Building a HTPC is not unlike building any other computer system, the only real difference is your choice in components. Against popular belief you don't always have to go with the smallest components you can find. In fact any old PC will work.
After careful consideration and much regret I have decided to transfer all hardware review activities to a new domain. I purchased Hardwareasylum.com in 2012 and have been working hard to build a new and improved Ninjalane on that domain. If you are reading this you have reached one of the archived articles, news, projects and reviews that were left behind during the site migration.
Please update your bookmarks and be sure to visit the new and improved Ninjalane at Hardwareasylum.com
Generally speaking servers tend to get overlooked in the enthusiast market despite having superior hardware in both power and reliability though when it comes to home office servers you typically get the hand me downs of the people working in the office. In this case it only seems fitting to use ex-enthusiast hardware for this project.
"Shuriken " is my most involved case mod since the Playtime Bunny Box and brings back many of the techniques and features pioneered during that mod. (Tinted window, motherboard side fans) I even went one step further by inlaying laser-cut fan grills to give the mod a very unique and smooth look.
This case mod was purely by request by none other than my very own Girlfriend. She is in the process of building a pretty
trick gaming system and wanted a cool case mod to boot.
One of the most noticeable aspects of this mod is the PlayboyTM Bunny shaped window, but the mod doesn't stop there.
In the world of hard drive coolers you have two basic options, you can you a front mounted cooler that blows air over your drive, or one that mounts to the bottom of your drive. The advantage to the latter is quieter operation and more airflow.