Philip J. Fry: Visionary, Friend, Idiot. Like all good simpletons, sometimes we must venture into that which we have no bloody idea about. For my part, it's building computers and case modding. For too long have I sat on the sideline waiting my turn! Finances be damned, I'm going to do it anyway! How this project started: About three years ago, I bought an Antec 900 and built a computer inside it. I use the term "built" loosely due to the fact that I put pieces in like a kid with DUPLO blocks and fired the computer up hoping for the best. Performance, Software, Firmware, I knew nothing. Over those three years, I came to understand the folly of my ways, adhering to stock clocks, stock hardware, and cheap parts, and have come here to rectify them, upgrading my simple Pinto into a Cadillac of desire. What this is for: This is my show off case. Some people have fancy cars, other's have lavish houses. I have a 2 foot by 1.5 foot by 1 foot box to display my materialism. I'm a power user when it comes to computers, loving to tweak every part of my software, and want the hardware to match it so I can get more into the science of how software and hardware interface to create an end user experience. Who I am: Currently I am a 23 year old University student in Colorado, United States, studying Mechanical Engineering and High School Education. My goal is to become a High School Engineering teacher and progress up to the collegiate level slowly over the course of my career. This will be the second ground up computer I've built, and is far more ambitious than the first. I have a severe love for literature, games, CAD design, and amateur machine work (Though I lack the tools outside of my University metal shop : ) ) About This Mod: I find the best mods are the one's that don't reveal all their tricks right out the go. As such, I hope each update will bring new, and fun, pictures for you to (hopefully) drool over. As this is my first mod and serious hardware rig, I will have many questions that will be highlighted at the bottom of this first post if any of you would be so kind to answer them as we progress on this journey : ) The Shopping List: Anything not listed as "Ordered" is subject to change upon advice. Case: Silverstone FT02 ORDERED Power Supply: Seasonic X750 ORDERED Sleeving: MDPC-X ORDERED Case Fans: Silverstone AP181 ORDERED Motherboard: Asus P6X58D-E CPU: Intel i7-930 Bloomfield Intel i7-950 Bloomfield Cooler: Corsair H70 ORDERED Cooler Fans: Scythe Gentle Typhoon 1850 RPM ORDERED GPU: EVGA 1280 MB GTX 470 Memory: Corsair XMS3 6GB (3x2 GB) Corsair Dominator 6GB (3x2GB) Hard Drive: Samsung 1TB Spinpoint F1 Samsung 1TB Spinpoint F3 x 2 in RAID0 Task List - Can't Spoil the fun yet, can we?