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  1. Like the purple sky at dusk, before a mid night storm, an ominous sign. Sometimes the end is but another beginning, but the new beginning may be in another world. Sometimes we make a decision that changes everything. And with that, begins the worklog of my final casemod. Why my final? I'm almost 30, I have three children, a long term partner, and a plan. It's time I moved on from certain things, mainly because of budgeting - money and time. Hardware: Corsair 230T Rebel Orange, windowed Gigabyte 970A-D3P Motherboard CPU - meh, whatever I can afford, currently a 555BE Phenom GPU - unknown brand HD5870 Eyefinity6 Edition 2GB Memory: 8GB Corsair Sound: Sound Blaster 24Bit Ethernet: eBay special GbE card CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D15 GPU Cooler: Thermalright Spitfire Fan Controller: NZXT Sentry LX Hard Drives: 2x Hitachi 250gb 2.5", 1x ASUS DVD-RW, and whatever else I find and throw in The case: The window cut: The painting: The test fit: The GPU: The Hardware Layout: Getting closer: More to come, maybe a PSU change, plus final assembly. I plan on finishing this before the end of October.
  2. 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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