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Remember those early-mid 2000s gaming cases? Here's an Ultra Wizard Sleeper Build

Postby oeuvre » 2019-5-03 @ 21:46

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Nabbed one of these bad boys! No side window here. Pretty cool mid-2000s ATX case.

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Another picture of the box. The most difficult part of this build was honestly removing the "standard" I/O shield it comes with.

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Ultra ULT31584 Wizard Blue ATX case
Corsair CX750M power supply
ASUS Z170 Deluxe motherboard
Intel Core i7 6700K 4GHz quad core processor
Thermaltake Contac Silent 12 heatsink
Scythe 120mm PWM rear fan
Arctic F8 80mm PWM front fan
MSI AMROR Radeon RX580 8GB PCIe video card
32GB DDR4 3200 RAM (2x16GB)
Samsung 970 EVO NVMe 512GB
Seagate 2TB 7200RPM HD
DVDRW drive
2xFront panel USB 3.0 ports

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The USB 2.0 ports are connected but the FireWire isn't

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Optical drive + USB 3.0 ports

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Side panel. Removed the shroud it came with.

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The rear end

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The insides! Mostly black and white theme going on here. No RGB lighting or any of that.

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Another view

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Closer look at the rear fan + heatsink + RAM slots

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Bottom half of case

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BIOS screen

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Windows 10 desktop

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Here it is!

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It's ALIVE!
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Postby chrismeyer6 » 2019-5-03 @ 22:07

Excellent build as usual. I always wanted one of those cases back in the day. I have a bunch of ultra branded things including the Ultra x-connect 500 watt modular power supply currently powering my abit kt7a-raid based Athlon system.
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Postby SpectriaForce » 2019-5-03 @ 22:10

It actually looks like a recent OEM system, it could be a Dell XPS if you wouldn't know it.

The problem with old enclosures like this one is that you can't install a decent size radiator for water cooling.

Other than that pretty cool but you've got to add some LED lighting :blush:

Ohh and it has FIREWIRE :lol:
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Re: Remember those early-mid 2000s gaming cases? Here's an Ultra Wizard Sleeper Build

Postby JonathonWyble » 2019-5-04 @ 00:06

That's a pretty nice build! That rig actually looks a little bit like a fancy Dell Optiplex desktop if you ask me :lol:

P.S. What is a "sleeper"?
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Postby appiah4 » 2019-5-04 @ 05:21

Yet somehow we are supposed to be the ones who find the ugliest cases... :lol:
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Postby Gered » 2019-5-04 @ 12:50

I had one of those cases! The one I had was dark grey and I think was a bit taller (IIRC it had a couple more 5.25" bays).

Can you even really call this a "sleeper" build? :P Maybe I'm just reeeaaally behind the times, but these cases still look modern to me. Oh, I guess it's missing all the RGB lighting garbage. Nothing of value lost there in my opinion. ;)
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Postby oeuvre » 2019-5-04 @ 13:14

A sleeper build is putting modern guts into an older computer or tower... This might be teetering on the line of older towers but I'd say 14+ year old case is there.

Also it was NIB! Which is awesome. I think these look pretty good and I've always liked these cleaner designs as opposed to stuff like this:

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Postby appiah4 » 2019-5-04 @ 13:51

Haha I have one of those on the right but in trans green. Fugly but has a Win2K Pro license so I am compelled to build a system for that OS some day. Probably an AthlonMP or Opteron build if I ever find a board and chips for it..
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Postby JonathonWyble » 2019-5-04 @ 16:44

oeuvre wrote:A sleeper build is putting modern guts into an older computer or tower... This might be teetering on the line of older towers but I'd say 14+ year old case is there.

Haha, that seems like an interesting word to call a vintage/modern custom made computer. At first I thought a sleeper was a desktop that lays down instead of stand up.
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Postby oeuvre » 2019-5-05 @ 02:32

Kinda like sleeper cars, eg. putting a V8 in a Toyota Camry
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Postby krcroft » 2019-5-05 @ 03:36

That's the chieftec dragon series; I'm still rocking mine from the early 2000's. It's such a solid, versatile and workable case with its easy-off sides, the slide in drive bay, and all the slot space.

It's hosted a dual-cpu Applebred Duron setup running Gentoo, then an early Core 2, and is still my daily Linux driver now hosting a skylake 6700k @ 4.9, AC wifi, addon usb 3 & 3.1 cards, and 20TB of storage. I keep it quite between busy on all fronts; although I've unfortunately misplaced the top front door! (looks like a common fate going through google images :-) )

Next hardware swap out is still years away (I'm rooting for AMD to be the winner then), and I can't see myself every /not/ wanting to use this case.
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Postby oeuvre » 2019-5-06 @ 12:55

You got any pics of yours?
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Postby PcBytes » 2019-5-07 @ 18:33

My main PC used to run in a el cheapo "Premier/JNC" case up until a few days ago. i3-3220, 1TB Seagate, silver DVD-RW, GTX750Ti, ASUS H61M-A mobo, 6GB of RAM and a Raidmax RX-500XT PSU. Swapped into a bigger case because of high temps.

I don't think I have too much pictures, gotta look on my phone and dig them up. You can search up the model though - JNC RJA-52.

Or the one time I got a Athlon XP era case (presumably Thermaltake knockoff) and literally swapped in a Thermaltake TR2-420NP, a Core 2 Duo E6750 on an ABIT IP35 Pro mobo, about 4GB of RAM, and a 160GB HDD. That one I could take some pictures tomorrow, it's hasn't seen usage in quite some time.
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Postby mr_bigmouth_502 » 2019-5-09 @ 05:05

I wanna do a sleeper build with an early 2000s Pentium 4 Dell case. My current desktop may just fit inside one, aside from the bigass GTX 1050ti I'm currently rocking. That'll likely take some mods to fit.
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Postby oeuvre » 2019-5-09 @ 13:45

Like one of those DImension 8200 cases? I have no idea if an mATX board would fit in there with the standoffs and whatnot. Then there's the whole pin diagram hell you'd have to deal with... but if you find the pinouts you can get one of these to individually route the power button LED + switch cables to your motherboard header. Also works for USB 2.0 and front panel audio

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Postby appiah4 » 2019-5-09 @ 14:29

oeuvre wrote:A sleeper build is putting modern guts into an older computer or tower... This might be teetering on the line of older towers but I'd say 14+ year old case is there.

Also it was NIB! Which is awesome. I think these look pretty good and I've always liked these cleaner designs as opposed to stuff like this:

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I actually picked up one of those cases a few weeks ago for an AthlonXP-MP/Win2K build.

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LOL

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Postby krcroft » 2019-5-10 @ 03:08

oeuvre wrote:You got any pics of yours?


Absolutely! I don't think it's ever got any attention in the prior ~18 years - but this thing has become a trusted part of my life!

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The blue silicone tubing suspends and vibration-isolates the drives. Drive bays are all populated and its sheer size lets me use all of the motherboard's headers in addition to addon cards (USB 3.1, AC Wifi). In prior years it's been the server-side in a 40 GiB-Ethernet network running Melanox hardware.

oeuvre, it's neat to see yours, which is likely a later model with the very handy front USB ports. The other difference I noticed are the slideable drive bays in mine. The the two 3.5" racks are slot-engaged, and each 5 1/4 bay has a pair of drive-rails, which like little soldiers are clipped into the bottom inside of case (where they collect cat hair :-) ).

Back when I used HDD caddies and optical drives they were quite useful; I see your case still has accommodations for these, as yours has the same "scoop outs" (left and right of each 5 1/4 slot) where you squeeze the rails' clasps to disengage them.
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Postby oeuvre » 2019-5-12 @ 15:10

That's awesome! I think I'll need to do some sort of drive insulation for the vibration. Otherwise it's all set. This one is pretty decent quality... better than many sub-$100 new cases.
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Postby krcroft » 2019-5-13 @ 04:16

Yeah, they were expensive cases when they came out, ranging from 150+ USD for my beige up to the sweet indigo color like yours for 220 (apparently suppliers knew they could ask more?). I bought mine for about 120 USD refurbished from New Egg and thought was a steal!
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Postby oeuvre » 2019-5-13 @ 12:48

Hm, I guess $60 shipped was a good price then
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