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Home made case + Server build! "Blue Lightning"

I am going to build a server, with UnknownLobster's BlackDwarf, in min, but with M-ITX, M-ATX compatibi andATX PSU, and a different design.

I have a low budget, so its's gonna be a struggle, but I am going to do it!
What i dont have:
More Seagate Barracuda 2TB drives
Passive or silent cooler

What i have:
Metal
Spraypaint
CPU: Intel i3 2120
MB: Asrock H61
OS (Server 2012)
PSU: NZXT Hale90 750W
Raidcard: Intel

 

Final hardware:

 

Hardware:

Case: Halfway home made: (http://linustechtips.com/main/topic/29613-home-made-case-server-build-blue-lightning/page-19#entry2938083)

CPU: I7 860 /w some Zalman cooler

Mobo: Gigabyte GA-P55-UD5

RAM: 4GB

PSU Corsair CX600

2x 3 Drive 5.25" Hotswap Cages

 

Storage:

SSD: Intel 520 240GB

HDD1: Seagate 2TB (7200RPM)

HDD2: Seagate 2TB (7200RPM)

HDD3: Seagate 2TB (7200RPM)
HDD4: WD AV-GP 3TB
HDD5: WD AV-GP 3TB
HDD6: WD AV-GP 3TB

The side panels, the top and the front is going to be made from scratch, and the rest modified!
The top is going to be Lexan and Aluminum

I got lots of help from my uncle (It was his idea with front nr. 2) (to the right), and my grandad (to the left):
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Current shot, runnning FreeNAS, but still not done, as I am in the process of moving:

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And some "fun" pics of how I get internet into my room:

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Update: 

 

 

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Only thing left is buying some more HDD's fixing those cables, and take pictures with something better!

 

Before:

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After:

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Moar pics: 

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Network/Homelab build log Main PC: "Aqua Blue"  Server: 15TB+ "Blue Lightning"

3900x, 32GB RAM @3200mhz, RTX 3090, 2.5TB+ SSD Storage, 4x2560x1440 monitors

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 5G, +2x Note 9

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Looks interesting buddy, will sub for more :D

 

Putting it on wheels though, that's a first! Are you going to be moving it around a lot?

Is this the real life? Or is this just fantasy?

 

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Looks interesting buddy, will sub for more :D

 

Putting it on wheels though, that's a first! Are you going to be moving it around a lot?

Thanks!

Both yes, and no :P I am going to be moving it around a bit, but not very much! The reason for putting it on wheels, are that i am probably going to slide it under a desk, or something like that ;)

Network/Homelab build log Main PC: "Aqua Blue"  Server: 15TB+ "Blue Lightning"

3900x, 32GB RAM @3200mhz, RTX 3090, 2.5TB+ SSD Storage, 4x2560x1440 monitors

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 5G, +2x Note 9

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Yes, still reppin' a core 2 duo ;)

That's all gonna change as of tomorrow...  :lol:

Beacause then you are getting a new CPU and the rest of the equipment you need to watercool you keyboard? :P 

But on topic: I am thinking of going for the passive choice, because it is less likely to fail :)

Network/Homelab build log Main PC: "Aqua Blue"  Server: 15TB+ "Blue Lightning"

3900x, 32GB RAM @3200mhz, RTX 3090, 2.5TB+ SSD Storage, 4x2560x1440 monitors

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 5G, +2x Note 9

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Yes, still reppin' a core 2 duo ;)

That's all gonna change as of tomorrow...  :lol:

lol so am I. Too old schoolz are we?

Is this the real life? Or is this just fantasy?

 

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lol so am I. Too old schoolz are we?

Well actually, I still have a pentium 4 running, but i dont use that PC very often :P

Network/Homelab build log Main PC: "Aqua Blue"  Server: 15TB+ "Blue Lightning"

3900x, 32GB RAM @3200mhz, RTX 3090, 2.5TB+ SSD Storage, 4x2560x1440 monitors

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 5G, +2x Note 9

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I am going to start building the case soon, any more inputs?

 

Which OS do you recommed? I was thinking Windows Server 2012, because I can get it for free...

I am also going to test everything in a Fractal Design R4 I have laying around, do you want pics of that, or only of the construction?

Network/Homelab build log Main PC: "Aqua Blue"  Server: 15TB+ "Blue Lightning"

3900x, 32GB RAM @3200mhz, RTX 3090, 2.5TB+ SSD Storage, 4x2560x1440 monitors

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 5G, +2x Note 9

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The only thing I had to start with was this:

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I started to take it appart:

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Everything is out!
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5.25" in the top inv_biggrin.gif

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It needed to get stiffened up a bit

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The top is going off!

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One fold, and everything is better
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And I got some more done:

Uncut aluminum plate

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Lexan dribble.gif
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I have to get power to the PSU, which is front mounted after mods!
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Cut side panel
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Had to make 140mm hole for the fan
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Front plate nr. 2
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One of the side panels are done
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My grandpa made theese!
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First front is on!
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Nr. 2 comes on too (the hole is made for a vandal switch smile.png)
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Here you can see the spacers in action!
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Gotta solder the plug on ok_dremel.gif :
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"Done" With some HW
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The remaing part is finish building, and adding the lexan!

And I also have to get the blue ligthing 3D printed!

Network/Homelab build log Main PC: "Aqua Blue"  Server: 15TB+ "Blue Lightning"

3900x, 32GB RAM @3200mhz, RTX 3090, 2.5TB+ SSD Storage, 4x2560x1440 monitors

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 5G, +2x Note 9

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Oh, I like where this is going...

BUILD LOGS: HELIOS - Latest Update: 2015-SEP-06 ::: ZEUS - BOTW 2013-JUN-28 ::: APOLLO - Complete: 2014-MAY-10
OTHER STUFF: Cable Lacing Tutorial ::: What Is ZFS? ::: mincss Primer ::: LSI RAID Card Flashing Tutorial
FORUM INFO: Community Standards ::: The Moderating Team ::: 10TB+ Storage Showoff Topic

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Oh, I like where this is going...

Thanks!

BTW: I am going to use 2x 250GB 2.5" in Raid-1 for OS, and At least 5 Seagate 2TB for storage in Raid-5 (The price is the limit :()

Network/Homelab build log Main PC: "Aqua Blue"  Server: 15TB+ "Blue Lightning"

3900x, 32GB RAM @3200mhz, RTX 3090, 2.5TB+ SSD Storage, 4x2560x1440 monitors

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 5G, +2x Note 9

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love what you've done with the case  ;)

can't wait to see the finished product ^_^

Thanks :)

Network/Homelab build log Main PC: "Aqua Blue"  Server: 15TB+ "Blue Lightning"

3900x, 32GB RAM @3200mhz, RTX 3090, 2.5TB+ SSD Storage, 4x2560x1440 monitors

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 5G, +2x Note 9

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man oh man! i'm gonna follow this closely!

 

i love UnknownLobster! i've been following him since the very begining, his youtube channel has crazy stuff! he's a really good "builder" he built his entire place!

 

just insane!

-Corsair Carbide 500r + TX-750w V2 | Asus P5Q Deluxe + Intel Core2Duo E8400 @ 3.8Ghz + 2x2GB G.Skill DDR2 1066mhz

-Sapphire HD4890 1GB DDR5 (New Edition) + 1x Intel SSD 330 120GB + 2x Seagate Barracuda 500GB SlimSinglePlate (RAID0)

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man oh man! i'm gonna follow this closely!

 

i love UnknownLobster! i've been following him since the very begining, his youtube channel has crazy stuff! he's a really good "builder" he built his entire place!

 

just insane!

Thanks!

Yeah, UnknownLobster is awesome!

Network/Homelab build log Main PC: "Aqua Blue"  Server: 15TB+ "Blue Lightning"

3900x, 32GB RAM @3200mhz, RTX 3090, 2.5TB+ SSD Storage, 4x2560x1440 monitors

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 5G, +2x Note 9

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Well I have decided  to go with 4x2TB, and upgrade later, but should i run FreeNas, or Windows Server 2012?

Network/Homelab build log Main PC: "Aqua Blue"  Server: 15TB+ "Blue Lightning"

3900x, 32GB RAM @3200mhz, RTX 3090, 2.5TB+ SSD Storage, 4x2560x1440 monitors

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 5G, +2x Note 9

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VEljN3lz.jpegThe only things i need now, is some rivnuts, m3 torx screws, and some neodymium magnets!

Network/Homelab build log Main PC: "Aqua Blue"  Server: 15TB+ "Blue Lightning"

3900x, 32GB RAM @3200mhz, RTX 3090, 2.5TB+ SSD Storage, 4x2560x1440 monitors

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 5G, +2x Note 9

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yay! another good build to follow

CPU: Intel i7-7700k @4.8 Ghz Motherbord: MSI Z270 Gaming Pro Carbon | RAM: GeIL Super Luce 32GB 2400MHz | Video Card: Gigabyte GTX 1080 Founders Edition |
 | SSD: Samsung 960 EVO 500GB M.2 | Power Supply: Corsair HX850i 850W Platinum Case: Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX Tempered Glass |
 
CPU Block: Phanteks Glacier C350i GPU Block: Phanteks Full Cover GTX 1080 | GPU Back Plate: EK Full Cover EK-FC1080 GTX | Reservoir: EK RES X3 250 |
| Radiator: EK CoolStream SE 360 Slim Triple Rad | Pump: EK-XTOP Revo D5 PWM Pump Plexi Tubing: EK DuraClear 8/8ID 1/2OD Tubing |
Coolant: Mayhems Non Stain Blue Dye + Distilled Water | Fittings: EK ACF 10/13mm Compression fittings black Fans: Corsair HD120 RGB & Phanteks PH-F120SP |
 
Monitor: 2x Samsung s34e790c (34" 21:9 3440x1440) Keyboard: Razer BlackWidow Chroma RGB  | Mouse: Razer Mamba Chroma RGB Mouse Pad: TSM Grunge |
Headset: Logitech G930 Wheel: Logitech G920 |
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Well I have decided  to go with 4x2TB, and upgrade later, but should i run FreeNas, or Windows Server 2012?

I would suggest Server 2012

XYPHER AMD FX8350 @ 4.6Ghz ASUS SABERTOOTH 990FX R2.0 AMD RADEON HD 7970 @ 1140Mhz 16GB Corsair VENGEANCE 1600Mhz OCZ VERTEX 3 240GB SSD Corsair H100i 1TB SEAGATE BARRACUDA FRACTAL DESIGN DEFINE R4 CORSAIR K90 MADCATZ RAT 3 iiyama ProLite B2480HS 24"

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I would suggest Server 2012

Thanks!

After all my research I also think it is the best option, and since I get it for free, money is no problem :P

Network/Homelab build log Main PC: "Aqua Blue"  Server: 15TB+ "Blue Lightning"

3900x, 32GB RAM @3200mhz, RTX 3090, 2.5TB+ SSD Storage, 4x2560x1440 monitors

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 5G, +2x Note 9

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