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Right, so I'm toying with the idea of moving my desktop rig to a server case, an HP Prolian ML380 G4 to be precise. I don't like my current case, and the already present SCSI backplane is a nice feature.

I have a couple of questions though:

Will I be able to mount a P5e Deluxe (ATX) mobo in there, do server boards use standard mounting positions?

Will an HP SmartArray 641 (PCI-X 133) work in a standard PCI slot? (Probably at reduced bandwidth)

Can I use the included fan with a fan controller?



I figured I'd ask it here in the servers subforum because my question is mostly about server hardware.

Also, if you're wondering about the server I'll be murdering, it's P4 XEON just eats way too much power. I plan to re-use the SCSI backplane in my rig, and will probably keep the other parts as backup for my DL380G3 (rack model with P3).

Thanks!


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Edited by citruspers - 3/10/12 at 5:31am
    
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Is the G4 a tower or rackmount 380?
    
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looking at the case specs
http://h18000.www1.hp.com/products/quickspecs/12028_div/12028_div.html
i dont think your mobo will fit properly atleast in the rackmount case.. it may tho but i have my doubts, plus you would need a riser card if you can get one that is support by your mobo as the garphics card would have to be paraell to the mobo due to limitations of hight with this case as it is 2U from what i can tell smile.gif
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I also doubt it would fit. The fact that the case is OEM and rackmount works against you here. Plus like stated above the case is low profile so you probably won't even be able to fit normal video and expansion cards. I'm not sure why you would want to do that to begin with. Are you upgrading and using your current rig as a server? From my research the PCI-X card should work in a PCI slot: link. It will just have a lot less bandwidth and you'll have to watch for obstructions such as heatpipes since the unused pins will hang out behind the PCI slot a bit.
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Thanks guys. Let me clear something up:

It's the tower model
It's 19" high when standing, and 4u wide, so I probably won't have any problems with mounting coolers etc.


The "why?" is a bit of a mixture between:

Because I can
Because I want to use the SCSI drives (3x146GB 10K + 3x36GB 10K + 73GB 15K isn't shoddy!)
Because I'm tired of my old case.
    
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All the server borads i have or come acrross are EATX or bigger. I would check on the case specs if it can fit ATX form factors. Im on my phone so i can only speculte sorry. But i i think its a good idea but i cant garrantee the borad will fit.
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I'll see if I can get you guys some pictures of the case, alright?
    
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Originally Posted by citruspers View Post

I'll see if I can get you guys some pictures of the case, alright?

You can if you like. I was going to see what i could find out in the morning for you too thumb.gif
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Definitely appreciated Stubass!

I think I have the base layout pretty much figured out. I'm going to stick with the manufacturers layout: SCSI cage at the bottom front, 5.25 cage at the top front, with some inserts to mount a spare 73GB 15K drive, and my conventional 500 GB 7200RPM SATA.

Case overview
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I'll probably have to replace the back exhausts. I love the power they have, but it's a 5-pin connector and I fear the fans may use more amps than my mobo can provide.

Fan assembly
E0cQv.jpg

Fan connectors
tC32g.jpg

As far as the back goes, I think I'm good as far as the rear panel goes, but I may have to cut away the center panel dividing the two power supply slots in order to mount my PSU. I sadly can't reuse the server's original PSUs. Even though they're 725 Watts each, there's only the mobo connector, no CPU or PCI-E connectors.

Backside
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is this your hp g4 that is pictured?
i have been looking at case specs but cant seem to find anything if your ATX borad will fit... im still not going to say it cant tho lol
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