Aren't some 6800GT's with non-reference cooling "quieter" by default? Like the Leadtek or the Gigabyte?
Well my main conundrum with the video card cooling is that I'm hoping to get a GPU waterblock, but Zalman's rep's are naturally reluctant to give me any hint of a release date for it. A NV5 is kind of my fallback position, since it's not that expensive to begin with. There's no way I can stick with the stock cooling on even the "quieter" 6800GT's. From the reviews I've read their still obscenely loud.
I think you'll find the Nexus 120mm fans quieter than... well, every other 120mm fan, really. And you can undervolt them with a fanmate or something if they're still too noisy at 12V.
If money is an object, why the extra DVD reader? Do you need to copy DVDs so often that it's a big pain to copy them to the hard disk and write them back using the same drive?
If you decide the Graphics waterblock is a non-starter, there are a few 6800GT cards that come with the NV5 silencer already integrated. You'll probably want to fanmate it if you go that route.
You'll probably find you get better performance by running those Raptors separately, not in RAID 0 - OS, apps and games on the first drive, pagefile (fixed size) and data on the second. Check out Storage Review for the full details and reasoned debate.
In the order you've laid out:
-My retailer of choice only sells ugly orange 120mm nexus fans for some reason, but I think I will take ur advice and search for some black ones since they are reputably more quiet.
-I need a DVD reader because my Writer is a notoriously great writer and a notoriously bad reader. I get skipping with playback, even with retail DVDs. But a new reader with a good rep is only 40 bucks, so I thought what the hey.
-I havn't seen anyone selling 6800GT's with integrated NV5's. If you know of a Canadian online retailer (has to be Canadian or it'll cost me like 150 bucks to import the card) let me know for sure, I'd be very interested in maintaining a warrenty if possible,
-I'll check out that storage idea for sure. I had heard that RAID 0 was as good as it gets but I'm open to ideas, especially if they make my comp faster for free
because you have an aluminium case that'll probably resonate a lot with those raptors
Actually, I can barely heard my raptors because of the excessively expensive hearddrive enclosures they're in.