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 Post subject: I have an old PC I want to mod
PostPosted: Thu Oct 14, 2010 4:02 pm 
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I have this old pc that I want to put into a new case. I am wondering what type of materials I can use, what is the easiest and all that. I want it in a smaller enclosure than it is now if possible. Here is a picture. Could someone give me ideas?

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 Post subject: Re: I have an old PC I want to mod
PostPosted: Fri Oct 15, 2010 6:41 pm 
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WOW. That is one ancient Dell computer you've got there. At work, I refurbish ones like that for use in charity work in Mexico.
The good news is, it's a standard ATX motherboard and all the components should be easily transferable into any standard ATX case.
The bad news is that it will still be slow when you move it into the new ATX case.

Almost any case will do EXCEPT: MiniITX, MiniATX or their variants. You will be looking for a Mid-ATX
(or Mid-Tower) case. And as I've said before, you will be able to transfer all the other components,
provided you follow all the proper precautions and properly handle the goods.

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 Post subject: Re: I have an old PC I want to mod
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thejake490, could you please edit the image so that you don't need to scroll to see that whole picture. it causes alot of problems for other posts.
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 Post subject: Re: I have an old PC I want to mod
PostPosted: Mon Oct 18, 2010 7:34 pm 
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Thank you! :D


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 Post subject: Re: I have an old PC I want to mod
PostPosted: Mon Oct 18, 2010 7:48 pm 
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maniacm0nk3y wrote:
I have this old pc that I want to put into a new case. I am wondering what type of materials I can use, what is the easiest and all that. I want it in a smaller enclosure than it is now if possible. Here is a picture. Could someone give me ideas?

I would say if you wanted to put it in a new case there is no modding that should be needed unless you would like to modify what you already have. As far as materials, I would say that it depends more on your abilities and tools. Anything is possible but it is all up to you.
I will restate the obvious this is an older computer so I am assuming you have a purpose for this computer, right?
I think that you have two options and one has already been stated the other is putting the components into a HTPC case.


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 Post subject: Re: I have an old PC I want to mod
PostPosted: Mon Oct 18, 2010 9:09 pm 
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Wiked_smart wrote:
Thank you! :D


Took installing Gimp. My preferance is just to use MS Paint for the rudimentary stuff, but Hi-Res needs a proper burial...er manipulation program. :lol: (I am a fan of hi-res photos, but did not like leaving that pic up in such large res). Just FYI, I got the pic from you, Maniakmonkey, but only BBCode will work in these forums, not HTML.

I would not use an HTPC case on this computer as it's maximum processor speed prohibits any real benefit to that form-factor unless you need it to run especially quiet. These older Dells are limited to PGA370 and Slot "A" processors at between 233mhz (Pentium 2) and the maximum of the series, 1.1ghz (Pentium 3). The best graphics cards available for it were also limited to AGP 4x and Ram could not exceed 512mb (and never more than 256/stick, though most will only accept 128mb sticks and only non-ecc sync 133mhz SDRAM).

But I agree:
Wiked_smart wrote:
I would say if you wanted to put it in a new case there is no modding that should be needed unless you would like to modify what you already have. As far as materials, I would say that it depends more on your abilities and tools. Anything is possible but it is all up to you. I will restate the obvious this is an older computer so I am assuming you have a purpose for this computer, right? I think that you have two options and one has already been stated the other is putting the components into a HTPC case.


Best of luck, Maniacmonkey.


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 Post subject: Re: I have an old PC I want to mod
PostPosted: Fri Oct 22, 2010 5:39 pm 
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I have been reading up on my other posts and I think I will just load puppy linux and donate it to charity/school. Are there any good charities in particular I should look at or will any do?


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 Post subject: Re: I have an old PC I want to mod
PostPosted: Fri Oct 22, 2010 7:23 pm 
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I have refurbished a few of these for use in drug-rehabs out of the country with Windows 2000 Professional and they run snappy as heck. I may even have a few C.O.A's (Certificate of Authenticity with Product Key) laying around...
Since Windows 2000 is essentially abandonware now that Microsoft has stopped providing the updates for it, I would expect to see more and more of them (C.O.A's) showing up with their CD-ROM's intact for dirt cheap at local computer repair shops just like what happened with Windows 98. OpenOffice, Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, and A-Squared Antivirus all install on it (No AVG or Microsoft Security Essentials).

Puppy is nice too though, especially with the ease of use in the wireless networks arena.

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