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post #1 of 3 Old 05-28-2012, 10:30 AM - Thread Starter
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Well look no further.... This has got to be the deal of the century!

Check this link out: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...ht_2051wt_1204

It is a COMPLETE COMMERCIAL GRADE DATA CENTER SEVER for $199!!!!

The server includes:

AIC RSC-4ED2 - 24 3.5" Hot Swap Server Chassis
SuperMicro H8DME-2 or SuperMicro X7DBE-X
Dual Core AMD Opteron, 2212 HE or Intel Dual Core E5120 or Intel Dual Core E5130 (based on availability)
(3) AOC-SAT2-MV8 Controller Cards
8GB of DDR2 RAM
(3) EMACS Zippy M1W-6500P Hot Swap Server 1U PSU

Because of the server's fan sizes... It is very loud! So I did have to make a few inexpensive modifications to the server for it to be quiet enough to work in my home environment.... But if this server is to be stored in a dedicated server room or area where it won't be heard... It will work perfectly right out of the box!

First thing I did was get rid of the (2) Sunon 60mm Case fans, (2) Sunon Blower Fans, and the (3) EMACS Redundant Power Supplies.

I replaced the original case fans with:
(3) SilenX EFX-12-15 120mm Case Fan ... $33.57
Attached to a Norco Fan Wall. Best Offer of $10 with free shipping... which came directly from Norcotek.

I also swapped out the cases's back window for a (slightly modified)Norco:
Norco 4220/4224 Back Window ... $8 From Norcotek... Spoke with Allen Liu... YMMV
(2) SilenX EFX-08-15 80mm Case Fan ... $17.98

I also replaced the (3)PSUs with an ATX PSU:
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 ... $89.99 after rebate

To clean up the snakes nest of 24" SATA cables... I added another AOC-SAT2-MV8 card to the system. I now have six SATA cables per card. I also used six 18" cables for the shortest runs. This allowed for much cleaner cable management.

Because the motherboard was moved from its original mounting plate, which had the necessary standoffs... new standoffs and nuts had to be mounted to the base of the server case to accommodate the position of the new Norco Back Window. I also added four rubber feet to the base of the case to raise it up off the table.

The entire modification process took about an hour

Total cost of the Server and Modifications: $358.54 before shipping.
Norco 4224 Case. $399.99 before shipping

Here are the current drivers for the SAT2-MV8 cards http://www.sonnettech.com/support/kb...on=b150%23b150

Here are some before and after pictures... of the case and my modifications.

I am very, very pleased on how this server turned out.

Let me know if you have any questions...
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That is ...welll. BIG! But if you can accommodate it..

And big props for a Deadwood fan! Damn HBO to hell for no Season 4...
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That is ...welll. BIG! But if you can accommodate it..

And big props for a Deadwood fan! Damn HBO to hell for no Season 4...

It's not that big... Not much bigger than a ATX case on it's side.

IMO... Deadwood was and is probably the best TV series of all time! Don't even get me started on the "ending"!

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