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RoadieWarrior

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hey ya'll...
i'm building a new server for a home business and i am considering using a closed loop water system.
MOTHERBOARD:
ASRock EP2C612D16C-4L
PROCESSORS:
Intel Xeon E5-2640 V3
CASE (S):
Phanteks Enthoo Pro
OR
Rosewill RISE
COOLING SYSTEMS?
Fractal Design Celsius S36

my budget is $2K+ and i believe that gives me enough to not have to compromise too much. my main goal is easy minimal service. this server will be placed in a closet and probably not touched for years! lol. it will be on 24/7 and i highly doubt anyone will ever clean it. i do understand dust will still accumulate in the tower, but the last PC i built for them they never cleaned the heat sink on the cpu.
here are some of my concerns:
if i use the first tower, will 2 each Fractal 3 fan assemblies be usable? it looks to me only a 2 fan version can go on the front and i don't think it would be good to have one of the assemblies on the bottom.
will the second tower be able to fit 2 each Fractal 3 fan assemblies, one in the front and one on top?
i'm really open to ideas and different components.
here is the link to all the proposed components:
https://pcpartpicker.com/list/ssBCHB
honestly, the goal is to build a way overkill system because it has to be able to handle 5-6 computers and also be able to remote in with little to no lag.
i'm really just thinking using the closed loop water system for a quite smooth system.
thanks in advance!
 

EarthDog

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Seems like its a retro build or something. Id go Intel too... :p

As far as fitment, the case website lists clearances so you should be able to see it from there.
 

JLK03F150

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The motherboard form factor is SSI EEB which is 12"x13". An ATX motherboard is 12"x9.6" so there's a good chance a SSI EEB board wont properly fit in a Full ATX case.
 
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RoadieWarrior

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no, no specific reason i didn't go with AMD. anything i found on server builds all suggested Xenon processors.
 
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RoadieWarrior

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Fractal Design Define 7 XL
this might be a better case. slightly overkill, since i won't be using a bleeding edge GPX, nor will i have 18 HDs. for a server, i honestly only need 1TB because it's just holding files and pics. either way, i'm installing 2 each 1TB drives. at $110 each, i'm thinking of getting 4 of them and trying out that Raid 1+0 set up.
good call on the SSI EEB form factor. i really didn't even notice how much bigger that MB is. this case will definitely hold those 2 AOI systems. i'm thinking of getting the Enermax LIQTECH II 360 over the Fractal.
again, still in the planning stage, i want to make sure i get it right the first time.
 

gregmacknass

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If this is going to sit uncleaned (and probably unchecked) for long periods, then watercooling might not be the best choice. But those AIO units have come a long way recently, so I guess that it could be alright. At bare minimum I would be looking at a case that comes with dust filters installed, or buying some to install. This will help to keep dust infiltration to a minimum.