new HDTV: 52″: Sharp Aquos LCD (model LC-52D62U LC-C5262u) (1920×1080 / 1080p) (~$2,350) (plus $10 DVI-to-HDMI cable)
new computer: Case: Thermaltake Black Full Tower w/blue LEDs ($140 after $10 rebate)
new computer: Power Supply: OCZ GameXStream 600W ($110) DIED ~3.5 YEARS LATER – replaced with Corsair CMPSU-750TX 750W
new computer: Motherboard: Abit IP35 Pro ($200) DIED ~3.5 YEARS LATER – replaced with ASRock P43DE3
new computer: CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 2.66GHz ($195)
new computer: RAM: 2G: OCZ DDR2 800MHz PC6400 Dual Channel (2 1G sticks) ($77.50 after $40 rebate)HALF DIED 2 YEARS LATER –  one unit failed (melted off heat sink), 2nd most unnecessarily difficult RMA process ever – ~3.5 years later replaced with Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) 240-pin DDR3 SDRAM 1600mHz (PC3 12800) CMZ8GX3M2A1600C
new computer: video card: ATI Radeon x1650 x1950 Pro ($134 $218 ) (advice: pay for the 2900HD!)
new computer: Harddrive: 750G Seagate, 5yr warranty ($210)

TOTAL (so far): $3,480.50 …….. (Computer only: $1,120.50) – but also, in 201105, another $275 for replacing failed parts (new harddrives over the years, of course, are not counted)

….. Read on for pictures.

The case… button on top opens up to headphone/mic/firewire/usb ports. Notice the top vent. Eleven 5-inch drive bays (and 6 3-inch) . Except they call it 10; the one at the very bottom is actually a drawer for your spare screws and such. You can see it here.
Notice the drawer. The two vertical front flaps open up (kinda pointless, but neat), so you don’t see the full 5-inch width of the 5-inch bays unless you do this.


six freakin’ SATA connectors, 2 ethernets


I’ve not yet personally owned ram that needed it’s own cooling system…


My ATI video card


5 year warranty * 750G = 3.75T-years

ME BUILDING THE COMPUTER — CLICK ANY PICTURE TO OPEN UP THE FLICKR PAGE, WHICH WILL EXPLAIN WHAT EVERYTHING IS, WHAT IS GOING ON, WHERE TO BUY IT, WHY I DID WHAT I DID, ETC:

20071006-08 - building Hades - 138-3810 - case, box

20071006-08 - building Hades - 138-3811-diptych-138-3813 - case has a frickin' drawer!

20071006-08 - building Hades - 138-3816 - case, first sticker (Ween)

20071006-08 - building Hades - 138-3817 - case, side window

20071006-08 - building Hades - 138-3818 - power supply with MANY connectors

20071006-08 - building Hades - 138-3819 - power supply with MANY connectors (close-up)

20071006-08 - building Hades - 138-3872 - power supply in case - lots of wires - SOME motherboard studs installed

20071006-08 - building Hades - 138-3875 - back case ports

20071006-08 - building Hades - 138-3900 - back side of case

20071006-08 - building Hades - 139-3901 - all motherboard studs installed

20071006-08 - building Hades - 139-3902 - motherboard (Abit IP35 Pro)

20071006-08 - building Hades - 139-3903 - motherboard (Abit IP35 Pro) - angle view

20071006-08 - building Hades - 139-3907 - motherboard (Abit IP35 Pro) - ports view

20071006-08 - building Hades - 139-3914 - superior slots

20071006-08 - building Hades - 138-3823 - CPU in box (Intel Core2Duo E6750 2.66gHz)

20071006-08 - building Hades - 139-3922-diptych-139-3923 - CPU (Intel Core2Duo E6750 2.66gHz)

20071006-08 - building Hades - 139-3920 - OCZ RAM (DDR2 800mHz PC6400 Dual Channel)

20071006-08 - building Hades - 139-3928 - motherboard CPU slot - about to put the CPU in

20071006-08 - building Hades - 139-3925 - directions for CPU installation

20071006-08 - building Hades - 139-3933 - CPU and RAM now installed

20071006-08 - building Hades - 139-3936-diptych-139-3937 - power cables - before and after

20071006-08 - building Hades - 139-3941 - computer - lots of wires, no problems yet!

20071006-08 - building Hades - 139-3942 - cool blue light

20071006-08 - building Hades - 139-3947 - ATI Radeon x1950 Pro video card

20071006-08 - building Hades - 139-3953 - video card works! I has a BIOS!

20071006-08 - building Hades - 139-3959 - It's a computer! Hades awakens...

20071006-08 - building Hades - 139-3961 - cool blue lights

20071006-08 - building Hades - 139-3963-diptych-139-3964 - finished computer (auto vs manual)

20071006-08 - building Hades - 139-3965 - Seagate low-level 750G harddrive formatting

20071006-08 - building Hades - 139-3981 - Windows high-level formatting of first 128G of 750G harddrive

20071006-08 - building Hades - 139-3988 - installing the mystical motherboard drivers

20071006-08 - building Hades - 139-3989 - installing network drivers - must have LAN!

20071006-08 - building Hades - 139-3993 - 256 colors! 52-inch (hdtv) background set to wall color