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INCREDIBLE CASE, INCREDIBLE DEAL!

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October 19, 2004 9:05:49 PM

<A HREF="http://www.compgeeks.com/details.asp?invtid=5U-SERVER-N..." target="_new">Good looking "5U" server tower with 6-bay SCA rack for $120</A>

Think about this one, 120mm fans, good looks, supports 6 of those inexpensive used 80-pin drives via drive rack, to connect to a 68-pin SCSI connection.

If you look around you'll find 15,000 RPM 36GB SCA drives for around $30 each! Imagine 6 of those in RAID 5! Imagine mind blowing performance, priced similarly to a cheaper 36GBx6 Raptor solution, but with 3x the capacity, hot-swappable redundancy!

Yeh, a lot of you guys fear SCSI, others don't think it's worth your time, but you can't ignore the practice many companies use of dumping 5 year 15k RPM drives after 3 years, flooding the market with super-fast SCA drives (80-pin) most people don't want (because of the interface).

Consider this: The price of this case is similar to the price of 6 SCA to U160 adapter cards. So it's like you're paying for the drive rack and getting the case FREE!

What's that I see on the back, REDUNDANT POWER? Oh my, if you guys REALLY wanted a 1337 "Gawd Box", this would be a great place to start.

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October 19, 2004 10:13:35 PM

58 lbs. That is a monster. Im the one that is building a system that is very close to what you have. At least so far. Wouldnt this be overkill for me, or would it be the way to go? Deciding on the case and PSU has become my biggest headache so far!

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October 20, 2004 12:02:59 AM

I'd probably go with that case if I had the money. I have this 3-channel controller, but no money for the drives, let alone the case. I get my hard drives free.

One company that regularly carries 36GB SCA drives for good prices is <A HREF="http://www.surpluscomputers.com" target="_new">http://www.surpluscomputers.com&lt;/A> 5 or 6 SCA drives would be IDEAL for performance, RAID 5 has redundance so I'd probably pick up 1 or 2 spare drives in case of a drive failure and have all the redundance I'd need.

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October 20, 2004 12:40:18 AM

Hell, I'd go with the case if I had the need along with the cash..

It is an awesome deal, too bad they dont take trade ins.

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October 20, 2004 3:59:59 AM

Too heavy, too big, too expensive for me. I'm much cheaper than that. I rather have modern 250gig hardrive with plenty of storage than SCSI drive, even though SCSI is faster.
October 20, 2004 4:40:55 AM

Crashman, I just had a power supply faliure to occur in my old P3 550. This was a good thing, because now I know first hand how important the PSU is when it comes to performance! The PSU in this 1999 model was a blazing 145W's on a good day. I replaced it with a spare 350W PSU. The few benchmarks that I have had time to run are blowing the old numbers away. Im seeing increases in performance with memory and Hard drives. I guess that it had been slowly dying from overload for some time now. Now getting back to this case and PSU. I think I understand how the redundunt power supply would be a great thing to have, but this one is 300 + 300. Wouldnt that actually double my chances of a major system FUBAR if I am exceeding the demands of one 300W PSU. In other words if one PSU did fail, wouldnt I run some type of risk now that I would be exceeding the output of the one good 300w PSU? I am probably overthinking this as I do most things. I like the idea of two PSU's, I just wanted to make sure that I wasnt going to increase the possiblity of frying other parts. All together, I can see this project hitting the $1200 - $1400 range. I dont mind spending the money, I just want to get it right the first time!
October 20, 2004 4:59:26 AM

These are server power supplies, so they probably have the capability of 300W continuous, rather than peak, power. That's a lot of power, more than most systems use.

But you could always put a standard PC power supply in if you wanted to come up with a mounting bracket.

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October 20, 2004 5:00:30 AM

Ah, but imagine the low latencies of 15k RPM drives, and the sustained speeds of 5 or 6 of them in RAID 5.

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October 25, 2004 3:35:00 PM

You're dreaming if you think you can find a 36GB 15000 RPM harddrive for $30 USD. Prove me wrong by providing links to places that have it for that price. Otherwise, I'd say that you made a mistake somewhere.
October 25, 2004 4:41:27 PM

All you have to do is <A HREF="http://www.surpluscomputers.com/hdwstorage.html" target="_new">Go Here And Wait!</A> This company had a bunch of 10,000RPM drives for $20 and 15,000RPM drives for $30 a few months ago. They base their prices on how many they have in stock, so when they make a huge purchase, they cut their prices in half. How do they get them so cheap? They probably salvage server farms from dead companies.

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