Another first time builder


Junior Member
Feb 11, 2007
Hello, folks.

What do you think of this preliminary roundup of hardware for a general use PC, leaning towards HTPC? I am planning to add one to two TB RAID1 storage over time, and and would like to pack it all into one case. Game performace will be secondary to lowering heat and noise, and raising efficiency of a machine that will be on 24/7.

Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3

XFX PVT73GU1D4 GeForce 7600GT

SeaSonic S12 Energy Plus SS-550HT

C2D E6300

CORSAIR XMS2 (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800


-or maybe-
Antec Nine Hundered

Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3750640AS 750GB Serial ATA
(two of these RAID1)

I have not thought about a drive for the OS yet.

RAM and Mobo, i have no idea if these would be wasted on my rig at stock speeds or not. Also, Newegg claims the P965 chipset is only compatible with 1.8V RAM, that Corsair is 1.9V, problem? Or can the RAM voltage rating be higher, but not lower?

I liked the giant Lian Li, but thought more adequate cooling was in order for what will eventually be 6+ HDDs, thus the Nine Hundred. Would the Lian Li provide adequate HDD cooling, and is the Nine Hundred overkill, provided the fans can be all set on low?

All of the 7200 HDDs in the 250-750GB range that i have looked through have similar power consumption (~9 watts idle, ~12 watts active). Although you do pay a $30 premium for the largest drive, does it not use, effectively, 1/3 to 1/2 of the power required to run many smaller drives combined? And would the largest drive, although hotter than the lesser drives, still radiate less heat than that produced by many smaller drives combined?

I would appriciate any input. Thank you.



Golden Member
Feb 23, 2005
is that case really necessary?! i know you want lots of HDDs, but you can get 4 hdds and a boot in most cases.