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#1 #Michael

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Posted 18 June 2014 - 18:44

I know cross posting is frowned upon but I am looking for some help, opinions, etc.. and maybe this is a better area for this.

 

Quick backend story:

 

1. New house I just bought and moved into

2. House is wired for cat5e home runned back into garage

3. Room acting as office will house all of the computer equipment

 

I am looking for a computer/server cabinet that will house everything and be functional but I want it to look nice.  Almost like it is a piece of furniture.

 

I was thinking of something like this: http://www.target.co...Slot=medium_1_3

 

Any ideas?




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Posted 18 June 2014 - 18:48

What kind of servers are you putting in?

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Posted 18 June 2014 - 18:52

Just don't get some simple piece of furniture like the one you linked to, or the fans will constantly be running at full speed trying in vain to cool itself.



#4 OP #Michael

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Posted 18 June 2014 - 18:57

What kind of servers are you putting in?

 

It's a mac mini running os x 10.9.3 server.  I also have 2 synology nas units, a gigabit switch, cable modem, wireless ap, and a ups unit.

Just don't get some simple piece of furniture like the one you linked to, or the fans will constantly be running at full speed trying in vain to cool itself.

 

If the furniture is setup correctly, it should have good ventilation.



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Posted 18 June 2014 - 19:23

If the furniture is setup correctly, it should have good ventilation.

 

I see coffee cups and bowls in that picture, and I see no reason it should have any ventilation hole that would be required for a computer.



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Posted 18 June 2014 - 19:32

I see coffee cups and bowls in that picture, and I see no reason it should have any ventilation hole that would be required for a computer.

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=YQwYNca4iog



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Posted 18 June 2014 - 19:41

I see coffee cups and bowls in that picture, and I see no reason it should have any ventilation hole that would be required for a computer.

 

Creating proper vent holes is quite easy



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Posted 18 June 2014 - 21:00

Creating proper vent holes is quite easy

 

Well, of course.  Didn't know whether you were willing to drill holes in brand new furniture.



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Posted 18 June 2014 - 21:03

Well, of course.  Didn't know whether you were willing to drill holes in brand new furniture.

 

I am extremely handy and quite good at making sure that vent holes are done correctly and don't take away from the looks.

 

That being said...is there something else I should be looking at?  Is there something better?



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Posted 18 June 2014 - 21:13

Even with a little server you should have better ventaltion than a cabient will afford you unless you install fans.  get creative.  try a loose weave basket.  think air flow.  if the room is not air conditioned install it in another room. enoy your new home.



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Posted 18 June 2014 - 21:37

You don't get much better than the Dell Energy Smart Cabinets. Just make sure you check the pallet before the freight company high tails it, I had my entire one bent and messed up, and the replacement door AAA Cooper messed up as well.

 

 

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#12 jakem1

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Posted 18 June 2014 - 21:38

You don't get much better than the Dell Energy Smart Cabinets. Just make sure you check the pallet before the freight company high tails it, I had my entire one bent and messed up, and the replacement door AAA Cooper messed up as well.

 

 

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His Mac Mini will look great in one of those :rofl:



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Posted 18 June 2014 - 21:42

I get a big fat fail for that one..mac mini. Hehe

 

http://www.frozencpu...tml?id=67rcpti6

For cooling the cabinet of your choice, Mac Minis are pretty much bullet proof though.



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Posted 19 June 2014 - 00:11

You don't get much better than the Dell Energy Smart Cabinets. Just make sure you check the pallet before the freight company high tails it, I had my entire one bent and messed up, and the replacement door AAA Cooper messed up as well.

 

 

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That might be a tad big for my needs.



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Posted 19 June 2014 - 02:15

I was staring at mine when writing that post, the level of excitement just...plummeted. :D

 

I'm really passionate about server cabinet build outs as you can tell.