IBM APTIVA 2144-M63 BUILD - BIG UPGRADES

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Re: IBM APTIVA 2144-M63 BUILD - BIG UPGRADES

Postby buckeye » 2018-7-09 @ 14:34

KSHIRZA1 wrote:Picked up a Dell Ultrascan P780 in great condition. Not looking to replace my IBM monitor, but its nice to have the option. Plugged her in and the image looks great; running at 1024x768 @ 85Hz.

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Nice! Hope that was a local pickup, shipping would be a killer.
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Re: IBM APTIVA 2144-M63 BUILD - BIG UPGRADES

Postby Keith1212 » 2018-7-13 @ 03:36

Love the new monitor!
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Re: IBM APTIVA 2144-M63 BUILD - BIG UPGRADES

Postby KSHIRZA1 » 2018-10-08 @ 04:54

Got a new toy for my main rig. My RTX 2080 Ti came in on 10-5-18. Did a little bypass and ran the card on air for a day. After installed EK Vector block and backplate for plumbing.

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Re: IBM APTIVA 2144-M63 BUILD - BIG UPGRADES

Postby KCompRoom2000 » 2018-10-08 @ 20:40

So... you've managed to put an RTX 2080 Ti into your IBM Aptiva 2144-M63? Cool. :cool:

(Yes, this is sarcasm, I know he actually has it in his main rig. I'm not THAT stupid!)
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Re: IBM APTIVA 2144-M63 BUILD - BIG UPGRADES

Postby oeuvre » 2018-10-09 @ 15:07

*gets ideas*
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Re: IBM APTIVA 2144-M63 BUILD - BIG UPGRADES

Postby KSHIRZA1 » 2018-10-14 @ 07:21

KCompRoom2000 wrote:So... you've managed to put an RTX 2080 Ti into your IBM Aptiva 2144-M63? Cool. :cool:


lol... this ladies and gentleman is the sleeper Aptiva water cooled windows 98 se machine

RTX 2080 Ti installed in the custom Aptiva chassis... EK velocity CPU block installed for good measure given the limited space

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All buttoned up ready go...

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Windows 98 SE successfully installed with modern hardware drivers!

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Re: IBM APTIVA 2144-M63 BUILD - BIG UPGRADES

Postby KSHIRZA1 » 2018-10-20 @ 07:28

All done and buttoned up on my main rig... I changed my CPU water block to the new ek velocity because i discovered some corrosion on the copper and water slightly leaking out. Not bad to match the water blocks either.

Current setup - RTX 2080 Ti ek vector + ek velocity

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Previous setup - GTX 1080 Ti ek block + ek supremacy mx

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Re: IBM APTIVA 2144-M63 BUILD - BIG UPGRADES

Postby Keith1212 » 2018-12-26 @ 06:56

Your main rig is looking sick, but I still like the Aptiva! I ended up taking my voodoo2 out of my Aptiva and stuck in my voodoo1 recently.
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Re: IBM APTIVA 2144-M63 BUILD - BIG UPGRADES

Postby red_avatar » 2018-12-26 @ 21:10

Great pictures!

My Aptiva was one of the first - built in 1994 so Windows 3.1 and DOS. They're such solid machines - never had anything wrong with it. They got mediocre reviews at the time because they were rather expensive but they were very much aimed at people who were taking their first steps in the world of PCs - the Multimedia software and the menu made it all a lot easier. For games, it was tricky since the default settings in config.sys and autoexec.bat were unsuitable for a lot of games but a bootdisk sure fixed this problem easily.
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