It's better to get a weather forecast and reschedule a parade rather than blindly holding the parade only to be rained out.
According to my rough measurements the XP-120s should fit horizontally and vertically. I'm not sure about the clearance over all the other stuff on the mobo.
You DO HAVE got one HUGE motherboard there!
Sorry if I sounded negative the first time, I really think dual XP-120's would be fantastic, its just that this is the first time I have seen a board with enough distance between the two sockets.
The clearance issue with the videocard may or may not happen depending on which way you install / CAN install the XP-120. Because if I'm not mistaken, it is not symmetric.
The suggestion for the hard drives is enticing, but seems a like a bit of a hassle to remove drives I want to replace... I'd rather spend the money on the SmartDrive's, if they work.
I agree this is quite a hassle, but some people find even the raptors unsilencable, so I think for a 15k drive, you need some extreme measures.
A bit off-topic, but: I just had a reaalllyy stupid idea: So if you want a doable/smart idea, this isn't it!
Would it be possible to suspend the harddisk with elastic in a vacuumed out airtight container to substantially reduce the noise? I can find lots of reasons why it wouldn't work, can anyone think of reasons why it might