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IBM NetVista / Lenovo ThinkCentre sleeper build

Postby oeuvre » 2018-4-04 @ 19:34

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Acquired a Lenovo ThinkCentre M72e and an IBM NetVista 6578 with a faulty motherboard.

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Gutted most of the M72e

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This is the final result!

Specs: IBM NetVista A40 6578-TAU case
Arctic F8 Pro PWM 80mm fan
80mm fan installed in front (pulled from M72e)
SeaSonic SS-350SFE 350W SFX power supply
Lenovo ThinkCentre M72e motherboard
Intel Core i5 3470 3.2GHz quad core processor
8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 RAM
DVD/RW drive
128GB Samsung SSD
500GB 7200RPM Western Digital hard drive
1GB AMD RADEON HD6570 PCIe video card
USB 3.0 PCIe card
Windows 7 64 bit

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Spraypainted the metal part of the case. Closest color I could find. Hides the scratches well.

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Case is really easy to open. Push 2 buttons on each side and lift it upwards.

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The rear. I/O shield is kinda just stuck on there. Plugged in cables keep it in place. Those are the original NetVista PCI slot brackets.

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Front has USB 2.0 ports on the bottom right corner.

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Cover removed.

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The guts

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Another view

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Messy cables galore. Might end up using zipties to settle those down.

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The drives can be flipped easily.

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Samsung SSD

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Front panel pins needed some rearranging and trial + error.

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Closeup of the power supply label.

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IBM Model M made by Lexmark 42H1292

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Corsair Harpoon RGB mouse

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Here it is in action, stacked on top of a complete working original NetVista with a Pentium III 1GHz processor.

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Customized BIOS logo

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The desktop

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System info

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The desk, complete with old Altec Lansing ACS 5 computer speakers.

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NetVista 4:3 wallpaper

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NetVista 16:9 wallpaper

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Black NetVista 4:3 wallpaper

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Black NetVista 16:9 wallpaper

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NetVista icon

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NetVista icon with IBM logo

This was a lot of fun to make! There's a cooler sleeper with NetVista here. He inspired me to do this one. https://imgur.com/gallery/8HsYp
IBM Aptiva 2176-C73 Pentium 200, 64MB, Matrox Millennium II, IBM HD, AWE64, DOS/95
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Re: IBM NetVista / Lenovo ThinkCentre sleeper build

Postby chinny22 » 2018-4-05 @ 14:42

IBM have pretty good upgrade path! Usually its just CPU's not whole socket upgrade ;)
Kinda cool having matching Retro and daily PC's and as highlighted in your pic, desktops stack nicely to save space, especially if its the same case.
I am actually surprised how well everything fits
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Re: IBM NetVista / Lenovo ThinkCentre sleeper build

Postby oeuvre » 2018-4-05 @ 22:08

Thanks! They're also built very well and are very sturdy.
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Re: IBM NetVista / Lenovo ThinkCentre sleeper build

Postby KCompRoom2000 » 2018-4-06 @ 06:54

You, sir, have done it again. This is exactly the kind of build I would do if I wanted a modern system in a 90s style SFF desktop case. You've earned my seal of approval! :cool:
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Re: IBM NetVista / Lenovo ThinkCentre sleeper build

Postby oeuvre » 2018-4-07 @ 13:07

Aww ye, thanks!

Now in terms of PC projects not sure what to do next. Maybe call it a rest for a while.
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Re: IBM NetVista / Lenovo ThinkCentre sleeper build

Postby Woolie Wool » 2018-4-11 @ 13:47

I assume the original drive was unusable because the Lenovo motherboard has no floppy controller? In that case, I'd add an LS-120 drive to fill the floppy hole.
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Re: IBM NetVista / Lenovo ThinkCentre sleeper build

Postby oeuvre » 2018-4-11 @ 14:55

The SSD is where the floppy drive would be. No floppy controller since it is Ivy Bridge.
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Re: IBM NetVista / Lenovo ThinkCentre sleeper build

Postby 386_junkie » 2018-4-16 @ 11:23

That's quite an upgrade!... Now a retro i5!... great to see, and amazing that it all fit's together so well.
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Re: IBM NetVista / Lenovo ThinkCentre sleeper build

Postby oeuvre » 2018-4-16 @ 13:23

Thanks! Quite a lot of fun to put together.
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