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First post, by oeuvre

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Acquired a Dell Optiplex G1 recently. This is how it was before the conversion.

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Completely proprietary layout.

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Super dirty too.

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Cleaned it up and guttted it. All the original components are going to a friend who likes older hardware. Pentium II era Slot 1 Celeron 333MHz.

Lots of hammering and grinding involved.

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The rear... not terribly clean but it won't need to be. You'll see later.

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Even kept the original power supply swivel mechanism but had to cut into it a bit.

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Demonstration of the swivel

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And here's the front after the cleanup

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Top looks much better.

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Side

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Rear... this was cut up from an old eMachines Pentium 4 tower that was in crummy condition on the exterior. It was bolted into the original chassis. The hardware is as follows:
Lenovo ThinkCentre M57 motherboard
Antec EA-380 80+ 380W power supply
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 3.16GHz dual core processor
8GB DDR2 RAM (4x2GB)
XFX NVIDIA GeForce 9800GT 512MB PCIe video card
DVDRW drive with white faceplate
3.5" floppy drive
128GB SanDisk X110 SSD
640GB Western Digital 7200RPM HD

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Front view with the cover removed

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Overhead view

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Another overhead view

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The original Optiplex drive cage was interfering with the motherboard. Let's go with the eMachines drive cage.

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Can hold 2 drives in there.

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One of those fancy high end RTX GPUs

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BIOS screen

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System summary

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Windows XP specs

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Programs

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Windows XP desktop

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it works!

HP Z420 Workstation Intel Xeon E5-1620, 32GB, RADEON HD7850 2GB, SSD + HD, XP/7
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Reply 1 of 13, by weldum

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great work, the back looks weird but no one should see it.
btw, why 8gb if you're using standard 32 bit XP? with a machine like that i won't put more than 2 GB

Ohh, the humanity 😢
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Reply 5 of 13, by detritus olentus

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Caluser2000 wrote:

They're still damn ugly oevre 😀

They're probably my favorite case design because of elementary school computer lab nostalgia so I must civilly tell you that you are mistaken

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Reply 9 of 13, by BeginnerGuy

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That case actually does look decent after a nice bath. When I picture them it's always disgusting and stained from sitting in computer labs with big open windows.

Does that dark xp theme you're using come with xp? I can't remember, haven't actually used XP in quite some years already

Sup. I like computers. Are you a computer?

Reply 10 of 13, by oeuvre

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It's this one https://www.istartedsomething.com/20061029/royale-noir/

Yeah they're increasingly difficult to find in great shape. Goes for pretty much any 20+ year old PC... most of the time you will have to put some work into cleaning and restoring it if you want it to look great. I've retrobrighted it again and it looks just as white as my Optiplex GX110 tower so it won't get any better than that.

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Reply 11 of 13, by oeuvre

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Okay - I've put in some more modern parts in it now. Borrowed them from an Optiplex 790.

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Dell Optiplex G1 case (modified)
Antec EA-380 380W 80+ power supply
Dell Optiplex 790 motherboard
Arctic F9 92mm PWM fan
Intel i7 2600 3.4GHz quad core processor
16GB DDR3 RAM (4x4GB)
XFX AMD RADEON HD6850 1GB PCIe video card
DVDRW drive
256GB SSD
640GB 7200RPM HD
Windows XP Professional
Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
USB 3.0 PCIe card
PS/2 ports
Serial port
Ethernet
6xUSB 2.0 ports
2xUSB 3.0 ports
2xDVI
DisplayPort
HDMI
Audio in/out jacks

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Top

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Side

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Other side

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Rear

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Cover removed... had to fabricate a custom front panel power switch holder. Optiplexes tend to have proprietary front panel connectors and buttons so it was just easier to reuse them.

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Top view with cover removed

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Drive cage with SSD + HD

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Bird's eye view, you can see the original front panel header sitting under the drive cage, not being used... but connected since otherwise the machine would complain about missing front panel connectors on every boot.

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Closeup of the XFX video card and USB 3.0 card. Have to add front panel USB ports at some point.

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BIOS screen

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More info

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Windows XP desktop

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Programs + specs

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Windows 7 desktop

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specs

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Cool blue power LED... quite happy with this!

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Reply 12 of 13, by Thermalwrong

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The blue LED actually looks pretty cool on this style of case 😀

Congratulations on the build, it looks like it turned out quite well for such an in-depth modification.