I'm an avid XBMC user and presently use my htpc to stream media around my house to 4 Acer Revo's. My drive space reqs are getting crazy so its time to "up my game" as far as the server is concerned. The new server will contain 11 HD's, 8 in Raid 5 and the HTPC (presently doing the job) will be replaced with a small atom based Revo or similar.
The problem I have been facing with this project is the sheer amount of space reuired for the PC and drives. I was originally going to mod a piece of living room furniture to act as my server but then I saw this "old Skool" beauty
Its a AT compaq presario 3000 server with a SCSI based drive cage. It is a large case perfect for my air cooling reqs. Its on castors and is about the depth of 2 cases side by side.
After a touch and go bidding session on ****, I picked up this beauty for 99p! It requires a lot of work as the machine takes a server MB and is an AT based machine.
My plan is to rip out the guts of the machine and make the case more ATX friendly for my existing ATX MB.
Stay tuned as the rear panel is already under way