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Are there any special chasis requirenments for assembling a server? RRS feed

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  • I am building a new server to and have a simple question about hardware.  Will I need a special case for a server motherboard?  The two motherboards I am currently looking at are an Intel S5520HC and a Supermicro X8DTH-i.  I understand I will need a case that accommodates E-ATX boards, but are there any other requirements?   I was sure it would work, but then I saw that Intel's site only names a couple cases that are compatible with their board.  Will a case such as a Zalman GS1000-SE work for either of the server boards?  Also, will a standard ATX power supply work (with adequate power and an extra 8-pin CPU adapter of course).
    Friday, November 13, 2009 8:26 PM

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  • When building a server, try to only use parts that are on the manufacturer's compatibility list.  The cost of wasted time shipping back inadequate parts is going to remove any of the savings you made getting something else.  Most of all requirements will be determined by the motherboard that you buy, including case, CPU, and memory.  Ensure your power supply is adequate, and, where possible, buy a redundant power supply.
    • Marked as answer by Kevin Remde Friday, April 16, 2010 11:58 PM
    Friday, April 16, 2010 1:51 PM

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  • When building a server, try to only use parts that are on the manufacturer's compatibility list.  The cost of wasted time shipping back inadequate parts is going to remove any of the savings you made getting something else.  Most of all requirements will be determined by the motherboard that you buy, including case, CPU, and memory.  Ensure your power supply is adequate, and, where possible, buy a redundant power supply.
    • Marked as answer by Kevin Remde Friday, April 16, 2010 11:58 PM
    Friday, April 16, 2010 1:51 PM
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