When I first starting building this machine, I wanted to shop for the best deals. I eventually fell in love with the look and feel of the Silverstone ML04B HTPC case so savings went out the window.
The plan is to have this machine feed content to my other tv's in the home so I chose a beefier cpu mobo and an ssd drive to keep everything snappy.
There is no noticeable noise except when the bd drive is loading files. On movie playback, no noise at all can be heard .
Concerning the choices, the only issues in the build was the very long usb 3 cord. My mobo had the header in the front so i had to loop the cord from the front, to the back of the motherboard.
The 3.5 hd enclosure was not fun to install. It is extremely close to the usb 3.0 header and had to be very careful to not crush any other header cords.
There was adequate room for the full size psu and drive.
Lastly, don't forget with drives over 2 tb you most likely with have to go into Windows management to enable the drive.
Very happy overall with the decision and always work harder to pay for these decisions.