I'm moving my build over to a NCase M1 (small form factor case). I've read the best way to cool GPUs is with two static pressure 120mm fans blow out the bottom of the case. The GPU is mounted at the bottom of the case, about 1" above the lower fan mounts, so with stock fans installed, it's impossible to have the fans exhausting out the bottom. Some people install a big aftermarket heatsink and mount fans blow out the bottom, but there are none available for the FTW PCB.
I was wondering if its possible to remove the fans and fan shroud but keep the heatsink. That way, I could keep the card cooled with two static pressure fans blowing out the bottom, while utilizing the original heatsink on the card. I have redone the thermal paste before, but I don't want to if I don't need to, because it's a bit of a pain to pull it all apart. Let me know if I'm crazy or if anyone has done something similar.