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July 27, 2011, 10:06:36 PM
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Just browsed over this case, could be the best suitable case for a mining rig: Very good ventilation, super cool looking! If there is a built-in water cooling system then this is overkill


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July 27, 2011, 10:45:09 PM
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best case is no case,

This Skeleton sell for > 100$

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July 27, 2011, 10:53:40 PM
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Looks cool and all, but nothing more then a great way to relieve your wallet of those precious $'s.
The best case is no case. You can make something very similar with 1" aluminium tubing and a desk fan from your local store.

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July 27, 2011, 11:17:20 PM
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I know those guys with 20+ machines each equipped with 3x6990s can not afford this luxury, but when you have already minned enough coins, you want to do some decoration  Cool

I'm even thinking about building a  small scaled natural air cooling tower, like this


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July 27, 2011, 11:21:25 PM
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Just browsed over this case, could be the best suitable case for a mining rig: Very good ventilation, super cool looking! If there is a built-in water cooling system then this is overkill
so this is pretty much the same thing as no case, but it costs 10x more. good job there
I know those guys with 20+ machines each equipped with 3x6990s can not afford this luxury, but when you have already minned enough coins, you want to do some decoration  Cool
it's still a waste of money, you might as well re-invest the money back into mining hardware.

It is pitch black. You are likely to be eaten by a grue.

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July 28, 2011, 02:02:42 AM
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Just browsed over this case, could be the best suitable case for a mining rig: Very good ventilation, super cool looking! If there is a built-in water cooling system then this is overkill
so this is pretty much the same thing as no case, but it costs 10x more. good job there
I know those guys with 20+ machines each equipped with 3x6990s can not afford this luxury, but when you have already minned enough coins, you want to do some decoration  Cool
it's still a waste of money, you might as well re-invest the money back into mining hardware.

Seems you have not minned enough coins Grin

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July 28, 2011, 02:17:10 AM
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I have had this case. I can tell you its only good for 2 cards, there is no room within the chassis for more. If you plan on only using two then it is great.

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July 28, 2011, 02:52:23 AM
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Besides "no case" which gets hard to maintain when dealing with larger numbers, I humbly submit the following:

http://www.target.com/Wire-Cube-Shelving-System/dp/B000789RSQ

Rack and stack.  The above and zip ties are really all you should need.  Why waste money on a case?

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July 28, 2011, 04:08:51 AM
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Besides "no case" which gets hard to maintain when dealing with larger numbers, I humbly submit the following:

http://www.target.com/Wire-Cube-Shelving-System/dp/B000789RSQ

Rack and stack.  The above and zip ties are really all you should need.  Why waste money on a case?

I want to see a setup in these Shelves so bad... Tell me you did please

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July 28, 2011, 04:53:44 AM
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Besides "no case" which gets hard to maintain when dealing with larger numbers, I humbly submit the following:

http://www.target.com/Wire-Cube-Shelving-System/dp/B000789RSQ

Rack and stack.  The above and zip ties are really all you should need.  Why waste money on a case?

I want to see a setup in these Shelves so bad... Tell me you did please

Mine have got wheels!


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July 28, 2011, 05:06:36 AM
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HAHAHAHHA rearwheels that made my day.  How are the temps on those cards?
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July 28, 2011, 05:53:53 AM
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Desk fans are a pain due to their bulk where the motor is.

Anyone know where to get box fans that can fit in a wind-tunnel like arrangement??

I considered using automotive parts - radiator fans from high-power cars can push a LOT of air, and are typically 12V items too - but they need a LOT of current and are very expensive new.

I suppose I ought to stop being lazy and go to a scrapyard to pick up some cheap fans from wrecks where the entire car cost less than £100... I think they'd do a much better job than desk fans.

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July 28, 2011, 06:18:02 AM
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Mine have got wheels!

LOL, rearwheels, gotta love taking it for a ride.

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July 28, 2011, 08:27:28 AM
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HAHAHAHHA rearwheels that made my day.  How are the temps on those cards?

Just added the big ass fan last week. Dropped most cards (5850s) about 5deg, except the inner most ones.

Also I've reduced all cards fan speed from 95% to 80%.

Removed 8x 120mm fans from the rigs.

Most value for money in terms of fans. (Big Ass fan ~= US$80).

Anyway, this wire tray is from Ikea. Look under the laundry section.

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July 28, 2011, 12:31:53 PM
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This one is sweet!

I will put the rig in the balcony most of the time to get cold enough air, but the dirt and rain is a big concern

By the way, I think the best setup will be card exhaust in up direction, this will suck the cold air from under

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July 28, 2011, 12:35:25 PM
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By the way, I think the best setup will be card exhaust in up direction, this will suck the cold air from under

It sadly also means the upper computers get the heat from lower.

I think the optimium is a "wall of computers" with ventilators, sucking in cold airfrom one room, putting hot into another vetilated one. EIther install them in a door, or put some cardboard around them in front of an open / half open window.
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July 28, 2011, 01:05:11 PM
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Here is a 12 cube setup lol

http://www.amazon.com/KCF-Clothes-Organizer-3-Foot-4-Foot/dp/B001BRD2N8/ref=sr_1_124?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1311858076&sr=1-124

Would probably take a little creativity to get it all in a 14x14x14 in cube but that's what zip ties were created for lol.

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July 28, 2011, 03:17:06 PM
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Besides "no case" which gets hard to maintain when dealing with larger numbers, I humbly submit the following:

http://www.target.com/Wire-Cube-Shelving-System/dp/B000789RSQ

Rack and stack.  The above and zip ties are really all you should need.  Why waste money on a case?

I want to see a setup in these Shelves so bad... Tell me you did please

Coming in v2.0 of my rigs.  Currently they're just PCs on standard metal shop shelves with fans circulating air accordingly.  My BTC profit model has been to get up and running as fast as possible first, then optimize for electrical efficiency using the profits.  As I pull hardware out of OEM cases, they'll be going into the cube stacks.

I've seen a few other rigs put into these kinds of things, not necessarily exactly the same, but close.  I think they're the way to go IMHO.  Can't beat the price and they're great for airflow. 

I still fail to understand why you'd want a "real" for bitcoin mining.

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July 28, 2011, 03:22:02 PM
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Desk fans are a pain due to their bulk where the motor is.

Anyone know where to get box fans that can fit in a wind-tunnel like arrangement??

I considered using automotive parts - radiator fans from high-power cars can push a LOT of air, and are typically 12V items too - but they need a LOT of current and are very expensive new.

I suppose I ought to stop being lazy and go to a scrapyard to pick up some cheap fans from wrecks where the entire car cost less than £100... I think they'd do a much better job than desk fans.

You can get 20" box fans at Lowes or Home Depot for like $15.  I've found they don't pull much current (on mid speed) and move more air than the rest.

It's all about the size of your fan blade imho so the 20" works really well.  Smaller fans may rev higher but have to work harder to blow the same amount of air.

TIP:  blow your exhaust air someplace outside, or at the very least to a part of your server room that doesn't mind being very warm AND where it won't spill into your fresh supply of cool air. 

Sheet metal (or aluminum if you can find it) and a nice pair of metal sheers work well for this.

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July 28, 2011, 06:37:32 PM
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would laying the bare motherboard on exposed metal short the motherboard? Those cubes seem extremely efficient other wise.
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