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
This article shows a machine I built almost 2 years ago for another client.
Here is the cooling system I’m using in my machine at the moment.
Some of the links below show my older liquid cooling setup.
This shows what my machine looked like a few years back before I started liquid cooling.