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xodiac 02-29-2008 01:14 PM

rackmount case / power supply recommendations?
does anyone have any good recommendations for an atx rackmount case? theres sooo many looking through newegg. i just want to rackmount the pc to utilize less space, plus i personally think they look better with the other racked gear (003r/pres/etc). any specific models to stay away from?

also, what are some good options for quiet power supply units? ...thanx

albee1952 02-29-2008 01:22 PM

Re: rackmount case / power supply recommendations?
I went with the Norwood rack-mount server case from newegg that was $74 and it has served well. If I had it to do over, I would consider a tower in the Antec P180 series which are built for quiet. As for power supplies, look for those with larger fans which can turn slower (which usually means more quiet). This Norwood case has 2 fans inside that are just too loud so I put those on a front panel fan control so I can turn them off if I need to.

DanoWpg 02-29-2008 01:45 PM

Re: rackmount case / power supply recommendations?
I recently bought an Antec 4U22ATX450-2; it comes with their 450watt power supply. Nice case to work in and is pretty flexible. The downside is that it is a bit noisy with the 3 fans running. I'm thinking of taking out the front 120mm fan for noise reduction.

Antec makes a Take 4 4U rack that is suppose to be very quiet. It's about $100 more than the one I got, though I couldn't find anybody that was selling them here.

Shabbysheik 02-29-2008 02:48 PM

Re: rackmount case / power supply recommendations?
If your main reasons for rack mounting a PC are space and looks, you may want to think about a few things. I built a rack mounted PC about 4 years ago, and am much happier with my recently built tower for several reasons.
1) The rack mount case was significantly heavier and larger than the tower. Making it more difficult to make changes inside the box. Remember, the top comes off and if anything is mounted directly above it, one or the other has to move in order to get in. Also, odds are the case will be much deeper than your existing rack mount gear.
2) The interior was spacious in the wrong places. Not enough space for drives, too much for PCI slots. Plus, the distance from the drives to the motherboard made cable length a stretch.
3) Noise. It was loud. And I'm sure that could have been improved, but the design of most towers allow the heat to rise to the top where the fan pushes it out of the case. The rack doesn't vent quite as efficiently. So you either run hotter or use more fans. Hotter is not good if it is racked up with a bunch of other hot gear.

I recently built a Quad with an Antec case and Earthwatts power supply and am much happier now.
Of course your mileage may vary.

original_min 03-01-2008 10:51 AM

Re: rackmount case / power supply recommendations?

We have 2 rackmount machines, one is a 4 core, the other a dual P4.
They look great, once they were built they were tucked away in a separate rack box.
They slide out so reasonably accessible.

The main issue is the heat in the 4 core one.
Trying to keep the cpu and large modern drives cool has been a bit of a problem, due to airflow.

If you go down this track, choose the model based on good cooling design, not looks.
Expect to replace all the fans with low noise ones if you work next to it.
Depending on the drives you use, you may need some 3rd party drive cooling also.


The design of this one looks a bit better than ours, it has 2 fans blowing straight onto the hard drives
Then two smaller fans pulling out the back.

xodiac 03-01-2008 08:57 PM

Re: rackmount case / power supply recommendations?
i ended up buying this one .. should be here by wednesday. hopefully everything will be good with it. im not really concerned too much with noise or airflow, as those are things i can customize the case for later. i can always replace the fans with quieter ones, or even add additional ones if needed.

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