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    New Home Server

    Evening all,

    Thought I should finally add some photos and spec details to the forum showing my most recent built. As usual, I got too involved in the build to take step by step photos, so I apologise that these are just of the completed item. Spec is hopefully going to be improved over the coming months (mainly hard drives, storage controller wise), but as it stands:


    Core2Duo E6600 @ Stock
    Hefty Cooler - 0iD knows the model details
    4x1Gb PC8500 XMS2 Memory
    Abit AB9 Quad GT - with uGuru Clock (what a brilliant piece of kit!)
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    Sharkoon case
    GeForce 4 for display duties
    Akasa Paxmate Sound deadening
    Temporary DVD drive - will be gone once I decide on final setup of OS etc.

    Drives at the moment are a Maxtor 160gb and 300gb just to build up and allow me to have a quick experiment with Server 2008 R2 (thanks Dreamspark!)

    So, without further ado, what you have been waiting for - photos:

    The whole machine:





    The uGuru Clock:



    The innards:



    Seasonic Power - a similar one serves me well in my main machine - brilliant PSUs:



    A monolith of a heatsink and the decent RAM can be seen in this shot, with the Paxmate in the background helping to keep sound to a minimum - probably overkill, but should keep things nice & quiet, quick and reliable



    A quick shot of the hard drives/bottom of the machine, showing the sound deading, my attempts to keep cabling under control and the soon to be replaced hard drives. Oh, and not to forget, the awesome GeForce 4 GPU that sits at the heart of this beast :



    A shot of the rest of the cables, looks messy but hides them nicely out of the way without the need for chassis mods:



    The back - pretty stock, single 120mm fan providing air movement:



    Again, sound deadening to keep noise under control:



    And the only slight hiccup of the build. You know that huuge cooler? Well the side panel has a fan on it. d'oh, not enough space inside for both. Think I'm going to have to run without the fan on the side panel






    So, what do we think?

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    Re: New Home Server

    Needs moar storage
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    Re: New Home Server

    Nice, I like the sharkoon cases, much overlooked.
    I prefure the rebel 12 (with it's insane hard drive capasity) to the rebel 9 and the "economy" version rather the the "value" version
    The economy version has slots for 2x120mm fans on the side instead of the 200mm fan

    The cooler is the Tranq Tower (original) btw

    You need a Black dvd drive


    Now you finished that why not have a go at case modding

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    Re: New Home Server

    I suppose you don't worry too much about power consumption?

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    Nice, especially the sound deadening material.

    Fingerprints all over though!

    Quote Originally Posted by ehhhhhhh View Post
    I suppose you don't worry too much about power consumption?
    That rig isn't even drawing 150W under load. He actually has overkill with the current PSU.

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    Re: New Home Server

    nice - I'll have to get some pics of my home server rig when its finally finished - but the Scan S-ATA backplanes woudl look lovely in that...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pob255 View Post
    The cooler is the Tranq Tower (original)
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    Quote Originally Posted by 12GaugeShotty View Post
    That rig isn't even drawing 150W under load. He actually has overkill with the current PSU.
    Well, that's the problem. I wouldn't run it 24/7...an atom is better for general home server use in my opinion

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    Re: New Home Server

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    Re: New Home Server

    Looks good, am currently putting together a Vail (Beta) WHS using my beloved old Coolermaster ATCS (half as an excuse just to have the case in use and in plain view!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by alsenior View Post
    you seem to be missing a perc
    Most likely he will end up with WHS so no need for one.

    For any other proper OS deffo I'd with HW RAID...

    @dave

    Looks pretty tight between your HDDs and mobo, no? Once you'll make your way with by adding more HDDs cabling and space might become an issue [wondering if you can push the drives a bit more towards the front panel to increase the gap?]

    The backplanes are most likely out of the question due to their length... Typical Icy Dock with fan is 220mm long --> http://www.cremax.com/product/images...kit-lowres.jpg Looking at the top where your DVD drive is doesn't look promising...
    Last edited by spoon_; 23-06-2010 at 02:35 PM.

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    Re: New Home Server

    Thanks for the replies guys

    Quote Originally Posted by finlay666 View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pob255 View Post
    Nice, I like the sharkoon cases, much overlooked.
    I prefure the rebel 12 (with it's insane hard drive capasity) to the rebel 9 and the "economy" version rather the the "value" version
    The economy version has slots for 2x120mm fans on the side instead of the 200mm fan

    The cooler is the Tranq Tower (original) btw

    You need a Black dvd drive


    Now you finished that why not have a go at case modding
    DVD drive shouldn't be in there long so I hope it can be excused

    The case was a freebie (thanks Ant!) so I can't really complain too much. The advantage of this layout is it allows me the freedom to have whatever mix and match of 5.25" and 3.5" drives I like

    Quote Originally Posted by ehhhhhhh View Post
    I suppose you don't worry too much about power consumption?
    Thing is, it will take a long while to pay the difference in energy costs between what this has cost me to build, and what a lower power server would be. Added to that the potential to do more with this than the lower power alternatives, it was a bit of a nobrainer

    Quote Originally Posted by 12GaugeShotty View Post
    Nice, especially the sound deadening material.

    Fingerprints all over though!



    That rig isn't even drawing 150W under load. He actually has overkill with the current PSU.
    Yup, what thought has gone into this build has been to ensure that I have the least stressed components I can find - hopefully that'll lead to greater availability/future possibility as required

    (oh, and fingerprints - yup - only noticed them after I'd uploaded all the photos )

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moby-Dick View Post
    nice - I'll have to get some pics of my home server rig when its finally finished - but the Scan S-ATA backplanes woudl look lovely in that...
    Would be good to see it Moby

    I must admit I liked the idea of the SATA backplanes until I saw how much they cost! (I looked at the IcyBox ones, unless I'm looking at the wrong thing?)

    Quote Originally Posted by snootyjim View Post
    Tuniq?
    That'd be the one

    Quote Originally Posted by ehhhhhhh View Post
    Well, that's the problem. I wouldn't run it 24/7...an atom is better for general home server use in my opinion
    Ah, see I had planned to run it 24x7 anyway, so though Atom may be lower power, it is also lower performance and more monies

    Quote Originally Posted by alsenior View Post
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    I do, if I go the Win 2k8 R2 route I'll have to have a chat with you

    Quote Originally Posted by pollaxe View Post
    Looks good, am currently putting together a Vail (Beta) WHS using my beloved old Coolermaster ATCS (half as an excuse just to have the case in use and in plain view!)
    Ah, good man - I've just queued the download, so will have a play

    Quote Originally Posted by spoon_ View Post
    Most likely he will end up with WHS so no need for one.

    For any other proper OS deffo I'd with HW RAID...
    Yup, that is the bit which is up in the air at the mo - I will probably need to add some form of add-in card in the not to distant future, but I need to do a bit more research on which ones!

    Quote Originally Posted by spoon_ View Post
    @dave

    Looks pretty tight between your HDDs and mobo, no? Once you'll make your way with by adding more HDDs cabling and space might become an issue [wondering if you can push the drives a bit more towards the front panel to increase the gap?]

    The backplanes are most likely out of the question due to their length... Typical Icy Dock with fan is 220mm long --> http://www.cremax.com/product/images...kit-lowres.jpg Looking at the top where your DVD drive is doesn't look promising...
    They can be moved forwards, I've simply used the default mounting holes for the mean time. Its deceptive from the picture, but there is just about enough room - and I think the SATA backplanes would sit further forward so they are flush with the front, where as this is recessed

    Really a question of cost though

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    Quote Originally Posted by ehhhhhhh View Post
    Well, that's the problem. I wouldn't run it 24/7...an atom is better for general home server use in my opinion
    Core 2 Duo E6600 has 65W TDP - which is low in power draw and quite cool. It has EIST for power savings. I am sure that PSU is 80 Plus certified. At idle the power draw on that rig is negligible. An Atom might be even lower power draw but it significantly lacks the performance that an E6600 will provide for a file server.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snootyjim View Post
    Tuniq?
    Bah so I spelt it wrong, you still knew what I ment.

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