A Dilemma

I’ma come clean with you guys:  I didn’t actually expect anyone to buy the server for me.

The thing is insanely awesome.  And insanely heavy.  And it sounds like a vacuum cleaner.  Two important questions remain:  Where the hell am I going to put it and (more importantly) how the hell am I going to power it 24/7?  It draws 610W AC while operating at maximum capacity.  That’s 630VA (single-phase AC averaging 120V – our house averages 108VAC so it’ll be a bit heavier power usage).  Doing the math (630VA / 108V) = 5.83 AC Amperes (average).  We have 100A service to the house, broken into eight 15A circuits.  Our lower unit has three 15A circuits and one shared with the upstairs unit.  Running the 12A vacuum cleaner in the house while anything else is on trips a breaker.  I’m hardpressed to find a circuit to tap into that doesn’t already have a large load on it.  The only one I can think of is the bathroom outlet – that has a dedicated 15A circuit on it, with only a 3.5A space heater running on it occasionally.  It’d be ideal to power the server.  But I have no way of tapping it without violating several building codes.  Actually, none of the wiring in this house meets code so if I messed with it at all, I’d have to pay $15,000 to have the whole thing rewired.

That’s to say nothing of the noise – Even if I could power it, I have no idea where I could put it that it wouldn’t keep us up at night.

So here’s the $150 question:  Can anyone else think of anywhere I could put this thing?  I really like it and want to put it to good use but I haven’t the foggiest idea of where to put the silly thing.

Here‘re the specs (on P. 194).

Reference for System Specifications
Physical Specifications
The dimensions and weight of the system are as follows.
Electrical Specifications
The electrical specifications of the system are as follows.
Specification U.S.A. Metric
Height 7.00 inches 17.8 centimeters
Width 17.25 inches 43.8 centimeters
Depth 27.25 inches 69.2 centimeters
Weight (approximate) 65 pounds 34 kilograms
Parameter Value
Nominal Frequencies 50 Hz or 60 Hz nominal
Nominal Voltage Range 100 to 240 VAC
Maximum Current AC RMS 6.3 A @ 100 VAC
AC Operating Range 90 to 264 Vrms, 47 to 63Hz
5.1 VDC1
1. Standby output.
0.1 to 1 A
+3.3 VDC2
2. Combined output power of the +3.3 VDC and +5 VDC outputs must not exceed 320 Watts.
3 to 50 A
+5 VDC3
3. Combined output power of the +3.3 VDC and +5 VDC outputs must not exceed 320 Watts.
3 to 40 A
+12 VDC 0.5 to 5 A
-12 VDC 0 to 0.5 A
Maximum DC Power Output 380 Watts
Maximum AC Power Consumption 610 Watts
Maximum Heat Dissipation 2080 BTUs/hr
Volt-Ampere Rating 630 VA with 380 Watt load
  1. #1 by Joshua on December 29, 2009 - 11:03 AM

    And BTW, thanks a LOT to you guys for getting me the server. It’s something I’ve always wanted and it’s just freaking awesome. Inconveniences of storage and power aside.

  2. #2 by MHook on December 29, 2009 - 7:33 PM

    rewiring the house is perfectly legal as long as you dont tell anyone. You’re not an electrician and therefore dont “have to follow code” As for the noise bit, throw it in a closet or something, soundproof a box, your smart, work it out.

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