Hermit, you da man. and I thought I spent a lot on Noctua fans per case. I need to show these pix to my wife!
Agreed on 8GB being enough, unless you are running VM's. Personally I've never had noise or heat issues with Velociraptors (I have two in my SG03), but I haven't used that specific WD so couldn't compare.
I like the mock-up ITX Iceandele. Have you looked into getting the parts fabbed?
I still need to get routing pix for you seesee; this being a work machine most of the time I don't always get the opportunity to crack the case open to take nudie pix. I'm not sure with the issues you had encountered with this build that you'd want a smaller one though.
bloodyloot - I could see going with a haswell only to "future proof" with the mobo, but if you don't have any plans to upgrade the specific machine in the next year or two I personally wouldn't bother. Again, read up on Haswells if you haven't. They are good for mobile platforms but you may get one from a batch and not be able to clock past 4.4ghz.Edited by yahu - 6/9/13 at 11:20am