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I rejuvenated an old computer!

NavyGeo

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Hello everyone. I'm a 58 year old retired Navy Chief and a computer guy from way back. Last year I was driving home and spied a huge Kelly Green computer case sitting on the curb. I stopped, rang the bell of the house it was in front of, and obtained the owner's permission to take it home. I got it home and discovered I had a Pentium 4 AlienWare Area 51 computer. I plugged it in, and was welcomed by that good 'ole WinXP desktop...after about 3 minutes! So it sat until a few weeks ago when I had some free time and had collected some pieces.
I removed the electronics and disassembled the case. I sanded down all the plastic cover pieces, then applied a nice coat of primer. Once the primer was dry I put on 3 layers of royal blue; before that could completely dry I sprayed a gloss grey over it. The grey 'peeled', leaving what looks like cracks in old grey skin.

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Then I installed the following:

GigaByte GA-Z87X-OC motherboard.
Intel Core i5 4690 cpu.
CoolerMaster V8 cooler.
12Gb of RipJaw DDR3 10600 ram.
ATI Radeon RX570 video card.
EVGA 750w power supply.
some hard drive.
some DVD player.

I hooked everything up and hit the switches, and got:

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Life!! Then came BIOS, WinX install, and a Speccy check:

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So I like my 'old' crackly-skinned alien hanging out in my room much more than the old green one! I still need to wire up the red LED behind the little black alien head on the top of the front cover but it's been running well for 4 days now. I have thought about experimenting with BitCoin mining using it, so as to isolate my primary computer/network from potential attacks coming from that hobby.

I welcome your comments, critique, and suggestions. I know I could do a bit better with cable management, and I'll try to clean it up. Thanks for checking it out, and I hope to hear from you more experienced 'bashers'!

Rick
 

Chasm

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Great project. Another Predator 1 rescue!
I have an old Predator 1 and have recently rebuilt it. The case that I'd rescued has a dead LED in the front alien head, and I've yet to make it work
 

salansari

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Jeeeez man why would anyone throw anything like that away??? I mean if it was an old gray box fine but its clearly something special.
 

Greeny173

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Glad to see that as one military man to another, great minds think alike. When you saw that sitting on the curb, you realized it was a project looking for a home. I knew when I purchased mine new from Alienware that the "Beast" was something that I would rebuild it many times over the years.
 

NavyGeo

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Glad to see that as one military man to another, great minds think alike. When you saw that sitting on the curb, you realized it was a project looking for a home. I knew when I purchased mine new from Alienware that the "Beast" was something that I would rebuild it many times over the years.
It runs like a beast now...well as beastly as an older i5 is going to be! I have had it 'on' since I made this post back in September with the exception of a few power outages. Neither the hardware nor the software has given me any issue. I've decided to replace the front panel LED with a black-light LED if I can find one. I'll send a photo when I get one in and lit.

I'm a rescuer of old computers. I have one of the last VIA CPU-powered desktops sitting next to the Alien which chugs away merrily running BOINC. I'm trying to get a video card to work in it, but so far haven't had any luck.
 
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