I'm thinking of making a combination LAN storage and music jukebox PC.
I don't need a ton of storage and FLAC playback isn't very demnading, so I'm thinking:
- dual-core intel CPU, Pentium or i3
- Small SSD boot drive for fast booting and quiet OS
- 2 x 3.5" HDD for storage in RAID-1 (will also use USB drives for backups)
- full-size DVD drive for ripping music CDs (laptop drives seem to have a shorter lifespan)
Low-noise is important since this will be near me in my home office. Price isn't much of an issue, any case under $200 is fine.
If there is a nice, quiet case that only has room for 1 x 2.5" plus 1 x 3.5" I might also consider skipping the RAID-1 since "RAID isn't a backup strategy"