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December 8, 2012 3:44:46 PM

Hey, I recently bought a Dell PowerEdge DCSCS24SC server, here's the URL

http://www.dfsdirectsales.com/StoreCatalog/ctl641/cp593...

I need something to run a few programs 24/7 on. I was reading a lot about how loud those very small, wide fans can be and I was wondering if I could put the server into a pedestal case, Its got 2 CPU's so I really have no idea what form factor the motherboard could be (the server is 1U) , also the FF is not listed on any of the websites I have seen.

Here is a link to a place to buy the motherboard by itself.

http://www.txcesssurplus.com/servlet/the-6843/Dell-C295...

Does anyone know if this would fit into a more regular case, possibly a ATX or XL ATX case?

Thanks

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December 8, 2012 4:29:10 PM

The board is atx or e-atx and should fit in any big tower. The fun part will be to get an I/O Shield, replace the HDD backplane and fit the PSU. And i suppose you need to replace the cpu cooler cause it has passive ones?
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December 8, 2012 5:25:32 PM

Ya I intend on changing the CPU coolers. Thanks for the info on the mobo. I'll figure something out for the I/O shield. I'll have to do some research, but would a regular psu work? I'll also do research on the HDD backplane. Never worked with server hardware before so this will be a learning experience.
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December 10, 2012 6:51:49 PM

Not sure if anyone is looking at this anymore, but can Anyone tell me if I actually need the HDD backplane? I only plan to use 1 hard drive atm and don't know how I would mount it in a regular case.
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December 10, 2012 7:51:12 PM

The HDD backplane is usually to allow you to use the hotplug drive bays on the front of the normal server case. The board looks as though there are 4 sata ports ( the black plugs on the opposite side of the board from the memory sockets I think ) which you can plug into drives mounted in a normal case.
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a b V Motherboard
December 15, 2012 8:38:51 PM

I couldn't find a service manual with the details for this model. Just open the case a check the connectors. It's not very likely that a standard ATX psu plug will fit. Concerning the hdd backplane you need to check how it is connected to the mobo. If it's a cable it might be a SFF-XXXX type and you can use it or replace it with a 1:4 type.
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