Must say that this is interesting, however the 270W PSU might not be enough to ensure a smooth operation?
By the way, good choice for the WD scorpio hdd but if I were you, I would get a 500GB instead.
I have a little project for myself; and I plan to follow through with it.
I have a 60GB PS3 shell, internal frames, etc.
I also have a blueprint for a PC that looks like a PS3 on the outside.
(I have done over seven months of measuring, research, etc.
... and I know it can be done. I've seen a google image post by chance,
can't find it again).
So if I put up a bid for a PS3 PC with:
Zotac H55ITX-A-E Mini-ITX Motherboard
4GB DDR3 Dual-Channel
WD Scorpio Blue 160GB Hard Drive 2.5
Radeon HD 5570 (Kinda hard to fit a bigger card in there)
Slot-load DVD (Manual/Switch)
(Please Note: I have already taken care of internal cooling fans)
Now I mentioned that it can be done, but I didn't tell you that the guy who did it did NOT make it full-functional. He did not have the latest hardware and had no functional USB ports, nor did he have a slot-load drive. Not to mention he cut out the back of the PS3 and the motherboard was exposed. Ugly.
I will not be doing that; I will make sure none of the internal parts are revealed.
So I if I put up a bid on eBay with a PS3 case that was sealed off, had a working slot-load DVD drive, 4 front working USB ports, WiFi, Core-i5, capable of 1200x1600 resolution, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, Ethernet ports, HDMI, Optical Port, VGA port, and a 160GB hard drive - not to mention all the ports would line up with the PS3 shell's ports - for $1500/$2000 min. bid + 90 day warranty from me, would anyone bid on it?
On top of that, for everyone with overheating concerns, I'm throwing in a USB based fan that is manufactured by DDR Game, Eforcity, or Sony (they are the same model, different brand) for the PS3.
And I'll throw in an HDMI cable with a detachable "HDMI to DVI-D" adapter.
(Plus I think I can extend the warranty depending on negotiations...)
Oh! and Windows 7 64bit.
If there are any suggestions that anyone can make (other than saying, "yes! I want it!") feel free to do so... this is a forum thread after all.
Your opinions are appreciated.
PS - I'd like to give inspirational credit to Electr0ant (http://ant.allenthinks.com/). He made the XB360 PC Mod and I wanted a PS3 counterpart.