For starters, you need to marry the smartest computer dude ever invented. Once that's done, you can proceed to the next step.
BIOSTAR TForce TP35D2-A7 LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard
Intel Core 2 Duo E4500 Allendale 2.2GHz 2M shared L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor.
Motherboard & CPU assembled.
standoffs for motherboard.
remove huge fan to get motherboard in.
power button, front usb and case lights plugged in to motherboard.
replace huge fan, add power supply.
lots of ram. G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory.
Ram in place.
power to motherboard and cpu.
the secret weapon. Leadtek WinFast PX8800 GTS TDH GeForce 8800GTS 640MB 320-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card.
will void the room of air if pointed the wrong way.
graphic card installed, with power applied.
from computer to tivo.
Hauppauge WinTV-HVR 1800 MCE Kit 1128 NTSC/ATSC/QAM/FM TV Tuner Card w/MCE Remote
TV tuner card in place
starting to look busy.
do you like it loud?
DIAMOND XtremeSound XS71 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card
sound card in place.
looking really busy.
hard drives. up top: Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA-300 Hard Drive.
Western Digital Raptor X WD1500AHFD 150GB 10,000 RPM 16MB Cache SATA-150 Hard Drive
a nylon bag for what?
hard drives in cage.
cage in place.
power and data to hard drives.
rescued an old cheapie from the bin.
relocated the cheapie for the short data cables.
Rosewill R604-P SL 120mm Fan ATX Mid Tower Computer Case.
stickers to increase speed.
now the real fun begins (installing windows vista).
Hiding in basement so as to not frighten guests.