I wanted something to store films and tv programs on, but an HTPC would be unnecessary as I already have a chipped Xbox which is hooked to my tv and plays all my files. The computer will go in the spare room so size isnt really an issue either. Basically I wanted something that was: Quiet but kept the drives well-cooled Had enough case room for 6 or 7 3.5" hard drives Used RAID5 for redundancy Had at least 700-800gb of space (1TB is the target if possible ) Was as cheap as possible! As luck would have it, we had an obsolete Dell server at work, so I declared it dead and "threw it away" Anyway this is what I bought home: Check out that huge front grille! A 120mm fan running at low speed should fit nicely behind that, and if you look at the back... Another 120mm fan, so once I dremel out that chunky grille then the case will have 2x120mm fans to keep the drives cool. I had no idea what was inside the server as it had been in a cupboard for years and wouldnt power on, so I took the casing off to find: Its a dual P2 333 with 256mb of EDO Ram. Now this was a stroke of luck, as the pc is only going to be used as a fileserver it doesnt need to be very powerful. Those P2's are passively cooled making them totally silent. The 2 120mm fans should be perfectly adequate for cooling the whole rig. It was about now I noticed a small problem. Checked the HD - its SCSI. Checked the CD-ROM - its SCSI. Looked for the IDE ports...... ah - no IDE ports! It would seem that Dell only fitted an onboard SCSI controller and not an IDE one, and having 1TB worth of SCSI drives would neither be cheap or quiet! At least I found why it wasnt powering up - the motherboard power was loose, plugged it back in and Voila - the beast lives. Time for plan B - which was try a PCI-IDE card I had which supports 4 drives. Luckily both the Bios and the Win2k server that was installed both recognised the card and the 250gb WD HD I had plugged into it. Look at the drive out of the Dell next to one of the WD's I plan to put in it: The WD is half the size and has 25 times the capacity! Gotta love progress. That old SCSI drive has got to go though, it sounds like a turbine when spinning, and a bag of spanners falling down the stairs when accessing. Ok for testing though. So far I have 4x250gb WD2500 PATA drives, and 1x WD2500 SATA. At the moment the plan is to fit 4 to the IDE card, get a PCI-SATA card, and plug the SATA drive to that. That should give me a formatted RAID5 capacity of 932gb. I'm a bit worried about the PCI slots though. The board only has 3 PCI slots - the other 3 are EISA and I've never even seen an EISA card before. I need at least 4 PCI slots - 2 controller cards, 1 network card, 1 VGA. I`ll worry about that later... So progress to date: I have most of the parts, the case is stripped and I started painting today. Front before: And after: The grille pops out for painting which is handy: Few coats later: Sanded the shell down, just need to buy some primer: Should have it painted by the weekend, SATA card and fans are on order, so far everything going to plan Look at the size of those heatsinks! My A64 cooler is about half the size of one of those!