Its most annoying habit is a tendancy to periodically do some fairly noisy procedure, even if nothing is accessing the drive.
Isn't there a firmware update for this problem?
Additional to this I already have a 9700 pro that I intend to house there - this I shall be buying the Zalman VGA cooler (model c) for complete, I think, with the optional fan.
I wouldn't buy the Zalman vga fan for the heatpipe VGA cooler (if you still intend to do that) but get another, quieter fan with a fanmate or something. Just rig up some way to suspend it, I've done that with really long tie wraps in one build and a DIY metal bracket in another (DIM actually since I did it myself
). Or get an Arctic Cooling VGA silencer if it is compatible. Since the Nexus Breeze appears somewhat airflow-challenged outtake-wise that certainly wouldn't hurt.
I am quite interested in SATA but worried if I load up with more drives power could be an issue plus concerned at noise of SATA - although I would NOT be getting raptors or anything - more like another Seagate at same capacity for fast programatic access.
SATA is nice for a new system because of the cabling and it's probably more future-proof but there are no real benefits besides that at the moment, unless you want to use raid (which many new boards have on-board). It should not be noisier than PATA, but I would definitely try to keep the number of hard drives as low as possible, especially since the Breeze does not really allow for good hdd cooling or decoupling.
PS - may well move over to the MSI K8N NEO2 Platinum-54G now... like the idea of Nforce chipset plus wi-fi... unless anyone knows anything bad?
Never had a problem with MSI or Abit. Both have a noisy NB fan that needs to be taken care of though. Are you sure you don't want to wait a bit longer for the nForce4 boards? All depending on whether you actually need 10 usb ports of course... and whether you can bring yourself to waiting even longer