First post, by xjas
So I've had this cute Shuttle XPC SK41G for a couple years. I was in a local computer shop and the owner had it sitting on a shelf; he offered it to me for $5 when I asked about it, so I wasn't gonna pass that up. (I ended up getting it for $4 as that's all I had in change on me at the time, bonus!)
I originally got it stripped down with no drives or power supply. I had it up and running with a standard ATX PSU hanging out the back like a club tail, so I knew everything worked, but as you can imagine that was ugly & really cumbersome, defeating the portability and tidy form factor of the machine. After trying to luck into the proper-sized PSU locally forever I finally bit the bullet and ordered one - well, three - off Ebay. Finally, time to get this ball rolling.
^^ this is about as 'un-built' as it's going to get.
Now I have a specific use in mind for it, which I'll get to later on, but it also represents something I didn't have 'active' in my setup yet - an AMD system! Yeah, despite me being a hardcore AMD guy back in the day, just about everything I have in regular use now is running Intel (or IBM for that matter. And one Thinkpad with a Cyrix. And a couple VIA C3s. But never mind those.)
So this will fill the gap nicely, an Athlon XP 1700+ (1466MHz @ 11x133) with VIA KM266/8235 on a custom-designed Shuttle FX41 mainboard. The form factor is 'FlexATX' which is a standard, albeit a little-used one. I dug around and found a Maxtor 80GB HDD which is all I need in it, and a single stick of Hynix DDR400 (@266) will provide 512MB of RAM. (I had 1GB in it but I took a stick out, see below.)