Project MacRack Hello Bit-Tech:: This is my second project in addition to Project Fast Mod which is still going on... I have always wanted my own rack server setup but I find that the stuff that is on the market that I can buy does not fit the bill in design and convience. I went to my local apple store and fell in love with the new apple server but my heart sank when I saw the price. I decided that I would make a rack that has the character of this unit with the components of a modern pc. This project will be in three parts... 1. Build 2 1U side rack units from stratch and get them in service 2. Build a 3U storage raid unit for file storage. 3. Build a cabiniet that will hold the racks. This is a big project and will take some time but like with my other current project I will take you through it as I do. I hope that this is a unique project with challages along the way. Remeber that the 1U chassis is only 19 by 1.7 inches... Lets get started. Here are some sketchups that I did to design the case. The demensions are correct for the 1U size... This is the front of the case... look familiar? It will if you are a mac person or have seen the new apple servers. It is a replica front with some of my own personal touches... You will notice two main inlets on either side of the square sections. These are air ducts to send cold air to the mid fans that will blow air onto the mainboard and components. Here is the back of the chasis. You will notice three hard disks and a CDROM in the front of the divider. The hard disks will be in custom enclosures made from normal 5 1/4 inch hard disk carriers. They will be accessable by lifting the top lid and slidding them in. They will be in a raid configuration in two drives and a single drive for the OS. The divider has 4 40 mm server fans that blow onto the atx mainboard. I may plan on adding a riser card but that is not in the picture yet. You can also see the 1U powersupply and the air vents in the back. I hope to start on the fabrication real soon. Right now I am looking for sugestions. I know that the colors are sketchup default colors and I did not intend to take extra time for colors right now. The detail colors will come later. The square sections are hard drive cariers. I will talk about them in a sec. I wil use a slim slot loading cdrom in the corner and the unique vents in the top to provide even more air to the small case. This project is in no way related to apple computer or to the Xserve line of apple servers and products. I am in no way affiliated with apple or the xserve line of computers. Time to Mod!