1. Join Now

    AVForums.com uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

My new server compact server case

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by Embarker, Sep 24, 2004.

  1. Embarker

    Embarker
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Apr 19, 2004
    Messages:
    1,626
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    51
    Location:
    Garden of England
    Ratings:
    +66
    Have recent bought one of these and must confess, it is awesome, it is like a tardis, and could actually sit in you theatre room with some quiet fans in it.

    Review here with loads of pics

    It can hold something like 14 HDD in it, so if you used 300gb hdds that a 4.2 TB server :smashin:
     
  2. owain_thomas

    owain_thomas
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Sep 29, 2002
    Messages:
    1,937
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    51
    Location:
    Manchester, England
    Ratings:
    +81
    Nice looking case, how much?
     
  3. Embarker

    Embarker
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Apr 19, 2004
    Messages:
    1,626
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    51
    Location:
    Garden of England
    Ratings:
    +66
    £100 total bargin I say.............
     
  4. SeaneyC

    SeaneyC
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Jul 26, 2002
    Messages:
    2,004
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    Reading, Berkshire
    Ratings:
    +54
    £100 link please :D I want!
     
  5. Embarker

    Embarker
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Apr 19, 2004
    Messages:
    1,626
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    51
    Location:
    Garden of England
    Ratings:
    +66
  6. Mark Ward

    Mark Ward
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Sep 12, 2001
    Messages:
    1,796
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    41
    Location:
    Kent
    Ratings:
    +18
    I've also got one of these cases (thanks for the heads up Dave). Very nice design, a real feel of quality. Excellent Airflow/Cooling provision built oin to the design. Very happy with it.

    One word of caution..I was fine with my Mobo (Asus A7N8X-E) but those mobos that have the additional little square power connector may have a problem with how far away from the Mobo the PSU sits. The Mobo connectors have to travel quite a little way.

    I'm running Linux on mine purely as a file server so am considering removing the DVD-Rom Drive. I've worked out that with an external DVD-Rom connected as and when I need it I could potentially fit 20 HDDs in a case smaller than a Rel Q400 Sub.

    8 HDDs at the back (Cooled by2 x 92mm fans blowing directly on to them)
    12 at Front using 2 X Icy (or similar) 5-into-3 bay hotswap caddies with the 2 front 3.5" Bays.

    Using 300gb drives that would be 6Tb!!!!

    Mark.
     
  7. Embarker

    Embarker
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Apr 19, 2004
    Messages:
    1,626
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    51
    Location:
    Garden of England
    Ratings:
    +66
    Wow now that is what I call a server.

    Quick question, what power supply could handle that sort of set up? Also has anyone thought about a UPS.
     
  8. Mark Ward

    Mark Ward
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Sep 12, 2001
    Messages:
    1,796
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    41
    Location:
    Kent
    Ratings:
    +18
    JohnS on the forum once told me of a site where you could calculate the required power necessary to run a server. Pehaps he'll post a link if he still remembers where it was.

    I'm using a 550W cheapy right now, but I suspect when I get to 8 or 10 HDDs I'll have to think again.

    JohnS is also from Coastal Kent BTW.

    Mark.
     
  9. Embarker

    Embarker
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Apr 19, 2004
    Messages:
    1,626
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    51
    Location:
    Garden of England
    Ratings:
    +66
    Thanks Mark

    So there are a few of us in Kent then.

    Many be we should all meet up :smashin:

    Rgds

    Dave

    p.s. What is the DIY Disaster Area comment about then? :clown: :p :eek:
     
  10. Mark Ward

    Mark Ward
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Sep 12, 2001
    Messages:
    1,796
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    41
    Location:
    Kent
    Ratings:
    +18
    I'll PM you and we'll sort something out I'm sure.

    Long story, I searched for the thread but couldn't find it. Basically everytime I try DIY I end up injured or in hospital, will tell you when we meets up.

    Anyway, to everyone looking for a Home Server Dave has come up with a great choice here. Messiah on here now has one too.

    MArk.
     
  11. Embarker

    Embarker
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Apr 19, 2004
    Messages:
    1,626
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    51
    Location:
    Garden of England
    Ratings:
    +66
    Quick update to show how cool this case really is...............

    I'm runnning a Xp2500 mobile overclocked to 2.41g with 400 fsb, over this sits a zalman copper flower cooler running 1400 rpm's with artic paste and in the inlet I have a zalman 92mm fan ( this sits directly over the cpu cooler) and now get a mb temp of 28 and CPU fully loaded of 39 degrees. All fans spin at less than 1500 rpms so very very quiet, can still here that GPU fan though........... but not changing this till theatertek 2 is out. :smashin:

    Have just one 92mm fan in the hard drive side with two 250gb and a 120gb, the case is cool to the touch.

    So that still allows for a 120mm exhaust fan and an additional 92mm fan for when it is chocked with hard drives.........
     
  12. mjn

    mjn
    Distinguished Member

    Joined:
    May 24, 2001
    Messages:
    18,383
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    166
    Location:
    Herts, England
    Ratings:
    +5,466
    must resist buying case......must resist!
     
  13. Messiah

    Messiah
    Well-known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 22, 2002
    Messages:
    7,534
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    106
    Ratings:
    +339
  14. Paul D

    Paul D
    Well-known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2000
    Messages:
    2,620
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    106
    Location:
    Manchester
    Ratings:
    +391
    Great post...
    Exactly what i was looking for!
    Most i had found were £400+!

    I've decide to build a "central" server, that will be on 24/7. And store all my pics/film/music etc.
    I was going to use the CCTV PC, but decided it was busy enough running four colour cameras as it is!
    I will then install media servers around the house, and network my Pc/HTPC to it.
    I hope to get my Xbox modified for networking, and the new Kiss600 out very soon (emailed them etc). (Kiss600 inc WMV HD9 plus lan for streaming etc)

    I've just joined Napster, and downloaded hundreds of tracks. Seems you only pay if you wish to burn them to CD etc :eek: (ideal for servers then!)

    I expect i will have some fun getting several hard drives to work. I have never tried raid arrays etc(stripping? etc). Or would i be best just running them as separate drives?
     
  15. mjn

    mjn
    Distinguished Member

    Joined:
    May 24, 2001
    Messages:
    18,383
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    166
    Location:
    Herts, England
    Ratings:
    +5,466
    if you have a serious amount of data, which you cannot really afford to lose, then use RAID 5.

    if on the other hand, you don't care about re-ripping CD's, DVD's and re-downloading tunes...go for single drives.
     
  16. Embarker

    Embarker
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Apr 19, 2004
    Messages:
    1,626
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    51
    Location:
    Garden of England
    Ratings:
    +66
    I'm waiting the Kiss 600 aswell
     
  17. Baggy

    Baggy
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2002
    Messages:
    1,109
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Location:
    Burton-on-Trent
    Ratings:
    +126
    What PSU's are OK with this case?
    I read somewhere that it needs one with long leads.
    How noisey is it?
    Kevin
     
  18. Mark Ward

    Mark Ward
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Sep 12, 2001
    Messages:
    1,796
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    41
    Location:
    Kent
    Ratings:
    +18
    Hi Baggy,

    it was me that posted about the long leads, and Neil (Messiah). It only really seems to affect motherboards which have the smaller square extra power connector, sorry if that sounds unclear but I've not actually got one of those conectors on my Mobo.

    I use an Asus A7N8X-E Mobo with a cheap Scan 550W PSU. I have 8 HDDs (1x160gb, 3 X 250gb & 4 x 200gb) running along with a DVD-RW, 3 Case fans, Artic Cooler PSU fan and Radeon 9600 GFX card with fan.

    All working just great, though you need to buy a LOT of Power connector splitters!!!!

    Mark.
     
  19. Baggy

    Baggy
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2002
    Messages:
    1,109
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Location:
    Burton-on-Trent
    Ratings:
    +126
    Hi Mark,
    I'd also seen it on one of the on-line store site.They recommended a PSU with long leads.
    I just wondered what you guys were using.It sounds an ideal case.
    Kevin
     

Share This Page

Loading...