Once again, no point in stressing over the PS cage, it's not necessary. As well I would be VERY surprised if the spots I showed in the last pic were not adequate to mount the PS with. You could probably even trim the rubber gasket to make that fit too, but it's not essential either. Keep in mind too you can get pretty thin fans, like the Sythe I mentioned, that would probably give you more room than using the stock one in th lower compartment. Though you never mentioned how thick it is without the bracket so it's hard to tell. There's a fair amount of space behind the MB tray on the P182 to route cables and even store ones you don't use. It's one of the main improvements on that model vs the P180. Those cables also look sleeved pretty well to me so I doubt you'll hurt them. All the edges of that case are rolled smooth so no snags on you or the cables. I think you're just worrying too much about all this. It will likely work out fine if you just pace yourself and relax a bit.;)
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Alright, I've gotten a bit more money now and I'm at a dilemma here. I can buy either a processor or a motherboard first. Which would you all recommend? I'm sticking with Intel, seeing as AMD hasn't got their act together yet. The processor is most likely going to be the E6750 for $190. I did happen to see a deal for an XMS mobo (forget what it was exactly), a Quad Core Intel and 2 GB (Might have been 4?) of Corsair ram for $400. I think it was from Tiger Direct. Good deal or pass it up? I'm mixed between those boards I listed earlier, but I'm thinking toward that MSI. I also found quite the deal on memory but I'm not sure how much I need/want. Should I get 2 GB (2 x 1 GB sticks) or 4 GB (2 x 2 GB sticks) of DDR2? I'm thinking 2 GB for now since they're the cheapest. In fact, this memory here I believe has a Newegg promo going so you can get it for like $22 or something after rebates and the special code with free shipping. This memory good or no? I'm seeing lots of memory that's all the same speed for all varying prices. Is there any real benefit to the pricey ones over the cheaper ones (heatsinks aside for the cheap ones)?
Yeah the MSI is gonna be your best bet if you insist on the # of PCI slots you want. Quite frankly though I see no point in getting parts now that you can't use until others are bought, unless you already have some parts you can get by with and build it up until you replace them with better ones. So far you've hit very good deals though, that would be the only exception. If you can find great deals on the MSI MB and the E6750 I say go for it, but if not just wait until you can get them and the RAM and video card because in general the prices will drop some.
Well, it'll be quite awhile before I've got the money for all the rest of the parts. I've got right around $350 set aside for this atm, and that might cover my processor and mobo but there's no way it'll cover a video card and ram. Probably need another $270 or so before I could do that.
Well like I said the stuff you bought so far made sense because you got great pricing. At some point though you have to stop and try to figure if you're paying too much if you don't continue to see such pricing though.
Actually, if you can hold out then Intel is releasing the E8xx series dual core processors. They are 45nm and are faster than the E6750 while being *supposedly* cheaper.
Here is the review article from X-bit labs if you want to read it... Wolfdale
Well, if that's going to be coming relatively soon I might just wait for that. Is that going to require a different socket than LGA775? As long as I can get good performance for right around $200 I'd be happy. And on that pricing thing, I just thought $20 someodd dollars for 2 GB of memory was an awesome deal. Is it not?
Well, the RAM you posted is actually 33 dollars, which still isn't bad. The only thing I don't like about it is that it is a MIR, which I don't trust that much; I'd much rather have instant savings.