was not good.
so I ran out, grabbed that antec case I've had my eye on (antec sonata) and come home and swap everything into it.
took me two hours to install everything, that case is complicated and I was being way careful. o_0
but up and running, and shiny! and pretty quiet, the loudest thing is my cpu fan which isn't getting replaced 'till the cpu is, which should be pretty soon now anyway.
gotta love forced upgrades due to hardware failure.