Not willing to junk the tower case I had for so many years, I reused it for my new media server. Here is the list of parts:
Old tower case
BCM RX67Q mother board
G530T 35W Celeron
Skill 2GB x2 RAM
Cooler Master 4-in-3 3.5in HDD module
Thermaltake MAX-1562 6 bay 2.5in HDD rack
Highpoint 2300 RocketRAID 4 port PCIe adapter
Seasonic SS-330ET 80+ PSU
Samsung 64GB SSD for OS
The 6 bay 2.5in rack is visible. One bay is used by the OS SSD. The other 4 are connected to the RocketRAID 2300 4 port card.
The RocketRAID card is to the left and 3x 3.5in HDDs are in the 4-in-3 module to the right. There are total of 9 internal SATA ports.
A cold/hot air separator is fashioned out of card board and placed just above the CPU heatsink and below the fan. Behind the separator to the left is a Gelid TC (thermal controlled) case fan pulling hot air out. The 120mm fan on the 4-in-3 HDD module was replaced with a thermal controlled fan also. On top is a SS-350ET PSU. One of the smallest 80+ rated PSU I could find.
This BCM RX67Q MB has dual gigabit ethernet ports. Since they are not the V type found on desktop boards, WHS 2011 installed with no problems. The black rubber stud at corner of the fan replaced screws to reduce vibration. The case panels were lined with rubber sound insulation sheets.
The server is normally running at 60-70W with 7 HDDs and one SSD. At 80% PSU efficiency, the server is using about 50-55W.
Not quite what Assassin built but built with low power and noise as the objective.Edited by dksc318 - 6/26/12 at 11:01pm