In other news, something I am deeply sorry that I didn't make a photo-log of...
How do you fit an ATX mobo in a Dell proprietary case?
This is the problem [poor lightning and potato pic]:
Well.. First off, I had to remove the duct with the fan which leads cold air into the otherwise passive heatsink of the CPU.
Then you can't really position the mobo there because the Dells' I/O ports are pulled down, as you can see. SO LET'S CUT!
This thing felt like cutting through steel, and it was just as heavy.
Overall a pita, but nothing that powertools and swearing can't fix. I even filed it.But then...
The motherboard had <1mm of clearance from the case floor and
the PCI-E slots weren't alligned. So far, so good. 'I'll just pull it up a bit', I thought. Hmmm.. but I couldn't, something was in the way. OH HEY LOOK, THEIR PSU ISN'T THE STANDARD SIZE!! Luckily, I had to replace it too. So I did. But the new one had a power switch below the cord plug. Well then, let's get the dremel out.
After a heavy grind, it almost fit. And since my last polishing tip (that thing ate through three of them) was done for, I might have kind of flipped out. But I have a very rough rasper, so I took all my feelings out on the poor case. A couple of minutes later, perfect fit!
Well I had that going for me, which was nice.
But my agony was far from over...
The original motherboard was on an aluminum table, and they would not separate.
That's nice. Now where's my tap? Ahhh, here it is.PREPARE YOUR DIDDLY-HOLES, CASE
Well that was done and I had leftover stand-offs from other cases. Mobo was put in place, finally it liked it.
Time to close this up and never ever look at it again. But where can I possibly stick all those cables??
After about 30 minutes of cable rout
..twisting, knotting, cables entangling me with clearly a murderous intent and a couple of bleeding fingertips, they were finally stuffed in a place where they wouldn't get in the way. Whew!Time to close this up and never ever look at it again
There we go, now let me just align the hinges in place...
BUT I COULDN'T (Click to show)
AAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOGGGAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHRWRIJAWIJR [gurgling sounds]
The optical drive bay was touching the motherboard.
Needless to say, I quickly transitioned from calm to MEGABERSERK MURDER RAMPAGE, and using the sparks that shot out of my eyes, I cut one of the sides off.You are messing with my Zen thing, man.
Sooooo... I plugged the GPU in, reinstalled Windows (mmm.. the Windows XP CD pleases me)
And realized I had no internet.
Sure, not a problem.
Well, both the motherboards' Ethernet adapters were dead, but luckily the Dell already had an additional network card.Come here, baby...
I shut the PC down, plugged it in, and powered it on.Guess what?
The plot twist (Click to show)
I. HAD. NO. VIDEO. SIGNAL.
None from the VGA. None from the DVI.
NOTHING AT ALL.
That Eth adapter was forged in Hell.
Apparently it caused irreversible damage to both motherboards somehow... And to this day I have no idea how/what exactly it did.
I cried a little. I seriously shed a tear.
And I gave up.
Called the friend of mine who owned the computer and explained it all. He stood silent.
And the funny thing is, I was planning to use those parts for a home router + file server.
But... Life happens.