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December 30, 2010 9:58:21 PM

Can I use a rackmount case (1U, 2U, etc.) to make a desktop PC?

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a b B Homebuilt system
December 30, 2010 11:08:57 PM

Yes you can.
BUT you will be limited in the Graphics department.No room for expansion in 1U case. Some 2U racks have an expansion slot. Usually PCI or PCI-X not PCI-E for a modern graphics card.
If this is for a DJ rack or Band to play music while on break you dont need anything more than the onboard video.
Cost will be another factor unless you already have the parts and just wish to see if it will work. They are pretty much a very slim pc.
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December 30, 2010 11:24:07 PM

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December 30, 2010 11:25:01 PM

Unolocogringo said:
Yes you can.
BUT you will be limited in the Graphics department.No room for expansion in 1U case. Some 2U racks have an expansion slot. Usually PCI or PCI-X not PCI-E for a modern graphics card.
If this is for a DJ rack or Band to play music while on break you dont need anything more than the onboard video.
Cost will be another factor unless you already have the parts and just wish to see if it will work. They are pretty much a very slim pc.


What about, say, a stock AMD CPU cooler (those block-shaped ones)?
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December 30, 2010 11:45:32 PM

They will not fit a 1U or 2U rack Some 3U will fit and definately a 4U will fit.
But you can get some pretty good after market coolers for the 1&2U racks.
They will be solid copper an very low profile.
You will be looking at an Opteron or Zenon processord to fit a 1U or 2U rack. That is what motherboards for this form factor are designed for. I am not aware of 1U or 2U motherboards that will take a normal desktop cpu.
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