I honestly got the i7 for the 77W TDP more than the HP. And the RAM is for the VM's I'm going to be using for my MTA/MCSA/MCSE/MCITP studies. Plus this is going to be used as a tax break for the mentioned studies, so I am sure 8GB would be more than enough, but it was only ~75% more for double. The 60mm fans (added a second one next to first) from v1 had been undervolted to 7v, so they weren't too bad. The 80mm fans were put near the intake vents. This was all to help cool the Prescott, ATI Radeon can't remember
, and 2x WinTv PVR's at the time.
Yeah, the encryption is just for my piece of mind mostly. I don't think I will be bothered by any 3 lettered agencies, but it is better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it. I normally do the sledge to old drives after 2 passes with disk wipe utility. They frown upon use of thermite for drive disposal.