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Project: Big Loud Server

Discussion in 'Modding Worklogs' started by crazylittleman, Aug 6, 2006.

  1. brodsta

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    Same, with the reduced thumbnails you enlarge the ones that you want to look closely at, rather than have to wait for them all to load.

    Great work on the case, I can't believe it took you so little time to do all those HDD supports (90 minutes? :eek: ). I guess with practice (and decent tools ;) ) it just happens quickly.

    Can't wait to see that full of drives (I'm aware it may take some time to fill it up though hehe).
     
  2. MrSmith

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    Looks very nice :)

    Oh, and I vote for clickable thumbnails - easier for the 56k people too
     
  3. effekt26

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    wow, case is really starting to come along...

    i wish i had the tools/ideas/TIME to do something like this...

    10.5 terrabytes would be awesome...lol

    Cheers, Justin
     
  4. tzortst

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    Good job with the case dude, will have to come around to check it out, looks like your the man to goto to get all my shit off. Tell your brother he is fired
     
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    Edging

    The next stage of the project is the edging around all edges of the case. The edging is made from 25mm x 1.4 mm L rail aluminium. The idea is to cover the rough cut edges of the checkerplate, cover the mounting holes through the checkerplate thus I don’t need to counter sink the screws and to hold on the side panels while allowing them to easily slide on and off.
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    I used 3mm thick off cuts of aluminium from the frame as spacers then clamped the edging piece of aluminium to the frame, marked the original mounting holes on to the edging and then drilled it on a drill press.
    The same process is repeated for all sides.

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    loooking good. how much is that thing going to weigh (alone)? And then with the drives?!
     
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    Today I finished pretty much all the construction work on the case. All the edging was done in the same way as i described in the previous update.

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    The side panels have their sticky points but they more or less slide on and off with ease.

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    Because the rear I/O plate was riveted to the inner most edge of the frame i had to put in spaces to allow it to be bolted to the back panel. The spacers are made from 2 lengths of 20mm x 3mm aluminum flat bar which are glued together with araldite, then drilled and screwed on with 1/8" x 12mm screws and nuts.

    The empty case weighs 10.3kg which is only 300grams more then i was aiming for so that turned out well. At a guess it will weigh somewhere around 20kg fully loaded with components.
     
  8. Meddish

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    10.3kg... thats fairly heavy.... most generic cases are around about 6kg... and top brand cases are about 8kg... maby 10kg for a realy large case...

    guess 10kg realy isnt that heavy.... looks good anyway!
     
  9. Mad 4 Air

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    Hrm, i meant to post, typed it up but guess i forget to hit 'submit reply'.

    Anyway 10kg isn't bad. I think empty stacker and my aopen h700b would way that or more. Question is the comparable rigidity of the case. Also as a general user case it wouldn't be great because of the noise it would generate. For a case that size though it is pretty good.
     
  10. MrSmith

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    My plusview 2 loaded weighs a fuckload, I need to get industrial handles so it doesnt warp when I lift it :lol:

    That things gonna weigh a lot. when it's loaded with hdds (Assuming 2 hdd's weigh around ~1.5kg)

    Can't wait to see this finished, looks awesome!
     
  11. Mad 4 Air

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    Yeh. Had a tx1050 so same weight as a plusview 2 should be roughly. Then upgraded to the h700b and it has 8 hdds + system. I've been meaning to weigh it. I'm assuming the Big Loud Server won't see much movement though so should be okay.
     
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    A CM stacker weights 10kg so that was my target weight. In terms of noise i chucked in a psu and all the fans the other week and gave it a ago. even at full speed i was kinda disapointed at how little noise it made. I know this is partly because the fans were brand new but still. Also the panels are close to 3mm thick so the absorb alot of sound.
    The case seems to be as ridged as any other, I can sit on it and it doesnt bend or flex at all.
     
  13. Mad 4 Air

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    I expect when the hdds go in it will make substantially more noise with all the humming. Plus the materials u have used won't dampen the vibrations either i don't think. There is still hope that it will be LOUD :)
     
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    fans by the selfs dont make noise.... fans with hdd/cables/other stuff to make turblance and fans pushing air out of the case (and noise) will make it louder so i think its still gonna be loud!
     
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    nice work mate :D they have released Raid controllers that take 24 drives though..so your going to have to start again ;D

    Seriously though, I like the idea of what You've done but Dual wide..especially if you get a second board in there without it being silly wide :) ~20 drives per side and 2 x CD-ROM's up top each side.

    win!
     
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    Damn looks like the case is useless now.

    What you describing sounds a lot like this case. I think 14 drives and 1 motherboard will be enough for me. 20 drives is getting kinda silly.
     
  17. MrSmith

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    Those hdd's are gonna be fucking noisy.. I've got 2 WD's and 1 Seagate in here.. And there quite the noisy.. And ive got 4 more coming!
     
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    If you have questions, i can answer.

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    Just dont use seagates. PLEASE.
     
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    what drives do you use? i thought WD/Maxtor were alot hotter than the seagates..
     
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    Western digitals all the way. There are a few members on these forums who have heard my server, or really "NOT" heard it.
    Its incredibly quiet. WD drives run cool and totally silent for me. The loudest drive is the 40 gig boot drive which you can hear probably 2 meters away.
    Teh fans make more noise. I use 3 92 mm fans to cool the entire machine, and they are running at 5 volts.
    Total of 24 wd drives, 1 40, 3 120, 18 200s and 2 320s.

    Sabretooth, scythe, outonanisland, lemming, biatch, lits to name some members who have seen this thing. Oh JESSICA has as well.

    Im also biulding another one into a smaller case using satas and 320s.
     
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