I think we were getting a little too nervous about the AMD (for no apparent reason). 1st time jitters i guess.
The computers will be used to listen to audio files which will then be transcribed. (we're a data transcribing outfit) we're upgrading because our new audio/transcribing software needs a lot more than the PII 300's we've had the last 5 years. we tried it on one of our existing machines, and it was a dog!
its pretty CPU dependent. as the audio file is playing, the software then "tags" specific words, and checks them with a custom dictionary-type list. Plus, when the audio file is being transcribed, the software is simultaneously matching what's been written with what the software "heard." that's a basic explanationf of it.
the evercase, the 5400RPM HD's and 6" above the floor suggestion all seem to make sense. Plus, I'm thinking 80mm L1A Panaflos for intake/outake.
unfortunately we can't go with full size (full-tower) cases, because we might have to remodel the cubicles for that. a mid-size ATX would probably work though.
BTW. this is a very