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Is this possible? I've never created a server myself but I was looking to build a relatively inexpensive (~$1000-$2000) one to use as a dedicated VMware server and I thought I might as well ask if anyone has ever done this and had it watercooled in a rack.
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It could be done but I dont see the point. The server should be co-located or out of the way so that the normal fans can run without it been heard.
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Yep, absolutely doable, though you'd need a 4U or bigger. Here are some pics of a friend's old build in a 4U.
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Ahh I see. That's pretty damn cool, but 4U is just like a 19" tall horizontal PC. wink.gif

Perhaps I should just stick with air then I suppose. frown.gif

Is there something I could build myself for very cheap (~$500) that would be able to run 1-3 VMs flawlessly?
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to keep it thinner you could use an Apogee LP and a DDC style pump with a T-line instead of a res. But you still have to deal with the radiators.
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Yeah, the radiator is your main issue, in a rack you can only really expect fresh air from the front or back, so you can't really mount your rads flat. Maybe if you went with some old school 80mm rads instead?
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1 Rack Unit (U) = 1.75"

4U therefore would be 7" high; however, it also means that your server is 19" wide (normal rack width) and between 24-36" deep. Since you'd never stand it on end, it will only be 7" high...but front to back and width-wise would be the issue.

Just get VMware Workstation.
http://www.vmware.com/products/workstation/overview.html

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Ahh I see. That's pretty damn cool, but 4U is just like a 19" tall horizontal PC. wink.gif
Perhaps I should just stick with air then I suppose. frown.gif
Is there something I could build myself for very cheap (~$500) that would be able to run 1-3 VMs flawlessly?
   
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