Gentlemen, we can rebuild it. We have the technology. We have the capability to build the world's first Dell that does not suck...
Ok so it was funnier before I typed it. Anyhow, the original board suffered from some bulging caps, a 1.6Ghz core-duo and 2Gb of ddr2, not really 1080p worthy (might make some nice paperweights)... Some FM2 goodness should be able to make it my new HTPC.
Task #1 - cut the ATX rear panel to standard. Rotozip and sharpie lines were a great enabler. Task #2 - make the front panel header standard, an old ATX case w/ U-lid was nice enough to donate the header connectors. Safety pin was used to remove the header from the crimp connectors and transplant.
notes: The Patriot Sector5 is rated for 1.65v@1600Mhz but underclock very nicely, 1.5v@1333 is stable and tested for 24h in both memtest & prime95. If you notice, the rear fan is forced @ 5v via the floppy power connector for some nice quiet ventilation, can hardly hear this thing when its running. You can see the original Delta OEM power supply, probably good enough but just had to try out the Seasonic SS in an HTPC build, an excellent choice so far.
|CPU||AMD A4-5300 3.4GHz Dual-Core||$50.00||(Purchased)|
|Motherboard||MSI FM2-A55M-E33 Micro ATX FM2||$47.00||(Purchased)|
|Memory||Patriot Viper II Sector 5 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600||$25.00||(Purchased)|
|Power Supply||SeaSonic 300W ATX12V||$41.00||(Purchased)|
|Optical Drive||Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer||$16.00||(Purchased)|
|Custom||WD Caviar 120Gb SATA1|
|Dell Inspiron 530 mATX case|
|CPU Clock Rate||3.4GHz|
|CPU Temperature While Idle||-|
|CPU Temperature Under Load||-|