You guys think the SOnata would be a better case/PSU combo than the one i have there now?? It will be about 50$ cheaper because i have to get fans with this one...just a bit skeptical about the 380W Antec PSU...will it run my setup fine..and allow me to overclock a bit?
The Antec Sonata comes with a True380, but it isn't actually a <i>standard</i> True380. It's a specialy-modified one with only one fan instead of the standard two, and larger heat sinks on the components in it to make up for the missing fan. It also has two fan-specific connectors that regulate the fan voltages according to the power supply's heat to keep the system quiet. It's a power supply that is quite fitting of Antec's 'Hear the Silence' motto for the Sonata.
I have a Sonata and it's really a nice case. One of these days Newegg will stop screwing up my order for a 120mm Antec Smartfan so I can see just how much having the front 120mm fan installed improves cooling, but even without it's still great. And the snazzy paint job is almost as good as an automobile's. But like most things it has it's flaws. And in this case one of the biggest would probably be that it's only a 380W power supply, even if it is an Antec Truepower. But then, considering the lack of hard drives in RAID arrays it just might be enough. :\ This is one of those cases where it'd be mighty handy if you could 'test drive' parts.
(If you want to know its other flaws, they would be the lack of an optional side-panel with a window, the fact that it's cramped in there, in my case at least the instructions for the front-panel audio didn't match the actual cable's labelling ... which is corrected in a FAQ at Antec's website, and the 'silence' is actually kind of killed by the side vents allowing for a lot of the noise from the CPU and video fans to come out. If you <i>really</i> want that silence you need the front fan so that you can seal up those side vents and/or get a specifically low-noise CPU fan and video card.)
Just as a note: I've heard both good and bad things about the Golden Dragon series. Besides the typical 'they packaged the wrong-speed sticks in my kit' that's common with Geil, there's also a number of people who find these sticks difficult to keep cool. The concept is great, but that plastic packaging over the actual chips keeps you from being able to use a heatspreader effectively and in fact creates a sort of thermal battery of the air trapped inside of the stick itself. So people have had a lot of hit and miss kind of luck with the 'Golden Dragon' sticks.
They do look darn cool though.
If Geil would just get rid of that plastic packaging then you just might be able to really get some OCing out of them with the addition of a nice heatspreader kit. An extremist <i>might</i> be able to cut the plastic with an exacto or something, but that is kinda extreme...