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Fileserver / "majat" machine gets a new lease of life!

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I think everyone either has, or has had a older machine in their house that gets relegated to file server / everyone-can-abuse status. About a year ago I needed a pc or two extra and a mate from a telecom company phoned me. They're tossing a bunch of old P4 3ghz machines, and I can have one or two if I can find a working one. It was literally a case of 'dumpster diving' but I built up one with about 1.5gb of RAM, and a old GF MX5200 gfx card etc, running on Server 2008 R2.

Upgraded the old drive to a 500gb, then over time, I added another 2 x 250gb's I had, and then another 2 x 1tb drives. It's the storage machine. The main pc's read their movies etc off it, the media player downstairs reads from it, it does DNS for the home network, and downloads the big files overnight. Problem is, it was getting tired. Fans were getting noisy, it was covered in dust etc. It needed some love. The past two weekend we gave it the love. Something to take in mind when reading this is that I had to get this machine stripped and rebuilt in 48hrs else wife would have divorced me since there's "no movies to watch on that storage machine thing of yours" and that apart from some bad attempt 10 years ago, this was my first 'proper' case-mod attempt.

**Disclaimer: Photos are terrible due to Blackberry Curve's camera

The poor thing all dusty and in dire need of some love:


Inside it was a clutter of dust, wires, more dust and drives:


First job was to rip everything out of the case:


Once everything was ripped out, I had to remove the rivets with a drill:


Once it was all clear, I took it outside for a proper clean. Notice that white sticker at the bottom. That took me 30mins to get off...


I liked the side panels and the mechanism that it comes with so decided to keep it, but it did need to be sanded and painted as well:


Skip pictures of the boring sanding bit. Here is the side panel with the first coat of 'Primer'.


I used Rustoleum paints throughout the build.


The main chassis painted with the first layer of primer.


Meanwhile, the girl, with infinitely more patience than me was taping up the LED's and stuff.


Front panel receiving it's first coats of paint.


..and once dry, it's being painted the colour I wanted, including painting some of the fans (just to see if I could!)


Some stuff that needs to go in to the case. The cheap sleeving kits are to be avoided!!


I failed to sleeve more than two cables before deciding that the cheap kit was awefull!


The CPU and heatsink etc needed a proper clean.


Everything being assembled once the paint dried enough to work with.


CoolerMaster 4-3 Bay going in to the front with 4 of the drives.


Now it's starting to look like a PC again.


I had this Zalman fan and cover spare from an idea I previously had. You know where this is going right?


Side panel all done!


Some minor cable management being done. Looking semi-decent already.


At this point I could plug the machine up and it ran fine, if a bit hot on the cpu (more on that later). The top panel needed some work done though.

I found another side panel which had a 'grid' I wanted, so lacking a Dremel, we just used a grinder to cut it out. That's my dad enjoying making sparks fly!


Marking where I want the grill to fit.


...and here we go cutting again!


Cleaning up the edges after cutting:


Clamping the grill in place for fitting:


Some rivets and it's fitted!


Back to 150, then 600, then 1000 water paper and lots of sanding.


Primer and black paint on the grill done. I forgot to take pictures of the rest of the painting!


Top panel done, ready for fitting:


Ok, it works!


Using the rivet tool to mount it back in place properly.


All done! Looks like factory!
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The old P4 3Ghz was running hot all week, so I suspect I might have messed up something when I cleaned off the dust. The original paste was no longer useful.


Phoned around, but it was a public holiday and no pc stores open and none of my mates had spare paste. One did give me an idea, so we tried it. High-temp Copper Compound!


Copper compound works fine, running the machine at 42'c. I've since managed to get some CoolerMaster paste, so need to apply it.

Finished and done!


My first mod, done under some time pressure, but a valuable learning experience!
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nice mod!
sorry if i say, but i'll show this to my grandpa, i mean, he didnt like mod things cuz he says, he's old for this kind of stuff
this its a prove it isnt!
thanks for inspiration
i'll post pics of my mod in a while
im working under time preasure also
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nice mod!
sorry if i say, but i'll show this to my grandpa, i mean, he didnt like mod things cuz he says, he's old for this kind of stuff
this its a prove it isnt!
thanks for inspiration
i'll post pics of my mod in a while
im working under time pressure also
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Sweet
 
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nice job. the paint came out very clean!
post #7 of 7
Great job.

Using Redbull as paint stripper?
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