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    Default The Quest For Decent, Low-Priced Server Cases & Racks/Cabinets

    Phoronix: The Quest For Decent, Low-Priced Server Cases & Racks/Cabinets

    Here's another quick update on the process of building out the new open-source benchmarking server farm... The construction of the room is going along nicely and I'm currently evaluating a few different server chassis and racks/cabinets...

    http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...erver-Building

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    I like the recessed lighting. Is it LED or CFL?

    I can't tell what the part number is, but for CS4801H, it's $65 in Newegg. 2 80mm fans have less airflow and are going to be noisy, but I assume the noise will not be important in a server room?

    I can't tell what the blue one is.

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    Great to see you've got a nice big room dedicated for this kind of stuff. I'm sure your wife will greatly appreciate it. Nice to see you're getting legitimate racks too - the old setup seemed a bit messy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GraysonPeddie View Post
    I like the recessed lighting. Is it LED or CFL?

    I can't tell what the part number is, but for CS4801H, it's $65 in Newegg. 2 80mm fans have less airflow and are going to be noisy, but I assume the noise will not be important in a server room?

    I can't tell what the blue one is.
    12 x 12 Watt LED BR30 bulbs light the room. Working out very well, in fact, might be too bright that I may need to install a dimmer switch.

    There's a ~$50 Logisys case at NewEgg and then the $65 one, those are the two shown in the picture.

    Some of these systems are low-power APU/i3 systems where I might not even bother with the extra case fans given the basement is fairly cool anyhow. We'll see, but noise isn't too very important.

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    Quote Originally Posted by schmidtbag View Post
    Great to see you've got a nice big room dedicated for this kind of stuff. I'm sure your wife will greatly appreciate it. Nice to see you're getting legitimate racks too - the old setup seemed a bit messy.
    Well already have my big main office room dedicated to my work. At least now the messy test farm is a small guest bedroom, so will be able to stop cluttering systems there.

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    If you don't buy rack cases with rails you will regret it, trust me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by darkbasic View Post
    If you don't buy rack cases with rails you will regret it, trust me.
    Know of any with rails at a decently affordable price? I haven't seen any.... :/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael View Post
    12 x 12 Watt LED BR30 bulbs light the room. Working out very well, in fact, might be too bright that I may need to install a dimmer switch.

    There's a ~$50 Logisys case at NewEgg and then the $65 one, those are the two shown in the picture.

    Some of these systems are low-power APU/i3 systems where I might not even bother with the extra case fans given the basement is fairly cool anyhow. We'll see, but noise isn't too very important.
    There are a couple of LED-/CFL-compatible dimmer switches at Home Depot. Or what about a [/url]light switch with occupancy sensor and dimmer capability[/url]?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GraysonPeddie View Post
    Or what about a [/url]light switch with occupancy sensor and dimmer capability[/url]?
    I don't think that would work out right when the light switch is in the stair well and not pointing towards the room, same reason I'm not using a motion sensor switch.

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    Oh, well that makes sense. I thought I can be of help saving a bit of electricity with the lights when you are not in the server room. So much for the strategically-placed light switch.

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