Originally Posted by sliverstorm
I don't think there is currently such thing as a mini-ITX-only case that has 6 drive bays.
Anyway, why would you want your HTPC to be that big, and suck that much juice? If you don't like regular NAS products and wish to roll your own, I hear great things about the HP microserver. Divide and conquer, 1 HTPC and 1 NAS.
This is my Mini-itx NAS/HTPC Case.
8 bays total (5 hotswappable) , 7 if talking 3.5 inch, but i have some SSD's in there. The 5 hotswappable drives are part of a ZFS v2 pool (two drives can fail and i can recover everything). Hence needing the 6 sata.
It doesn't suck that much juice actually, took a lot of configuring but with my current A6 and the NAS element (OS) running in a VM, the disks are not presented as readable to the host OS (Win7) but only the VM (FreeBSD variant), both the VM and host are allowed to enter a sleep state with some wake on lan available. The harddisks are allowed to spin down after a certain time. The OS is on an SSD and the VM is hosted on a SSD. So only when i need disk access does it come out of sleep and spin up the disks.
Issue i have atm is the SATA "card" doesn't play quite so nice with that.
If using it as an htpc (which is fairly rare) its hooked up to my tv and i'm not worried about the power draw then as i'm clearly currently using it.
If i put an A10-5800k in there on that FM2 board (mainly for some casual gaming etc) then I would probably underclock it. There are some decent guides on the net about the best things to check/tweak for a decent performing underclock with adequate power saving, some here on overclock i think too.
I think i will probably go A10-5700 though as that seems to be at about thhe right level.Edited by 0nighthawk0 - 1/8/13 at 5:16am