This won't be built until I return from my trip, this will give me plenty of time for the HDD market to go back to its 2011 pre-flood pricing.
I want to do more with the server (WHS 2011). Right now it streams Recorded TV back to the HTPC or TV Series/Movies and backs up all the clients in the house (3).
Additional features I want to add -
Fractal Design Case or Full Tower, 6-7 2/3TB drives (4TB currently), 65W TDP Quad Core APU (Trinity likely), (6) DVD-RW's, Intel Gigabit NIC and decent SATA expansion card.
WHS 2011 w/Drive Pooling or FlexRAID, PLEX Server, Router/Real-Time Anti-Virus software, iLead DVD Ripper, dbAmpPower Batch Ripper, EXACT Copy, Sick Beard and uTorrent with Web UI.
Is anybody doing anything similar?
I wanted to put the optical drives in it to allow for mass ripping. I have a ton of CD's I need to rip still and my DVD collection with includes Robotech, Big O and Outlaw Star. I will be adding more as we go along so I wanted plenty of space.
I've only seen gaming towers with the 6-7 5.25 external slots, so the FD cases might be out. I like the NZXT Whisper Silent Full Tower
. Plenty of space (9 hdd and 6 optical!) and its affordable (a bit over $100 at NE). Pair this with a fan less Seasonic PSU for near-complete silent operation when being uses as a server. Of course when ripping DVD's or CD's it would be as loud as the drives are. That said, Rip Monster featured on Tekzilla could not be heard by the mic on the host of the show, so I doubt it would be loud at all.