Making a new comp and would appreciate some advice
I'm planning on making a new computer to replace my old one. Any advice/sugestions/comments would be greatly apreciated. So far, this is what i am planning to get for it:
DFI LANPARTY nF4 SLI-DR MB
AMD Athalon 64 4800+ X2 (Toldeo core)
Thermaltake 680W ATX 12V 2.0 Plus Silent Pure Power PSU
OCZ PC-3200 Platinum Rev. 2 1GB (2x512mb) Dual Channel x2
eVga Geforce 7800 GTX 256mb
BenQ IDE DVD Burner w/ Lightscribe
Swiftech MCP650 12V 1/2" pump
Danger Den MAZE4 brass-topped GPU block
CPU block (not sure which one yet)
Black Ice Xtreme III radiator w/ 3 Panflo 120mm fans
Liani-Li V2000B or V2100B (or possibly Thermaltake Shark)
Maxtor DiamondMax 10 300GB SATA 150 x4, in RAID 5
Windows XP Pro
Now for the questions:
1) For the radiator I was considering cutting a opening into the top of the case and mounting it internally there. I know this would occupy 2-4 of the 5.25" slots, but that would still leave 3 5.25"drive bays open, which is plenty for what i will be putting in.
---Q: Would this be a achievable mod for someone with minimal modng experience?
---Q: Would this be a good positioning of the radiator?
2) After reading several customer reviews saying that the V2000 & V2100 had bad airflow, i was considering cutting two square openings in the bottom front of eah side panel (right next to the existing 120mm fan) and scrweing on some filter/grills. My thinking was that this would increas airflow, even though these openings have no fan (due to the HDD bays directly behind them) sin ce the radiators 3 120mm fans, along with a 120mm exhaust fan in the back would suck enough air through them.
----Q: Same question as in Q1.1.
----Q: Would these two openeings actually improve airflow through the case?
3) Is this a good setup or should i change items on the list. Please keep in mind wth any suggested alterations that this setup is on the border of my budget for the system as is.
Again, any comments, advice, or suggestions, eithe in response to the above questions or about some aspect i did not consider would be greatly apreciated.