Hi. So this is my first post on here. Just wanted to say thanks for all the helpful info. I've finally settled on the p5n32e-sli after months of aimless clicking on new egg's site thanks to the info in here. I'll be upgrading from an Asus A7V8X, so I figure I'm way overdo. Just a couple of questions.
Can I assume that if a particular stick of memory is known to work that a higher end stick of the same brand will also work. Like Corsair DDR2-800 works, can I assume that Corsair DDR2-1000 will work? or is that still a gamble?
Also I'm looking at a few cases, the Thermaltake Armor, the Coolermaster 830, the Antec 900, Silverstone TJ09, and Antec P180. I have a Lian-Li case now that I thought was pretty expensive at 70 bucks. But the Silverstone and the Coolermaster are pushing 300 bucks! What's so great about them in comparison to others? I'd really prefer aluminum and I'm planning to do some overclocking. I'll be happy with getting an E6600 into the low 3s. But I really don't want to have to shear off screws to make things fit. I've put together a system from components before but that's it. I even wimped out and got the guy at the computer store to install the heatsink/fan for me.
I'm also somewhat concerned about cooling because I smoke and my apartment is very dusty. I'm considering water cooling as a way to keep the dust out of the machine. The fan noise doesn't really bother me.
Anyway, thanks and any suggestions or advice are appreciated.