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Found this old computer sitting in storage at work. My boss said I could have it. It's an AOpen full tower. Has a Pentium II badge on the front. I ripped out the old guts and found a pretty cool case underneath. It would be a good mod project. It's roughly 23.5" x 17" x 8". Its kind of got that dual zone thing going. You see new cases with basically the same design still, just different fan sizes and arrangements. Photos taken with a phone, so my apologies ahead of time.

You should see the actual switch behind that power button. It is a 1"x1" block. Huge by today's standards.


Would be good to put two small fans next to the I/O panel on the case. No large 120mm fan holes on the backs of these babies.


Eight 3.5" hard drive bays (5 on top and 3 in the middle). That cage at the top-back is removable. Also, check out the speaker/fan assembly at the bottom front.


Lots of room between the case back and the motherboard tray.


Speaking of motherboard trays...What!!!? Great removable tray here. Slides out easily and sturdy as hell.


The top slides right off revealing the hard drive cage as well as floppy cage which would be better used for a card reader these days.



Don't exactly know what I want to do with this yet, but there's lots of possibilities. The main con on this case is it is just plain heavy, but I really like the design of it. Would be a shame if it had just landed in a dumpster.
Edited by losttsol - 9/17/11 at 8:52pm
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With a paintjob and some modding it could be a superb case
    
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I've seen a few people mod old cases like those and had them turn out to be pretty sweet builds. Good luck if you make a project out of this, I'm looking forward to it
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Nice! I love how everything slides out nice 'n easy. Shine it up with a non-abrasive cleaner, maybe give it a new paint job, mod it up with some fans and rock 'n roll.
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So, were there any ancient components inside? Like mobo, cpu, drives?
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Is that thing AT layout? PII brings me back to the days where a CPU didn't need a fan on it.
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Is that thing AT layout? PII brings me back to the days where a CPU didn't need a fan on it.
That is AOpen HX08 full server tower, taking in ATX or full AT layout.

Needing no CPU fan back then, that is why the case does not have ample intake and exhaust fan positions. It has 'only' one front lower intake fan and two rear upper exhaust fans.

To me, its weakness is not the case's heavy weight. I actually like this as it provides the necessary stability as this case is fairly tall. (I still have a 1-mm SECC steel Chieftec full tower).

I would say the Achilles' heel is its rather insufficient airflow (by today's standard), especially supplying air to the lower chamber. Perhaps one modding is to add fan openings to the side panel. And with this modding done, a graphics card with traditional cooling (ie with external exhaust) could be used. For the same reason, I would avoid using a card that dumps heat inside the case.

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That is AOpen HX08 full server tower, taking in ATX or full AT layout.

Needing no CPU fan back then, that is why the case does not have ample intake and exhaust fan positions. It has 'only' one front lower intake fan and two rear upper exhaust fans.

To me, its weakness is not the case's heavy weight. I actually like this as it provides the necessary stability as this case is fairly tall. (I still have a 1-mm SECC steel Chieftec full tower).

I would say the Achilles' heel is its rather insufficient airflow (by today's standard), especially supplying air to the lower chamber. Perhaps one modding is to add fan openings to the side panel. And with this modding done, a graphics card with traditional cooling (ie with external exhaust) could be used. For the same reason, I would avoid using a card that dumps heat inside the case.
Thanks for the diagram and model#. Airflow isn't ideal, but you could easily add a 140mm fan down low in the front. A modern PSU would also be pulling air straight up and out of the case. I'd probably put a blow hole in the top with as big a fan as would fit. I'd also cut holes for a couple of 40mm fans sitting on top of each other next to that i/o panel.

Anybody ever paint old case plastic like this? I've only painted metal on cases before. I'm wondering what is the best way to go about painting the front panel on this beast?
Edited by losttsol - 9/18/11 at 4:49am
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not bad of a case
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That for sure is one of the best looking old school cases I've ever seen. All it needs is some Retr0Bright to whiten the surfaces, as well as a few cooling mods, then its suited for a modern rig. smile.gif By the way losttsol, for painting the front panel try using Krylon Fusion its a good choice.
http://www.krylon.com/products/fusion_for_plastic/

So, do you have any other plans on modding that case someday?
Edited by computerdude92 - 2/29/12 at 5:09pm
    
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