I just ordered everything I need for my new build. This will also be the first complete build I've ever done. I'm very excited! Let me know what you think of my setup. And if you have anything to share that you think is important for me to know when building, all thoughts are welcome
Here is my build:
Thermaltake ArmorPlus VH6000BWS Black Aluminum / Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
I think I'm happy with the HSF I picked, but I'll check those out. As for the hard drive, I'm fine with 500GB storage right now. I got the 150GB 10,000 RPM drive for programs and games cause it will load a little faster. I also have an external hard drive so I'm not too worried about space. Even 500GB seems like a lot to me right now. And I can always add another drive later too. Thanks for the advice
There is still more benchmarking to be done, but the WD 640GB so far is right up there with the Raptor in terms of performance. Also it is very quiet and cool, not to mention $20-30 cheaper than the Raptor. If those attributes aren't important, stick with the Raptor.
I've heard some scuttlebut that a new Raptor will be coming out, so you might want to investigate that, especially if you have time before making your build.
I've looked around and the WD 640GB seems to have some really nice performance from the reviews I read. Even better than the Raptor for most things. I don't really want to wait anymore considering I've been planning this since like October of last year, so I took your advice and I'm getting 2 640GB WD drives to put in raid 0. Thanks again for the advice