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by Jim G
Tue May 17, 2011 6:02 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Server "Tycho" - Fractal Design Define XL w/15 HDDs.
Replies: 67
Views: 25186

Re: Server "Tycho" - Fractal Design Define XL w/15 HDDs.

Regarding soundproofing, if you're in the market for a ready-made solution, my favorite one is Cooltec (395) Universal Kit (link with babelfish translation from German)... For a thinner solution, I would go with Acoustipack 7mm OEM material , if I wanted to keep the inside of the case - where there...
by Jim G
Tue May 17, 2011 5:59 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Server "Tycho" - Fractal Design Define XL w/15 HDDs.
Replies: 67
Views: 25186

Re: Server "Tycho" - Fractal Design Define XL w/15 HDDs.

Hi guys, I have been building a similar project and you may be able to help me with some problems I am having. I am using the Define XL case to support a 10 hdd raid 6 array for a home server. I am using Amahi. My main problem is overheating in the lower hdd chamber. Dont have exact temps but hot e...
by Jim G
Tue May 17, 2011 4:18 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Server "Tycho" - Fractal Design Define XL w/15 HDDs.
Replies: 67
Views: 25186

Re: Server "Tycho" - Fractal Design Define XL w/15 HDDs.

So, after the above mods... the case is inaudible at more than 1m distance - a huge improvement over our old file server, even with this one using a couple of old and noisy HDDs that I chucked in there. The only audible sound at closer than 1m appears to be the HDDs humming - I strongly suspect it's...
by Jim G
Sun May 15, 2011 5:13 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: suspension of HDD on Define R3
Replies: 26
Views: 5745

Re: suspension of HDD on Define R3

We recently built a system using a white R3... I don't think there would be a great deal of space to suspend 3.5" drives - a quick photo for you: Not super roomy by any means. I don't have a 2.5" on hand to stick in there and show you, unfortunately... Dear Jim Excellent picture. Indeed you are rig...
by Jim G
Sun May 15, 2011 4:07 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: My Quad-Monitor Rackmount PC and HTPC!
Replies: 13
Views: 19014

Re: My Quad-Monitor Rackmount PC and HTPC!

That's a very impressive setup - so clean!
by Jim G
Sun May 15, 2011 3:57 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: should i upgrade my rig? 775 -> 1155
Replies: 13
Views: 1934

Re: should i upgrade my rig? 775 -> 1155

iakovl wrote:move to itx 775 = only cost is the new itx
move to 1155 = cpu, mobo, mem = lot more
I wouldn't sink any more money into a 775 setup... just save until you can afford to upgrade to 1155. Money much better spent, imho, and it's not vastly more cash either for a lot more power.
by Jim G
Thu May 12, 2011 7:32 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Server "Tycho" - Fractal Design Define XL w/15 HDDs.
Replies: 67
Views: 25186

Re: Server "Tycho" - Fractal Design Define XL w/15 HDDs.

Being the genius that I am I forgot to hook up the CPU fan last time I put the case back together... and didn't notice for a day. This had two effects: CPU temperatures raised 3 degrees at idle (25 to 28 Celsius), and HDD temps in the top Lian Li cage rose from mid-30s to low-40s Celsius. Since I'm ...
by Jim G
Thu May 12, 2011 4:45 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Server "Tycho" - Fractal Design Define XL w/15 HDDs.
Replies: 67
Views: 25186

Re: Server "Tycho" - Fractal Design Define XL w/15 HDDs.

Next round of case mods! I'm a big fan of directed airflow... I always end up using a lot of duct tape/foam/etc. to block off areas and direct airflow over the components it needs to be going over. To that end I'm reducing the dead space in the case, like so: http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3123/5714...
by Jim G
Thu May 12, 2011 4:17 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Server "Tycho" - Fractal Design Define XL w/15 HDDs.
Replies: 67
Views: 25186

Re: Server "Tycho" - Fractal Design Define XL w/15 HDDs.

You could try there: http://irc.netsplit.de/channels/details.php?room=%23alfresco&net=freenode Or ask on the Alfresco forum about where people go to chat and other support options. But sort-of-free corportate projects don't necessarily have such a great community as compared to truely community-dri...
by Jim G
Thu May 12, 2011 4:11 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: suspension of HDD on Define R3
Replies: 26
Views: 5745

Re: suspension of HDD on Define R3

We recently built a system using a white R3... I don't think there would be a great deal of space to suspend 3.5" drives - a quick photo for you: http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2357/5714697752_0453dafbc7_o.jpg Not super roomy by any means. I don't have a 2.5" on hand to stick in there and show you, ...
by Jim G
Thu May 12, 2011 3:59 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Server "Tycho" - Fractal Design Define XL w/15 HDDs.
Replies: 67
Views: 25186

Re: Server "Tycho" - Fractal Design Define XL w/15 HDDs.

You mean you copied the plugin file instead of linking and munin couldn't read it? Google is great if you understand the problem. But if you're lost, use the community! That said, SPCR is not the most appropriate place for software support. Yep, that's exactly what happened. Half of my issues with ...
by Jim G
Tue May 10, 2011 2:54 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Server "Tycho" - Fractal Design Define XL w/15 HDDs.
Replies: 67
Views: 25186

Re: Server "Tycho" - Fractal Design Define XL w/15 HDDs.

Jim, I don't particularly recommend Googling to figure this out. Simply run the commands that have been provided to you and compare the output with what's been posted here. The missing piece of information which might have thrown you off is that these commands need to be run in munin's configuratio...
by Jim G
Tue May 10, 2011 3:35 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Server "Tycho" - Fractal Design Define XL w/15 HDDs.
Replies: 67
Views: 25186

Re: Server "Tycho" - Fractal Design Define XL w/15 HDDs.

Following on from the above HDD enclosure that's been installed... with the standard Noctua fan in front the hard drives are running way too cold. At 19 degrees ambient the HDs were being kept in the low 20s which imho is way too cold for a drive. So I put on both the LNA and ULNA that came with on...
by Jim G
Tue May 10, 2011 3:31 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Server "Tycho" - Fractal Design Define XL w/15 HDDs.
Replies: 67
Views: 25186

Re: Server "Tycho" - Fractal Design Define XL w/15 HDDs.

The configuration is fairly simple: astriaporta munin # cat plugin-conf.d/munin-node [cpu] [cpuspeed] [hddtemp_smartctl] user root group root env.drives sda sdb sdc sdd [memory] [sensors_*] astriaporta munin # ls -al plugins/ total 4.0K drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 2.0K May 7 11:30 ./ drwxr-xr-x 7 root r...
by Jim G
Mon May 09, 2011 10:53 pm
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: linke computer - decent prices and worldwide shipping!
Replies: 2
Views: 1405

Re: linke computer - decent prices and worldwide shipping!

Some pretty sharp prices on some of the items - thanks for the heads-up!
by Jim G
Sun May 08, 2011 7:44 pm
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: Small media/file server, enough cooling?
Replies: 4
Views: 1715

Re: Small media/file server, enough cooling?

Hi all, Newbie here, I'm planning on building a small media streamer/file server with the following components: Antec P180 mini Sandy Bridge 2100T ASUS P8H67-M LE Cooler Master Hyper 212+ 6 2TB WD Caviar Greens Seasonic X-650 PSU A couple of Scythe Slipstream 1200rpm fans I plan on removing the top...
by Jim G
Sun May 08, 2011 5:27 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Seasonic Power Supply Running Voltage On Case [RESOLVED]
Replies: 7
Views: 1471

Re: Seasonic Power Supply Running Voltage On Case

Do you get shocked handling just the PSU when it's plugged in? :S

We use Seasonic X-560s and haven't had any such issues...
by Jim G
Fri May 06, 2011 9:19 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Server "Tycho" - Fractal Design Define XL w/15 HDDs.
Replies: 67
Views: 25186

Re: Server "Tycho" - Fractal Design Define XL w/15 HDDs.

Cool modifications and such but I don't see how this is much cheaper/convenient than a Norco 4220/4224 case with 120mm middle attachment and some reasonable 80mm back fan replacements. Building this myself with a couple noctua back fans/ 120mm middle fans. It's in a separate room though and I can k...
by Jim G
Fri May 06, 2011 8:53 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Server "Tycho" - Fractal Design Define XL w/15 HDDs.
Replies: 67
Views: 25186

Re: Server "Tycho" - Fractal Design Define XL w/15 HDDs.

http://munin-monitoring.org/ Bleh. The standard package installs fine but for some reason it won't recognise any additional plugins that I add into the plugins folder. And of course HDD temps aren't monitored by default. Darn darn darn... OK. Since we're having supplier issues with the server inter...
by Jim G
Fri May 06, 2011 8:52 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Server "Tycho" - Fractal Design Define XL w/15 HDDs.
Replies: 67
Views: 25186

Re: Server "Tycho" - Fractal Design Define XL w/15 HDDs.

D'oh. Double post. How do I delete a post?
by Jim G
Thu May 05, 2011 11:23 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Fortress FT02B w/ 2600k and HR-02
Replies: 17
Views: 9415

Re: Fortress FT02B w/ 2600k and HR-02

That looks pretty good... First time I've seen that case - looks very interesting! How quiet is the system as a whole?
by Jim G
Thu May 05, 2011 5:12 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Server "Tycho" - Fractal Design Define XL w/15 HDDs.
Replies: 67
Views: 25186

Re: Server "Tycho" - Fractal Design Define XL w/15 HDDs.

Monkeh16 wrote:
Jim G wrote:How did you produce that graph? I'd love to have some sort of automated service keeping track of the HDD temps for me so that I didn't have to run a script myself...
http://munin-monitoring.org/
Thanks very much for that - will try installing it tomorrow morning.
by Jim G
Thu May 05, 2011 4:07 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Server "Tycho" - Fractal Design Define XL w/15 HDDs.
Replies: 67
Views: 25186

Re: Server "Tycho" - Fractal Design Define XL w/15 HDDs.

Modern HDDs require relatively little cooling, and statistics show a higher failure rate for overly cooled drives. I have read the Google research results and what I took away from that is that 30-35 (or 35-45) Celsius is the ideal temperature range for a hard drive... being that this server is in ...
by Jim G
Thu May 05, 2011 3:57 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: How many watts do you really need these days?
Replies: 12
Views: 1989

Re: How many watts do you really need these days?

When I look at the PSUs available these days most of them seem to be 400W and above. Do you really need that much power these days? Onboard GPUs are becoming better and better and other than gamers there isn't that much that the onboard GPU that a Sandy Bridge CPU can't handle. And these Sandy Brid...
by Jim G
Sun May 01, 2011 6:04 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Server "Tycho" - Fractal Design Define XL w/15 HDDs.
Replies: 67
Views: 25186

Re: Server "Tycho" - Fractal Design Define XL w/15 HDDs.

Monkeh16 wrote:
Jim G wrote:Also... can anyone shed light on why the front is perforated in this pattern?
I recall seeing models with a fan controller, placed in that corner of the panel. I suspect it's there to prevent cables getting snagged.
OK, that makes sense - thanks for the info :)
by Jim G
Sun May 01, 2011 5:56 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Server "Tycho" - Fractal Design Define XL w/15 HDDs.
Replies: 67
Views: 25186

Re: Server "Tycho" - Fractal Design Define XL w/15 HDDs.

That's good to hear...it does however bring to mind a worthy point (or at least valid suspicion for me) bit-tech.net had made, that the back of the XL has too many drilled holes, thus allowing much noise to escape the case, making the XL noisier than its smaller sibling, the R3... I have no opinion...
by Jim G
Sat Apr 30, 2011 9:24 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Server "Tycho" - Fractal Design Define XL w/15 HDDs.
Replies: 67
Views: 25186

Re: Server "Tycho" - Fractal Design Define XL w/15 HDDs.

I am very interested in this project... I had my eye on this case, I was in contact with Fractal-Design during its production and I had been waiting months for a review...I did not proceed to buy it though, partly because my case-noise issue was to an extent resolved with Green/Low Power drives, pa...
by Jim G
Sat Apr 30, 2011 5:06 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Server "Tycho" - Fractal Design Define XL w/15 HDDs.
Replies: 67
Views: 25186

Re: Server "Tycho" - Fractal Design Define XL w/15 HDDs.

It'll be nice to see it filled up. :) On that angled fan in the back I haven't seen it in person but in theory I love the fact that the resulting vent faces rearwards so that the top can be as clean as the sides. That's one of the reasons this case caught my eye - the fan design looks pretty well s...
by Jim G
Fri Apr 29, 2011 3:15 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Server "Tycho" - Fractal Design Define XL w/15 HDDs.
Replies: 67
Views: 25186

Server "Tycho" - Fractal Design Define XL w/15 HDDs.

Hi guys! First post here... I've been modifying PCs to be as quiet as possible for years and have somehow only just discovered that this site had a forums section. A little bit of background for this build... we run a photography/web design business and need a file server to store many terabytes wor...