Build log of my rack mount journey Decided a few months ago that I wanted to stick my NAS, Game "Server" & networking gear into a server rack instead of having it all in standard cases on garage shelves from Bunnings. My reasoning behind this is simple, it'll all be in a single location that can be moved easy (hopefully) while also being easier to clean and maintain. This will be a long term build log, probably over the course of a year if not longer just because of the expense of brand new server rack gear, I try not to buy used or refurbished unless I have to, to many bad experiences . Current set up As I said my current set up is a bit crap, old pic but you get the idea. Click to view full size! NAS Here is my current NAS, specs below. Click to view full size! OS: FreeNAS-9.10.2-U6. CPU / Mobo: SUPERMICRO MBD-A1SRi-2758F-O. RAM: Kingston 8GB KVR16LSE11/8KF x2. Case: Caselabs NOVA X2M. Fans: Noctua 120mm NF-F12 2000RPM. Drive Cages: ICY BOX 4bay hot swaps x2. OS Drive: Samsung 850 EVO 120GB. Storage HDD's: Western Digital Red 4TB WD40EFRX x8. PSU: Corsair CS550M. RAID Card: LSI 9240-8i (flashed to IT Mode). Upgrades 1. The PSU has to be upgraded to handle the full 24 drives, I'm thinking probably an EVGA Gold or Platinum rated one. 2. The motherboard needs to be replaced to meet my network requirements. 3. FreeNAS will be getting reinstalled to 11. Game Server This one runs my private game servers, folds constantly and does anything else I need it to. Click to view full size! OS: Windows 10 Enterprise. CPU: Intel Xeon E3 1245-V5. Mobo: MSI C236M Workstation. RAM: Crucial CT8G4WFD8213 8GB DDR4 x2. Case: Fractal Design Core 1000. OS Drive: Samsung Evo 750 120GB. Games Drive: Samsung Evo 750 120GB. Storage Drive: Western Digital Red 2TB WD20EFRX. PSU: Silverstone SFX 600w. Upgrades Maybe I'll go for 2011-3, 3647 or AM4, not 100% sure but I do want to keep the ECC RAM and keep TPD around 80w so we'll see. I'll also be sticking a DVD drive in it so I can rip CD's to the NAS for playback through Plex. The Rack Really I don't have heaps to stuff in a rack which is good, it means I have room to expand should I need to, this is my very rough idea of how it'll go. Click to view full size! As for the rack it's self it'll be a Serveredge CBN-37RU-68FS 37U 800mm deep, yes it is completely over sized for what I need but I don't plan on ever buying another rack again, I may as well buy big now so later on down the line it can't bite me in the ass if I want to expand. I also want a 37U instead of a 42U because a 42U will be to tight a squeeze (height wise) through a standard doorway. NAS Chassis I actually already have this, it's a Supermicro CSE-846 24 bay, had to get it forwarded from the USA to here which was rather expensive but oh well, also had to buy the SAS 2 backplane for it. This will be undergoing some mods as well, the fan wall and PSU shroud will be getting removed so I can fit a standard ATX PSU and the Norco 120mm fan wall so that I can use my current build in it and I'll also be changing the rear fans to Noctua ones. Click to view full size! Click to view full size! And hey it came with rails (those things are damn heavy). Click to view full size! And finally here's the backplane. Click to view full size! Click to view full size! Back up's Was stuck on this for a while as well but I think what I'll be doing is basically a DAS / JBOD or whatever you want to call it by using a 12 bay chassis and the SuperMicro JBPWR2 JBOD motherboard & Supermicro CBL-0167L Backplane Cable with a HBA into the Game Server and I'll run the back up's from the NAS through the Game Server to the JBOD rigs, I may end up building 2 of them for double back up's while still having external drives just as an extra layer of redundancy. I know it's not the most elegant solution but it means when I'm not backing up I can turn them off which will save power. For those wondering I'll probably be running 6TB WD Blues as back ups. Game Server Chassis This one took me a while to figure out but I've finally settled on the TGC Rack Mountable Server Chassis Case 2U with the rails which I have ordered today. I was originally going to go for a far smaller chassis but after thinking about it for a while the bigger one will give me more room in the future if I decide I want a dual CPU set up. The only thing I'll be doing to this one is changing out the fans to Notcua again. LCD KVM I know I don't fully need one but it'd be handy to have, I was looking for one that does 1080p via remote access at least but damn these things are expensive no matter what. Going to keep hunting around for one but as of right now I have next to no clue what I want. UPS I currently have the CyberPower PRO 1500 VA / 1350 Watts and it hasn't been to bad but because it's not rack mountable it's got to go. I'm considering either the Eaton 5PX 1500 VA / 1350 Watts or the 2000 VA / 1800 Watts but I'm not sure how much power I'll need, I don't want to be running the UPS to hard while everything's on but I also don't want a massive power bill if the batteries run to empty. Both can have the EATON 5PX Extended Battery 1500VA - 2200VA so I can expand them if need be. Network Last but not least is my network. This is a no-brainer, 10GBE because I can, going to stick with RJ45, I know it pulls more power than SFP+ but it's just easier and I already have CAT7 cables anyway. Switch: Will be the Netgear XS508M 8-Port 10-Gigabit Unmanaged Switch, it's not in Aus yet and I have no clue when it will be here but it's cheap enough to get from B&H. Cards: Will be Intel X540-T1, they are a little power hungry but from eBay there dirt cheap and I only need to a max of 3 computers. So that's the plan As I said this wont be a quick build it'll take at least a year to get it set up if not longer, the most expensive thing will be the HDD's especially for backing up. I'll try to keep this updated with what I'm doing, planning etc and try to take better pics .