- Aug 24, 2012
Case arrived at my door yesterday.
It's in pretty decent shape for being 25 years old (manufactured in 1991 according to the stamp on the inside). Hit has a few scratches but nothing horrible. Some rust on the inside that will need to be removed and painted to prevent it from recurring.
According to my own rough measurments, there is definitely plenty of room to mount the Power supply, motherboard, video card, and extra PCI(e) slot, and 2x 80mm fans, and 1x 120mm fan in the rear. Going to bring it to work tomorrow and take measurements so that I'll have specific dimensions so I can design mod along the parts that I'll need to make everything work
I'll also have to remove some of the motherboard posts which appear to be spotwelded in so they'll have to be drilled or cut out from underneath. What I'll probably end up doing is purchasing a rear I/O plate from mountain mods and have a new motherboard plate and rear plate punched out by a turret press.
A re painting may or may not be in order. The scratches aren't horrible by any means but it would be nice to cover them up. That and the plans for the 5.25" bay could raise an issue depending on what ends up going there. As it's pretty much impossible to match color on plastic I would have to find something close to the original color (which appears to be a lighter shade of teal) and use that.
Upon actually having this in my possession I am pretty sure that the port holes on the lower right of the case (not shown in pics) are big enough to hold all of the front USB ports and audio that anyone would ever need.
The floppy drive buttons could be converted into power and reset buttons pretty easily. and I can probably gut the internals and put card readers on the inside.
As for the 5.25" bay, I could purchase this non working 5.25" floppy can keep the look completely original in the front. It would serve no function but I could mount a SSD or two on the inside.
Or I could get this 5.25" swappable bay and mount a SSD inside. It wouldn't be completely original, but hot swappable drives is a pretty nifty feature and it would still look retro. Not to mention that it's cheaper and it serves a purpose. However this would make repainting necessary.
Another option is possibly making a custom 5.25" face plate and make a retro fan controller using a dial and a 7 segment LED display like this (link).
Personally leaning toward one of the two former options, however I need to make a decision rather soon considering the floppy drive auction ends in several days.
FWIW: This build will not have an internal optical drive.
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