I was thinking about building a server to feed my HTPC and other PC's in the house as well as providing data access outside my network as well when I need it. Then it occured to me my HTPC could possibly double as a server if it was powerful enough. It currently runs Plex on it already along with all the HTPC functionality. So instead of having 2 power hungry boxes, would it be possible to just build one ultimate PC that can act as a full HTPC and a full Server? Can Windows 7 be a good server OS?
This is exactly what I am doing at the moment, I have the Silverstone GD08 case, 16TB of WD red drives, and I also got the rack ears for the case so it will be mounted in my home theater rack adding HTPC functionality while being able to store content to stream to the rest of the house. I also use a powerAV kit for whole home wired interwebs as well.