Quote from macarelo on November 8, 2011, 14:20
I used to work in postproduction - video editing and such -, and in any job, after editing, you have to export the final video clip, which can take hours or maybe a full day, of computer processing. In those cases, I always thought I wanted another PC for emailing and such (as the work pc couldn't be touched), and that I would like to embed it inside the computer case of the worksation...
...how easy would it be to mod a PCI bracket to the RasPi (and maybe use a USB header from the motherboard for power)?
Pretty easy, I'd imagine. You can use one of the scads of unused internal USB ports for power. There are plenty of USB front-panel or rear-panel expanders for these, so just remove the mounting hardware, connect a USBA->microUSB connector, and you're set!
The real problem you'll face is not in embedding the RasPi itself, it's more what to do next. You have to bring HDMI and USB out of the case for it to be useful. But your workstation is already using the video and keyboard/mouse. So you really need a USB KVM switch as well as the RasPi and that will have to be outside the case to connect to your graphics card.
I'd recommend trying out a RasPi + workstation combo first before you get into embedding it. Decide whether it does what you want or not, then go embed it if it does..