The LIAN-LI PC-201A case will hold 12 3.5" internal drives. I'm assuming that's not including Drive C, but correct me if I'm wrong, so that would make 13 3.5" drives.
Only 12 drives.
A 5.25" to 3.5" bay converter would give me 4 or 5 additional bays. Is there a way to turn a bay converter off when not needed?
You can get versions that allow you to turn the drives off, it's called a caddy. That's only needed for hotswapping, it costs more money and you can't fit as many drives in the same space as you can with a converter.
I still don't know if the cpu comes with a hs/fan.
Sorry, I thought I saw someone respond to this question above
All retail CPUs come with a heatsink. The only exception is the AMD black versions.
So to answer your question, yes, the CPU comes with a heatsink.
Which one is better?
I'd go with the Gigabyte board personally. It has 10 SATA ports over Asus' 8 and the gigabyte also has more USB ports and (gasp!) four gigabit ethernet ports, unless you were running a server, four gigabit ports are basically useless.
Considering you have extra money to spend, I highly recommend you look into a UPS. This is a battery backup that'll protect your system from power spikes and power sags.
Edited by james_8970, 21 January 2009 - 10:52 PM.