what i think is even funnier than 3-3.4ghz Northwoods outperforming Prescotts is that Prescotts use even more power than P4 EEs and A64 FX53s. WTF is up with that? are P4 EEs based on the Northwood or Xeon or what?
and spending money is fun, but make sure you're actually getting something out of it - kits are relatively expensive, so is most sound absorber/barrier material aimed at consumers, ditto for fan, HD and PSU mounts. Remember for $20 you can get enough stuff from McMaster to completely decouple 5 fans, suspend all the drives you'll ever own and cover the entire inside of at least one case with sound absorber. Add $6 for a little block of Sorbothane and a bit more for sound barrier/dampener and that's as good as you can possibly get without buying new components or building ducts and that sort of thing. Not trying to sound patronizing, only saying this because you can spend way less on stuff that will at *minimum* work just as well, still looks great, and still doesn't involve power tools or voiding warranties.
Personally i think you might as well splash out on a dvdrw - not much price difference and you KNOW you'l want one eventually
depends entirely on what it's being used for... dvd+-r isn't really an appropriate floppy replacement (like regular cd-rs are), and the quality of almost all current media makes it completely worthless for archival purposes. It gets even more complicated when you consider that for some reason, quality of the burned dvd depends on the combination of drive and media, not just the media. For example, TY DVD+Rs (at like US$2-3 apiece in bulk?) are about as good as it gets; however, they produce mediocre results in my LG burner. Ritek G04 media (normally "just ok") works exceptionally well in mine, but at the same time there have been a few bad batches of that, and some burners just don't like discs with inkjet printable tops. then there are also rebranding problems (and simply not knowing the media ID until you've paid for and opened the spindle) far worse than anything with CDs, it just goes on and on...
gets a bit hard to make a ton of drives quiet, but if you pick them up during a sale or with rebates or whatever, raid5 doesn't cost much more long-term than using DVDs. funny considering performance, ease of use and reliability are so much better, only downside is noise.
/me puts on asbestos suit
even after saying that, though, i'd still get one if i were you, halfway decent ones are only like $70 now.