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My friend gave me an old Athlon XP 2400+ system after the power supply started spewing smoke. It's quite nice actually. Popped a new PSU in there and it boots up and everything. It even included two Radeon 9250 PCI cards, 768MB of RAM, and a 40GB hdd.

Now here's the interested part. Upon cracking open the case, I was quite shocked. I think I now truly understand why they are called dust "bunnies". Because they reproduce like nothing I've ever seen! I wouldn't be surprised if the PSU had gotten so filled with dust that the dust had ignited.

So my first task was to clean all the dust out of this puppy. And I'm still not done with that. But I was so amazed at the amount of dust that I decided to take some pictures. Mind you, these pictures are after I had already taken some of the dust out.



I haven't decided on what I'm going to do with this system, but I'd like to try my hand at case modding, so my plans are to paint it black and add a window to the side panel which already has a fancy air duct for the CPU cooler.
 
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Ewwwwww! Lol, I've seen worse but thats pretty bad. Alot of (n00b home) PC users think (incorrectly) that a PC never needs to be cleaned. Imho, one of the main killers of home PCs for users is failure to dust and heat buildup.

Have you made a thread for you mod's yet? Dont be afraid to ask if you need any help here
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Eat the CPU

nah seriously

Just break it, let it overheat etc =D, kick it really hard whilst its running prime 95 n see what happens
    
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Ewwwwww! Lol, I've seen worse but thats pretty bad. Alot of (n00b home) PC users think (incorrectly) that a PC never needs to be cleaned. Imho, one of the main killers of home PCs for users is failure to dust and heat buildup.

Have you made a thread for you mod's yet? Dont be afraid to ask if you need any help here

Not yet. I think I may though. I've gotten all the dust removed now. The hdd still had Windows 2000 on it. Funny thing is, I guessed the password the first try. Same as the username.

Next on my list is to extract the activation key from Windows 2000 and get ahold of a Windows 2000 cd. But boy is this thing freakin loud! I gotta get some larger fans in there.
 
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That's nothing. Open a PC that has 2 intake fans and has been in use for at least 5 years (never cleaned). I actually couldn't breathe at times there was so much dust. When you have to wear a face mask to filter the air--that is when you know there's a lot of dust. I've only had to do that twice thank god.
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Ive seen worse but thats pretty cruel lol.
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That's nothing. Open a PC that has 2 intake fans and has been in use for at least 5 years (never cleaned). I actually couldn't breathe at times there was so much dust. When you have to wear a face mask to filter the air--that is when you know there's a lot of dust. I've only had to do that twice thank god.
I've seen two like that as well. , sneezed for HOURS,lol.
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I actually ended up having to open up my window and shake all of the dust out of it. It was like grey snow.
 
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I actually ended up having to open up my window and shake all of the dust out of it. It was like grey snow.
Lol, wow. Congrats on the save though, thats nice hardware for free, would make a nice folding machine
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