I took a few panoramic shots while I was in Italy. Using the open-source app Hugin to stitch the photos together I got the following results.
I don't like how the sky is over exposed in most of them, but overall I'm pleased with the results.
Hardware all arrived on Thursday, threw it all together and got it powered up with no troubles.
At the first power on, I immediately wanted to fix the fan on the north bridge. It started off with a bit of a clicking noise, but even after that quieted down, the motor noise was still pretty loud and very high pitched. So I took that fan off, and mounted an 80mm fan to the vent on the case side panel. Much better
Just a few temperature measurements as presented in the bios, ambient was 23C.
No Northbridge Fan:
80mm Case Fan:
Perfectly reasonable temps w/o that noisy little fan involved. And the CPU seems quite happy as long as it gets a little airflow.
Haven't had much time to play with it, but I did manage to get the ubuntu 8.04 amd64 iso converted to boot off a usb device using the excellent unetbootin tool. The system felt quite snappy and I was pleased at how quickly I was able to open a few openoffice documents.
Unfortunately unetbootin didn't seem to work with any freebsd iso's I tried, which is a shame because I eventually want to run FreeNAS on this system. Might just have to break down and borrow a CD drive from another system to get it installed.
Oh, and the best part of all. According to my kill-a-watt meter, power draw is at 30W! I should have no trouble keeping this system under 45W when I get drives in it.