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Installing a motherboard into a server cabinet without a case

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Installing a motherboard into a server cabinet without a case

I have two headless servers that are currently running naked on my desk.

I'd like to move them somewhere safer (I'm thinking 6/10U server cabinet)
Wondering if there's anything on the market so I can do this.
(Something like a motherboard tray, but for server racks instead)

Both builds are running off ATX power supplies, but the motherboards are non-standard, which is why I can't find a case for it.

Build #1: CPU+Motherboard only
Build +2: CPU+Motherboard+2xHDDs.
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Just curious ... What do the motherboards designed for originally ?
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Provided it's mounted on standoffs, just make your own tray out of a sheet of aluminum or plywood.
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PerformingAzura wrote: I have two headless servers that are currently running naked on my desk.
Sounds distracting.
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vkizzle wrote: Provided it's mounted on standoffs, just make your own tray out of a sheet of aluminum or plywood.
Does material matter?

The guys in this forum : https://www.techpowerup.com/forums/thre ... ys.181551/
were cautioning about grounding issues when using anything but metal.
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PerformingAzura wrote: Does material matter?

The guys in this forum : https://www.techpowerup.com/forums/thre ... ys.181551/
were cautioning about grounding issues when using anything but metal.
If you're not too concerned about ESD, go with the easiest and cheapest.
I have an open air mining rig and the motherboard sits openly on an aluminum frame supported by standoffs.
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Hi,


I would make the motherboard support out of plywood instead of metal because it would be easier to work with. Then you can mount the whole thing on a shelf or on the wall.
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Why don't you just get a 4u case.

Most 4u case can take standard atx power supplies
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sexyj wrote: Why don't you just get a 4u case.

Most 4u case can take standard atx power supplies
I was under the impression that I needed a Supermicro branded case.

4U will require me to get a bigger cabinet, but if I can get two cases for under 50$ ea, I'd definitely go this route.

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