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scruffters

I would love to have one of these to try.

 
They look to retail for around 100GBP inc. PSU and are in-stock over here:
 
I posted this spec in the other thread, but it is more relevant here:
 
This is a sample build that Boston UK provide. I'm not affiliated with them in anyway, just came across this on my travels when looking for a Gen8 alternative.
 
Looks like some people are fitting the Supermicro A1SAi-2750F, which is an Atom setup w/Quad LAN - ain't cheap though:
 
As an alternative to iLO you'd have Supermicro IPMI, which is pretty good IMO.
 
Then again, there are heaps of boards that would potentially fit.

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HellDiverUK

It's very like the Chenbro case, but with a better PSU and fan layout.  Very interesting, would have been something I'd have been interested in about 3 months ago when I was trying to fit out my new server.

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ikon

I'm always very leery to use the, typically, cheapo PSUs that come with cases. I usually prefer to put in a high quality, name brand PSU.

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HellDiverUK

Ablecom seems to be a Supermicro brand, and their PSUs seem to be used in Supermicro cases too (going by a quick eBay search for Ablecom).

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ikon

That could make a difference. That's why I say 'leery' instead of 'no way in hell'. Supermicro is a good brand so I would definitely be more inclined to use the 'default' PSU.

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scruffters

It's very like the Chenbro case, but with a better PSU and fan layout.  Very interesting, would have been something I'd have been interested in about 3 months ago when I was trying to fit out my new server.

 

 

+1 Yep, I would have probably have gone down this route too.

 

My only gripe with Chenbro in the past has been the quality of things like the backplane - had a few issues.

 

What board would you folks opt for?

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schoondoggy

+1 Yep, I would have probably have gone down this route too.

 

My only gripe with Chenbro in the past has been the quality of things like the backplane - had a few issues.

 

What board would you folks opt for?

SuperMicro has lots of good choices. I have been considering this one from Tyan:

http://tyan.com/Motherboards_S5533_S5533GM2NR-LE

 

Also, thanks for posting the original CS-M50 link!

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