Great article, very informative. I am building a similiar machine... Boxed Intel E4300 w/stock fan on a Mia p6n-sli-platinum MB .Evga 7600gt graphics card. considering slight overclocking.
Linux.... not sure which distro yet.
I am having a hard time deciding on a case, I can't believe how expensive some power supplies are now! and how many cases are on newegg..806!!! My last build was 1993! I have spent the last few days tying to get caught up on the current technology..How do you like your case, how is the stock psu working? ..any regrets or revisions recomended?
Sorry for sloppy post, I am not a poster and not up on all the lingo.
Thank you for your kind words. The stock psu works great and I love the case. It's super easy to work on things since both sides open. It looks great if you like the blue LEDs (which I do). The only downside is that it is heavy, but every metal case is heavy.
As to regrets or revisions, I'd probably go with faster RAM. I went with 800 MHz RAM which I can overclock to 900 MHz so far, but I could get better performance with 1066 MHz RAM. The faster RAM was quite a bit more expensive when I built the system, though, and I couldn't justify the extra cost. I'm not sure that faster RAM would make a difference with the E4300, though.
I've really enjoyed x86_64 Kubuntu 7.04 Linux. It's been rock-solid stable and does everything that I need. The Ubuntu community forums are always helpful if I need help. But, I also know that there are other good distros out there, a few forked from Ubuntu.
Keep us posted on your build goes!