I finally decided to show my "geek-ness"
I switched some weeks ago from a C2D in a mini ITX case to something more fun (but expensive). I created a DIY server rack and found some good 4U rackmout cases : one for my hypervisor, and an other for my overclocked gaming i7.
The rack is still messy because I need to find more stuff (PDU and RJ45 panel should be the next enhancements). The costs approximatively 300 € of materials.
The server itself is built from a Sapphire mainboard with LGA 1366 socket. I re-used a Noctua heatsink with 2 Noctua 14 cm fans. The noise comes from the power supply (I need to hack it to add a Noctua fan here). The server is now clocked at its nominal speed and the I7 940 (quad core) runs at less than 25°C. It uses 12 GB of DDR3 with quite standard latency. I cannot close the case because I discovered the vendors lies about their heatsink height : they do not include the caloduc pipe ends. Not an issue for me.
The whole system is in a 10 hotswap 3.5" rackmout case, with 1 good old 500 Gb hard drive for Proxmox 3.1 and his VM/CT. The OMV filer uses dedicated 2 TB HDD as a RAID 1 array. A third drive is configured as a spare on this array.
No backup for now... I'm still searching for a community based online storage with some features. tahoe-LAFS is the best candidate but it still missing a quota feature...
Link to my tuto about building a DIY 22U rack (in french, but I may translate it if asked) : https://howto-it.dethegeek.eu.…nformatique_19_pouces_22U