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Brent
02-20-04, 03:56 PM
My old server was acting up, doing weird things on me, so I decided to just chunk it and build me a whole new server, bigger, better, faster, stronger hehe.

And at the same time decided to finally upgrade my network as well.

First the Old Server Specs:

Antec SX1030B Case
Enermax 450w PSU
MSI i815 Mobo
Pentium 3 800MHz (133FSB)
512MB SDRAM
5x 80GB Maxtor 7200rpm hard drives
Ultra 133 controller card
3com 10/100 NIC
Windows 2000 Adv. Server


Now the New Server Specs and Pics:

YY Cube Case
Antec True Power 550w PSU
Intel i865G Mobo
Pentium 4 2.4GHz "B" (533Mhz FSB)
512MB DC DDR
5x 80GB Maxtor 7200rpm hard drives (same ones)
1x 40GB Maxtor 7200rpm hard drive (to hold the OS and installed applications)
Ultra 133 controller card
Windows 2003 Server

http://home.comcast.net/~b.justice/1.jpg

This is the Hard Drive side of the case where the PSU goes as well as 2 90mm exhaust fans for the hard drive bays.


http://home.comcast.net/~b.justice/2.jpg

This is a rear view shot with the PSU and Fans installed.


http://home.comcast.net/~b.justice/3.jpg

This is the other side of the case where the mobo goes. Here I installed a 120mm fan for intake.


http://home.comcast.net/~b.justice/4.jpg

Front shot of the 120mm fan intake.


http://home.comcast.net/~b.justice/5.jpg

I used rubber gromets on all the fans to reduce vibration and noise.


http://home.comcast.net/~b.justice/6.jpg

This is with the mobo and everything installed. I had to add an extra controller card because my cables wouldn't reach around far enough to plug into the IDE 2 slot on my other controller card :(


http://home.comcast.net/~b.justice/7.jpg

All the hard drives installed.


http://home.comcast.net/~b.justice/8.jpg

Turned on and working, nice red fans.


http://home.comcast.net/~b.justice/9.jpg

The other side with the intake fans, the 90mm on the door and the 120mm on the front, both have fan filters.


http://home.comcast.net/~b.justice/10.jpg

Rear Shot.


http://home.comcast.net/~b.justice/11.jpg

All done!

I still have more upgrade planes for it, I want to upgrade the hard drives. But it is going to cost a lot so it will have to come later.

What I want to do is replace each hard drive with a 250GB SATA150 drive and put em in two's and RAID 1 them for mirroring. So I will have a total of 8 hard drives, but really only 4 because I'll RAID1 em in pairs. And then 1 Raptor drive for OS, but there would physically be 9 hard drives in the case. Using SATA will help a lot to reduce cable mess as well. That is the Ultimate plan, though obviously that is going to take a long time to achieve.

Now about upgrading my network. My primary computer, my review computer and my lanning machine all have i875p mobo's and therefore also have Gigabit network cards built into them. I am also already running Cat6 cables already. So the only TWO pieces I was missing for a gigabit lan were to have Gigabit network on my Server and then a Gigabit switch.

Well I solved the server one when i built my new server, the Intel i865g mobo came with an Intel 10/100/1000 network card built in. So all I needed was the switch.

Well, yesterday I solved that problem too

http://home.comcast.net/~b.justice/gigabit_switch.jpg

There she is, a netgear 5 port Gigabit switch.

It is now installed and I have here at my home a nice fast Gigabit LAN.

Oh Yeah Baby

deleted_acct
02-20-04, 08:07 PM
Are you running this at home?Why in the world would you need 6 hard drives for a broadband connection?

Set
02-20-04, 08:22 PM
Originally posted by Chillinhh
Are you running this at home?Why in the world would you need 6 hard drives for a broadband connection?

O yee of little Gigs :D

qball15j
02-20-04, 09:19 PM
I'm not to crazy about the case but I like the specs! :D

CableDude
02-21-04, 08:06 AM
:2cool:

loop2kil
02-22-04, 06:14 AM
Originally posted by qball15j
I'm not to crazy about the case but I like the specs! :D

I disagree...that is one sexy arse case...nice looking setup there brent. and a big Tim Allen 'arh arh arh' on the gigabit netgear switch.

knightmare
02-22-04, 11:15 AM
i like the case, the red fans stand out with the black too,
wondering what the weight of that block is..

Brent
02-22-04, 11:40 AM
Originally posted by Chillinhh
Are you running this at home?Why in the world would you need 6 hard drives for a broadband connection?

Yes, at home.

C: Drive = OS and Applications Installed
E: Drive = Review Hard Drive
F: Drive = Junk Hard Drive
G: Drive = Audio Hard Drive
H: Drive = Video Hard Drive
I: Drive = Extra Space Hard Drive

the video hard drive is over full, i'm having to flow it over to the extra space hard drive, the audio drive is getting up there, still have some room left though, the junk drive is about half full, and my review drive is more than 3/4th full

Brent
02-22-04, 11:41 AM
Originally posted by qball15j
I'm not to crazy about the case but I like the specs! :D

r u kidding, that case is awesome

keeps all the drives seperate from the motherboard and stuff, its real nice, has really good airflow, and allows for a lot of expansion, and its on wheels

Brent
02-22-04, 11:41 AM
Originally posted by loop2kil
I disagree...that is one sexy arse case...nice looking setup there brent. and a big Tim Allen 'arh arh arh' on the gigabit netgear switch.

w00t

Brent
02-22-04, 11:42 AM
Originally posted by knightmare
i like the case, the red fans stand out with the black too,
wondering what the weight of that block is..

i wish it had a window

maybe a mod i'll do to it at a later date

the weight isn't all that bad, its lighter than i thought it would be, but still pretty heavy, it sits on the floor

Kyle
02-24-04, 12:19 AM
Come on brent... TERABYTE RAPTOR ARRAY!!!

You can afford it :p :D !

Very nice,
Kyler1

Brent
02-24-04, 10:12 AM
Originally posted by Kyler1
Come on brent... TERABYTE RAPTOR ARRAY!!!

You can afford it :p :D !

Very nice,
Kyler1

i wish