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Resurrection. Old Case modded

by Meyin

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45 Comments

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Date Published

June 6, 2014

CPU Clock Rate

3.7GHz

Description

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.

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deathfromup 6 Builds 13 points 30 months ago

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

MetaApex 2 points 30 months ago

Yeah.... retro

LordOfTots 1 Build 10 points 30 months ago

I friggin love sleeper mods like these XD

DavisTheWalrus 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

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

lilshatespug217 1 Build 1 point 25 months 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!

rost123 1 Build 5 points 30 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 3 Builds 2 points 30 months ago

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

http://www.overclock.net/t/507440/small-mod-rubber-legs-for-computer-case

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

plgdg 2 Builds 2 points 30 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 4 Builds 2 points 30 months ago

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

Vortexxian 4 Builds 2 points 30 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 30 months ago

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

iCalvus 1 Build 2 points 30 months ago

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

Meyin submitter 3 Builds 2 points 30 months ago

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

iCalvus 1 Build 2 points 30 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 30 months ago

SLEEPER MOD! lmaoo niceee

mblboss 2 points 24 months ago

I have the same case!

NinjamanJosh 1 Build 2 points 20 months ago

Actually pretty sweet, good job.

pegotico 2 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

+1 on the mod

cbrown67 1 point 30 months ago

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

core_dump 1 point 30 months ago

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

Meyin submitter 3 Builds 2 points 30 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 30 months ago

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

DoHbOyBlAzEd 16 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

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

Meyin submitter 3 Builds 1 point 30 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 16 Builds 2 points 30 months ago

USB 3.0 all the way.

Tellement 3 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

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

CooRobCon 1 point 30 months ago

Agreeg! +1

MetaApex 1 point 30 months ago

lolwut

antoniojack 1 point 29 months ago

we need more people like you

TheOfficialSkora 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

+1. holy crap. nuff said.

Krokodil 2 Builds 1 point 29 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 3 Builds 1 point 29 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 24 months 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 3 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

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

xdthevoidxd 1 point 24 months ago

Where did you buy it from?

Meyin submitter 3 Builds 1 point 24 months ago
gugu96 14 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

I love your case!

which paint did you use? Acrylc, vinyl, metal, all surface?

I'm preparing to repurpose an old Compaq SR1500NX and that means sanding/painting.

But YOURS, it makes me want to get an old ****** case and do yet another paint job.

Meyin submitter 3 Builds 2 points 18 months ago

I actually used a primer to get all the same base and the have a better adhesion. If I remember well, both the primer and paint are metal paint ( and other stuff;wood or plastic)

I hope it will help.Have Fun

Laavza 1 point 18 months ago

Nice! Did you had to update your Bios to use the CPU?

Meyin submitter 3 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

No, it actually worked right out of the box!

bunjang 1 point 9 months ago

i had the same build with CPU and MOBO, a Kingston HyperX 8gb, but i'm having a problem because my desktop freeze when i play games -_- could you help me?

Mr_Monkey_07 1 point 8 months ago

Little bit overkill with the power supply but great build!love the paint job too! :)

Meyin submitter 3 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

Thanks. Yes, you're right for the psu. I actually sold it and swith to mini-itx. I changed the board, the case and also the psu. You can see it over there http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/b/BxKZxr

GreenWard 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

Can this play CS:GO?At what quality/FPS?

Meyin submitter 3 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

I'm sorry but I don't have that game right now. Be aware that I used it with SteamOS.