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New desk. Possibly enclosed CPU space?

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I'm looking at getting a new desk. Been after one for ages, and it's been holding me back from buying new stuff.
I'm currently at my parents place, and the desk can't really be too big, despite the fact that it needs to hold four computers...
That's probably the reason why it's been taking me so long looking for something being able to hold four computers.

Without going in to too much detail I've narrowed it down to two desks.





I will note that I've been looking for months and months for a suitable desk, and anything like the Ikea Galant won't work/they won't like thumbsdownsmileyanim.gif

Out of both of those desks, I much prefer the last one. Only because it will give me leg space, whilst the first one wouldn't. Or at least not much.

Now the problem I've got is if I opted for the last one, my 'gaming' PC will be sat on the desk (it would on the other too) which is fine. My parents PC is some really old Celeron, they just use it for downloading/Facebook/internet, I don't think that'd be an issue being in an enclosed space. My brothers 'gaming' PC could be moved somewhere else. However I'd be worried about my media server. The one I'll be building will have a Xeon (probably an E3-1275), along with 10 HDDs. It'll not be used for anything too intensive, but it will be used for Plex and occasionally using Handbrake to encode some Blu Ray TV shows.

What kind of temperatures would I be expecting for the server? Especially for the HDDs?

Would it make sense to screw some fans in to the back of the desk? And if so are Fan to USB connectors a thing and would it be better to exhaust the air or intake air?

Or should I just scrap all that and go for the first desk?
post #2 of 5
Are you planning on putting the server in a cupboard?

Plex shouldn't be too bad for heat, but Handbrake will max your CPU, and that means a fair bit of heat.
Running a PC in a fully enclosed space is always a bad idea, but it should be enough to cut some holes and add a couple of fans. Intake at the bottom, exhaust at the top, should be enough if you'll only be pushing CPU load.
HDDs don't make too much heat, especially if you get some 5400RPM drives and enable power saving settings for them. Just push a fan over them, monitor temps when streaming media on a hot day. If you don't top 75C, relax, it'll be fine.
HDDs can basically work in an oven, so your only concern with their heat would be everything else in the system.
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If I opted for the second one, then yeah the server would be in the cupboard. The biggest thing I'd be concerned about are the HDDs though. I can put fans hidden away in the cupboard. But I wouldn't want to see HDD temps any higher than 45 degrees really.
post #4 of 5
Oops, yeah, a quick, belated, google tells me that 45c is the max safe temp.

HDDs don't generate too much heat though, unless you're using 15k drives, so it should be as easy as putting a fan against them.
I'll edit this post in a moment, I'll just see what my 3TB drive heats up to under stress. It has a big fan at low speed buddied up with it.

Edit;
Ambient - 29c
Idle - 31c
Load - 32c
Max today - 33c
Used Seatools long generic to stress it, held steady at 150MB/s.

I think you'll be fine for HDD temps with just a fan.

Edit 2;
I should point out that I have a bunch of HDDs stacked at the front of my case, I just tested the 3TB as it was the hottest idle.
Edited by plottingCreeper - 3/28/15 at 7:38am
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post #5 of 5
If you get a Lian-Li DK-02 you can have two of the computers inside your desk. And I mean literally inside. It's pricey, but it might be a good option. http://www.lian-li.com/en/dt_portfolio/dk-02/
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