The point of dual LAN... Well, on a very fast broadband connection, running two separate connections to your router supposedly reduces latency in online twitch gaming. Might get you a few extra frags
If you were printing your book out on your network printer and playing WOW at the same time, it might be handy that way as well.
i realize trying to cheapin up a build. I do it too. But did you figure out how much 2 new, quiet 120mm fans will cost, and on top of that you add shipping costs or tax to each fan........ adds up quick. The egg has the 900 for $99 with free shipping right now.
Edit: If you're thinking of a 4870 X2 then get a 750TX (it's $20 more at newegg). BTW, P5Q Pro + HD 4870 X2 will beat P5Q Pro + two HD 4870 1GB because the P5Q Pro is based on P45 and Crossfire runs at half-speed.
It's quite interesting to see all three Antec cases side by side. The 300 is smaller, but adequate room. The 900 is larger and fancier and once you factor in fans and such is a good deal. The 1200 is bigger yet... downright vast.
Each case makes the same statement: "engineering first, looks second."
you've all said the Antec 300 might be a bit small and might have poor airflow, so the 900 is the next step up. the 900 has a bunch of good deals that negate it's increased cost.
it's either going to be the current setup of Antec 300 + Corsair 750W for $155, or the Antec 900 and the Antec Neopower 650W for $160 (after $30 combo discount).
My only concern is the possibility to upgrade to a 4870x2 (or 5870(or x2)) in the future. A 750W PSU would be a better choice for that. The nearest the 900 can do is a deal with the antec 850W TPQ (true power quattro) for $190 (after $25MIR and $30 combo deal).
that might be the choice for me, with the Antec 900 and i wouldn't come close to using that much power for a long time. Anything wrong with the Antec TPQ series??
The way i see it, the 650W won't be enough power in the future, because this computer will last me for many years (3+), and the 300 might have space/airflow issues. that leaves the antec 900 for the case and either the corsair 750 or the TPQ 850, both are good. the 850 and the 900 have a combo deal for $35 off, and at that point the price difference actually benefits the 850 by $10, so it's a clear winner.