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  1. Hello Zoo Folks ;) So, this is an upgrade to my old Alienware Area 51. It has a metallic purple shell and originally came with blue AlienIce (lighted fan ports zomg... ;)) I got it around end of 2003 or beginning of 2004, and its the only high-end PC I have ever bought new. It really took a beating as my primary machine for several years until eventually my work PC, a laptop at the time, eclipsed its performance and it became the kid's Gaming/Interweb Viewing/Sticker Storage Device. Original Specs: Plasma Purple Keyboard/Mouse/Case - The keyboard and mouse were worn down to nubs from 3 years of rading on WoW.... /shame :P ^ stock photo - Intel Pentium 4 3ghz CPU & P875 Chipset - 1gb 400mhz Corsair Dual Channel RAM - BFG 256mb Nvidia 6800 Ultra ^ stock photo - 2x 160gb Seagate Barracuda HDD in Raid 0 - SoundBlaster Audigy z2s sound card - Klipsch GMX 2.1 Speakers (I have 2 sets of these now and still going strong!) Anyway... 2 summers ago I gutted it primarily and built it up with all new brains and fans and such... (specs to come) And by fans I mean 6 x 80mm screamers plus the fan on the stock AMD cooler... It worked great mostly, but, this thing sounded like it was going to take off and take the desk with it pretty much 24/7! Even with the case fans slowed down. So, flash to the present. I have just started to actually attempt some down and dirty modding, the power supply made melted marshmellows out of some wire casing, due to fan failure... So I thought I would use the old Alienware's temporary death as an opportunity to learn... and post my first "mod" log :D The plan: 0. Clean it the hell out... it was pretty dirty... 1. Cut out the little fan mounts and create mounts for respectable fans. 2. Lose the stock cooler... upgrade to something good... 3. Mount the ccfls/inverter that had been sitting on the floor of the case, somewhere... 4. Mount some big fans... (Rawr) 5. Actually try to manage the wires (/sigh) 6. Replace power supply (with a working one + fan and no marshmallows) 7. Add an SSD HDD (less complaints about how slow the computer is from said kids) 8. Take some pictures of it... ( :)) I will update this quickly but for now here is the bad teaser pic...
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