1) Fan newbie here but after going through some articles, it does seem that way.
Added to that, I may need to add/replace some of the stock fans.
2) The Maxtor Atlas SCSI has been pretty good to me so far. I havent heard any noise from it, but then again the fans kind mask the noise.
3) Power supply is an: Enermax EG851AX-VH. Came highly recommended and I've found it to be pretty nice so far.
I decided to stick it into a closed enviornment, basically a huge cabinet. Had two small external fans blowing at it. Left it on for about 1/2 hour. Wasnt such a hot idea ( sorry couldnt resist the pun ). So now I'm basically thinking should I go with a quieter fan or a water cooling setup? But some of the water cooling setups can get pretty expensive and the pump and fan, from what I've read, can be loud too. Plus I'm not overclocking it. I just like it to run cool and reliable.