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Like the lovely title says, this is for my Server/Rack build

To sum things up quickly for those who dont like walls of text and just want pics. i am wiring my flat so required a Rack cabinet, also wanted one to then put my two file servers into (Standard PCs not rackmount)

The network/Rack Cabinet is http://www.overclock.net/case-mod-wo...rver-rack.html wheras this thread is going to be for the server side of things.

Servers Will be as follows (both identical)
Sempron 140 (hopefully unlocked to dual core)
Asus M4A78LT-M LE Cheap and cheerful mobo but has 6 SATA, PCI-E x16, PCI-E x1 and 2 PCI, the PCI-E x16 will in future be used for a perc 5
2GB Ram
3 2TB Drives in each (Mirrored over network to each other for upmost redundancy kinda raid 1 over network and adding more drives as need be)

Parts are coming on Saturday so pics will be upped then.
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I'd like to see the final build, sounds like a cool project! Have you also considered the airflow in the cabinet?
    
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I'd like to see the final build, sounds like a cool project! Have you also considered the airflow in the cabinet?
Yup. the back panel of the cabinet is just a few mm hardboard so going to cut a few holes in it and mount some 80mm case fans on them. will power them off a 240mains to 6v transformer i have spare.

Im pondering not putting a door on it to aid airflow and to lower the cost a tiny bit but im not sure yet.
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Crazy suggestion, but how about replacing the door with a small wooden frame with some wire fence? Should prevent you from accidentally ripping out a cable, and should aid with the airflow.
    
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good idea, will have to look into that as the standard doors are solid 16mm wood.

Perhaps add a few fans to the door then i would have fans sucking in air at the front and blowing out air at the back
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Server hardware arrived today!

More pics later as they get built. the cabinet isnt being done today


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By the way, RAID1 over the network, I assume you're going to use iSCSI for that?
    
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By the way, RAID1 over the network, I assume you're going to use iSCSI for that?
Nope just using a mirroring software. not best way to do it but simple


One down one to go!
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Looking at both your posts, if you put the door on your just going to bake your equipment without some good ventilation. I wouldn't use 80mm fans since they can be loud and not move much air. Here are some thoughts, that bottom area create a plenum with 4 to 6 120mm fans, use 6 lower speed fans or 4 higher speed fans to draw air into the bottam of the cabinet. Then about 1/2 to the back cut a hole and use a grate to allow the cool air to be forced into the cabinet. In those cases at the bottom put a hole for a 120mm intake fan to pull the cool air into the cases. In the at the back of the top of the cabinet mount another 4 to 6 fans as exhaust. Then you can use a door on the front. Get some airfilter for the intake and if you have an attic about you can put a air plenum going up to the ceiling and vent the heat up in the attic. I have seen this used in a few offices where the server is in a conference room in a closed server case.
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I love pics of computer parts and walking through the office supply isles, I wonder what this means? I have 9 PC's in my bedroom and am constanly looking for ideas on making things a bit more managable, your thread has given me some ideas, good enough for a rep. +rep for organizational inspiration.
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