I would recommend dropping the extra fan and just upgrade your case to the CM 690. IMO, it is worth the cost over the case you picked. Also, switch out the V8 for the Xigmatek Dark Knight S1283V for less money at equal or better performance.
Thanks Tecmo34, I switched out the cooler. $15.00 less for the same or better performance is great. I'm still looking that the case to decide.
Is raid 0 the way to go? Or should I go with a single faster drive?
And the older Seagate 10 series, while it was pretty quick for its day isnt very fast any more. The 5600RPM 250GB hitachi drive in my laptop has performance equal to my Seagate 250GB 7200.10 HDD in my desktop, im going to be upgrading to a caviar black soon myself. Raid only helps with certain situations where as a good quick drive helps in all situations.
And if you do go with one of the cases I suggested or another one that also has the PSU mounted at the Bottom. Then you will need this cable, otherwise the psu cable for the 8-pin power to mobo will run across the legnth of the mobo.
Wow, thank you all so much for the replies. Looks like I definately need to switch out the Case, HD, Memory, Graphics card(s). Get some Thermal Compound as well. Those combo's are the way to go for sure.
I am a bit confused on why 2 graphics cards in sli would not improve the performanc due to the resolution of 1680X1050. Unfortunately that is the maximum on my samsung syncmaster 22" that i bought from Bestbuy a couple of years ago I see this chart and although it doesnt show 2 275's it does show 2 ati cards that drastically improves at this resolution. Yes i'm a noob so forgive the ignorance.