins in the Zotac card line up with the brace perfectly.
The ASUS board can control PWM and regular fans, and the SilverStone fans are pretty nice (much better than the junk Antec supply with their supposed quiet cases). I can hear the system, unlike my main rig, but it's a benign whoosh of air. No whining, and no humming. My only complaint about the ASUS motherboard is that it doesn't reach the last set of mounting posts, so the entire right edge is unsupported. Unfortunately, this edge is home to the ATX connector which is a pain to plug in. You have to be very careful to avoid bending the board.
The Corsair CX430 seems to do the job well enough. It isn't the loudest thing in the case, all of the cables reach where they need to, and although not modular there isn't too much excess cable. The extra cables fit between the left case fan and PSU, so no blocking of the fan.