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2022/08/08 18:43:52 (permalink)
Complete lunacy drives me to do these things .  I've suped-up my old ASUS P5K Premium, black peril edition computer
that resides in a Lian-Li PC7h case .  This was originally a dual core processor, 4GB RAM machine, but I previously
up-graded it to a 4 core Q9650, 8GB of Kingston 800Mghz RAM, and EVGA 1060 GPU .  I was never happy with the RAM (hot), 
or the CPU cooler (Arctic Freezer 7 .  OK for 2 core, but not much more), but it all ran fine .
So ... bought a new Noctua 14S, extra 80mm fan, new 90 deg. SATA cables, and EVGA 750W PSU .  The old PSU was 550W;
too minimal for what I had in mind .  Also got myself 8GB of N.O.S. OCZ 1066 RAM on Ebay (big drama, cost me extra $25) .
Ebay people sell a lot of non-functional junk, so beware of the bargain .  Best part: I had on hand an EVGA 1080GTX GPU :)
This is what the thing looks like .

First I stipped her down .  It turned into more work than I planned because I had to remove the mother board to install the
Noctua mounting system .  No cut-out in tray behind the MB .  Always something, right ?
The new old stock OCZ RAMs are also installed as seen below .

Then I built her up .

I must say the EVGA 750W P6 PSU is a great PSU for old computer upgrades .  Plenty of power, supple, easy to route
cables, and compact 90deg. connectors for SATA cables .  Even has a Perf. cable to Floppy drive adapter (needed that) .
It is also very compact .  I did have to cut a small notch in the PSU rear mounting plate to accommodate the ECO Mode
switch .  No ECO mode in the old days .  Just turn and burn ;) 
Also, these old Lian-Li cases are easy to whittle on: 100% aluminum, love it !
 
P.S.  Yes, that is a dial-up modem expansion card there on the bottom left :|
 
 
To the Moon ... at PCIe 1.1 speeds !
 
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    Re: Old Computer Pepped Up with EVGA 750W P6 Power Supply 2022/08/08 20:34:47 (permalink)
    Looks all original....nice! 

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    Re: Old Computer Pepped Up with EVGA 750W P6 Power Supply 2022/08/08 21:00:39 (permalink)
    Thanks, Mr. Chaos_21 .  It's mostly original, I've done a lot of computer stuff with that thing over the years .  Now, with the better RAM,
    I've got two good FSB overclocked profiles to run .  One at 3.6ghz, and one at straight 3.0ghz with tight RAM timings .  CPUz helped a lot with
    that by reading the available factory SPD timings of the RAM modules ( they have 3 + a 1066mhz non-standard set, I think they called it EPD ) .
    Easier for me than experimentation :)
    Well, I better hit the sack now .  Good night, EVGA fans .
     
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    Re: Old Computer Pepped Up with EVGA 750W P6 Power Supply 2022/08/10 11:42:29 (permalink)
     
    Old school.    ;)

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    Re: Old Computer Pepped Up with EVGA 750W P6 Power Supply 2022/08/13 00:16:08 (permalink)
    Love those old school builds. A great effort on your part, especially finding the parts for it. 

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    Re: Old Computer Pepped Up with EVGA 750W P6 Power Supply 2022/08/13 03:14:49 (permalink)
    Nice! I used to have a Lian Li PC-60B with a Corsair COOL 120mm radiator mounted to the outside of the exhaust fan of the case. Always had a soft spot for Lian Li cases (less blood spillage when building) and currently run both of my builds in Lian Li PC-O11D XL cases.
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    Re: Old Computer Pepped Up with EVGA 750W P6 Power Supply 2022/08/14 15:22:34 (permalink)
    Nice looking build way to take the old and refresh it looks really good 
     

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    Re: Old Computer Pepped Up with EVGA 750W P6 Power Supply 2022/08/14 17:20:09 (permalink)
     
     
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    Old school.    ;)


     
    Old school indeed, XrayMan .
    Friday I popped a 3.5" floppy into drive A: and played Mario & Luigi in DOS running off the disc
    while accompanied by squeaks and chirps from the computer beep speaker .  DOS sound effects ;)
    Because of its bygone era, this board and CPU support 16 bit, 32 bit, and 64 bit software and devices .
    So even at its age it is still very useful, and fun to mess with .  Even runs Windows10 64 bit .
    It just needed a little more speed .
     
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    Re: Old Computer Pepped Up with EVGA 750W P6 Power Supply 2022/08/14 18:03:05 (permalink)
    rjohnson11
    Love those old school builds. A great effort on your part, especially finding the parts for it. 


    Thanks, rjohnson11 .  I knew that finding the DDR2 RAM I wanted would be the hard part,
    so I did that first before taking anything apart .  And tested the RAM I got before any further disassembly .
    Also, I had to shop around for some low profile, right angle SATA cables I needed to ensure graphics card clearance .
    EVGA 750W PSU was on sale, and I got good results, so, worth the work, and got the chance to clean out a little dust :)
     
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    Re: Old Computer Pepped Up with EVGA 750W P6 Power Supply 2022/08/14 18:36:20 (permalink)
    blaise
    Nice! I used to have a Lian Li PC-60B with a Corsair COOL 120mm radiator mounted to the outside of the exhaust fan of the case. Always had a soft spot for Lian Li cases (less blood spillage when building) and currently run both of my builds in Lian Li PC-O11D XL cases.




    That's for sure blaise, Lian Li has great fit and finish .  Even plastic guards inside on the sheet metal edges .  I really like that one you are using now .  Beautiful .
    I would have gotten Lian Li for my last new computer build, but I didn't see one with an optical drive bay .  Also wanted a horizontal case, but didn't find that either
    in ATX size .  Ended up just getting a large Fractal design case .  It's very strong, and will make a good computer case/end table .
     
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    Re: Old Computer Pepped Up with EVGA 750W P6 Power Supply 2022/08/14 19:39:28 (permalink)
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    Nice looking build way to take the old and refresh it looks really good 
     



    Thanks jawalbert77, it's no show piece like some of the beautiful mods-rigs here, but it gives me a chance to re-cycle
    some of my old parts that are still good, add some new ones with-out breaking the bank, and best of all, it all works :)
    I want to thank everyone on here for sharing their rigs .  I think that's what gave me the idea to upgrade this machine
    ... or it's mind control ...
     
    To the Moon !
     
     
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