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Silverstone GD09 case - CPU cooling?


Hey guys,


so my TV rig is about ready (got a 7700 non-k arriving this weekend) but after staring at the new case all week (Cooler Master HAF XB Evo) I kind of want something smaller there and want to use the CM case for something else.


I really like the size of this Silverstone GD09, but before plunking down some cash for it I noticed that on the top lid there are no vent holes above the CPU area. The max CPU cooler height is 138mm and I was thinking if I delid the 7700 + liquid metal, it should run pretty cool, so something like a Noctua NH-C14S should be totally fine to cool it quietly, as well as will fit since it is only 115mm if you put the fan on the underside of the fins, 142mm on top. 

Anyway, as far as good airflow for that CPU cooler - is there any reason I would NOT want to mod the case right there? My thought was just cut a hole above the CPU cooler and affix some kind of grill from the inside - not a filter since it's just exhaust but something enough to keep small bits from falling down inside.


Also - the C14S should be totally fine for a 7700, right?






Going to try it with this grill above the CPU fan https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007EVI7MQ/


and got a dust filter to go on top just in case. Hopefully that's good enough!

HEDT: i9 10980XE @ 4.9 gHz, 64GB @ 3600mHz CL14 G.Skill Trident-Z DDR4, 2x Nvidia Titan RTX NVLink SLI, Corsair AX1600i, Samsung 960 Pro 2TB OS/apps, Samsung 850 EVO 4TB media, LG 38GL950G-B monitor, Drop CTRL keyboard, Decus Respec mouse

Laptop: Razer Blade Pro 2019 9750H model, 32GB @ 3200mHz CL18 G.Skill Ripjaws DDR4, 2x Samsung 960 Pro 1TB RAID0, repasted with Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut
Gaming Rig: i9 9900ks @ 5.2ghz, 32GB @ 4000mHz CL17 G.Skill Trident-Z DDR4, EVGA RTX 2080 Ti Kingpin, Corsair HX1200, Samsung 970 EVO Plus 2TB, Asus PG348Q monitor, Corsair K70 LUX RGB keyboard, Corsair Ironclaw mouse
HTPC: i7 7700 (delidded + LM), 16GB @ 2666mHz CL15 Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4, MSI Geforce GTX 1070 Gaming X, Corsair SFX 600, Samsung 850 Pro 512gb, Samsung Q55R TV, Filco Majestouch Convertible 2 TKL keyboard, Logitech G403 wireless mouse

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