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Demeter (Barton)

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This is my workroom computer, Demeter. Getting this old system back on its feet has been my sporadic hobby for several months now, since I picked it up from my grandma's house in Florida.

When I found it I originally thought it was just an empty beige case, until I got it open. She was in a sorry state, full of dust, missing a power supply, missing a CMOS battery, shredded floppy cable, disconnected drives, just awful. I had no idea what CPU or RAM or anything it had. I was originally going to part it out, but the more I worked on identifying it the more I grew attached to it.


Here's the worklog:

- Found in closet
- Installed Antec TP-480 PSU
- Installed new CMOS battery
- POST failed (freezes on Asus logo screen)
- Moved to Antec NSK6580 case, CD-ROM drive and floppy drive discarded
- POST achieved, CPU unidentified
(traveled back to NOLA)
- Removed CPU heatsink (Tt Volcano 7+), identified CPU as Athlon XP Barton 2600+ 1917MHz (166*11.5)
- Reinstalled CPU heatsink with Shin Etsu
- Antec TP-480 discovered to be faulty (bad caps), discarded in favor of Antec EA-430
- Traded Radeon 9800 Pro for X1300 Pro
- HDD identified, Windows 2000 present. Uncle did not recall password
- Tt heatsink replaced by quieter Rosewill heatsink
- Rosewill PCI NIC installed
- HDD wiped, Ubuntu 9.10 installed
- Ubuntu 9.10 corrupted after updates
- Antec EA-430 found to be badly crossloaded, out-of-spec voltage
- left alone for month or two
- Ubuntu 10.04 installed
- CPU overclocked to 2300MHz, unstable, settled on 2200MHz
- RAM replaced with 2x512MB SuperTalent DDR 400 CL2.5
- Zippy PSU installed



After AAAALLL that work... Finally, the computer is in good enough shape for me to call it "finished" though I still have a few things I'd like to do to it. Final configuration:

Asus A7N8X Deluxe
Athlon XP "Barton" 2600+ @2200MHz
1GB SuperTalent DDR 400 CL2.5
ATI Radeon X1300 Pro 256MB
Zippy Emacs 300W PSU
Antec NSK6580
Rosewill RCX-Z100 heatsink
Rosewill PCI 100mb/s NIC
Lite-On DVD-ROM
Seagate 7200.11 160GB IDE
Ubuntu 10.04


I took that little gold fan grille from the Antec TP-480. Breaks up the black and silver a little bit, a nice highlight without being really gaudy.


Cable management in this case leaves something to be desired...



The system is fairly slow. For instance, I can't watch Youtube videos without serious skipping. However it boots fast and shuts off fast, and is fast enough for browsing while in my workroom. I intend to add a SATA controller and some more HDDs for it to serve as a file server when I get around to upgrading to Windows 7, so I don't have to worry about having to scour through my drive for the stuff I want to keep before upgrading. In the meantime it works fine for looking things up and chatting while working in the shop.

It's been a very rewarding experience, bringing a system back from total death, especially one this old; vintage Pentium 3 era.

It's a nice little system and I hope I can keep it going for yet more years to come.
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It's alive! Well done!
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2X WD 320GB Raid0 + WD500GB Heatkiller CPU/GPU blocks, Feser Quad/Dual rads Windows 7 Annihilation x64 40" Toshiba LED 120Hz 1920x1200 
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i7 960 EVGA X58 3X SLI EVGA GTX580 (3 x 2GB) G.Skill PI Series 5-5-5-18 1.6V 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
2X WD 320GB Raid0 + WD500GB Heatkiller CPU/GPU blocks, Feser Quad/Dual rads Windows 7 Annihilation x64 40" Toshiba LED 120Hz 1920x1200 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Razer Black Widow Ultimate Corsair Pro Series Gold 1200W Corsair 800D Uber Modded Razer Mamba 2012 Edition 
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I got about 15 dead machines at my house that you can come over and fix up
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Stacker T01 v5.0
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Sturbin' Box
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i7 5960X ASUS Rampage V Extreme 2x Nvidia 1080ti SLI 32GB Corsair Dominator DDR4 3400Mhz 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung 850 pro NVMe M.2 Custom EK watercooled loop Windows 10 Pro Triple LG 4K 27" 
PowerCase
Cosair 1500Ti CaseLabs M10 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Delidded i7 3770K @ 5Ghz ASUS Maximus V Gene EVGA GTX 670 SLI - Heatkiller Blocks 16GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3 @ 2400Mhz 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung 840 EVO Custom Loop - EK Supreme HF Windows 7 Pro 64-bit Dell 30" + 2 x Dell 24" 
PowerCase
Sparkle Gold 1200W CM Stacker T01 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II X6 1055T @4.0GHz (308x13) / 3.08GHz NB ASUS Crosshair IV Formula w/EK full coverage block ATI 5870x2 Crossfired @ 950/1250 8GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
OCZ Vertex 3 SSD Swifttech Apogee Drive Block/Pump Windows 7 64bit Pro ASUS 27" LCD 
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Corsair Professional Series Gold 650W  Lian-Li PC-650A 
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Sweaty Box
(10 items)
 
Stacker T01 v5.0
(10 items)
 
Sturbin' Box
(13 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 5960X ASUS Rampage V Extreme 2x Nvidia 1080ti SLI 32GB Corsair Dominator DDR4 3400Mhz 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung 850 pro NVMe M.2 Custom EK watercooled loop Windows 10 Pro Triple LG 4K 27" 
PowerCase
Cosair 1500Ti CaseLabs M10 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Delidded i7 3770K @ 5Ghz ASUS Maximus V Gene EVGA GTX 670 SLI - Heatkiller Blocks 16GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3 @ 2400Mhz 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung 840 EVO Custom Loop - EK Supreme HF Windows 7 Pro 64-bit Dell 30" + 2 x Dell 24" 
PowerCase
Sparkle Gold 1200W CM Stacker T01 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II X6 1055T @4.0GHz (308x13) / 3.08GHz NB ASUS Crosshair IV Formula w/EK full coverage block ATI 5870x2 Crossfired @ 950/1250 8GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
OCZ Vertex 3 SSD Swifttech Apogee Drive Block/Pump Windows 7 64bit Pro ASUS 27" LCD 
PowerCase
Corsair Professional Series Gold 650W  Lian-Li PC-650A 
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Lol, ship 'em down here and I'll send you five working machines back.
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