I assume this is a pre-2007 HP case. They have made strides the past couple of years, and have made the inside of their cases easily accessable to the components on both their business and home-class PCs.
Everything was accessible, generally speaking, but it was all in a tight space. Any tighter and I would have had to remove everything and start over just to make sure it could all fit. This PC was bought in September 2007, and I believe was first available summer 2007.
Tonight made me vow to:
1) Build my next PC myself (had one before, but needed a friend to do the heavy lifting. I think I'm close to knowing enough to do it myself next time; just need to nail down the initial software/BIOS setup pre-OS installation.)
2) Buy a full tower case.
3) Get the quietest high-end power supply possible.
Having my first IT job at a helpdesk, this has proven to be the best way to handle things. Sure, you have more control when building the PC, but it isn't worth the hassle for me. I can always add/upgrade parts later if I need to.
Yeah... But if you build it yourself from scratch then you get the best tech support of all- Yourself.
Nothing like knowing as much about your machine as possible compared to the guys reading a script... from India.
"A player who makes a team great is more valuable than a great player. Losing yourself in the group, for the good of the group, thatís teamwork."
You probably don't need a 750watt power supply... if you get one in the 500 range it's easier
to get a silent one.
The BIOS stuff isn't hard if you buy a decent mobo, which you'd do. You're ready now.
This space for rent.
I just remembering something with BIOS and some RAID drivers that had to be setup (which I have little memory of; I'm not sure if they were installed before/after windows, even).
In other words, I need to be 100% in knowing everything to do pre-Windows and post-Windows to insure everything's where it needs to be driver-wise.