I beg your pardon, but your questions sound somehow similar to what you asked here about one year ago
Yes, I intended to build the server already one year ago. But the new WD Red drives with larger than 4 TB capactity that I was waiting for were delayed (compared to leaked orginal release plans). Since the 6 TB Reds now are released I can proceed with the server build.
Also now that I've got the 6 TB Reds I noticed that they are more quiet than I expected, so I can likely keep them in a case without suspending them in 5.25" slots. But I'll only know for sure once the build is completed.
Anyway, whether that build had meant just as the typical home server, the Intel 4670K is a meaningless waste of money (and computing power), so I would set back to a tad less aspiring, probably better suited CPUs for that task.
I'll be using it e.g. for running VM Ware instances and compiling large amounts of code too. That's why I need a 4670K (or similar quite powerful CPU).
For a server with just two hard drives, the PC-Q11 may probably be enough, even if its starved airflow isn't optimal for quiet 24/7 operations. At any rate, you know, other Lian Li options are probably better suited, like the PC-Q08 (6 drive bays, PSU up to 140mm but with external inlet), the PC-Q18 (9 drive bays, PSU up to 160mm), and the PC-Q25 (10 drive bays, PSU up to 180mm). All these enclosures have different proportions but a similar volume (slightly larger than PC-Q11's one, I mean about 20-21lt vs. 17lt), and a better airflow (particularly the Q08/Q18).
Hmm... they look quite a bit larger than the PC-Q11? But I'll check them out too.
With reference to the PSU, given the cramped space, a modular one should be preferred: given a 140mm limitation, you may consider the Cooler Master G450M, the Cooler Master V450S, and the Corsair CS-450M. Whether you want to stay with the Seasonic gold-rated units, the OEM version of the G-360, the Seasonic SSP-350GT, might be a better option for mounting inside the PC-Q11, as it sports fewer cables than its retail counterpart (on the other hand, with the SSP-350GT in the PC-Q08 you'd run into a shortage of connectors with reference to drive bays).
Talking about the other two enclosures instead, you have some more freedom of choice, and for a very quiet setup I would consider the smaller BeQuiet E10 units, if available.
I intend to reuse the G-360 from another build, so I'd like to avoid getting a new one.
Eventually, set aside the Lian Li PC-Q08, any of the proposed enclosures will have the PSU fan facing against the CPU fan, but usually it's not a good idea to flip the heatsink fan, as pulling hot air is a less efficient process.
Ok, but you don't think it's be a problem having the fans competing for air too? I.e. which is worst: a) having the CPU fan pull air and blowing it into the PSU fan, or b) having the CPU fan and PSU fan facing eachother close together and blowing air in opposite direction?
I'm also inserting an image to show everyone what it looks like in a Lian Li PC-Q11 chassis:
Is there anyone on this forum that has tried twose two different fan setups on the Lian Li PC-Q11 (or chassis with similar construction) and can share some experiences?
Last but not least, I would advice re-reading the a bit old (2010) but quite good SPCR's guide about building home servers
Ok, I'll check that out too.