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Good morning, afternoon, evening OCNer's. Yesterday I happened to come across a craigslist ad that someone was selling a 4U ATX server for $10! Surprisingly it was available and so I picked it up and it was in awesome condition. Only a little chipped paint and small scuffs, but nothing a little spray paint can't handle! Only thing about it was that I didn't not come with 2 80mm cooling fans for the middle rail. Other than that it was a awesome buy! Check online for the OEM of this case and it goes from about $80-$169.

ASUS M4 EVO/USB3 Motherboard with a Athlon Quad Core installed
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My main rig on the left and the server on the right. SO BIG!
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This server will be used mostly for folding and since my degree will be in Computer Info. Systems, this will be used as a VM/Cloud/Experiment etc. server as well.
I can only put 2 3.5in HDDs inside the case so I won't really be able to do anything beyond RAID 1 unless I use the 5.25inch for hotswap 3.5in drives. Cooling on this thing is rather liited as well, only 1 60mm exhaust fan (I put some Thermaltake fan from a CPU heat sink and used it for the exhaust. It only has a 120mm fan mount for the intake as well. Although this case is well ventilated in the front and back it should not be a problem (At least what I think.). I also might throw in a PCI blower into one of the PCI slots as well (Let me know if that will help with cooling.). Since the guy did not have the 2 80mm fan mounts for the crossbar, I was thinking I would just place a line of 80mm or 120mm fans along the end of the mobo tray with some 3M super tape. (I mean the tape can withstand 25lbs of weight) to push air across the case. (I won't have a DVD drive after I install the OS to give the case more airflow and cable space.


Lots of ventilation, there's a lot of punch potential punch outs for printer ports and seriel ports. I don't this case was meant for a storage server. Makes since though.
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Would love some feed back please. Ideas? Suggestions?

Thank you!
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Good deal for sure.

As for air flow. Get yourself a PSU with a big 120mm fan too, this will help draw the air out. You can get 5.25 bays for 3.5 or 2.5 drives so you can always fit more storage. Most of these have fans in them as well.

If you plan on using it for multiple projects. Toss VMWare ESXi on there and just make a load of virtuals.
    
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Good deal for sure.

As for air flow. Get yourself a PSU with a big 120mm fan too, this will help draw the air out. You can get 5.25 bays for 3.5 or 2.5 drives so you can always fit more storage. Most of these have fans in them as well.

If you plan on using it for multiple projects. Toss VMWare ESXi on there and just make a load of virtuals.

Yea, that's what I was thinking I could regain the lost airflow design of this case. I found a PSU for about $29 at my local computer store. Has a 120mm fan intake fan, looks kinda like this:


EDIT: Found the specs of the fan pulls 75CFM and goes up to 1600RPM (Maybe at least 65CFM if it's at that speed)., it's also a ball bearing fan.
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Don't cheap out too much on a PSU. Especially for a server. If it's going to be on 24/7, you want something reliable.
    
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Don't cheap out too much on a PSU. Especially for a server. If it's going to be on 24/7, you want something reliable.

True, but I won't initially start putting a heavy load on the server. The VM and other programs that will require it to be on 24/7 will be later down the road.

Also, I was wondering if my WD Caviar Black will be okay right here in this HDD mount. The mount itself has large holes for breathing however there is know ventilation in front where the bezel is. Dunno if it will be okay there or not. :/
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Oh, Yea I also found a way to mount the 80mm fans. With CABLE TIES! haha Is this a good position to put it?

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I really dont think you need fans on the crossbar. A 120mm mounted on the front to blow air over the motherboard should be plenty.

Best to get a couple of 5.25 to 3.5" bays like killabytes stated as these usually have intake fans on them.

Cheap PSUs have a tendency to fail rather quickly and also take out other components when it fails.
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I really dont think you need fans on the crossbar. A 120mm mounted on the front to blow air over the motherboard should be plenty.

Best to get a couple of 5.25 to 3.5" bays like killabytes stated as these usually have intake fans on them.

Cheap PSUs have a tendency to fail rather quickly and also take out other components when it fails.

Well I did my research, and this seems like a good power supply to me. Reviews are pretty good on this thing. I will be hooking up a UPS to it to provide back up power and to clean the rails. Goes for about $29.00 don't think that's cheap. I also found a LEPA N500 for $39.00 might be able to get it to $36.00 because Fry's electronics has a "Match any price" thing.
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