So now that everything is here I set to trying to cram everything into the case. I most likely could get the board ram and proc and a severely modified powersupply into this damn case, but no optical drives and certainly no full sized ide drives. A number of other students from netdesk and I are talking about setting up a domain for testing and finishing our Certifications so I thought one of these could certainly run as a global catalogue server, so I have started looking for a rackmount 1u server case (preferably empty) to host this little side foray.
I designed and priced a custom aluminum 12"x10"x3.24"clam case at emachineshop.com. Holy cow $375 for two really plain custom cases is really steep (in my mind). So $50 for a server case (after shipping) and $20-$30 for a 1u server power supply I think I am better off just using a server case in the end. If I had thought about it I could have saved myself 40 or so hours of grinding, cutting sanding and bending atx case steel, or I could have had the front and back covers made for what that time was worth.