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First post, by Bruno128

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Transparent WinXP SP1 build with CCFL lights in style of year 2003 running DirectX 7-8 titles. Targeted games: 1999 – 2003.

Highlight parts:

  • AMD Athlon XP 3000+ with Thermaltake BigTyp 120
  • ABit NF7-S V2.0 with Thermalright SLI-IFX chipset cooler
  • Dual-channel 1GB OCZ Performance DDR PC3500
  • Asus V9950/128 (GeForce FX5900) with Zalman VF900
  • TerraTec SiXPack 5.1+ as DAC for Tos-Link passthrough from Nvidia SoundStorm primary output
  • Sunbeam Acrylic Case
  • Amarina CCFL 80mm

Misc parts:

  • HP DVD Writer 400i
  • Alps DF354H FDD
  • Realtek 3.5 bay card reader
  • Corsair SF450 Gold with ATX bracket
  • Crucial BX500
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Reply 1 of 15, by H3nrik V!

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Absolutely love that case!

Please use the "quote" option if asking questions to what I write - it will really up the chances of me noticing 😀

Reply 6 of 15, by Bruno128

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xelizor wrote on 2024-01-22, 12:15:

One question, why woukd you need a secondary sound cad if your motherboard already has spdif out? 🤔

I want to enjoy NVIDIA SoundStorm Dolby audio in my headphones but I also want to avoid onboard Realtek codec analog circuitry as well as bulky external audio hardware. Terratec SiXPack 5.1+ (CS4297A) acts as a software DAC: it receives digital signal via TOS-Link looped back from the motherboard and outputs it to 3.5 headphones. This works automatically on startup and there is no playback latency.

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Thanks for the nice reactions everyone!

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Reply 7 of 15, by Shadzilla

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Very very cool build!

Are the fans still available to buy anywhere? I tried to get a blue cold cathode for a build recently but I was sad to find they basically don't exist anymore, all replaced by LED (which to be fair is much easier, safer, and cheaper anyway).

Reply 8 of 15, by psychofox

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Cool project! The case looks visually identical to mine, https://www.extremeoverclocking.com/reviews/c … lic_Case_1.html
These fans are the coolest, to bad they are out of production, only led stuff available for now.

Reply 9 of 15, by xelizor

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Bruno128 wrote on 2024-01-22, 14:09:
I want to enjoy NVIDIA SoundStorm Dolby audio in my headphones but I also want to avoid onboard Realtek codec analog circuitry a […]
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xelizor wrote on 2024-01-22, 12:15:

One question, why woukd you need a secondary sound cad if your motherboard already has spdif out? 🤔

I want to enjoy NVIDIA SoundStorm Dolby audio in my headphones but I also want to avoid onboard Realtek codec analog circuitry as well as bulky external audio hardware. Terratec SiXPack 5.1+ (CS4297A) acts as a software DAC: it receives digital signal via TOS-Link looped back from the motherboard and outputs it to 3.5 headphones. This works automatically on startup and there is no playback latency.
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Thanks for the nice reactions everyone!

Oh now I get it, thanks for the clarification!

Cheers

Reply 10 of 15, by H3nrik V!

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Bruno128 wrote on 2024-01-13, 19:30:

[*]ABit NF7-S V2.0 with Thermalright SLI-IFX chipset cooler

Is that the heatpipes standing right above the GPU?

Please use the "quote" option if asking questions to what I write - it will really up the chances of me noticing 😀

Reply 12 of 15, by Bruno128

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psychofox wrote on 2024-01-22, 16:45:

Xoxide

Probably sold under different names in different countries.
I made a PDF from assembly manual that came with it:

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Sunbeam Acrylic case P/N list
  • 4x 3015-AC-01. Base feet
  • 4x 3010-AC-03. Long cover plate
  • 4x 3010-AC-04. Small cover plate
  • 8x 3014-AC-01. Corner blocks
  • 2x 3013-AC-07. Interior
  • 1x 3013-AC-03. Top
  • 1x 3013-AC-04. Bottom
  • 1x 3013-AC-05. Right panel
  • 1x 3013-AC-06. Left panel
  • 1x 3013-AC-02. Back
  • 1x 3013-AC-01. Front
  • 2x 7017-AC-01. Cotton gloves
  • 24x 5003-AC-02. 5.0mm panel screws
  • 2x 5003-AC-04. Speaker assembly
  • 1x 2013-AC-01. Speaker assembly
  • 1x 5038-AC-01. I/O shield plate
  • 1x 7019-AC-01. Aluminum backplate
  • 11x 5002-AC-18. Backplate screws
  • 7x 7018-AC-01. PCI slot plates
  • 7x 5002-AC-16. PCI mount screws
  • 2x 5005-AC-04. Switch PCB standoffs
  • 2x 5003-AC-15. Switch and LED assembly
  • 1x 2003-AC-05. Switch and LED assembly
  • 8x 5003-AC-01. 8.0mm panel screws no.2
  • 9x 5005-AC-03. MB standoffs coarse threaded
  • 9x 5002-AC-17. MB mount screws
  • 12x 5003-AC-03. Face plate pins
  • 4x 5002-AC-12. Long PSU mount screws
  • 8x 5002-AC-13. Long fan screws
  • 12x 5002-AC-14. Short fan screws
  • 20x 5005-AC-01. HDD standoffs coarse threaded
  • 8x 5005-AC-02. Floppy drive standoffs fine threaded
  • 44x 5002-AC-11. Drive mount screws

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Reply 13 of 15, by Bruno128

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H3nrik V! wrote on 2024-01-23, 20:48:

Is that the heatpipes standing right above the GPU?

Yes. It clears between video card and CPU cooler thanks to heatpipes L-shape.

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Reply 14 of 15, by matze79

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Must be hell to keep this clean, if frequently used!

Looks nice!

https://www.retrokits.de - blog, retro projects, hdd clicker, diy soundcards etc
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Reply 15 of 15, by Bruno128

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nd22 wrote on 2024-01-25, 10:26:

Nice build, always a pleasure to see an Abit board put to work! I understand from the screen shots that you have an Athlon XP 3000 FSB 400 CPU?

Thanks, yes it's AXDA3000DKV4E part.

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