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Alright, I've set up a small, very small, server for you. I couldn't find any server grade Micro-ATX LGA1366 boards to use, so I selected the best of the consumer desktop boards. I tried to choose quiet parts since this will be for presentations from what I've heard, but there will never be a quiet 1U server CPU cooler, sadly.

So here she is:



EDIT: Because of loss of TRIM support whilst RAIDing SSD's, it would be a better idea to get just one 128GB SSD. (Thanks Sircles!) You'll also save $300.

I had to remove the RAID 5 array since the case only supports 1 hard drive, and It was being used up by the SSD's. And the CPU had to be switched to a 60W 6-core (Which is a monster of a CPU at 60W), because I wouldn't want to run a 95-or 130W CPU in a tiny 1U case like this one. The case is very small as you suggested, at only 17" by 10", so you could easily fit it into a duffel bag or larger suitcase. And with only SSD's inside, you won't have to worry about damaging HDD heads during transport. The one and only downside to using a 1U case like this is that only one expansion card can be used, and it would be taken by your graphics card. This only turns into a problem, however, if you intend to add more drives and want a new RAID card, but that is unlikely in this situation.

Overall, at ~$2300, this is a very powerful, yet portable server, and with a GT430 inside, could quickly turn into a backup workstation or even an HTPC.
Edited by zouk52 - 12/24/10 at 6:48am
     
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^^^^ How will the GT430 fit in that?
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What are you going to be doing with the system?

For 99% of server needs, I recommend buying not building and that recommendation is for one huge reason: support.
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^^^^ How will the GT430 fit in that?
See that little grilling on the top right at the front? That's just flashing that you can pop out and install the GT 430 into, then use a PCIe riser to connect it to the mobo. When the card is installed, you lose the space for one of the SSD's, but you can tape it onto the expansion slots on the motherboard since they aren't being used (Except from the riser for the GT 430). That's the great thing about SSD's: They can be shimmied wherever you need one.

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What are you going to be doing with the system?

For 99% of server needs, I recommend buying not building and that recommendation is for one huge reason: support.
He'll be using it for presentations and the such; so he needs it to be ultra-portable. Usually I'd suggest a Dell or something similar, but even their smallest offerings are too big for this situation. This is where the tiny Supermicro case comes in. It's only as big as an average laptop, so it is perfect for this man's needs.
Edited by zouk52 - 12/23/10 at 10:17pm
     
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See that little grilling on the top right at the front? That's just flashing that you can pop out and install the GT 430 into, then use a PCIe riser to connect it to the mobo. When the card is installed, you lose the space for one of the SSD's, but you can tape it onto the expansion slots on the motherboard since they aren't being used (Except from the riser for the GT 430). That's the great thing about SSD's: They can be shimmied wherever you need one.



He'll be using it for presentations and the such; so he needs it to be ultra-portable. Usually I'd suggest a Dell or something similar, but even their smallest offerings are too big for this situation. This is where the tiny Supermicro case comes in. It's only as big as an average laptop, so it is perfect for this man's needs.
Can you or he be more specific about what kind of presentations? When someone says presentations I think Powerpoint and there's no way you need a 980x for slide shows...
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Can you or he be more specific about what kind of presentations? When someone says presentations I think Powerpoint and there's no way you need a 980x for slide shows...
I have no clue whatsoever. He asked for a server with a 980x, I told him to get a Xeon, then he said it needed to be portable, so I created what you see above. That's all I know.

My guess is that It'll be doing some VMware or something, and it'll have a VM dedicated to presentations-so it needs to be small to be in a conference room.

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post #17 of 38
i guess its presentations for something that requires alot of power for things like databases, aka, needs lots of RAM, fast RAM, fast CPU, and fast HDDs.
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You don't build "servers" without knowing the work load and usage. If there is no budget, then rent out a few thousand quad-cores clusters from Amazon EC2: http://aws.amazon.com/ec2/#pricing

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i guess its presentations for something that requires alot of power for things like databases, aka, needs lots of RAM, fast RAM, fast CPU, and fast HDDs.
Depends on the database and particular usage of it.
Edited by DuckieHo - 12/23/10 at 10:39pm
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You don't build "servers" without knowing the work load and usage.


Depends on the database and particular usage of it.
"the software does oracle databses and stuff"

that's all i know, im just trying to help by filling in information that i can while chopes is away
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Quote:
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"the software does oracle databses and stuff"

that's all i know, im just trying to help by filling in information that i can while chopes is away
I can build a $1000 build that can run an Oracle database.... I can order a $500K build as well.

Without specs, his request is too open-ended.
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