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June 16, 2010 6:35:49 PM

I'm currently shopping for parts for a server that will be held within my own home, so I'm very conscientious about low-noise along with high performance. My current parts are:

Motherboard: ASUS Z8PE-D12(ASMB4-IKVM) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Processor: Intel Xeon E5520*2 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Cooling: CoolIT C240 Dualhead Loop - http://shopping.coolitsystems.com/s.nl/it.A/id.2237/.f (Copy and paste this one)
PSU: Dynapower 80+ 650W - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HDD: 4x 2TB 7200RPM - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Yes, water cooling for a server, like I said I'd like this thing to be at least somewhat quiet. Now, my problem is that most of the EATX cases that I look at have rubber grommets in areas where the second CPU would be over. The case that I'd really like to get is this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

But it looks like some of the grommets would be right under the second CPU on the board I selected, which could cause some problems if they heat up too much.

I'm not after cases that support a lot of hard drives, this server will be mostly for maintaining an online video game that I'm developing with a few other guys. So the maximum 6 hard drive slots in that case is hardly an issue. What I'd like to know is if the grommets wouldn't be a problem, and if they would, could someone suggest another case that could be used here? I currently have a HAF 932 case for my gaming desktop, and I've seen some people use that for dual-CPU solutions, but since I'm spending a couple hundred bucks on a computer case I'd like something that actually looked presentable and looked like a server.

P.S. - I wasn't entirely sure if this would go into the Server section since this was specifically asking just for help with a case, and I'm requesting a full tower desktop case at that.

EDIT: Now that I think about it, I'm wondering if I should even be worrying about that because of the stand-offs that offset the motherboard. Anyone want to confirm that thought?

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June 22, 2010 4:54:17 AM

Ok... no. You need a server case aswell. The motherboard you have is a form factor SSI EEB 3.61. That case is ATX. It will not work.
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June 22, 2010 2:49:36 PM

I've seen others put it into EATX cases, and that case is EATX-capable.
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