I don't really know. You should consult the mobo manual and examine the mounting hole pattern carefully to compare against EATX, etc, or even better, the manuals of the cases you're considering.
Will do. I have plenty of time before I actually NEED to get a case. Just figured I'd just start my research early. In the meantime, I have an old modded Chenbro Genie (SR104) that I can use; I don't think it supports SSI EEB, but it's at least EATX. Heck, if it wasn't beige and didn't have a couple quirks, I would seriously consider just using it and not getting a new case.
Which 135mm fan PSU?ABS Majesty Series 1100W
... I felt like experimenting, since it's 80+ Gold certified... ABS is just Newegg, which means it should be a high-quality OEM manufacturer of some sort. I just needed a PSU ASAP so that I could test the main components, in case I need to return them (note the "good deals" I mention a little later in this post).
Which video cards?
I'll start off with a GTX285 that I have already (+ HR-03 GTX) and see what ATI has coming up in the very near future. But for now, I have my eye on a couple HD 5850's for Crossfire, which I can later upgrade to 3 or even 4 cards in the future.
What's the system for anyway?
Mainly, a combination of video editing and gaming on my 30" monitor (thus the video cards), along with other lighter workstation duties, and also as a home server. I saw a good deal for the CPU's and mobo, so I had to snatch them.
Speaking of video editing, I might have to get a FireWire card, but that's something I'll think about much later.
-- Antec P193 -- EATX explicitly mentioned. This is an obvious choice, esp w/ Antec CP-850 PSU. Pretty cheap, too, considering.
I don't like the relatively low height limit for CPU HSF's - 140mm - cased by the giant side-fan. I don't like Antec's excuse that this limit is not a problem because all of those fans they have in the case mean that you don't have to use a big heatsink... Also, there are no fans (other than the side fan) too close to the video cards.
-- Big Silverstones -- TJ9,TJ10... there's a handful that support EATX and SSI, and have the PSU on the bottom.
Yeah, TJ10 is one of the top candidates, especially considering its "native" SSI EEB support. Still a little suspicious of aluminum, though, unless someone wants to mod a Mac Pro case for me
. And is it me, or would cables not really fit between the motherboard tray and the "left" side of the TJ10 (for cable routing / hiding)?
And if you're looking at those, you might as well also look at the Coolermaster options like the Cosmos, HAF932, etc (tho these explicitly state "does not support Dual Xeon Nocona")... and big LianLi too.
Yep, will do. Lian Li PC-A7110B might be an option, if I were to go with aluminum. There are only a couple places where I can still order it, unfortunately.
As for the cases that say things like "does not support Dual Xeon Nocona," I BELIEVE that's only because of certain CPU back-panels, which Nehalem motherboards don't need (they're built onto the motherboards).