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Can I use Dell PowerEdge 750 just 1U without a rack at home? Does it need cooling?

I want to have a low end server for learning.

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I had one sitting on a shelf for 2 years worked fine.

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Is it noisy? I had an old DL380 that roared like a jet plane when I turned it on. – Mitch Oct 19 '10 at 0:45
@Mitch Proliabts usually need the PSP installed to properly control the fan speed. More work than it needs to be if you're not on a rpm-based OS. Why HP doesn't do it in firmware is beyond me... – gWaldo Oct 19 '10 at 1:05
I guess, Dell PowerEdge 750 should be fine then ? – hari Oct 19 '10 at 1:16
Rackmount servers don't need a rack to be used, but it will help with airflow. Most servers and computers have enough cooling internally anyway, so as long as you don't block the air inlets/outlets, you'll be fine. – fahadsadah Nov 16 '10 at 15:30

The 750 will work just fine without a rack. Rack mount servers suck air in from the front and blow it through out the back - not out the top or sides like desktops. As long as these areas are clear, put it wherever!

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