I originally planned to build a SFF cube sized unRAID server. Even had the name Lament picked out for a cube case.
Then came the deal that I could not pass up for the huge, 24 bay, 78lb beast through tamsolutions
on eBay (on first page of this post ... also on another post on UnRAID forums: http://lime-technology.com/forum/index.php?topic=20867.0
). While the exact server is no longer available, if any of you that have purchased it are interested in seeing it modified, here is what I have done to mine.
Here is how it looks after all my mods to it:
Top down views:
- sata cards
Here are some stats & images of the server as it shipped to me:
Case: 4U AIC RSC-4ED2
(modded greatly now)
Motherboard: Supermicro X7DBE-X
Processor: Intel 1.86Ghz Dual Core E5120
(updated to a faster CPU now)
RAM: 4x Corsair 2GB 240-Pin ECC DDR2 667 PC2 5300 CM72FB2048-667/SD (8GB Total unchanged)
Hard Drive: has internal 160GB IDE drive for OS, but no SATA hard drives in trays.
Includes: Server and 3 power supplies. (removed)
Controller Cards: 3x SUPERMICRO AOC-SAT2-MV8 (unchanged)
- single CPU
- top down
- internal drive mount
The side fans were not that loud to me, but the power supply fans & the 2 back Sunon 60mm fans
were very loud (think jet engine). I do not have a basement or some closet under the stairs to hide this noise machine. I live in Florida, the few people that have basements have water pumps running constantly & it is still too humid for electronics. So I knew I would want to make it quieter.
Originally 1.86GHz single dual core CPU... hmm, I can make this faster easily enough ;DThank you Litlgi74 for posting your steps so nicely on this forum! It helped me a great deal.
From local hardware store, I bought this 19" x 29" platform truck
. Initially used to move the heavy server into my room. Later, I removed the handle & use it to keep my server easily movable, in & out, from under a table.
The first thing was to remove rack rails (though I kept the ears on & later wrapped my power button onto it). Then removed the internal drive mount & IDE cable; I am booting UnRAID from my USB flash drive, a DTMC/16GB Kingston DT Micro
***** Parts ordered *****
1x 120mm Fan Wall bracket
from Norco cases.
1x Back Window
also from Norco cases.
2x SilenX 80mm fans
32 CFM / 15 dBA
3x Rosewill Hyperborea 120mm Case Fans
57.53 CFM / 16.05 dBA
1x SeaSonic X750
750W 80Plus Gold Power Supply
2x Intel 3Ghz Dual Core E5160
(4 cores total)
1x Rosewill thermal paste bottle
Reusing the heatsink & CPU fan that came with the server, but need additional 1 of each for the new CPU (purchased from eBay):
1x Intel Socket 771 Copper Heatsink
1x Intel E30325-001 S771 Socket Xeon CPU Cooling Fan
1x package of Aleratec SATA Data Cable, 18in - 12 Pack
to neaten the nest of cables (for the closer ports).
2x Brass standoffs - 15pack
to raise the MB off the case bottom.
2x Self adhesive rubber feet
applied to the bottom of the server to lift off the platform truck (better airflow).
1x Velcro cable wraps
(because I dislike plastic zip ties)
1x Double-sided padded adhesive
I removed the original CPU. Installed the 2 new 3GHz CPUs with the thermal paste, heatsinks & CPU fans. Tested, all good... started other mods.
******* Removal *******
Removed all the SATA cards & cables, the side case fans, the power supplies.
Unscrewed all the motherboard screws (including those for the CPU/heatsinks).
Removed lots of case screws to get the original back window plate & power supply enclosure to finally release (including some screws on the bottom of the case).
Removed all the wires from the power supply enclosure with it.
****** Installation ******
Put the 120mm case fans onto the fan wall.
Installed the rubber feet on the bottom of the server.
Lined up the motherboard onto the bottom of the case & marked the holes with sharpie markers (holding up the new back window to see how it lined up). Removed motherboard, checked the marks, put the motherboard back on the case to verify the holes still lined up... all good, onto drilling.
Borrowed a drill & drill bit that would drill through metal. Drilled the holes for the motherboard. Screwed in the brass standoffs (some I could do by hand easily, a couple were stubborn to go in). Screwed a second set of standoffs into the first ones to raise up the board to the height of 2 brass standoff risers.
As Litlgi74 has in his post, the back window does not perfectly fit into this case... it needs a notch cut into it at the top (he has a picture of this). I used my swiss army knife's metal saw to do this as I did not have a drill attachment available.
Screwed in the 80mm case fans to the back window. Removed the PCI slot covers from the slots where my SATA controller cards would be.
Installed the adjusted back window & the motherboard. Everything lined up, YAY! I used some of the double sided adhesive on the back window instead of drilling more holes (was tired of drilling at this point). Screwed in the motherboard, the heatsinks (with new thermal paste) & added the CPU fans on top.
Lined up & screwed the modular power supply to the back window. I have a small piece of cardboard under the back of the power supply to keep it level.
Installed the SATA controller cards.
Labelled both ends of all the cables (already had a label maker, so did not have to order this). Mainly to make things easier on me if I needed to troubleshoot anything in the future. Attached the SATA cables & power supply cables on the drives side of the case (nothing attached on the board or power supply).
Lined up the fan wall with the fans attached. Put all the power supply cables & the SATA cables through as I wanted them & kept everything neat with the velcro ties. Used more double sided adhesive to attach the fan wall (want to get this together & working without more drilling).
Attach the power supply cables to the power supply.
Attach all the SATA cables to the controller cards.
I posted this also on UnRAID's forums at http://lime-technology.com/forum/index.php?topic=21838.0
Any ideas on how to keep this functionality (fan placement), but have it more secured & look a little nicer?
The area around the controller cards was a little warm without a side case fan near it. The new back window has several holes over the PCI slots. I decided to reuse one of the side case fans from the original system to pull the air up & out. I removed the side case fan from its housing. Then I needed something to set it upon. I am still keeping an eye out for something better... but I did come up with something that is working for me for now... I took a clean, dry, cream cheese container & cut a hole in the bottom of it. I set the container upside down on the controller cards then put the side case fan with the vent pointing out on top of the container. Not as pretty / nice as the rest of the mods, but my case runs much quieter & just as cool (if not a little cooler).