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vintage 4U rackmount as my daily PC rig.

Discussion in 'Retro & Arcade Worklogs' started by Current, Apr 18, 2022.

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Should i paint my monitor Beige to match :D

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  1. Current

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    Good evening everyone. Well, i got myself a really old rackmount case, circa early 1990's by the AT keyboard connector on the front and just the general feel about it.

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    it had an athlon XP motherboard, CPU and fan in there.

    Sold those to another member here to help cover the fuel to go and get the case, damn fuel prices, at the time Diesel was $2.30 per litre in my area and it was a little under 300km round trip, but hey, gotta do what you gotta do.

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    So, i put inside of it...

    Cooler Master 1000W Silent Pro Power supply, which JUUUST fit, less than 1mm space in any direction.

    Motherboard:
    https://www.msi.com/Motherboard/MAG-X570-TOMAHAWK-WIFI
    MSI brand
    MAG series
    x570 chipset, Tomahawk WIFI edition.

    CPU: AMD Ryzen 2600

    Heatsink/fan Noctua 92mm setup
    https://noctua.at/en/products/cpu-cooler-retail/nh-u9s


    Graphics card:
    Gigabyte Aorus 1080ti xtreme edition

    Sadly the card is about 2mm tall for my linking :'( i thought it would fit, but it was always a chance to go either way.
    open to trades on this.


    Now for the storage:

    at the front right of the case in the pictures you can see one hard drive, well it's really got a whole bunch of places to put drives.
    I have 5 hard drives in there now and once my adapter i bought from ebay comes i'll be able to put another bunch of SSD's in there.

    https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/402766146790


    I found a beige old card reader to take the spot of the missing 3.5inch front bay cover.

    as well as got a USB 3 5.25" bay front there, had to paint that and matched the paint really well, although it's been a little bit chipped/beat up when getting the hard drive cage back in :/ not sure if i'll repaint it as it looks just "old" with the imperfections. :) all the ports function too :D

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    I got the power and reset buttons/lights ect: working nicely, and now i just have the intake fan to worry about now, as it's not functional. So i need a replacement guys, this needs to blow in a half decent amount of air, yet i want silence, i welcome suggestions on this. it's 120mm fan, 25mm thick

    oh and the fan cage has rubber feet :) i guess to help with vibrations and noise.

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    and yes, the CPU fan is on the rear of the HSF in " pull" as i was having memory issues and well, it blocks the ram sticks, so i put it on the other side, and to be frank, it's working well, no heat issues, so i may just leave it there.



    I need better cable management, that's for sure, The SATA cables most definitely need it, along with drive power.

    the PCIE gpu cables, i wish i could get some 90 degree adapters :/


    note: DO NOT BUY THESE!!!!!!! Fire hazard shitty made parts, underspec.
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    https://linustechtips.com/topic/1287646-psa-dont-buy-aliexpress-pci-adapters/


    so yeah, need a shorter GPU, need an intake fan and some cable management.

    also, get my keyboard working through the AT port :)

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    Note: I'm using windows 7 successfully. The only thing i cannot get working is the WIFI 6 card, does not seem to work with win7 at all :/
     
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    The front of the case is looking great! When I first saw the USB panel I thought it was possibly an old USB2 panel because of the damage to the paint but I was confused because I've never seen a panel like that and it has way too many ports for 1990s! I say don't repaint it and leave it as is. You really should also add a beige DVD drive to the front if you have one. That would look superb. You can use a SATA/IDE adapter to hook it up to your motherboard if it's IDE and not SATA.

    The obvious choice for that would be the original colour scheme Noctua 120 'S' models. They are quiet, very reliable and the beige/brown colour scheme matches really well with beige cases. Which fan is right for me? (noctua.at), but considering the power hungry components in there I would suggest going with the 'A' model which runs much faster and use throttling to slow it down as much as possible when temperatures are low.

    Personally I think you'll have trouble achieving silence with that power hungry 1080 TI and all the hard drives. You're probably going to have around 4 times the heat dissipation that the case was originally designed for when pushing it hard.
     
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    Hmm recently bought these for my XP build. There are a few different makers, but they're all basically the same cheap and cheerful thing from the same place. No issues for me - touch wood. The machine is never powered up unattended which is some comfort.

    https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/154640014489?var=454723471715

    Are there any reputable alternatives? You can spend $4 on Ali, $10 on ebay or $20 on Amazon for a supposed brand name version, but I suspect they're all the same thing.
     
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    I think the best way is something like the 90 degree cable extension ?

    https://www.moddiy.com/products/PCI...onnector-Extension-Cable.html?setCurrencyId=7
     
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    Could you pinch the fascia plate off one and make it into a fancy blanking cover? I'm thinking something like a 12 to 32x CDROM would be perfect here :)
     
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    I agree, however, i'm not one to have something there that is not functional. just cannot do that.

    when the 2.5" carrier thing arrives, perhaps i'll be able to do some rearranging to free up the slot there.

    a new SATA drive is $30, probably just paint the black cover beige :)
     
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    I thought you were going to say there's no room with all the drives. Yes, that's the redux S model. The original models cost way more and alhough they come with a few extras it doesn't really justify the premium, but the original colours look way better in a beige case. Trust me!

    I was going to suggest doing the same thing but yes I would not really want something non functional either myself. I would look at it and think, "It's a faaaake!!!!".
     
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    Alrighty, a 'half' update.

    i got my optical drive, apparently it's one of best blu ray drives you can get as it's one of the few that can rip ultra 4k or something and has the right firmware on it from the get go :)

    https://www.umart.com.au/product/lg-bh16ns55-blu-ray-writer-16x-bd-write-16x-dvdrw-35707



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    my only issue is that it " works well" according to the guy i got it from, however when i eject the tray to put a disk in, it immediately closes :/ it gets to " full open " position and then closes again like i immediately pressed the button :/

    edit: slipped a dvd in there real quick ( i dont have any blu rays ) and it's super quiet, you won't even notice it's running :O currently playing a movie on it :)
     
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    Can it fit 140mm? Might have some beige 140 noctua lying around
     
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    unfortunately it's 120mm only for the intake slot. back then 120mm was a huge fan, so yeah :)



    Anyways, more progress.

    here we have the drive


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    see the hole near the front face, this is how you get the front face off, or to eject when it wont eject via the button

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    then you pop the underside tabs on the tray's faceplate.

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    now, once you slide the tray's faceplace off, press the 3 tabs on each of the sides of the drive



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    Now we take the underside off with the removal of the 4 screws

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    after that flip it over and lift up the top half off the inner 'core' of the drive

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    at this point, you can move the drive in and out and check out the mechanism and clean any dirty surfaces and dust buildup, and reset anything that has come off it's tracks ect:


    then i'm looking at the front drive mechanism and the circuit board that has the switches and led light on it.

    to remove it i need to take this little belt off. be gentle
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    now we press the clips holding in the board from behind and then re lift it up

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    now to test the switches and clean up the board if needed ( which it was in this case )




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    now, i got it all sorted and now, working nicely, however, that blue LED is just too bright and piercing, especially of a night, so lets fix that.

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    oh lookie, another optical drive with a much more vintage green led and nowhere near as bright.


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    So, taking out the LED and putting it in the drive i intend to use.

    remember to take note the positive and negative sides...

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    I got it all done and now time to reassemble but first time to paint...

    and here we are.



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    and inside the system

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    check out that nice and dimm green recessed led :D

    and that's all for the moment :)
     
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    I was kindly given an old 120mm fan by a fellow ocau member, and i wanted to say thank you :)

    it's pulling a nice amount of air into the case, even with the front panel closed, it's really well slotted/vented and it draws just as much air through the front vents as it does when the front panel is open :)

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    Nice. Are you looking at an LED mod for the USB panel too?
     
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    do you mean change the stupidly bright blue led to something a little more tame ?

    if so, then yes. However, i think i'll just remove the LED and not put another one in its place as i don't know of any USB ports back in the day that had a power LED. it doesn't even blink when transferring data.


    I'm just now waiting for 1 last piece of the puzzle to arrive before i take it all apart to do it up for final assembly. :)
     
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    Yep, that's what I meant :thumbup:
     
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    I found the holy grail today :O

    Sorry for full image size, but i think it's warranted.


    The only issue i'm having is my motherboard doesn't seem to detect the board, but does detect a ps2 mouse, so weird. but the kb really needs a clean.


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    Fixed the issue, or more accurately, i've found the issue.

    New ps/2 ports on motherboards do not give out enough juice, the IBM model M wants 275mA where as modern PS/2 ports don't want to give more than about 100mA

    a workaround is to have the board plugged in

    power the PC up, and then hit the reset button that way the startup 'spike' isn't there and the board sits nicely at about 100mA current draw. :)

    I'll make myself an adapter to sort this out.
     
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