I decided a while back after getting a new job I should build a new computer (my old one was a 955 BE that experienced VRM failiure. Thanks, MSI.)
I found a Core 3000 on NCIX for dirt cheap and built around that.
July 1: Fractal Core 3000 and PCP&C 750W Silencer showed up at the door. Mounting a leftover 120GB Kingston and routing wires.
July 5: Motherboard, CPU cooler, RAM and CPU show up at door. GA-P67A-UD4-B3, Xigmatek Black Knight II, 8GB Corsair Vengance, and 2600k respectively. Shipped, $315 NIB from Ebay for the lot. Radical deal. The 560 Ti was a generous donation from a friend.
After some tweaking, finally got things working! Booted Ubuntu for starters from 80GB Laptop HDD.
Picture of proper guts. Pretty modest.
July 21: Finally got my hard drives! Brand new Samsung HE103UJ 1TBs in RAID 10. $150 shipped, new outside box. SATA connector for SSD broke so I had to drag it out of the case and keep it quite gentile.
In retrospect, this was a stupid way to mount a $100 SSD.