I've got a Bondi iMac that has a dead analog board, dead power supply, no hard drive and no CD drive. I believe that the motherboard works and I would love to get the computer running in some form, preferably in a more storable case than the iMac case so I could use it as a server. I would also like to do this as cheaply as possible. I know that the iMac to ATX case conversion has been done in the past but most of these conversions require soldering skill and experience that I don't have (my experience with a soldering iron is limited to one lab in freshman physics 4 years ago and the only soldering iron in my house is my Dad's, which is older than me).
So I was wondering if any of the people here who have experience with these iMac conversions could give me some advice. I have hard drives laying around but I would need an optical drive. I have never owned a PC so I would need to acquire an ATX case, unless I use my Performa 6400 case. I remember reading about an adapter that someone was selling to make this process easier. I would also need an ATAP-IDE converter cable, right?
Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.