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  • I'm designing a WHS Concept case in Protocase Designer. The dimensions currently are 9x9x4. The case will house a 1U ATX power supply (I don't want an external brick on a server), a mini-ITX motherboard, a low profile SATA card (I couldn't find any mini-ITX motherboards with 4 SATA ports), and an Enhance Technology QuadraPack Q14.

    http://www.geretz.com/images/WHS%20Case.jpg

    I still need a way to mount the QuadraPack and secure the SATA card

    Let me know what you think about this design.

    Monday, March 12, 2007 7:30 AM

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  • You may want to hold out for the new Albatron mini-itx AM2 board, its 17x17 supports AM2 processors, uses 2xso-dimm and has 4 x SATA ports. Not released yet and no pricing that I can find, but looks cool!!

    http://www.digitimes.com/photogallery/ShowPhoto.asp?ID=1883

    I am considering doing the same thing, and cannot find a suitable case, so was plannin to design my own like you. Maybe we can help each other come up with a good design. However I was considering external brick PSU as I want mine to be as quiet as possible.

     

    Monday, March 19, 2007 3:55 PM
  • I just picked one of these up for a friend of mine.  He is going to use it for a home server with external SATA drives.  This has 4 onboard SATA connections.

     

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16856140018

     

     

    Monday, March 19, 2007 5:38 PM
  • While browing the Albatron site I found the KI51PV-754. It looks like this model is currently available so I'll redesign the case without requiring access to the PCI slot (this will allow me to move the CPU closer to the edge of the case while still keeping the drive cage centered). I am still hoping that VIA introduces a board with 4 SATA ports because their boards are in production longer than other manufacturer's boards and a C7 should provide enough power for WHS. I still don't like the idea of an external power brick from a reliability standpoint but if you still want to do this you could reduce the width of the case by 2".

    I'm still open to suggestions for other power supplies. My current design is based on the PC Power and Cooling Turbo-Cool 300 1U. I would rather use a 50x100mm (Lower Profile Package) SFX power supply but I haven't actually seen any produced in that particular size.

    Monday, March 19, 2007 6:36 PM