Description

This is a recasing of an old Acer Aspire AX1700-U3700A. Along with the case, I bought a new PSU and GPU for this build. The primary reason for this recasing was to cool the system down. I also did not like the vertical alignment of the disc tray on the slim Acer case. The wires weren't too hard to manage, though I had to get creative with blue duct tape and the screw holes on the CPU heat sink. I used more duct tape on the back, since I was missing a I/O back plate and an IDE cover. I just used a plastic box and cut holes in it. I had to sacrfice the old telephone modem that was in the original, since it didn't fit the new case.

GPU I chose this Asus GT 610 because the old G100 was too slow and ran hot. It didn't help that it didn't fit in the case either. The new one is much faster and is still under my power limitations. It's also cool that this card doesn't require a fan.

Case I bought another Rosewill for this build. This was the cheapest model that met my needs. It is a little too small and I had to remove the motherboard just to put the hard drive in without removing the CPU fan.

PSU I went with an Antec 350W supply on this one. The light gray color doesn't go with the case, but oh well. With blue duct tape all over the back, this build isn't for looks.

(Ignore the motherboard and optical drive in the listing. They are just there as place holders the actual parts are in the Acer build manual, and listed in the "Custom" area. They are the closest approximations that had listings on this site.)

Jan 29, 2015 update: Added metal IDE back plate covers. Also re-applied some tape on the bottom wires because the tape lost its adhesion.

Feb 07, 2015 update: Added a chest handle to the top of the case. I used a titanium drill bit for the case holes. Pictures show the bolts underneath, as well as three angles of the chest handle, and also the newly functional back fan. I also got rid of most of the duct tape. The chest handle used was a Gatehouse 3 1/2" Zinc Plated Chest Handle from Lowes.
http://www.lowes.com/pd_308980-46882-34016ZCXLG_0__

Comments

  • 60 months ago
  • 5 points

Gotta love some ghetto builds, you have my vote.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice Build. +1 What is this build for?

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

It is my old computer that I bought from Best Buy in 2009. I just wanted to give more life. It is the one I currently use. I'm still working on a better build. Once I get that working, this will be a backup.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

are you playing any games on it? what fps?

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

On the old video card I played Civ IV, Sims 3 and Spore (old games) under Linux Wine, and played games like GTA San Andreas and Mass Effect when I still had Vista installed. I have not run a game yet on the new card. I was using PassMark for GPU comparisons and benchmarks.

http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/compare.php?cmp%5B%5D=33&cmp%5B%5D=43

http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/gpu.php?gpu=GeForce+GT+610&id=33

http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/gpu.php?gpu=GeForce+G100&id=43

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Good luck with your build :)

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

I have an almost identical Acer, was it hard to re-case?

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

I had trouble with the front panel wires since the motherboard has no diagram. I did find the the following docs online.

Service manual for Acer X1700: http://acersupport.com/acerpanam/manuals/acer/0000/servicemanuals/SG_ASX1700_VTX270_Book_1031.pdf

For the Nvidia MCP73 motherboard, I found this discussion topic with a diagram for the F_PANEL slot on the motherboard. https://forums.geforce.com/default/topic/458865/pc-components/nvidia-mcp73-front-panel-connectors/

Here is the diagram: http://i.imgur.com/XDcJlTg.jpg

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I might consider moving mine into a new case some time in the near future.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Keep in mind that you will have to replace the video card if you get a full size tower (ATX full, mid, or mini). The slim case had a modified card that only fit into slim cases. It will be difficult mounting the PSU as well. You need to buy one that fits a tower case.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Okay, I'll keep it in mind.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

That is what I call a pretty bad nose job

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

LOL. If its the duct tape, the external tape is temporary until I get a proper cover. It is just a relatively cheap recasing of an old system with a slight GPU upgrade. The duct tape side is facing the wall in my room, so I don't even care how it looks.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

What was wrong with the old IO shield?

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

It's part of the case that came with the computer. There doesn't seem to be a detachable one. Just a sheet sealed to the case.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

That is... super weird, I'm not surprised at all though

  • 60 months ago
  • 0 points

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