I can comment on the case. I had the same question about what case to get, which I discussed in this thread
. Coolcases makes a very nice modded case
, or you could get the LX-6A19 ($39) from directron.com and mod it similar to coolcases. This is the case I am getting for my rig I'm going to build soon. The LX-6A19 is basically the same case as the Antec SLK3700AMB, with a different front bezel and true black paint (AMB is more greyish than black). Your other choice could be the Evercase 4252 from Newegg. Both appear to be very popular amongst the hardcore silencers here, as a base for true silence modding. Try a search of the forums for more info.
If you want good looks get a Antec Sonata or better, get the Antec SLK3700-BQE. Either case offer really great looks, but not as good airflow/silence. More pictures of the cases here
. The key here is, get these cases from Directron.com, and choose to remove the power supply (-$32 off price) and then put in a 120mm psu such as the Seasonic suggested above. This brings the price of the Sonata to 59.00, and the BQE to 45.99. BQE is more popular among silencers than the Sonata, partly because the Sonata is so shiny every fingerprint shows up. Also because the Sonata does not provide a space for a 120mm fan in the front of the case.
As another twist, you could look at the mnpctech.com SC195 case
, which is yet another mod of the LX-6A19.
As for fans, 120mm Evercool Aluminum fans
are what I am getting. I chose these after some extensive research, since they seem to be the silencers fan of choice to undervolt to 5v. Read this thread for more info.
Zalman 7000A AlCu? If you read the review of it within the Thermalright SP97 & other heavyweights review
on this site, you will see it has a ways to go to be truely silent, due to a unpredictable fan. However, this thread
describes exactly how to make it silent as can be. Again, Evercool Aluminum is the fan of choice. Which, I might add, the 92mm one Directron carries differs from the picture of it on their site. It comes with RPM monitoring, and a 3 pin molex connector for the motherboard.
One final thing worth noting is the Zalman 7000A does not fit all motherboards, so check the Zalman site for compatibility. Also even if it does fit the motherboard, it may not fit inside a specific case mounted to that specific motherboard. So when you choose your case you might want to ask around if the combo will fit the case you choose. The cases I mentioned are very popular, so it's highly likely someone with that specific motherboard, and a Zalman 7000 mounted to it, has installed them in one of the cases I suggested, and can confirm they will fit. Pheww, long sentence.... hope it's not to confusing... I probly shouldn't write at 4AM
You choice of hard drive mirrors my choice, after some extensive research. One thing to note is that the hard drive needs to be decouple-mounted to be truly silent. There is a topic here
discussing a way to do this. Stretch magic cost me 2.99 shipped, and can be streched a staggering ammount at which point it will strech no more... with all my strength I failed to get it to tear or break. But then maybe I'm just weak.
Some really amazing stuff. It can also be used to decouple the fan on the Zalman 7000 (see page 2
of the link above).
Have you checked into NEC DVD drives? They are said to be the most silent DVD drives on the market. Mine is almost inaudible while playing a DVD. I have the extremely popular NEC 2500A. For lotsa info on this drive visit CDFreaks NEC forum
. This drive offers some of the cleanest DVD burns available (at least at the time I researched it), and offer unlocked DVD rip speeds with a modded bios (which I use).
Anyway, hope some of this info helps.