I want to build a small render farm (to be used for KeyShot network rendering). I also want to keep things clean, manageable and relatively small.
That's why I'm thinking about a 19" rack with 5 to 10 1U servers, each with an i7-3770 CPU.
For each node, I was thinking about this configuration:
SUPERMICRO CSE-111LT-330CB Black 1U Rackmount Server Chassis (including 330W PSU)
ASUS P8H77-M PRO LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX (I won't be overclocking)
Dynatron K199 80mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler (is rated for max. 95W. Max TDP for i7-3770 is 77W)
CORSAIR Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML16GX3M2A1600C10
Intel 520 Series Cherryville SSDSC2CW060A310 2.5 inch 60GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - OEM
SAMSUNG 8X Slim Internal DVD Burner, OEM Package Without Software Black SATA Model SN-208BB - OEM
Will this setup work well, in terms of keeping things cool?
Has anyone here ever built a 1U server based render farm?
Are there more compact and/or better cooling 1U chassis out there?
What great solutions are there to keep a 77-95W CPU cool in a 1U chassis?
Are there other motherboards (that support an i7-3770) that allow for better airflow?
Any suggestions are welcome! But keep in mind, I want to stick to building a 1U server solution.