Looking for suggestions on specific hardware for home lab -ultra quiet build

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  1. thecoffeeguy

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    As the title states, I need some suggestions on a build I will be doing for my home lab (work and home stuff).
    It will be running ESXi with a bunch of VM's and containers.

    The one unique challenge/requirement is that the build/server needs to be virtually silent. (long story, but super quiet is a must).

    I was looking to maybe even buying something prebuilt, maybe eve something like a shuttle case.
    I wanted to ask others and what their experience is. I am hoping to find something that has at least 64gb of memory, 2+ NIC's, couple slots for SSD's. I may end up buying a NAS for external storage, budget depending.

    I also need to find a 12+ port switch that is super quiet as well (if possible)

    Budget is about $1000, ball park.
    Thanks

    TCG
     
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    E3 v6 with 64GB RAM or XeonD if you want more pcie and ram too.
    Both can be made completely silent in the right case.
     
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    Do you have any recommendations? Case wise? fan wise?
    I ask because this server will be in my room and my wife says "it better be super quiet", so yea. (Happy Wife, happy life! :) )
     
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    Wow..you gave me an idea.
    I dug through some of my boxes (still unpacking after moving)
    And found a nice similar case, padded, good fans, cooling, and quiet.

    It has this mobo in it:

    SUPERMICRO MBD-X9SCL-F-O LGA 1155 Intel C202 Micro ATX Intel Xeon E3 Server Motherboard - Newegg.com

    Here is the case:
    Fractal Design Define Mini Black Micro ATX Silent PC Computer Case w/ USB 3.0 support and 2 x 120mm Fractal Design Silent Fans - Newegg.com

    Older mobo, with 16gigs memory. CPU could use upgrading.

    Or I had this thought.


    I have this mobo in one server that I may be getting rid of (4U, kinda loud, not an option for my room...good CPU, 64gigs memory, (6) NIC's.
    SUPERMICRO MBD-X10SRL-F Server Motherboard LGA 2011 R3 - Newegg.com


    Would the better mobo fit into that case? I think it would (both ATX boards...fit in that case)

    Thoughts on that? Basically swap boards out (maybe upgrade the PSU) and maybe a better CPU cooler.

    Good idea?
    Bad idea? :)

    EDIT: Nope, wont fit. I just cracked it up, its a micro ATX.

    So the next question would be, replace the 4U server with a nice fractal case, padded and quiet?
    Or
    Update the older mobo to better CPU (It has a pentium in it) and 32gigs memory.

    suggestions?

    Much appreciated!
     
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    Case --> Motherboard Compatibility:Micro-ATX / Mini-ITX
    X9 Motherboard -->Form Factor: Micro ATX

    x10 Motherboard --> Form Factor: ATX


    Will not work with the x10 Motherboard.
     
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    yep, saw after i postd.. :(

    But, this looks pretty good:

    Define R4 Black Pearl

    Supports ATX.

    Or this one:
    Define R5 Black

    My only question is, with that x10 mobo, i should have enough room? (NO GPU, (2) SSD's, (1) quad NIC) and thats it...
     
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    I like the Define C from Fractal design. Needed a smaller case and moved my desktop from an R5 to the C.
     
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    My current desktop is a Define C and my little NAS box is in a node 304; both are great cases, loads of nice features and exceptionally quiet with Noctua fans and decent fan control. I hear my GPU more than anything else in the desktop and the NAS is basically silent aside from the hard drives.

    @thecoffeeguy You could pick up a Brocade ICX6450-24 and replace the fan with something quiet for ~$150(+$7 fan) as well, that's what I've got under my desk. The switch isn't perfectly silent but it's pretty quiet for an enterprise switch with 4x10Gb and 24 1Gb ports.
     
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    Thanks guys. I am going to go with that Define C.
    Much appreciated!

    EDIT: One more question for you guys. What CPU cooler would you recommend to go with this case? Dont want something ginarmous, but somethign cool and quiet.
    THX!
     
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    Honestly, I just use the stock Intel box cooler for every non OC'd non gaming machine these days. They're actually pretty capable and I wouldn't expect to need anything else unless you're throwing a lot of voltage at the chip.
     
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    How much CPU and RAM do you need?
     
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    Sorry for the late reply.

    Single socket CPU should be ok and my current mobo can support up to 256gb of memory. I would like to keep options open if i want to replace the mobo. I do not think i would need to go dual sockets, just lots of memory. :)

    Thanks for the help
     
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