I've just started my latest computer modding project, first build log on OCN.
I have decided to start rebuilding this old dell machine that I acquired about three years ago from a friend in very poor condition. It's been sitting ever since, but after seeing the OCN Beigemodders club https://www.overclock.net/t/1497578/ocn-beigemodders-club-from-trash-to-treasure/310#post_23696737
I felt inspired to have some fun and see what I can do with it.
The machine itself is a dell t450 from about 1998 I think (it still had windows 98 and Pentium III processor stickers on the front when I got it!
Most of the stuff inside is missing/broken and is obsolete so I will be getting rid of pretty much everything other than the case of course.
I am aware that these old dells have a very strange form factor so it will take a little metal work to get everything to fit, the motherboard standoffs will have to be grinded down and new ones installed.
Tonight I just decided to paint the side panel black after testing it on a smaller piece of plastic.
I also started attempting to remove any stickers/marks before I begin the rest of the painting, which I had been struggling to do until someone suggested I try some Wd-40, which just happens to work really well at removing sticky marks (even though it is meant to be an oil as far as I know!
My planned mods for it are:
-Extra intake/outake fans to improve airflow.
-Repaint the whole case.
-Add extra hard drive cages.
- bracket for the new PSU to get it to fit.
-Maybe a clear side panel later on!
Should be a bit of fun, though it won't be as high a standard as some of the builds on here as I have fairly limited tools and skills when it comes to painting and metal work. I should be fine with the wiring and all that though!
Here is the starting point anyway!