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post #11 of 68
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Got everything but the processor in yesterday, I put the case in the rack to see if it would fit...And it does:



Kinda:



Would moving the powercord port to the right side of the case be a viable solution?

I have room on the right:



Even with that out of the way, so the door would close, does that look like any decent amount of air will get through there?

Thanks.
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post #12 of 68
ya you can move the plug just a bit of PSU modding is required and from the look of the back door it should have enough airflow I just wouldn't go and try to OC it.
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post #13 of 68
i was looking at your case here:
http://www.athenapower.com/

it looks as if the PSU is located in the front of your case. therefore you don't necessarily have to use that back plug as it just serves as an extension.

you can use a power cord and just have it coming out where ever you need in the case. may be perhaps you can remove the rear receptacle and pull the cord through there
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post #14 of 68
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Yeah last night I actually undid that port in the back and played with mounting it up over by the expansion slots. It's kind of a grommet/mount deal so I can kind of put it anywhere...Considering doing the top, bottom, and sides of the cases in acrylic or something and mounting it inlaid to the case...Or just run a cord all ghetto into the case and make the connection in there...Will keep you updated.
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post #15 of 68
I'm a big fan of these systems : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16816110030

We've got several similar systems in our rack w/ 8GB RAM and the Xeon equivalent of the q6600. They all run very well, and it's also nice that they are half-depth. The one drawback that they have is that they are very loud. Being a 1U form factor, the fan speed gets cranked up pretty well, but it runs cool enough.
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post #16 of 68
The servers I've seen in person live in airconditioned closets or even entire ACed floor spaces under the main room. That's about the easiest way to reduce the form factor and keep the cooling adequate: AC.
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post #17 of 68
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Mbreitba, those look great, but not very cost effective for my needs though.

CyberDruid, Yeah I definitely agree, We have relatively hot summers here in Texas, so because of my workstations I keep my room cool all the time...I have 4 systems running in there now, its hot, but I will be running an additional window unit soon, my load temps for the 3U system on the stock clock are at 59c...I was hoping to see load temps at 3.0 around 55...I doubt I will see that on air...I think I may need to lap my stuff and do some more airflow mods...Pics later...
Edited by MXjunk127 - 7/21/08 at 4:55am
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post #18 of 68
Where did you get the rack? That rack looks more like a telecom rack than a data rack... but then I guess it does fit blade servers.

For cooling you can always get those floor standing AC units. They cost under 300 bucks and it would have its own cooling system. I seen a couple of them in some of my clients server/switch closets/rooms and they work decently if you cant get adequate cooling by a conventional means.
    
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post #19 of 68
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Thanks DigitalPhreak,

There is actually an interesting story in there, well not so interesting...After a ton of research (because its completely unmarked), I have found it was manufactured to be a general use/audio rack. I was browsing craigslist for a cheap dell blade for a home server and I saw this rack...Now, I had thought about going rackmount a few years ago but never did anything because cabinets are so expensive. The moment I saw it (advertised as 24U server rack with more height and depth than it has) I emailed them and claimed it, I had a meeting to get to the next day so I rushed up there in the morning, and threw it in my truck before I could notice it was only 14U...It was manufactured by Lowell, its an L258 Series Rolling Cabinet.

Lowes has a Samsung 5,000 BTU Window Unit for $75, I may go nab one. Only worry there is condensation...
Edited by MXjunk127 - 11/15/09 at 8:49am
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post #20 of 68
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So, I went ahead and got a window AC unit, 6500 BTU, my room is COLD!

Machine is now 3ghz, 45C load temps in cabinet...











I pulled the video card out after config, runs a lot cooler.

I made a long blog post with cost summary and lots more pictures, link in sig...
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