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I wanted to build a gaming box that would smoke a console and last for awhile. It all started when my wife asked me to teach our 9 year old about computers. I figure what better way to learn than to build one together.

I reused as many parts as I could from old computers we had. My "recycled" case wouldn't fit everything right so I called a local repair shop and he sold me an old case for $20.

I named it "Sleeper" b/c the case is straight from the 90's, complete with scuff marks, dents, etc but the inside is all modern. It doesn't have the best airflow, but Temps stay around 30 c when idle and 60 c under load. The case didn't come with any standoffs and I don't have a good local parts store. It provided a great chance to teach my kids some Macgyver skills. I took two washers, wrapped them in electrical tape, and poked a hole in the middle. I used six of them for the build and it worked perfectly.

Went with i5 4690k b/c it fit my budget and needs. I'm still waiting and saving for a better case and water cooler before I overclock it. I also plan to upgrade it to an i7 when games and things get beefy enough to require the extra cores.

Nvidia GTX 970 was a splurge purchase. I could have reused a eVGA GT 640 I had, but figured it was time for the upgrade. This card rocks!

So far Sleeper handles everything I throw at it. ~10 sec bootup. Stable Temps (I little higher than I want, but given the case I'm using its OK). GTA V at max settings @60 fps, Arma III at max settings with no problems.

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  • 57 months ago
  • 7 points

I really like the idea of "covering" quick pc in a "vintage body"...+1 for that buddy:)...and that you teaching your kids how to recycle at the same time...these days everybody is just getting only new things..throwing away the old ones even if there still might be some use for it. I like DIY...it's always a great fun to create something with your own hands...and leaves a lot of satisfaction once it's done.

  • 57 months ago
  • 3 points

that perfectly flat side panel is just asking to be given a window!

  • 57 months ago
  • 4 points

Lol, my thoughts exactly. Planning on putting in a window and some ventilation holes to mount the CPU fan and see if it helps with the airflow.

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

no no, that would take away from its sleeperness. XD

btw where did you get the 970 with a reference cooler

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

I found it at Best Buy. I think they are the only place to get one (aside from Amazon 3rd party). Make sure you call the store first b/c not all of them carry the Nvidia 970, most only have the eVGA 970 nonrefence. Only one store in my area carried it and it was the one outside the military base (I.E. lots of gamers in thE market)

  • 57 months ago
  • 3 points

...after a bit of cable management though:)

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

You know if you plasti-dipped that case or just painted it a flat black it wouldnt look all that bad esp with a side panel window modq

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

i wouldn't plasti-dip something like that, as it would come off very easily from moving around (and its basically just liquid rubber), but i like the idea of painting it.

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build! I like the idea of putting the old case with the new parts! It would be cool to put in a white optical drive in the front (If you can find one that supports DL-DVD RW) because it would match the case. +1.

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

we got an old case me and my buddies were planning to build a whole new high performance rig out of it , and we hope to get the same luck as you.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, good luck with your rig. It was a fun build and I'm digging the retro-look. You've got a good first build as well. I built my first one in my early teens in order to run a BBS from my bedroom (pre-Internet days). Funny thing is from the outside it looks almost the same as this one, except it was the ugly cream color that was popular in the 90s.

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks :D and wow, im too young to even know what that is LOL

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

I like the "sleeper" concept as well. At first glance one might think it is yard sale material...but....its really a freakin hot rod! good for you and the youngin ; )

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. I enjoyed teaching her and letting her see & touch all the parts. She is very excited to take the "old" parts and build her own Minecraft machine out of them this summer. It will be an Intel Core 2 Quad.

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Dat case, man... Brings me back to high school computer tech class back in '99. Cool build. Looks like it's silently weeping for some air though :)

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

sick man i was waiting for someone to do this

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

get the Microsoft wheel mouse and classic keyboard and white speaker to complete the look

i think Sony DVD-ROM are white/beige so you can look for that

Sleeper is a term used for rides which look old in the outside but has tons of power under the hood

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I'll watch the used parts stores and see if I can pick up a white Sony. I'm tempted just to pull the DVD-ROM out completely and mod the case with some white screens and a fan in those bays. I almost didn't put the DVD in b/c literally the one and only time it will ever be used was loading the OS and I could have done that via USB but I had it laying around. I've always wanted to take that space and build an actual aquarium on a pull out tray with a beta fish in it. Somewhere down the line this might become that build :D

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

If you could squeez in a white DVD drive thne it would be perfect

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the build parts I might use it as my first build thanks! Also do you need a CPU cooler I added one on mine.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

I haven't added a CPU cooler yet. Once I get a new case with some better airflow I'm going to add a water cooler to it. The case I'm currently using doesn't have anywhere to mount the cooler fan.