I gave my desktop to my girlfriend's parents because their machine was about to die (like, serious _death_) and my machine was more machine than I needed and I figured I'd borrow some spare components from my dad and after that series of transactions, everyone would be happy. Thus it transpired and everyone was happy! w00t!
Then I discovered I couldn't put the massive full tower case under either of my desks and with the fourteen fans (some of which were parts taken from dismantled B-52 flying fortresses) it sounded like my desk was sitting on the tarmac of an air field during an air show.
Not to look a gift horse in the mouth, I decided to get a smaller quieter case and picked up an Antec Sonata. It's great. Everything I had read about it was right on down to the fact that you can count exactly how many times you touched the top of the case due to the amazing ability of the piano black finish to preserve in a pristine fashion every single detail of every single fingerprint.
Then after wrestling with the IDE ribbon cables, I decided to pick up two rounded IDE cables for $8.00 each.
The machine is super duper! Total monetary cost to me so far is $112. My girlfriend's parents got a machine to replace their very seriously almost dead one. My dad freed up some room in his computer room. Everyone is happy!...
Well, except for my girlfriend who's a little unexcited when I spend long periods of time over several days futzing with hardware.AMAZON::B000087ZQC::Antec Sonata case AMAZON::B0002344O8::24" Rounded IDE cable