Now this is what I call a "jackal
" response. The question is why you feel the need to bash cmthomson's work so unfairly. Did you have a bad day?
I know that the PC is based on an old one...
Mebbe you didn't get the joke: Everything
except the case and the PSU was changed.
The PSU used needed a fan mod and I think that nowadays this is not acceptable (I blame Seasonic for it).
The PSU was not modded in the least and there are no Seasonic components anywhere in this rig. The P180 has a built in 120mm fan mount in the lower chamber. cmthomson used a different fan.
The 7900GT is totally underpowered for the top of the line Asus motherboard ($$$) and the Conroe.
According to who? Nothing anywhere says such-and-such CPU must be mated to so-and-so vidcard. It was cmpthomson's choice, based on his needs, plain and simple.
For people who work a lot with TIM, Arctic Silver cleaning kit is a must
It's only one of several ways to clean up TIM. Oil-free 99% pure isopropynol is perfectly good.
Floppys have to die, they just block airflow with their cables.
Floppies have their uses still.
The DVD-RW, now this is the ultimate SPCR blind spot.
If any optical drive is allowed to spin up to the full "rated" speed, it's noisy. Period. It's the nature of an unbalanced plastic disc spinning at high speed. Some drives are smoother than others. We've seen many (and reviewed a few) from BenQ, LG, Samsung, Asus and others that are quite smooth. Most current ones are quite good when something like Nero Drive Speed is used to limit their top speed. This is a perfectly good strategy.
Normally, optical drives are used only for short periods, so the noise is not a big factor, it is the user's choice to have it on. The only reason it is on for longer periods is when a movie, music or game is being played -- during which time the audio output from speakers or headphones will make other noises trivial.
EDITED to remove jackaliness... as per jaganath's criticism below.