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Using a case from a 10 year old office PC for a modern gaming rig... will it work?

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So this is the PC in question. It was the office PC of a friend back in 2004. It came loaded with Windows XP Professional on a 3.5 inch HDD, with a whopping 40 gb of space. This was attached via PATA cables, along with a floppy reader and CD-ROM drive into a Foxconn motherboard with an Intel Pentium 4 processor @1.8ghz. Obviously, I removed all this. I plan on building a gaming PC in the case, in order to save money (along with the fact that I love the look of a standard PC with high-performance parts inside). As of now, I don't plan to do any overclocking, so I shouldn't need any extra cooling, right? The motherboard was a mini-ATX pattern, but the case definitely looks big enough for a full size ATX pattern. Take a look.

Here it is with the motherboard laying where it would be. As you can see, there are unused screw-holes. The case will need modification, however. The single fan in the back was hard wired into the power supply, and needed to be removed. The power and reset buttons on the front may not work, and I will definitely replace the two USB ports on the front with 3.0 ones. It is also really dusty, and likely has airflow troubles. Anyway, any thoughts or personal similar experiences would be excellent. Apologies for iPod camera quality. If it wasn't obvious, I am new to PC building. I know what to do and how to do it, but have no experience. Keep this in mind if you respond.
Edited by RAMS Downloader - 5/15/14 at 2:01pm
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Doesn't look great for air flow to be honest. Is that an 80mm fan at the back? Looks like you can possibly install a second one beneath it?
Can you fit any fans in the front?
I'd probably get a 'reference' designed card, that'll blow air out of the case.
Definitely looks like it'll fit an ATX board.
I'd get a modular PSU, fully modular, because it'll probably be terrible for cable management.
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There are no holes to install a second one beneath the first, (measured, 80mm) and I have just noticed that it IS removable, it was plugged into a 4-pin power connector and attached to another cable. There is provision for mounting one at the front, however, behind the HDD rack thingy. Detail of former 350w PSU and fan, now in the "old interesting parts box"-

Do you think it would be a good idea to use a 10 year old fan? And until I get a new fan set, where should I put it for optimal airflow (either the top rear or bottom front)? And do you, or anybody else, know where I can get some USB 3.0 ports to plug into my motherboard in the following layout/style, so that I can use the case's own mount and hole? Thanks for the help, by the way.

Edited by RAMS Downloader - 5/15/14 at 2:44pm
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80mm fans are not very good.

I would suggest using a jigsaw to install some 120mm, 140mm or 200mm fans...

you can get templates for cutting here :

http://mnpctech.com/pc-cooling-fan-templates.html

I put a 200mm on the side and two 120mm fans on the top to vent heat out. Really helps.

All my cases are (at least) 10 years old and have been modified for modern cooling requirements.
Edited by bbond007 - 5/15/14 at 2:53pm
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Personally id just buy a new case and a few fans. Case's arent always expensive. Im not sure what constitutes a gaming rig but surely you have enough money to bu ya new case? They are less than $50.

That being said, the main issue I run into with trying to use old pc cases is that they arent long enough to support a big graphics card. Also whilst your right in thinking that generally you wont need much airflow to cool a stock cpu (assuming its installed correctly), you will still need to move the hot air coming out of the gpu.
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it could be modded to do what you are wanting to do and I get the aesthetic vibe you are going for but in all sincerity, it's going to take allot of work to make this case viable and given the cost of doing so, while putting a price on your time involved in the project, you would be better off buying a new inexpensive case.

If you decide to stay the course and mod this one, please take your time and follow the advice given to you on this forum as I expect only the best from OCN! biggrin.gif
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I have the tools I need to add new fans. Also, money is more important to me than time, so I will be devoting my time to modernizing this old case. Thanks for all the help! By the way, after cleaning the dust off of the USB ports on the front of the case, they are indeed USB 1.0. Fantastic. Found some super-cheap 3.0 ones with a motherboard connection though, so no problem.
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It looks like it'll except an ATX board. I'd mod it if that's what you want to do. Depending on hardware, you could be fine regarding temps. Keep it stock!

Heck, I just put a side panel window in my CM N200 today. Modding is fun!

With that said, you could get a better/cooler case for $30-50.
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