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Hey guys, so I did a practice build consisting only of salvaged parts from a custom build found on the side of the road, and the parts of a Compaq Presario SR2038X PC.

I would really like to know what case this is, there is no markings on it whatsoever to indicate the manufacturer, aside from a big fat "APPROVED" stamp on the inside and a "Powered by ASUS" sticker that was on the front, I had assumed it was from ASUS but I cant find anything on it at all.

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  • 60 months ago
  • 3 points

Is that a PATA cable I see? Very interesting. I agree with Banshebot. I've always been fascinated at the idea of a retro-styled build with modern computing capabilities. Sadly, I don't have the money to make it happen myself, but I think it would be an interesting contrast to all of the flashy LED and "gamer-centric" designs we get from most powerful components these days.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

If somebody made a modern case, that would allow everything to fit right, with wire routing features, and the ability to have good air flow...but did it in a plain retro styled beige, generic looking case...I'd be all over that!

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

I would bet on NZXT making this case, A lot of their cases care minimalistic and simple.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

I think the source 210 fits that bill

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Nah they are black or white. The old cases were a beige or tan. The Source 210 still looks modern.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

No, thats two PATA cables you see, for some reason the CD drives wont work on one cable even if one is set as master and one is set as the slave. the only workaround was to use a spare that was originally in the beige case and was still in good condition.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd like to see a high end build in that case. +1

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

The problem with doing a high end build in an old *** case...no wire routing features...most cases use old 80mm fans, generally one in front, one in back, PSU is top mounted and draws hot air from inside the case, exhausts out the back...and then the biggest problems, getting larger GPUs to fit at all.

I've thought about doing that. I have an old beige case. Doing a"sleeper" build with modern hard ware.

But I just can't see it. The cases were flimsy back in the day. You have to twist/tweak the case a bit to get the side panel on/off etc... Crap for air flow. I just can't do it. I'd rather drop $40 on a new lower end case that would treat my hardware better.

http://pcpartpicker.com/b/WWd6Mp

That's the case I am talking about. No way to do water cooling if you wanted to, and most modern big air coolers are out of the question as well. Just too many limiting factors for me to dump new hardware into such an out of date case.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

There are some really cool old cases around. I've got a lot of options, thinking about posting in the forums to get some ideas with what I have so far:

I don't have any pictures uploaded, so these are just from google.

Dell Poweredge 4200 - modified by painting it black, leaving the beige/white bays, grill, and buttons: http://www.vonslatt.com/images/proj/cc2-dell-poweredge-4200.jpg http://cdn.overclock.net/d/dc/dce21fa1_UwOtSFE.jpeg

Thinking of an overkill water cooling loop in the poweredge (And I might try to adapt the existing power supplies (Dual 700W, though they are noisy as all hell) Standard EATX case too.

Though that would displace the fully functional hardware I have in there right now. Dual Pentium II overclocked to 266Mhz, 256MB of ECC memory, Voodoo 5 5500 PCI, Soundblaster AWE 32 with Midi table daughter board, two 10GB SCSI drives.

Or a recently acquired and gutted Dual G5 Mac : http://www.dnamusiclabs.com/sites/default/files/G5.jpg http://www.wap.org/journal/powermacg5v2/powermacg5v2.jpg

Not sure on the mac, I would have to add my own standoffs and create a standard backplane opening. Power supply has everything needed to run a standard computer but is wired completely differently, but is also 9 years old.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

whats that background pic?

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

this is the source image, I just cropped and flipped it to match the one I have on my school chromebook (I wish they gave out just regular laptops) http://wallpaperus.org/wallpapers/04/15/robots-steampunk-1920x1080-wallpaper-783358.jpg

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks:D

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  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm 16, going on 17 this summer

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  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

is that vista that i see?

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

No, Its just a themed version of XP, i've always had a thing for the vista theme :3

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

And a link to the actual search that links it to InWin: [removed]

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Please do not use link shorteners. You can shorten via the formatting help button.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Not a problem, formatting wasn't working so I posted the preview of the full link to help reduce the risk factor.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Link aside, it was something InWin came up with, so google searches should yield more information if you're still looking.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

If I were to guess I would say that is a variant from the Supercase line of products. They still make similar designs today.

I recognize the position of the front panel switches and LEDs. Internal bay layout varied from a few templates but that one looks familiar with the full length card holder/speaker combo part.

Add a picture of the back, might be able to identify it from the pile of cases I have.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

this need Windows XP to fit the theme

you need more lighting for the internal shots or you need to steady your hands