Helpful info, mid-year sound cards are on the capacitor plague spectrum. I should probably replace a *lot* of caps.
Been working on my file servers, which are this side of retro, though I just through of using a retro-ish slim case for the smaller one. The larger one will be between 20-24 drives, if I can mount them all in a Corsair tower. Only about 10-12 will be 3.5 drives, the rest 2.5s, so that's easier to mount. Printing mounting rails for a couple of drives as I have only 4 of the 6 built-in slots in the case. Sucker's gonna be heavy when done. The smaller one will be a VM/Docker container server for retro and vintage emulators. Hoping to have an RDP-enabled set of emulators for as many systems as I can available over the network (to bring us back to retro activity). Acorns and Apples to Tandy and Zenith, I hope.
Trying to psych myself up into "get rid of as much as possible" mode. I won't get down to 2-3 systems like some people do, but I am overloaded. I really wish they still had regular computer shows here, I could get a table and at least make a little more than the table fee. I really need to ramp up eBay but I hate their newer listing software. Way more work than it needs to be for a lot of $10 items. They really have shifted all their efforts to big sellers, trying to become Amazon.
Most of the stuff is cataloged now, I was kind of paralyzed trying to decide what would stay before that. Organization will set you free! Thanks to everyone who has been discussing builds for years here, helping me choose what will go in which system.
I mentioned older mobos in newer systems, I put a PCChips Athlon 1400 into a Dell Optiplex 3010 - I finally got the pinouts for the front panel connectors, though all the documentation is for re-using the mobo and not the case, you could puzzle it out. Unfortunately now I need to try to find a PCI USB card with standard Intel front USB ports for when I rewire the connector in the case. I like the early 201x Dell cases, should respond well to a little paint, new logos and stickers, and maybe color-coded LED fans behind the front grill. I was thinking white and grey fronts instead of black and grey stock, though we'll see if the first one I paint is a disaster. 😀 Only good for baby AT/microATX, of course, being "mini towers".
I worked on a design for a modular 5.25 drive bay adapter for floppies or card readers or whatever (though if I can find one cheap enough I'd go with that rather than spend a day printing something), and I already have an idea to convert the CPU fan to an 80-120mm fan (120 would have a large offset because of the PSU). The cables on this PSU were assembled by a blind man, though, lots of places where things going one place go around other things going other places, makes it tighter than it needs to be around the CPU.