57 months ago
Hi folks, I am new here... so forgive me if I approach this incorrectly. But here's my dilemna.
I'm trying to plan my very first build. What I would like to accomplish is a small form-factor (mini-ITX) office server to support several virtualized servers for both production and development/training. I'm beginning with a case dimension, merely because of the location available in a brand new office space and I am specifically looking at the Node 304 (or alternatively similarly sized cases like Cooler Master Elite 130, Thermaltake VL52021N2U, etc).
I am looking to put a Xeon 3 with 32 GB of Ram into it... and therein lies the problem. Mini-ITX boards support only 16GB RAM, but I have found exactly ONE mini-ITX board with 4 DIMM slots supporting 32GB: the ASRock E3C224D4I-14S. While I don't need (wow) 14 SATA ports, the additional RAM is essential. The board is classified as an "extended mini-ITX" board, meaning it fits the mini-ITX mounting but has an extra 43cm of board extending beyond the PCI slot.
I'm wondering if anyone has any experience with trying to put a board like this into a Node 304 (or similar)?