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[Project] BlackIce 2003 revisited...finish what you start

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Back in late 2003 I started collecting parts for a computer I called BlackIce.
It has a Dynapower Metis case, SOYO-KT600 DRAGON Ultra Motherboard (Platinum Edition), an unlocked Athlon XP 2600+ (AQXEA) and some PC3200 Kingston Hyper-X memory and an ATI Radeon 9800 non pro. I build the computer and right off the bat had stability issues until I raised the voltage on the memory. First time using Memtest86 and that program was a life saver!!

I am a firm believer that you are never done modding and over the next few years I continued to make slight changes. I replaced the white LED fans with chrome as the white ones started showing a more yellowish light as time went on. I cut a blowhole in the top and mounted a SilverStone 120mm fan to exhaust much of the hot air that seemed to have issues exiting the case. I attempted to sleeve the power supply which really ruined this computers entire fate for many years.

First off sleeving the power supply wasn't anywhere near a walk in the park. I did good until I got to the ATX connector which hassled me for a long time finally deciding to get some wireloom and cover over the wiring instead of attempting to sleeve the ATX connector.

After putting everything back together it wasn't long before I had bluescreens, the video card displaying strange things on the screen and tons of computer lockups.

By this point in time I had had enough and threw out my modded power supply and put a stock one back in. It ran much better but my hatred for the machine had already hit its peak. I was already in the process of building a new computer that would be used as my main desktop with some HTPC items like the ability to watch TV. Since the video card was an ATI 9800 All in Wonder it was just as capable at games as BlackIce was.

So BlackIce was fired up every once in a while to get to some of my old files but really nothing happened on this computer from 2005 on. Just recently I was in a modding mood and decided that I should really work to finish the mod because overall the computer was one of my favorite projects even with all the problems I had getting the computer to run well.

I won't sleeve another power supply but wireloom would do the trick for this project. Also I wanted to hide some of the connections and wires magician style. Last but not least I wanted to hide the red pcb of the ATI video card seeing that it really ruined the white, black and chrome theme that the computer carried. Stay tuned for more updates in the near future!

Note the custom blowhole and fan on the top of the case




The replacement power supply and the wiring mess




The chrome wireloom purchased at the local autoparts store




Components that were in the way get moved out and the looming starts




Finally its looking a bit cleaner in there!!



More to come later!
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I suggest you use tape or something so that the chrome sits flush on the side of the PSU. The bare wires all of a sudden make it look really really ugly.
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Digg'n up the dead.....COOL!!
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0_o looks interesting
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I am actually digging those metal wire slooms ALOT. That is the SEX.
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I reinstalled the video card after doing a little work to hid the red pcb of the ATI card which was really hurting my theme...

http://www.overclock.net/other-hardw...ideo-card.html

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