Description

A few years ago, I bought an Acer Aspire M1100 box for my mom's home office. She used it for heavy MS Office/outlook, accounting software, and web browsing with occasional video/audio streaming. Sadly, it died a couple of weeks ago. I tracked the issue down to a mobo or CPU problem. This was an attempt to rebuild the computer in an economical way, re-using as many components as I could.

I decided to replace the PSU, despite the fact that it was still functional (POSTed with a different mobo/CPU/ram combo). I got a good deal on a PSU that is more efficient, powerful, and less likely to fry my new components in the next year.

The only major hurdle was the case. Because it's Acer-built for an Acer mobo, it had a weird combination front-panel connector and was missing a chassis speaker. It took several days to track down the needed micro-connectors and speaker (yay Microcenter). I also had to grind down a piece of plastic off the front panel to fit a front intake fan. Also, cable management cutouts were nonexistent, so I had to make do.

Overall pleased with it. Runs snappy and very quiet.

Note: the pics show CX430M PSU, which I later replaced with the non-modular version for the money savings.

Comments

  • 73 months ago
  • 6 points

You probably would have been better off just buying a new case.

+1 for recycling

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

I thought the same thing when I saw the top mounted PSU. :0

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  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

wow powered the mobo on the anti static bag, dare devil

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Good job on the upgrade! +1

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Ultimate for an Office Grunt? ;) Good job, good cable management for the resources available.

+1

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

Gotta love the university software store :)

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

University software store? Sounds wonderful. Multi keys?

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

I know you're implying that I stole it. But since both the pro and the ultimate versions were discounted to $11.15 each, I didn't have to. Wonderful indeed.

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

Nope I wish I had worked for a university to get the multi license thing myself. I would love to have a family member that could get one for me. See that isn't stealing when its in the rules of use by the university or school.:}

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice upgrade. could last many more years. Congrats!

Caroline.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Love it. First for resourcefulness & repurposing, second b/c I will be posting my own rejuvenated Acer build soon. Not sure if it's the exact same case, but when I saw those green drive lock things, I knew it was gonna be in the vicinity of what I built :)

Nicely done!

+1

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

If your case is anything like mine, that $12 case button/speaker set from Microcenter is going to be useful

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  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

That's kinda what I did. Just unpinned them from the old connector and separated them into the individual connectors (like a normal case).