server hardware

Derek Ragona derek at
Tue Apr 18 13:45:29 UTC 2006

Data centers charge for space in rack units per month.  So a 2 unit case is 
more rental than a one unit model.

If you want to build it yourself, which will be most cost effective, and 
rack space rental cost is not an issue, I would suggest getting a 3 unit 
case.  A three unit case will take any motherboard and CPU.  Smaller 1 unit 
and 2 unit cases are constricted by their size and heat dissipation and 
usually are limited to only certain motherboard and CPU combinations.  Also 
depending on what type of hard drive system you want (RAID, or just a drive 
or two) the larger cases are more flexible.


At 08:25 AM 4/18/2006, Jean-Paul Natola wrote:
>The box that currently runs is an old dimension, 400 mhz mirrored IDE 256
>ram, so anything / everything out there on the market  will be improvement,
>as far as putting it together I can most certainly do it,  if it will be
>cost-effective, plus I love the thought of it.
>I'm not following you entirely on the " pay more for rental but less for the
>box" , can you elaborate a bit on that?
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Richard Collyer [mailto:richard at]
>Sent: Monday, April 17, 2006 4:57 PM
>To: Jean-Paul Natola; freebsd-questions at
>Subject: Re: server hardware
>Jean-Paul Natola wrote:
> > Hi all,
> >
> > I'm looking to move my bsd box to a 1u rack (running out of room under the
> > desk)
> >
> > The least expensive one I came across at dell is 900, can someone suggest ,
> > more cost effective alternative?
>Cost. Specs needed parts you can put in yourself. Need more info.
>Why not go 2U and pay more for rental but less for the box and
>equipment. You can always check on ebay for 1u cases on the cheap.
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