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Old March 16, 2008, 09:50 PM
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Since I've done a few new rigs this year I decided to pull apart my first build. Long in the tooth now, but a proud achievement when I first built her.

An Antec 1080AMG gun metal tower. Ah, I was so naive when I put her together.

Look at my misguided attempt at cable management. Years of Cruft to boot. The poor Northwood 3Ghz was running 52C idle with all that dust.



So I took her apart, piece by piece, and cleaned out the dust and grime. I left a few parts out when I put all back together, the useless modem, the obsolete floppy, and that Optical DVD-ROM which died an untimely death.

I left in the SB Audigy 2, terribly as it is with it's fussy OEM drivers, and the hobbled All-In-Wonder 9600 PRO for which Creative won't release full vista drivers. I'll have to get a replacement AGP card for it, it's a shame, it should be sitting in an XP based HTPC.

I decided to make a few alterations to the 1080AMG, it's not as new as it was when I got it, and neither am I, so a few holes can't hurt. Then all the wires can go on the backside.



Now I was able to get the cables in line and make it look like a new build... Incidentally, I'm glad I pulled this apart, I discovered that the PSU was on it's way out, so those that are observant will notice I replaced it with a 120mm fan RaidMax, it's not a quality PSU but it's newer and it's caps are intact.



Ah the cleanliness of it all. And now my Northwood is happy and cool at 29C idle...

PS: Funny how things go. I noticed a piece of plastic in this case and since everything has a purpose I scratched my head about it for a while. Then I remembered, duh, it's to hold the ends of those old full length PCI cards. You don't see any of those anymore... LOL.

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Old March 16, 2008, 10:36 PM
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Old March 17, 2008, 05:48 AM
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Quite amazing what good airflow can do to a chip. I know this combo (3.0 Northwood - P4P800) quite well, since I first started oc'ing with that setup - hence my nickname 3.0charlie (the other name for the Northwood was 3.0C).
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