Making an older computer new again

Above is the end result of a days work. Do to the holidays it took much longer than usual to get the parts to make this old machine new again. I had gutted out all the old parts the day I got the machine. The case above was originally bought by me years ago to build a computer with a mix of parts from different sources. I can’t remember the type of processor that machine ran. When I recently removed the motherboard I didn’t remove the heat sink to see. The machine wasn’t booting smoothly so I just wiped the drive completely. There was a horrible noise that I thought was fan related. It turns out this may have been some vibration related to a part inside the case. This of course wasn’t an issue when it was first built.

When I received the older machine it was very dirty. The owner had actually apologized in advance for the mess of dust I would later encounter. I’ll provide pictures below that show the transformation from old to new.

The computer case is a ThermalTake Soprano.

Here is a list of the new parts. Keep in mind the case fans are all used. I kept some that were already installed. But I also added the LED case fan on the ThermalTake Big Typhoon heat sink. That fan had been in use in my machine previously. I tried to add 1 older LED fan but I remembered why I uninstalled it from my machine. It was definitely on it’s way to breaking down. The ThermalTake Big Typhoon in this machine was my old CPU cooler.

Gigabyte MA785GM-US2H Motherboard & AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+ Processor Bundle

Western Digital WD5000AADS Caviar Green Hard Drive – 500GB, SATA-3G, 32MB, Intellipower

Corsair XMS2 TWIN2X 4096MB PC8500 DDR2 Memory – 1066MHz Dual Channel (2×2048) CL5

Lite-On IHAS124-04 Internal DVD Writer – DVD+R 24X, DVD-R 24X, DVD+RW 8X, DVD-RW 6X, DVD+R DL 8X, SATA (OEM)

Ultra X3 ULT40073 600-Watt Power Supply – ATX, SATA-Ready, PCI-E Ready, Energy Efficient, Modular, Lifetime Warranty

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