I'm going to buy it in pieces over the next couple of months, I mostly want to wait for Intel's price drops next month.
I know the PC Power and Cooling is good but the reviews for the 1100w I linked to were pretty impressive and it's about half the price. Also the Enermax is modular and I don't want the extra resistence.
Hey I just bought two more of those Seagate 500Gig drives for my READYNAS NV unit....now have 4 of them in there. I love the drives and they are quality Enterprise level hardware.
As for a 1100w PS Im not seeing it in your specs... 4 HD's is not really that big a drain...ny NAS unit uses roughly 48 watts or so to run 4 of those drives, and Dual 8800's shoud fit nicely with an 850w or if you must a 1kw supply.
I agree the Seagate's are nice, a little on the pricey side but good solid quiet drives.
As far as the PS I think I am just prone to err on the side of too much power rather than risk not having enough and with all I've stated plus 7 fans and 5 HD ( I also have a 120gb Seagate that I will be installing) I'd like to ensure a little wiggle room.
Plus as my system starts to age I will have the extra power to OC and keep up to date.
mpilch knows his stuff and an 850watt PSU would run it well.
I do suggest the OCZ GameXstream 850 or if you really think you need a 1kw PSU then go for the OCZ. It is smaller than every other 1kw on the market and is a high quality unit. It is actually smaller than my Ultra X-Connect 500w that I have sitting around. My 700 GameXstream is the same size.
I live near DC and the CompUSA stores here are incredibly mis-manged, every single time we went in to the store to buy something we found that there had been a bait and switch with the pricing. Managers would say oh it was just a mistake, a new stock person marked them wrong...but it would happen time and time again....eventually we quit going and do all our tech shopping online now....
Brick and Mortar Retailers who don't run quality businesses will soon go out of business.
You're going to buy only piece by piece in the next 2 months? Why don't you hold off everything and wait to see how Kuma and Barcelona perform against conroes and kentsfield? Or how R600s do against G80? They are just around the corner.
Also, consider looking at the Razer Barrucuda sound card.
Consider looking at 2 Raptors in Raid 0 + 2 500GB Barracudas instead of the 4 500GB Barracudas you listed. What are you planning with 2TB of storage?! Rip Blu rays?! (RAID 10 maybe?) LOL. Jeesus doing a low level format with 2TB will take awhile, not to mention defragging it.
If you got $$$ get 1000W+ PSU.
I have the Stacker 832. Large case, side panels are somewhat flimsy and annoying to slide out and into. For some reason I can only fit two screws onto the PSU, but its pretty secure.
Otherwise, looks like a top of the line gaming rig.
I wouldn't go raid 0. With the cost of storage nowadays (dirt cheap) it is better to go raid 1, 1+0 or 5 (the best). The space saved and slight performance gain with raid 0 is not worth the risks when it comes to data integrity.
I am planning a raid 5 setup (striping and mirroring) to improve performance and to increase security in case of failure (I hate backing everything up).
As far as holding off for new products, my build isn't set in stone eventhough I just spent my first grand on it yesterday there are still some major components I need to buy and depending on what gets announced or released I will adjust accordingly.
I really want and need a new system but I've been waiting to see benches for the new AMD products before I buy I'm just getting a little impatient.
As far as the Stacker, they had a used slightly beat up 830 at my local CompUSA for 30% off, that discount wasn't enough for what I would have had to do to make it look good again and I wanted the 832 anyway (one of the things I ordered yesterday) but I looked at it and it seemed like a really solid case,and I love that it's tooless.
I do suggest the OCZ GameXstream 850 or if you really think you need a 1kw PSU then go for the OCZ
I will take a look at them as I am a huge fan of the band as well and anyone who likes Tool must know what he is talking about.
I've kind of decided against the Tagan and I know the PCP&C's are good I just think they are overpriced. Also Newegg is almost always the least expensive and I can't believe the PCP&C 1000 is $100 more expensive there than on PCP&C's site. Just goes to show even if you believe in a company (which I do with Newegg) you should still shop around.
LOL you probably don't need to utilize all the fan slots on the CM Stacker. The side panel fan which sits on top of the CPU area probably will interfere with a large aftermarket HSF. I had to remove one of the 120mm fan for the 9700 Zalman. You'd want a fan on top and one or two on the bottom side panel for GPU as intake fans to draw in cool air. There's already one with HDD cage and back. Using all 4 side fans may interfere with air flow (Madshrimp or VR-zone had an article on this i believe).
It is a solid case. but I wish it had a better way to take off the sides and they don't feel so cheap.