Complete, overclocked and entered in Mod Of The Month
June 2014, got 2nd place!
Remaining budget: 3,43€
01 - Cutting the Panels (and myself)
02 - More cutting & test fit
03 - Messing up the front bezel
04 - Fixing things I broke and making the door panel
05 - Making a new power button cable
06 - Borrowing a soldering iron and a quick Change of plan
07 - I made some LED lighting!
08 - Ridiculous luck - the day I found an E8400
09 - Prepping for paint
10 - Package from Hanse12 & testing the E8400
11 - White paint done
12 - Prepping for black paint & 1st coat of black
13 - Door finished and looking good
14 - Paint finished, new CPU arrived
15 - A very busy day, AKA: how to kill your GPU
16 - Back to stock
17 - An offer I couldn't refuse (Richie2010's GPU cooler)
18 - GPU backplate, front mesh & case feet
19 - Front Panel done
20 - Carbon Fiber Vinyl
21 - Nominating myself for MOTM
22 - A package from Richie_2010
23 - Testing the (new) new GPU cooler
24 - Installing Windows (Boring)
25 - Assembly I - PSU
26 - Assembly II - MB
27 - Assembly III - HDD, GPU, LEDs and tidying up
28 - FINAL PICTURES
29 - Overclocking I
30 - Overclocking II
31 - Overclocking III
32 - Gaming Performance - AoE2, CS:GO and BF4
33 - Gaming Performance - Dirt3, Skyrim and Crysis 2
34 - MOTM Results and Thanks
The 20€ LAN PC
I decided to cobble together a second/LAN PC out of all the old parts I had laying around, then, stupidly, I donated most of those parts to my brother so he could build a PC for our parents (damn generosity
I was on ebay the other day bidding for things and being immediately out-bid for about an hour, until I was placing bids on things I didn't really want. I somehow won one of These items. Now I've got a MB, CPU and RAM on the way by post, I thought I'd mod a case together.Here's what I bought on ebay for 14€(+6€ P&P):Asus mATX MoBo
Acer 946GZT-AM mATX MBPentium D @3GHz Core 2 Duo E8400
Core 2 Duo E6400 for 2,51€ (+3,80€ P&P)1GB DDR2 667MHz RAM
2x1GB DDR2 667MHz RAMOther stuff I bought:
Carbon fiber vynil from ebay 52x152cm for 3,75€(+2,50€P&P)And what I've got collecting dust:
Kiss quiet 560W PSU2.5" 80GB HDD Awaiting new HDD from the friend who broke my last one
Turns out my friend didn't break it, it's being used now: 2.5" 80GB 5400RPM HDD
Inno3D 9800GT Green Edition
I'm not looking to run BF4 at 120FPS at 1440p, but rather CS:GO at 720p and AoE2 at 1080p, where anything above 30FPS would be a Bonus!
The only Thing left to get was a case. However I didn't want to waste Money on something that:
a) might not work and
b) might be rubbish even if it does work
Luckly my uni is throwing out a load of electro-junk, under about a ton of it was an old beige case. I grabbed it up and brought it home:
Someone's artwork on the side Panel
And another shot
Better shot of the front, the right side Panel was in suprisingly good shape
It's got a floppy drive and a DVD drive, weather either of them work is unknown for now. All the stuff for the front USB & headphone/mic Jacks is there, again, unknow if it works or not.
The power button, however, is missing its cables
but I think I can just knock up a new one... maybe.
It was full of water and dirt when I got it home and it made a total mess of the floor, but I got it cleaned up and stripped down and it Looks quite respectable now.
Front Panel and left side Panel (notice the artwork is gone)
Some of the more useful bits I stipped out of the case
There was also an 80mm fan and a bunch of screws and MB risers and other Fittings and such which will probably be reused.
OK, now it's mod-o'clock:
The case is far too big. I don't Need any disk drives (just the 2.5"HDD but I can sit that ontop of the PSU) so I'd like to do a cut-and-shut
job on this one, un-riveting the front, cutting the case down to size and then putting the front Panel back on.
Here's some pics to give you the idea:
This is the area I want to remove
Showing off my mad MS Paint SKILZZZ
I also want to flip the MB tray to get the PSU at the bottom. I'll have to wait for the parts to arrive before I can do anything else
The only Thing I really want is this case to remain beige! What do you think? Any ideas for (low-cost) mods? Post a reply!