I gave my desktop to my girlfriend's parents because their machine was
about to die (like, serious _death_) and my machine was more machine than
I needed and I figured I'd borrow some spare components from my dad
and after that series of transactions, everyone would be happy. Thus it
transpired and everyone was happy! w00t!
Then I discovered I couldn't put the massive full tower case under either of
my desks and with the fourteen fans (some of which were parts taken from
dismantled B-52 flying fortresses) it sounded like my desk was sitting on
the tarmac of an air field during an air show.
Not to look a gift horse in the mouth, I decided to get a smaller quieter
case and picked up an Antec Sonata. It's great. Everything I had read
about it was right on down to the fact that you can count exactly how many
times you touched the top of the case due to the amazing ability of the
piano black finish to preserve in a pristine fashion every single detail
of every single fingerprint.
Then after wrestling with the IDE ribbon cables, I decided to pick up two
rounded IDE cables for $8.00 each.
The machine is super duper! Total monetary cost to me so far is $112.
My girlfriend's parents got a machine to replace their very seriously
almost dead one. My dad freed up some room in his computer room.
Everyone is happy!...
Well, except for my girlfriend who's a little unexcited when I spend long
periods of time over several days futzing with hardware.
AMAZON::B000087ZQC::Antec Sonata case
AMAZON::B0002344O8::24" Rounded IDE cable