Any idea on the power draw at idle, and with the drives spun up?
How hard would it be to turn this into a consumer-grade server/htpc? As has been said before, it's worth the $199 for the case alone. Let me explain what I mean by consumer-grade...
Here's the list of modifications I would make
Typical fan mods to quiet the beast
Replace the power supplies
Yank out the motherboard and go with a more HTPC-friendly board - read: AMD llano or Intel i3 for integrated video, low power consumption, etc.
Plug the expanders into an honest to goodness RAID Controller like the Adaptec 6805
Insert a Ceton Infinitv
Install Win7, running media center and mediabrowser and all the goodies.
I know I'll end up doing the same kind of mod the OP did, drilling new standoffs for the Motherboard to get it seated properly. Also, will have to do something similar to modify the case to accommodate an ATX PSU.
This would become the centerpiece of my entertainment center, plugged into my A/V receiver, but hidden away in a closet or cabinet (TBD
). It would also be used to serve two XBOX360's located in different rooms in the house over wired network.
So AVS, I ask you: should I take the leap and start on this project, or is this pure folly?