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The original concept for the HTPC was to act as both media player and server for the house. However, the case for it is really small and it was just too hot in there. Plus, there was only room for three hard drives.
I had bought a collection of case parts for my workstation thinking to modify it. However, that project never came to pass and I decided to use them for the house server. The motherboard and processor were ones sponcered by Intel originally for the HTPC. Unfortunately, the RAID card, video card and motherboard chipset refused to work together and I ended up getting a different mobo for the HTPC. So as strange as it sounds, the original incarnation of this machine was pretty much built from spare parts.
These specs listed below are for its current configuration but this section shows the entire build from the original design to its final state.
Anyhow, the start to any good server is, of course, 1.2 Terrabytes of Western Digital goodness
Each of these will be housed in a Vantec EZ Swap enclosure
Driving the array is a big Promise Supertrac:
and it is all going in an Aopen HX800 server enclosure:
This is a hell of a nice enclosure. Solid steel and weighs a ton. Unlike my other server-sized cases, this one is long instead of tall. Until now I'd been using it as a temporary enclosure for test builds (very roomy - easy to work on).