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Do not fear, the original guts (except zip drive) have all been sent to a friend who is using it for retro gaming.

Dell Dimension XPS T500 case
400W FSP Group 80+ power supply
Dell Optiplex 390 motherboard + cooler
Intel Core i5 2500 3.3GHz quad core processor
6GB DDR3 RAM (from spares)
AMD FirePro V3900 1GB PCIe video card
TEAC DV-W524GSB DVDRW drive
Iomega Zip 250 (not connected, probably will replace with a 3.5" USB front panel)
3.5" floppy drive (not connected)
640GB 7200RPM Western Digital HD
180GB Intel 520 SSD
Windows XP Professional
USB 3.0 PCIe card
Altec Lansing ACS495 2.1 speakers
HP Compaq LA2405wg 1920x1200 24" display
Logitech G500s mouse
IBM Model M 1391401 keyboard

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Side panel. This baby has been retrobrighted.

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The rear... Opening is too narrow to fit the motherboard's I/O shield.

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Drive bays galore! Stuck a 92mm fan in the primary HD bay since the machine would complain about no HD fan on startup.

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Closer view of the messy cables. Not much cable management involved, unless stuffing wires into the drive bays counts.

Front panel was a bit annoying to get to work... it has *2* sets of front panels. One for the proprietary 5 pin Optiplex power button... had to use a jumper to short 2 pins. The other one, well I just used some Arduino male to female wires and routed them to the correct pins.

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Closer look at the video card

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It works!

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Greeted by this every bootup... I resolved the fan failure one but the other one is something I'll have to live with.

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BIOS screen

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XP desktop

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Programs!

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It's ALIVE!

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All set! https://imgur.com/a/sABwizA

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Reply 2 of 6, by oeuvre

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The downside is the front panel header is proprietary and it bitches about a front panel I/O failure on bootup. I was able to wire the important things like power/reset/LEDs correctly so those work fine but the other ones involve some sorcery and can't find the pinouts for them. Just a minor issue I'll have to press F1 every time it boots.

Also I put 7-64 on the SSD and dual boot XP with it.

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Reply 5 of 6, by chinny22

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Can you take the front panel and connect it up the the pins and just leave the panel inside the case just to shut it up?

I like it though, gives a different meaning to a sleeper build

Reply 6 of 6, by oeuvre

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Update on the XPS T500... upgraded gfx, more RAM, now has 7 as well... added USB 3.0 front panel but the spray paint is a little too white (Rustoleum appliance white)

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Dell Dimension XPS T500 case
400W FSP Group 80+ power supply
Dell Optiplex 390 motherboard + cooler
Intel Core i5 2500 3.3GHz quad core processor
8GB DDR3 RAM
AMD RADEON HD7770 1GB PCIe video card
TEAC DV-W524GSB DVDRW drive
3.5" USB 3.0 front panel
3.5" floppy drive (not connected)
640GB 7200RPM Western Digital HD
180GB Intel 520 SSD
Windows XP Professional
Windows 7 Professional
USB 3.0 PCIe card
Dell PS/2 + serial port add-in card
HP Compaq LA2405wg 1920x1200 24" display
Altec Lansing ACS495 2.1 speakers
Logitech G500s mouse
IBM Model M 1391401 keyboard

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side

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rear

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inside

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Not very tidy + front panel shenanigans

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Drive bays!

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BIOS screen

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BIOS screen 2

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Windows XP desktop

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Programs + games

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Windows 7 desktop

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Speccy

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Welcome

HP Z420 Workstation Intel Xeon E5-1620, 32GB, RADEON HD7850 2GB, SSD + HD, XP/7
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