Reply 80 of 83, by creepingnet
Working on the case fabrication on the GEM 386 with the case open after converting the case to ATX and the board to a INtel D810EPV Socket 370 with a PIII 667MHz. I'd just upgraded to 384MB of RAM and destroyed one of the modules by accidentally dropping a nut and bolt on it while bolting the Gateway ATX Backplane into the full AT case.
I guess you could say that case modification was also a dumb mistake because now that would have been a unicorn among PC cases. It was full AT, looked like a Compaq Deskpro 8086/286/386, but used a standard power supply, and it looked like it was built by the same company given that the drive cage stampings and the way they attached were identical. Have not seen another chassis like that since. Wish I still had it. The keyboard even plugged into the front via a cable that ran to the back of the computer, plugged into a standard AT motherboard, and was hidden by a metal cover held on with 3 screws.
Then I scrapped said modded case when I built an $800 gamer rig in the late 2000's out of peer pressure from non-retro nerds at work who thought it was silly I was running a PIII still, in a full AT 80's chassis nonetheless. I just could not find a motherboard locally that fit and supported a Pentium D CPU.