Doh, as I reread the last couple posts, I remembered I forgot to take a pic of that huge copper P4 cooler 🙁. Sorry sgt76 🙁
I will save that one for later, I just finished uploading pics of my 2nd LAN rig 😀
This one is the second LAN rig in a planned series of 3 to be completed, though I already mentioned it was nearing completion in the retrorig topic.
The basic idea for these rigs is to complement the 2 LAN rigs I already have had for a couple years. As I had 2 rigs and 3 people needing a computer, one of them had to always bring his own rig which was, as you can imagine, kinda cumbersome.
This one proved to be quite a pain in the rear end to build. It took me over 10 tries with 3 or 4 different (and failed) slipstreamed XP disks and one dead floppy drive before I finally managed to put a copy of XP SP1 on the SATA disk (gah, gotta love those floppy sata drivers! 😜) but after that, the ride went smoothly. Only gripe is I seem to have accidentally put SP3 RC1 on there instead of the RTM version of the Service Pack or something hehe 😅
This rig is faster then the 1st one, which was more an experiment to see what the FX5900 was up to (my advice:Try to avoid the FX series for any demanding DX9 game like FEAR).
*ASUS K8V X SE s754 with an Athlon 3200+ Venice 2.2Ghz 512KB Cache
*2x512MB DDR-400 DS RAM (Might turn out to be the bottleneck of this rig till I can find a bigger DDR module).
*GF6800 AGP 128MB 256bit with customized cooling solution (I used tie-ribs to mount an 8cm casefan to the bare stock cooler. Temps remain under 65c).
*Loudish Zalman CPU cooler, which I haven't been able to slow down using software. Perhaps the Phoenix BIOS has this option? Not likely, Phoenix BIOS's seem to be as devoid of options as Adam and Eve were devoid of clothes -_-. I might either do some creative cable management or swap the cooler altogether later.
*80GB 2008-vintage SATA harddrive, which feels very responsive for a 80GB drive
*XP Home SP3 (RC1 *cries*)
*A Soundblaster Audigy iirc. First time I ever used one. Got it out of a box of old parts for €2,50
*Brand new AC 12cm case fan
*Brand new FSP 350W PSU with 10A and 15A on the 12v lines
*Some random DVD drive/CD-burner
So far the rig has remained in perfect working order while playing 20 mins of UT3.
So far so good!
Pics are on the way.....
The case looks very similar, but isn't identical to the AOpen H600 beige case I'm using for my other s754 Athlon 3200+ rig. Most noticable differences:
*This case has the cheaper round "feet" while the H600 case has the retractable server-like "feet"
*This case has an opening for cool air in the side
*Instead of 2x8cm, this case has 1x12cm, a better option imo.
As with the H600 case, I had a friend of mine use a jigsaw to really open up the back casefan hole, as it originally had the "lots of tiny holes" which makes for bad ventilation.
After he did all 3 of these cases I have (I got 3 identical cases for very cheap) I found out I didn't have a 12cm fan grill!
In the end I used some more tie-ribs to mount a 9.2cm one 😁
Pics with the side panel removed:
You can see this case ended up involving a LOT of tie-ribs! 😁
But it works! (...so far, keeping fingers crossed 🤣)