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My 1995 IBM Aptiva has gone from a 66mhz 486dx2 slug, to a 4.3ghz i7 6700k beast with a 3.5" Floppy SD card reader. SUPER PROUD of this build.

by gilmour509

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105 Comments

Details

Date Published

Feb. 23, 2016

Date Built

Feb. 18, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4.3GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

28.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

62.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.05GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

6.0GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

40.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

80.0° C

Description

Full build album here with animated gifs demonstrating the SD floppy drive reader : http://imgur.com/a/fvh1M All the hardware worked well, but putting it into a 22 year old case required some cutting, welding, grinding, drilling, thread tapping, and lots of metal filing/deburring. Well worth it.

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Eltech 12 Builds 30 points 11 months ago

This IBM is the "Master of Disguises!"

Great modifications, professionally clean and great parts. Looks can be deceiving when someone walks in.

Friend: "What the heck, seriously? You still use an IBM...? You know how old that is, right?"

You: * smirks *

Friend: "What? Are you on drugs or something?"

You: "No."

Friend: "Then why do you have this ancient computer on your desk?"

You: "Because it can game the latest 2016 games and it renders like a bad***."

Friend: "OK... You must be taking drugs."

You: * smirks *

Faizan 7 points 11 months ago

Brilliant.

ajpinton 11 Builds 6 points 11 months ago

This is more then turtle enough for the turtle club. The question is the turtle club turtle enough for this PC?

gilmour509 submitter 1 Build 4 points 11 months ago

lol, thanks for the good words!

Eltech 12 Builds 2 points 10 months ago
You are most welcome. You have incredible build, love it.
blockbuster4664 1 Build 2 points 10 days ago

You: * turns on PC, it boots up in 5 seconds to a Windows 10 home screen*

Friend: "did u hack this turtle or something?"

You: turn off PC, pop open side cover

Friend mouth drops open "how did u get all that in there??"

Phillip.Phillip 10 points 11 months ago

WHY is this not also featured? This is amazing. How did you so smoothly add a 120mm fan exhaust at the back? It looks like the case was manufactured that way!

Eltech 12 Builds 6 points 11 months ago

It will be featured. ;)

gilmour509 submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

I used a 4 1/2" hole saw. Full build album is here if you'd like to see more: http://imgur.com/a/fvh1M

Radox-0 2 Builds 8 points 11 months ago

This is what you call a sleeper pc........

+1

ajpinton 11 Builds 4 points 11 months ago

This is beyond sleeper, need to come up with a word for this.

TechyinAZ 13 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

The sleeper sleeper? :P

captainultima 3 points 8 months ago

The Snake in the Grass

ElJuego1977 6 Builds 7 points 11 months ago

You need to call IBM tech support and make them help you "diagnosis a problem" and blow their minds!

Skyord2104 1 point 3 months ago

I would love to see how that turns out

X47man 1 Build 6 points 11 months ago

Well no matter where you live no one will steal that computer. Unless they've been to this website. Nice job. You DESERVE to be featured.

gilmour509 submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Lol truth! Thanks!

nuked24 2 Builds 4 points 11 months ago

Hoooooooooly crap.

I've worked with metal for years and I don't have this level of fabrication skill. This is honestly one of the most amazing things I've seen on this site, ever.

gilmour509 submitter 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

Thanks! Even I was surprised how nice it came out

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Volkov 3 points 11 months ago

Great concept. Even better execution. The metal fab is unreal. Well done.

Mason54 11 Builds 3 points 11 months ago

This is easily my new favorite build on all of PCPP for the pure nostalgia

killahkidd247 2 points 11 months ago

freaking awesome build :D

TeyKey1 2 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

super cool! :)

Robotfood 2 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

That is amazing. I honestly can't think of anything else to add right now.

will_rippey 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

This. This is awesome.

Beorn1 2 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

This is glorious.

shmattymcfatty 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

Wow killer build and what craftsmanship you Sir deserve to be featured! +1

teedle 2 points 11 months ago

I love this, like a lot. If I had any talent at metal I would prolly copy this ;)

SpecificAlduin 2 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

Badass! Definitely want this for featured.

RED_TITAN 2 points 11 months ago

Amazing build and I admire your Non budget idea. How long did it take you to complete this build?

gilmour509 submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Thanks, about 2 weeks if I consistently worked on it after work everyday for an hour or two. I did it over the span of a month, working on it on and off.

Weyland_Utani 2 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

I have no words. Just WoW! +1

SushiFox 2 points 11 months ago

dang, feels like forever ago everything was that ugly off white color. Amazing build, +1

tomtomj2 7 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

Awesome, absolutely awesome! I love it! +1

mlach 3 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

Well done, I can see this being featured soon enough. +1

thetortuga747 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

This is DEFINITELY WORTH IT. One of my all time favorite builds.

+1

KeeweeComp 2 points 11 months ago

Off hand I was a bit confused as I was looking through the pictures. I thought that there was no way that this could've been the same way that it used to be set up. Then I got to the last pictures and read the description.

Your fabrication skills are amazing. It definitely looks, like Phillip said, like it is a manufactured product. I love the retro sleeper theme of this build, it looks amazing, and the hardware is there to back it up.

Questions:

  1. Are you looking to upgrade to M.2 in the future?
  2. Is the Floppy Drive actually functional?
  3. Are you going to, or have you already, paint(ed) the rest of the exposed metal of the chassis as you have done with the fabricated pieces?

Overall I love the build; it's definitely a computer worthy of a classic double take!

+1

gilmour509 submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Thanks so much!

  1. Yes sir, I defiantly plan on it when money permits.

  2. Indeed it is. Literally my favorite part of the build: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8IZcP0oP0OU

  3. I painted the whole case and out. I only taped off areas the the top cover slides over, because it would scratch the paint after multiple removals and leave it looking uglier that the original zink plated finish.

KeeweeComp 2 points 11 months ago

After watching your build recap I'm even more impressed. Would you be willing to reveal how the floppy drive works?

My current speculation is that you had two USB 3.0 from a single internal header and put one in the CD drive and then used the other one to connect something like the little card reader you showed in your video and surgically implanted it into the floppy drive. That's my best guess anyways.

You think you might get a CRT monitor and replace the guts with a higher resolution panel?

alic 2 points 11 months ago

How the heck did you modify the back??? You must have replaced it with a new sheet of metal plate. You crazy person!

gilmour509 submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

I definitely did, here's a full build album: http://imgur.com/a/fvh1M

ProgramCrazy 2 points 11 months ago

This is such an amazing upgrade, I'm sure you'll enjoy the faster speeds!

gilmour509 submitter 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

Most definitely.

FaultBat 2 points 11 months ago

Complete with the Windows 95 wallpaper and AOL icon, even. And I can almost feel the gross beige plastic. I've often wondered if it'd be possible to do something like this.

This is the greatest build of all time.

gilmour509 submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Thanks! AOL is actually Firefox, that I re-skinned a bit: http://imgur.com/V3a1ky4

You can see my screen saver in the is vid: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8IZcP0oP0OU

Edit: This is my login sound: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=miZHa7ZC6Z0 So much nostalgia when I cold boot .

BillyBroken 2 points 11 months ago

As someone just finishing up their super simple case mods on a new case...@.@' Holy Crap, that's how you take something someone would scoff at and turn it into something someone would pay for. Great part selections and INCREDIBLE case mods.

gilmour509 submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Thanks man!

joelhowell 2 points 11 months ago

Genius, even if you have someone break into your house, they won't want that piece of crap dino. +1!

gilmour509 submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Truth lol.

ajpinton 11 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

Amazing job. Great price, great parts list, great fab job. I there is something to complain about I cannot find it.

biggles5107 2 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

Wonderful job on the mod sir. This deserves a feature.

PureFetus 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

+1 This is by far, one of my favorite builds. The A E S T H E T I C is A1. I really like how you repurposed the case too! The vintage feel is amazing. Also how does the floppy disk SD card reader work?

gilmour509 submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Thanks for the good words! Floppy demo is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8IZcP0oP0OU Full build album is here. with pics of the floppy drive mod: http://imgur.com/a/fvh1M

Proward 2 points 11 months ago

That moment when someone's IMB PC has a better processor and motherboard than your custom PC. +1 for sure, good job,

SHOCKOPS 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

Ultimate sleeper PC! I like it.

brandong003 6 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

It's like taking a 1968 Mustang fastback and putting a new Coyote 5.0 engine in it... the perfect muscle car!

I love it. Real clean cable management +1

Jäßßäwöçkëë 2 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

What you know about that McQueen mustang?

vagabond139 5 Builds 2 points 10 months ago

You mean a LS9 and slapping some turbo chargers on and then giving it some nitrous.

twinn 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

beautiful.

puss_in_boots 2 points 11 months ago

HOLY SHIZU. He should be proud of himself

Jäßßäwöçkëë 2 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

I say rename it Creep Master. It just sits there all nonchalant looking all innocent. When truth be told it's the thing that keeps you up at night deep into the waning hours; completely oblivious to time nor surroundings. It's the thing that goes bump in the night and has all the AAA titles terrified and shaking in their VR booties. Ok enough rambling lol great build! +1

gilmour509 submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Lol thanks!

sushiman 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

Speechless... Amazing job!

Slayerworld7 2 points 11 months ago

My favorite build so far. I love the nostalgia factor you can carry with you with this PC. Also, +1 for still using the old mechanical keyboard.

commodore64 2 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

Nice job. I have an old PC I am looking to revive soon as well, though it's a spare and not the main. I'm more of a "I want/need this to work the way I want it to" versus an expensive case.

The.Geeked. 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

this is so sick!

Vitality 2 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

This is a sleeper PC modders wet dream 1+

turkey3 3 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

Briiiliant!

bobdude_01 2 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

Sniff Sniff, I smell a feature

Atron 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

This is AMAZING!!!

Growliff1234 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

I love it... I have no idea why...

shift1123 1 point 11 months ago

love and i think you did a good job i would have added a side window though

gilmour509 submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Not for this build, this is all about all go, and no show.

shift1123 1 point 11 months ago

oh so like a sleeper

ryanautry 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Very cool!

I bet that was a lot of work, nice job.

gilmour509 submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Indeed it was. Some moments really sucked and got old quick. I just kept my mind on the end result, and took my time trying not to take shortcuts and compromise the end result. Worth it.

Red_Eagle 1 point 11 months ago

Is the keyboard mechanical?

lol

gilmour509 submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Yep, It's an old NMB. EDIT: VERY CLICKY

Secord401 1 point 11 months ago

We have come so far...

DrSebWilkes 1 point 11 months ago

How did you fit the floppy disk drive?

I'm thinking of doing the same with another old one, and I found floppy disk drive to USB adaptor, and then I'll use a USB to SATA adapter to keep it inside.

gilmour509 submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

It came with it, so it fit perfectly. Here's a little demo of it in action. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8IZcP0oP0OU

DrSebWilkes 1 point 10 months ago

I still don't understand how you got a modern motherboard to recognize a floppy disk drive though. (Or even how to 'talk' to it! :O )

gilmour509 submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Here's a demo video. You'll understand by the end of the video ;) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8IZcP0oP0OU

jhall18 1 point 11 months ago

Great build, although just a tip, when it comes to team red cards, stick to xfx sapphire and msi.

Unuvailiable 2 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

How did you clean up the weld on the back panel? I am interested in getting into welding and your result looks amazing!

gilmour509 submitter 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

Thanks. I used a flap disk on a an angle grinder like this: http://www.roarksupply.com/v/vspfiles/assets/images/flap-disc1a.jpg

razzafrackin 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Crap, I wanted to try a retro rebuild but, I'm already shamed by this! Amazing!

I'm guessing that's actually a badass modern cell phone next to it..

gilmour509 submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Thanks. It's Bluetooth/VOIP actually

rjsam 2 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Awesome build. I wish Im as handy as you.

philphaser 9 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

This is at the same time the most ridiculously pointless and incredibly amazing, mind-breaking build i've ever seen and i love it to death!!!! °_O
Please pcpp imply multiple point ratings, so i can give this a +1.000.000 score!!!!
...and where is that favorite button? ; )

TheQuackSavior 1 point 10 months ago

Awesome build.

Junior1210 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

This is awesome. Someone should send a link to IBM to show them how to really build a computer. You rock!

unicykle 3 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

Awesome. You should be proud indeed - You've done a very nice job on the custom work - the 3.5" floppy SD mod is the shiz!

Also: The phone, the keyboard, the wallpaper.. You do have Encarta 95 installed rite?

gilmour509 submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Haha thanks, I NEED ENCARTA!

unicykle 3 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

http://www.amazon.com/Microsoft-Encarta-Interactive-Multimedia-Encyclopedia/dp/B001Q5QU2A

Delivered. you can still get brand new, unopened copies.. The review is pretty bang on too.

jnanof 32 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

FEATURE THIS!!!

f16poom 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

I will raid your house, and grab that KICK-*** SLEEPER PC!

On a serious note, just when I thought the awesomeness of your metal handling skills has reached its peak, I caught a glimpse of that modded floppy drive. Multiple Eyegasms

Since I can't give a +9000, you'll have to make do with +1 Why isn't this build among the highest rated is beyond me.

Bexy 4 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

Love it, <3

eopest 7 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

More beige than beige. If this were a Wing Chun master it would be Ip Man. +1

dgraves242 1 point 4 months ago

Fantastic!

Artem0209 1 point 4 months ago

I dont know why but i love it

MarcFOnline 1 Build 1 point 14 days ago

This is so awesome it makes me want to cry tears of nostalgic joy. (And oh my gosh, that cordless phone on the desk next to the tower?! Nice touch.) So very, very, very well done.

andhonor 1 point 3 days ago

I get it so well. Not only have I used these old computers (and many prior) but I also restore old cars. The cars look old, but everything from the engine to suspension is state of the art modern. Sleepers Rule, in PC's or cars.

Overkillsystem 1 point 2 days ago

Lol this is the desktop equivalent of a sleeper

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gilmour509 submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Thanks, it was a labor of love.

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