The other day there was this thread about ATX case recommendations. There was a recommendation to have a look at the Chenbro SR105 and SR209 series. I wrote a comment, stating that I really like these cases, but find them to be too big for my limited space.
Did that stop me from doing a quick eBay search? No.
Did it stop me from watching a beautiful black SR20969 in excellent condition? No.
Did it stop me from bidding at least 1€? No.
Did I end up winning the auction for exactly 1€? Sure thing.
So yesterday the case arrived at my doorstep. I thought about what kind of system would fit, and today I quickly slammed together a Pentium 4 build in like half an hour.
I am not particularly interested in this platform, but I had all components at hand and it just felt like the right thing to do with this case.
And it really is fun to build with these Chenbro cases. Very roomy and good build quality. Plus, they really look great (which is of course a matter of personal taste).
Here's the configuration I ended up with:
Mainboard: Biostar P4TGE, Socket 478, i845GE chipset
CPU: Pentium 4 Northwood 2,4 GHz / 533 MHz (might be upgraded to 3.06 GHz / 533 MHz if I get lucky on eBay again)
RAM: 1 GB of Kingston HyperX
Graphics Card: ASUS V9950 - GeForce FX 5900 Ultra, 256 MB
Sound Card: Creative SB Audigy
Hard Disk: Some 200GB Western Digital
It happily runs WinXP SP3, which seemed like the natural choice. A quick 3Dmark2001SE bench gave me a score of 12527, which is perfectly acceptable.
The only thing that I downright hate about the build is how freaking noisy it is. The fans on the V9950 are brand new and spin at around 1800 rpm, which I don't consider too fast, but somehow the whole system is far louder than I am willing to accept. I will have to take a closer look at that.