I agree; my build is not ideal and is somewhat the result of not understanding the case limitations beforehand. In a perfect world I would have used a shorter GPU, but I started with the GPU first and didn't realize the power plugs would interfere the way they did.
Thanks for writing up this build, especially the detailed pictures. I'm seriously considering this case for a new build, but I have a MSI 1080 Ti GAMING X 11G video card which has an extra tall fan/cooler (roughly half a slot extra), and I'm very curious if that will fit or if it will touch the inside of the side door. Since you put some kind of spacer on the top of the video card it looks like there is plenty of space, but if you have any thoughts I'd appreciate it. Nice job!
MSI video card profile:
Good thought I hadn't considered the airflow increase. Fortunately I haven't had any overheating issues with this build.
I'm not an expert at benchmarks or measuring temperatures in a scientific way, but I ran Furmark for a while and my GPU leveled off at 78C. If I'm playing games for a while on a hot day the case will definitely get warm, but I haven't had any heat-related instability yet. My overall impression is that the case is well designed for cooling because of how the GPU and motherboard are in separate compartments. The fans for both have access to outside air immediately through the side panel mesh, and they both vent directly out the back. If I had to guess, I would say temps might be a little bit higher than a conventional case with extra fans circulating air, but not enough to really matter unless you are running bleeding edge components or extreme overclocks. High end CPU coolers may be too large to fit.
At the time I built this PC the 10-series parts had not yet been released. If they had been, I probably would have gone with a 1060 or 1070.