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PostPosted: Thu Jun 10, 2010 9:59 am 
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Hi Guys,

So I finally managed to get around to sourcing the majority of parts I needed:

Case: Lian Li P343-B
Motherboard - Asus P5Q Premium
Processor - Intel Q6600 2.6ghz G0
Drive Bays - 6 x IB-555SSK
PSU - Corsair 850W maybe ... may swap for another in my main machine ...
Controller cards - 3 x Supermicro AOC-SASLP-MV8
RAM - 8GB DDR2 PC6400
VIDEO - ATI Radeon HD 4350

I have been testing the setup using Vail and an Intel X-38 160GB SSD and so far so good :) and I will have to start assembling the unit now ... So I will start adding pictures and asking for expert advice :D

First problem is drivers for the P5Q Premium as they don't have any specifically for Windows 2008 :( ... would Windows 7 X64 drivers work?

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EDIT > Added some more photos May 2011


SATA Cable Nightmare - Maybe I need to sleeve some of these SATA? :D

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The Noctua NF R8 80mm fans replacing the noisy drive bay fans by Everflow

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Noctua 120mm for the exhaust along with the internal cage of the left hold 2 * 2TB Samsung F4's - Main OS Drive and First Internal Drive

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Front view with all bays installed

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Rear view with 120mm installed and rear cage for OS with 80mm fan - needs some grill covers for top and back 120's and 80's

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Need to think about internal acoustic damping also ... any suggestions?



UPDATE - OCTOBER 2011



SATA Cable Nightmare solved with some braiding!


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And that's pretty much it folks!


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I have to tell you I love that case and its flexibility. Please continue to share your progress and good luck with your search for the drivers you require.

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Yeah that's a pretty sweet case, love the wheels on it. :D

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I so wanted to do that build, but it got too expensive.
LOVE IT!

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Nice case!!!! Please keep us updated as the build continues. I look forward to hearing how it turns out.

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Any server porn pics?
I love that case and want to see some more!
Comeon don't be shy....

It's all good! :beerme: :crazy:

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Took a break with this whilst I sourced some more parts (noctua fans, some more 2TB hard dirves and some other parts for my main machine which will now be a 16GB i2600k ... just waiting for Z68 chipset now) whilst on a business trip to the US ...

... and Microsoft didn't really help whilst they messed around with Windows Home Server for so long but things are back on track and I will be posting some more pics soon.

Issues I have now are the airflow and how to get a positive pressure flow within the machine ...

EDIT MAY 2011 - ADDED MORE PICS ABOVE - Hopefully should have it completed by July ...


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That looks awesome, thanks for the updated pics. :mss:

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How loud is it? That looks like a Sweet build.

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Well, now you have done it, My wife is going to be soooo mad when I buy that case 8)
That is perfect, future proof!
When you think of how much money one spends on upgrading over the years, it would be worth it to buy once and be done.
The only other thing would be to have plenty of 2TB drives for down the road.

Awesome! Thanks.

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aaronwt wrote:
How loud is it? That looks like a Sweet build.


It was loud that is why I have been replacing all of the fans and as I work is close proximity to the server and it will be 24/7 then the quieter and cooler the better.

Each drive bay had its own 80mm and with 120mm fans it was loud so i decided to change them all out for Noctua's

So overall I will have:

4 * 120mm Noctua NF-S12B FLX Exhaust fans - 2 on the back and 2 on the top which should be able to take out 100 m3/h each
Optional 2 * 80mm Exhaust if I can't get the positive air flow with the 4 120mm

7* 80mm Noctua NF-R8 Intake fans - 6 on the drivebays and 1 on the internal drive cage which should give 53 m3/h each

If they are too loud the have LNA and UNLA adaptors (Low Noise / Ultra Low Noise) so I can see what affect that has on sound / temp.


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What do you think about cutting in 2 or 4 200mm fans on top.
I have 1 200mm on top of my antec 900 pc case, it moves air but is not loud.

What the heck, get a small portable AC unit and bolt it to it. 8) Now that would be cool.

These ICY DOCKS would work?, I can get them from Newwegg: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6817994028
I don't need the locks, no kiddos running around.

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I think that case has 120mm holes on the top already?

for the top holes you dont need high rpm as natural convection would be in your favor. It would be almost passive in a way. a slower 120 will be almost silent and very effective.

I would recommend a grill of some sort for top mounted fans so you dont accidentally drop a screw into the top of the
server...

As far as those Icydocks, think they had mixed reviews because they did not cool very well and you have to solder to swap out a fan.

I like the supermicro 5 in 3's.. I then get a fan controller for each one and turn the fan down to about 1/3 to 1/2 speed depending on the drive type and temps. they get very quiet. you do have to trim some spare plastic from the connector to work.

I could totally see myself with one of these in my basement with a MBD-X9SCM-F-O a xeon, as much ram as i can afford and 3 SASLP-MV8's and another 2+ port NIC

Install ESXi on it. then put WHSv1 and WHS2011 (maybe even unRAID) all on the same box.

That is 1 expensive server, but very nice.. almost Ferrari like...

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Just finishing up some final braiding of the internal cables and getting very close to the Go-live :D

I will post some more pic in a few days ...


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awilson wrote:
Hi Guys,

So I finally managed to get around to sourcing the majority of parts I needed:

Case: Lian Li P343-B
Motherboard - Asus P5Q Premium
Processor - Intel Q6600 2.6ghz G0
Drive Bays - 6 x IB-555SSK
PSU - Corsair 850W maybe ... may swap for another in my main machine ...
Controller cards - 3 x Supermicro AOC-SASLP-MV8
RAM - 8GB DDR2 PC6400
VIDEO - ATI Radeon HD 4350



Where did you get the ICY_DOCK IB-555SSK from ?


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