I got sick for 2 weeks, then went out of town for a couple weeks....life gets in the way sometimes.
I'm having some trouble with this build related to the dreaded Vista Sleep issue, but otherwise things are pretty good. Here is what it looks like now...
You can see the 2 suspended drives, I decided to leave them mounted this way instead of front to back. The cables gently push against the back panel, but there is no noticeable sound difference and the cabling is cleaner. I ran out of my "pretty" blue foam, so I had to keep the ugly green foam that holds my front intake fans in place. No biggie, the side panel will rarely be removed.
Notice the antec 92mm tricool fan is slightly supporting my 8800gts 320 video card while providing a gentle breeze on the G80 chip. The fan is set to low and adds no noticeable sound. Rivatuner showed my card at 60 C idle before the fan, 47 C after. It's now running a little hotter since I've been playing around with overclocking the video card a bit. I'm also a little ashamed of the yellow PATA cable for the dvd player, I had a PATA to SATA adapter in there originally but had to reuse it on a build I did for a friend. It was a PITA to get it situated so that it doesn't interfere with airflow, but in the end I think I did as good as possible with it.
Here you can see the wood block I'm using to keep my HR-03 attached firmly to the GTS. I lost 1 of the 4 mounting screws so I had to improvise and use a woodscrew and this small wood block on the back corner. The wood screw was the only thing I could find that would fit through the HR-03 mounting hole. If any of you happen to have an extra HR-03 mounting screw, I'd gladly give you $5 for it!
And the front panel with the door open. Notice I did a quick paint job on the front before putting the bezel back in place, it still looks crappy without the grills but it's better than having the silver of the case frame showing. The front door is closed 90% of the time, so it doesn't bother me much.
So now the important question....how does it sound? When I run everything at stock (no OC) it has the slightest whoosh of fan noise (which I actually enjoy, very relaxing). It can't be heard over the sound of my Dell Latitude 820 laptop on my other desk about 5 feet away, so I'd say it's very quiet if not silent. Since this is my wife's computer, it is on the other side of our desk and therefore the exhaust fans face me from under the desk. When sitting in my wife's seat, it is inaudible.
As far as the hard drive suspension, I'm very happy. I hear no vibration noise at all and only occasionaly will I hear a faint seek. The thing I've found to be most important in silencing seeks on ANY hard drive is to disable the Windows pagefile. This is only possible if you have a minimum of 4gb of RAM, but I find it greatly reduces the number of seeks and therefore helps to keep the overall system much quieter.
I like to overclock and the Q6600 is a heat monster. My biggest problem with this machine is that I haven't installed a fan controller yet. Therefore my poor fans are at the mercy of my Asus P5k-Deluxe motherboard, and quite frankly, that sucks. The biggest offender is the fan in the Tuniq Tower cpu cooler, I can't seem to get it to go below 1200 RPM when I overclock. I just received some modder's mesh from FrozenCPU, so I might install a Zalman MFC2 and remove the Kama Bay, then create a 2 bay version of the Kama Bay with my modder's mesh.
Thanks to all for reading and for the encouraging comments. Feel free to ask questions, and I hope I've at least given someone an idea for their own mod.