I finished my first HTPC today when I changed the interim fans and HDD I have been using for a while.
I'm really pleased with the result myself. It's quiet enough not to hear it when the TV is on and at the same time keeping all the temps nice and low.
The main parts. I assembled these on December 15th.
2 new Nexus fans and the two fans I've been using until now.
A new WD Caviar GP 500GB and the old WD 1200JD 120GB Ballbearing.
The GP is really quiet. Monted in the silicone grommets it is more quiet then my suspended Seagates in my other PC.
I haven't enabled AAM.
I'm having trouble doing it with Hitachi Feature Tool 2.08 same with the old WD. After reboot the changes are gone.
MB chamber picture #2
My HTPC in its right environment.