Perfect timing. Thank you for the detailed response, I agree this is a poor cpu fan cooler positioning and I'm glad to have mentioned my call so you could clarify this to the PC builder community on your thread.
Regarding the PSU I saw you used 850 for gaming system that had the same mobo and cpu. It makes and I noted to the variatins between calculators.
Regarding the case, I have space adjacent to my Pioneer receiver or behind the TV. I thought a little more dead space would help with quieter operation and easier cooling. Also, the GD 09 and GD 10 seemed to be the same internal layout and dimensions, difference being the front plate (I thought), the kicker is with the GD08, which is deeper - all three have about the same height though.
GD08 17.32" (W) x 6.89" (H) x 16.73" (D), 32.7 liters
GD09 17.32" (W) x 6.69" (H) x 14.09" (D), 26.8 liters
GD10 17.4" (W) x 6.73" (H) x 14.25" (D), 27.4 liters
Speeking of big HTPC case, I cam accross the Fractal Node 605
, it is huge.
My restriction would really be 9.25" high and 17.5" along the front panel. I am settled with and looking forward to the GD09, even though my system starts to be close to a mid/high end gaming system typical found in full size ATX case. The issue is now to find a vendor which can ship the SilverStone GD 09 case and the 550W Strider Platinum series PSU before what Amazon.com quoted, May 10=11th at the earliest?!
One final details. it looks like the GD 09 case does not come with fans (120mm). Do you have a recommendation for addon case fans (quiet and efficient) especially since you ave extensively tinkered with this case?
I was thinking something along the line of Noctua but there are so many to choose from.
Arctic F12 PWM 120mm Fan is the oe suggested in the build you referred. Is three of these all the fans I'd need then?http://techbuyersguru.com/1500-high-end-gaming-pc-build
I wanted to tel;l you that I keep coming across great build ideas and reviews on your webpage. TBG techbuyersguru.com is great found.
Thank you again for the great details and quick response on this posts.