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Spent a few hours last night getting all of my rack equipment in, well nearly all. I'll be getting a rackmount shelf from Amazon tonight so I can mount my ClearOS 2U AMD machine. It's definitely a much better to have it all nicely packed away rather than sprawling over my office like so: [caption id="attachment_891" align="aligncenter" width="225" caption="Original "Stack" in my office"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_892" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Original "Stack" in my office from the side"][/caption] Into this: [caption id="attachment_893" align="aligncenter" width="225" caption="Nearly all "stacked" in the Rack"][/caption]
I recently got a Rackable Systems 2U Dual Dual Core Opteron system off eBay for dirt cheap.  The problem however though as I noted previously was the noise, Antec .  Got 3 Antec fans and had my Antec 500w ATX power supply connected externally, much quieter, but I didn't feel comfortable leaving my ESXi server opened like that so I scrambled.  Found my original 4U file server case I purchased back in 2009 and started the migration. [caption id="attachment_4001" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Old 4U File Server case on the left, 2U Rackable Systems Case on the right"][/caption]


[caption id="attachment_4002" align="aligncenter" width="225" caption="Motherboard inside 4U File Server Case"][/caption]


[caption id="attachment_4003" align="aligncenter" width="225" caption="Transplant powered on"][/caption]


[caption id="attachment_4004" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Revised Server Stack"][/caption]


I bought a Rackable Systems 2U Dual Opteron 2214 HE server for my VMWare ESXi playground.  For $125 it was a steal.  I brought it home to find out the sound was defeaning.  Not satisfied with the level of noise especially considering the Master Bedroom is 20-30 feet away from my Office.   Opening the case I found a 1U 70mm "leafblower" heatsink/fan on the front CPU and a 2U 60mm "leafblower" heatsink/fan on the back CPU.   Disconnecting those 2 fans along with the rear 3 80mm fans it was much better, but still had a ridiculously loud noise.  Looking at the PSU, it has a 40mm fan on the front.  Noting the motherboard had standard ATX connections, I hooked up my spare Antec EarthWatt 500w power supply.  Nearly silent.   Now onto the CPUs.  I attempted to take the Dynatron 1U heatsink's fan off, but was unable to, the screws are pretty much stuck.  The rear 2U fan however was easy to pull off, put a 70mm fan I took off a spare AMD AM3 Stock Heatsink.  Booting up to the bios and monitoring the temperatures, the 2U with the new fan was hovering around 38'C, while the 1U was hovering at 65'C.  Knowing that was under no load, I would need to do something.   Thus the ultra ghetto 120mm blowing air onto the 1U:     While not the prettiest sight, it is very quiet.  A little bit more than my 4U SAN sitting below it, but no where near the 50+ decibels it was before.