Well, I caved late last week and ordered a new Shuttle SB81P, a 3.0 Ghz processor, a couple of 200GB SATA drives, 512MB of RAM and a cheap Asus CD-S520 CDROM drive. The build was very simple, following the instructions in the manual, but I did run into a couple of snags.
- The Asus CDROM tray is just slightly taller than the opening provided. A little filing and sanding solved that
- The SATA connectors are formed with the wires coming out on what seems to be wrong side. (very minor)