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…
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: