Log In | Register |
Resurrection. Old Case modded
by Meyin
Permalink:   (34 comments)

I had this old computer laying around so I decided to give the case a new life. This build was mainly an excuse to mod the case.

The part will be use in a living room computer, so music, movies, gaming, something like steamOS, xmbc, openelec ( Right now there steamOs on it). I might switch the case to an m-atx like the zalman T1 to get a less visible computer in the living room.

In the future I'll had a HDD or ssd. For now, it has an laptop hdd. And as you can see in the picture, I got a hole in the case for fans, but there's no grills. So plan is to make some or buy filters/grills. And also put some feets under it.

I know my case is not as nice and functional as the 230T in the component list but I still enjoyed the modding.

Edit: Forgot to add the Nzxt Hue in part since... it's not on the site. It can make a nice light show.

Part List
Date PublishedJune 4, 2014
AMD A10-7850K 3.7GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.7GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle-
CPU Temperature Under Load-
When commenting on a completed build please keep your feedback polite and constructive, particularly if commenting on part choices and possible alternatives.
Log in to rate comments or to post a comment.
Sorted by:
LordOfTots [1 Build] 9 points 5 months ago

I friggin love sleeper mods like these XD

DavisTheWalrus [1 Build] 1 point 5 months ago

i might be doing one later this year for a 2005 pavilion

lilshatespug217 1 point 1 month ago

Same here. Modding compaq pavillionsfor the win! XD. Keep in mind that that sucker only has a 250watt PSU.. oh, and necroing old threads FTW!

deathfromup [6 Builds] 7 points 5 months ago

Can't believe that that old mobo had a purple PCB LOL.

MetaApex 1 point 5 months ago

Yeah.... retro

rost123 [1 Build] 5 points 5 months ago

+1 for floppy disk! Btw you need some rubber stands for that... I guess you already know since the dual 120 holes. Nice build.

Meyin [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 5 months ago

Yes I'm actually looking for some rubber stands. I might need to make mine like in this post;


I just can't find rubber feet to do them. I'm just order some from internet too.

plgdg [1 Build] 2 points 5 months ago

This is a wonderful mod -- breathes new life into an otherwise stereotypical 90's store-bought computer. It's amazing what a little creativity and some spray paint can do! :D

8BitPhoenix [2 Builds] 2 points 5 months ago

Actually my favorite build here ever, I love these epic case mods. Really good job on this one too!

Vortexxian [2 Builds] 2 points 5 months ago

Oh heck yes. I love it! Taking an ugly ol' hunk of junk and turning it into a one-of-a-kind eye-catcher is the best thing ever. Nice work!

EDIT: Also, nice touch with the black paint on the formerly-bare metal. It's the details that count.

ImPrettyIrish 2 points 5 months ago

Wow! This definitely deserves a +1. Well done!

iCalvus [1 Build] 2 points 5 months ago

I'm doing something similar to an old HP Compaq case. Good job!

Meyin [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 5 months ago

Can't wait to see it. Do you have a color theme?

iCalvus [1 Build] 2 points 5 months ago

White with black interior. Boring I know but it is only a stop gap until I can decide which case I want to buy.

dcmabry [1 Build] 2 points 5 months ago

SLEEPER MOD! lmaoo niceee

pegotico 1 point 5 months ago

+1 on the mod

cbrown67 [1 Build] 1 point 5 months ago

Love mods! I have so much fun doing them ;P

core_dump 1 point 5 months ago

Wow, very nice! What did you use to paint the interior, black spray paint? It looks so clean!

Meyin [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 5 months ago

Yes, black matt spray paint. But with a primer layer first to be sure the paint would stay. Did that on a sunny day in some cartons boxes.

core_dump 2 points 5 months ago

Awesome, it looks so good, I may try it too! Thanks for the tip!

DoHbOyBlAzEd [14 Builds] 1 point 5 months ago

Nice. You could order a Card reader or something to fill in the gap up front.

Meyin [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 5 months ago

I looking for a usb3/ 2.5' drive holder.

Maybe like this one http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX49046

Or as you suggest, a card reader

DoHbOyBlAzEd [14 Builds] 2 points 5 months ago

USB 3.0 all the way.

Tellement [3 Builds] 1 point 5 months ago

All I can say is wow. Very nice build from an old case. +1

CooRobCon 1 point 5 months ago

Agreeg! +1

MetaApex 1 point 5 months ago


antoniojack 1 point 5 months ago

we need more people like you

TheOfficialSkora 1 point 5 months ago

+1. holy crap. nuff said.

Krokodil [1 Build] 1 point 4 months ago

Love the sleeper mod, though I wouldn't have added the window or painted the exterior case. But that might just be because my paint jobs always look like crap. I plan on doing something similar to an old Gateway tower when I have money for some new parts. You have any case fans hidden in there, or are you just waiting until you get those grills for a bottom intake?

Would you mind answering a few questions about that chip for me? Does Kaveri live up to the hype? What kind of temperatures are you getting with the stock heat sink? What is the ambient temperature in the room this PC is in?

Meyin [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 4 months ago

I got fan waiting for the case feet to be installed.

Otherwise, I couldn't say for the Kaveri since, I'm away for few months and didn't test it a lot. I installed steam Os and did some home-streaming and everything went well. Same for the games. Temp seem normal ( no number) and it's in a basement with A/C on the first floor.

I'll try to stress the Kaveri asap which might be in november or even later. I tought I would have time to tweak it a bit, but it's not the case :P.

xdthevoidxd 1 point 10 days ago

That looks better than a lot of modern cases! Nice job! By the way, did you have to update the BIOS of the motherboard to make it compatible with the a10-7850k? Just curious.

Meyin [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 9 days ago

Nope. It was working as soon as it was out of the box :P

xdthevoidxd 1 point 9 days ago

Where did you buy it from?

Meyin [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 9 days ago

CanadaComputers.com at 89.99