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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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  • 50 months ago
  • 31 points

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 *

  • 50 months ago
  • 7 points

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

  • 50 months ago
  • 6 points

Brilliant.

  • 50 months ago
  • 3 points

lol, thanks for the good words!

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points
You are most welcome. You have incredible build, love it.
  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

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??"

  • 50 months ago
  • 9 points

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!

  • 50 months ago
  • 5 points

It will be featured. ;)

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

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

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  • 50 months ago
  • 9 points

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

+1

  • 50 months ago
  • 4 points

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

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

The sleeper sleeper? :P

  • 48 months ago
  • 3 points

The Snake in the Grass

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  • 50 months ago
  • 6 points

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.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol truth! Thanks!

  • 50 months ago
  • 6 points

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

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I would love to see how that turns out

  • 50 months ago
  • 4 points

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.

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! Even I was surprised how nice it came out

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  • 50 months ago
  • 3 points

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

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

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.

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

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?

  • 50 months ago
  • 3 points

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

  • 50 months ago
  • 3 points

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

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

super cool! :)

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

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

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

This is glorious.

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

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

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

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

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Badass! Definitely want this for featured.

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

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

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

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.

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

I have no words. Just WoW! +1

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

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

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome, absolutely awesome! I love it! +1

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

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

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

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

+1

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

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

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

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

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Most definitely.

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

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.

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

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 .

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

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.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man!

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

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

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Truth lol.

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

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

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

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

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

+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?

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

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

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Ultimate sleeper PC! I like it.

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

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

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

What you know about that McQueen mustang?

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

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

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

beautiful.

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

HOLY SHIZU. He should be proud of himself

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

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

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol thanks!

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Speechless... Amazing job!

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

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.

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

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.

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

this is so sick!

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

This is a sleeper PC modders wet dream 1+

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Briiiliant!

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Sniff Sniff, I smell a feature

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

This is AMAZING!!!

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

oh so like a sleeper

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Very cool!

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

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

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.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Is the keyboard mechanical?

lol

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

We have come so far...

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

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.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

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 )

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

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

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

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..

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. It's Bluetooth/VOIP actually

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build. I wish Im as handy as you.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

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? ; )

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

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?

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha thanks, I NEED ENCARTA!

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

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.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

FEATURE THIS!!!

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

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.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Love it, <3

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Fantastic!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I dont know why but i love it

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

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.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

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.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol this is the desktop equivalent of a sleeper

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Does that floppy disk do anything or is it just for show?

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

You did a great job with this build. This is arguably one of the best sleeper PC builds that I have seen.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

your build was mentioned today in my twitter topic, https://twitter.com/Mnpctech/status/996379086485360640

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Burglar breaks into your house. Assumes your PC is the least valuable object to steal

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

I like the Idea - Great hahahaha -

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

May I share your photos in future episode of my Retro PC build series? (with your screen name) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYDM7CQQ4wE&list=PLtGuyF7aQwstcZoTfLp5WBaguhNjpc9U7

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  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

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  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, it was a labor of love.

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