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Dude! I'm getting a Dell!

COMPLETED PICS HERE

I've always been in love with stealth builds. High end systems in unassuming boxes. That is where the inspiration for this mod came from.

I had an old Dell Dimension 2400 laying around and I wanted to use it to house my AMD build. I liked the idea of someone going to use my computer and seeing a crappy 2003 Dell box and thinking to themselves "Damn this dude needs a new PC". But then seeing it run games at max spec and being like "DAAAAAAAAMN". It gets me all hot and bothered lol.

Anyways...

Dimension 2400 original specs:

Intel Pentium 2.2ghz no HT socket 478
256MB DDR RAM
ATI 9250 128MB PCI card (upgraded lol)
40GB Seagate PATA

It was my first computer that I owned... my dad bought it for me when I was 15 and it was a special day. I could now browse porn all day without worrying about clearing the history every 5 minutes lol... so yes this PC has some sentimental value to me.

Its been sitting pretty much unused for the last 3 years so I decided to harvest the case for this mod.

Stuff thats going into it:

Gigabyte GA-MA78LM-S2H
AMD B55 Unlocked Quad
4GB DDR2 1000
ATI HD 4870X2
Samsung F3 1TB HDD
Corsair HX520
Cogage True Spirit (if it fits)
or Alpine 64 Pro

Should be pretty damn stealth.

Here are some pics of the 2400 as it sits:


Prett simple

out with the old!

So basically what the plan is:

Remove the vertical HDD enclosure and add a 120mm intake fan. The are holes in the front panel that will allow sufficient airflow. Something like a 1800RPM should provide more than enough cooling for everything while being decently quiet.

Here I have removed the enclosure and added the fan. Drilled holes to allow me to screw the fan to the chassis. Everything lined up and the fan is in.





Right now I am transferring files from my smaller HDD to the 1TB F3 so when that gets done I can start transferring the hardware over. About an hour left so I might take a nap in the mean time.

The only challange I see is using the front panel connectors (power button and leds) to the new motherboard. Dell uses a properietary connection but the leads are all the same. I am just going to pop them out and stick em into the correct header. Luckily the USB connection is the same so that should not be an issue.
Edited by sexybastard - 4/3/11 at 11:51pm
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May i suggest cutting out the fan grill seen in the last picture, and replacing it with your own low-profile one? Those hundreds of holes make one hell of a noise when used with a high speed fan.

I've always wanted to do this. Is the dimension ATX?
post #3 of 57
Looks like a 92mm fan would fit a little better.
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Originally Posted by Boyboyd View Post
May i suggest cutting out the fan grill seen in the last picture, and replacing it with your own low-profile one? Those hundreds of holes make one hell of a noise when used with a high speed fan.

I've always wanted to do this. Is the dimension ATX?
Good advice and it was heeded. I cut out the mesh grill to allow less turbulent airflow through.



It's an mATX case and has all the correct stand offs.

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Originally Posted by hermitmaster View Post
Looks like a 92mm fan would fit a little better.
It probably would but I wanted a bit more airflow and less noise up front. I am putting a 92mm on the rear.
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Originally Posted by sexybastard View Post
It's an mATX case and has all the correct stand offs.
You sure you have enough room for a 4870x2 in that box? Maybe it is a bizzarro sized motherboard that is fooling with my sense of size in the original system pic.
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I think ventilation is going to be the Achilles heel of that case.
    
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oman, so into this.... i have a dell like that running in the office as a samba server i have been trying to get an old classic nilla /white case.... that hasn't turned yellow yet
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Hahahahaha Nice!!! I have a really good friend who's dad hated for her to play wow and would not let her buy a gaming computer! We were talking about it and decded to build her beast in an old HP box I had laying around! It was pretty smoking for a WoW pc! She paid $550 for it and it was an AMD x4 640, 4GB of ram and a GTX 460. She had a blast building it with me!

It looked like this
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post #9 of 57
I work with these cases a LOT at work, I think you have a lot of balls to do this with that hardware.

... Also give me that processor I'm collecting 478/775 Pentium 4's...
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post #10 of 57
Pretty nice Idea.

Looks like the 4870x2 will fit fine, there is alot of sideways space in that case. There is not hardrive cages there, like many cases.
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