The hate this guy got was mostly all from ignorant idiots, 2bh he pretty much did nothing wrong, besides not making a dump of the HDD.
He didn't have any alpha-kit software to run on it, and alpha kits are almost nowhere near retail hardware so no way of playing Xbox games neither (also means it's pretty much useless for emulation, dunno why anyone got that idea)
Only thing it's good for is as a collectors piece, and he already tried offering it for sale but nobody wanted to buy it, turning it into a sleeper rig is pretty much the next best thing to do with it.
(the mobo/graphics card/etc are all off the shelf stuff too, the case is the only valuable thing there which is also the part he kept, so he didn't really ruin it at all. I dunno why people get so triggered about it, just redditors being faggots I guess)
Also AFAIK the only reason the HDD got fucked was thanks to redditors only telling him "dude just connect it to your PC and get a dump!", if they actually told him how to dump it properly we probably could have gotten a prototype game from it, thanks reddit.