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Old 11-03-15, 11:25 AM
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P180 Resurrection

Hello all! Lately my fingers have been itching like crazy, and I first meant to cut out the mobo tray and essentials from my old P180 case and build a wooden case, but I haven't got the heart to do that. Way too sentimental, and it's a pretty decent case, so I thought that I'd resurrect it instead. Make it the best it can be.

The hardware:

CPU: AMD Opteron 165 1,8 Ghz
Mobo: Asus A8N32 SLI-Deluxe
GPU: Geforce 7600 GT (may change to a 8800GT)
RAM: Kingston ValueRAM 2GB
Case: Antec P180
PSU: Aspire 520W
Soundcard: Soundblaster Audigy
CPU Fan: Thermaltake Big Typhoon
GPU Fan: Zalman CNPS 7000B CU

This was the oldie 7 months ago.





This is from yesterday.





I just loooove the cable management in this case. :P





Looks like I have around 8mm behind the mobo tray to work with.



So I started to change the GPU cooler, since it was pretty nasty looking, and I had a better one laying around from my old 7900GT, that got fried after around 2 years of use (I blame the ty PSU). I got the 7600GT from a friend with this cooler installed, can't remember the name.



Dat dust <3
Old cooler removed.



My other cooler is a Zalman CNPS 7000B full copper





Some proper thermal grease



Had to use a plastic washer of a different thickness since I lost one of the other, hopefully no one notices



Screws tightened



Looks pretty badass, If I can say so myself





Next up, deconstruction.

Notice the mark from the cooler support bracket lol.



Something needs to be done about this!



Hardware resting safely in a box



The motherboard:
Thinking of painting plastic parts black



Stack Cool 2!



CPU cooler removed



CPU polished. 2001 lol



8 year old thermal paste anyone?



Polished a bit



So the plan I have in mind is basically to turn this into something awesome, at the lowest price possible. I'm gonna remove the 5,25" bays (I've got an external DVD drive, so np) and cut the mobo tray so I get some cable management atleast. Also a hole for the CPU cooler support bracket.

A friend promised me a Geforce 8800 for free, so that's cool. Then there's a EVGA 8800GT with waterblock for 20€ that I'm thinking of getting. Could SLI be possible? That would be awesome. Thing is, the 8800 draws like 100w more power than the 7600GT which would mean that I'd have to get a better PSU (that Aspire is bloody awful), which in turn would mean another 30-50€.

The plan for this build is to make it into a gaming rig for all those awesome old school games. XP would be ideal, but I have no copy, and where to get those copies nowadays... And could also be used as HTPC with Ubuntu and XBMC to get some smooth sailing.

Until next time

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Old 11-03-15, 12:07 PM
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Had to do a double take when I read the OP... P180, 7600GT! Yep, not a necro...

That was the first case I ever bought new, and after a while I really came to despise the thing with its crazy cable routing at the bottom - IIRC fans, HDDs and modular PSU were all fighting for what little space there was.

Good luck with it, and obviously for retro ASUS
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Old 11-03-15, 01:10 PM
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Love this, dude. Bring on the pics
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Old 11-03-15, 01:28 PM
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Very Nice,! something i want to do simular to play alot of those older games ... like original fallout, and pharaoh.

Nice clean out too
That CPU came up nice and clean.
Love the Copper on the GPU.
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Old 12-03-15, 09:16 AM
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I also have one of these cases knocking around somewhere, be nice to see what you can do with it.
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Old 12-03-15, 09:42 AM
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Ooooh, another old hardware project!
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Old 12-03-15, 10:23 AM
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Had to do a double take when I read the OP... P180, 7600GT! Yep, not a necro...

That was the first case I ever bought new, and after a while I really came to despise the thing with its crazy cable routing at the bottom - IIRC fans, HDDs and modular PSU were all fighting for what little space there was.

Good luck with it, and obviously for retro ASUS
Awesome retro gear indeed! Yeah the P180 were one of the most popular cases back when I got this rig. The whole thing with separate compartment for the PSU at the floor was just ground-breaking. They could've added an extra cm and some cable routing holes in the mobo tray though. But I hear that Fractal got their ideas from this case.

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Love this, dude. Bring on the pics
Cheers, will do!

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Very Nice,! something i want to do simular to play alot of those older games ... like original fallout, and pharaoh.

Nice clean out too
That CPU came up nice and clean.
Love the Copper on the GPU.
Yeah, there are many older games that are a hassle to play on newer rigs. Hopefully this one will run those games smoothly. Fallout is awesome, have not even heard of pharaoh . But GTA 3/SA perhaps even 4? Fallout 1-3, civilization, the settlers, Elder scrolls morrowind, oblivion... aaah so many games <3

Was nice with some spring cleaning
there's alot of copper going on here, looks good though.

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I also have one of these cases knocking around somewhere, be nice to see what you can do with it.
Not so much yet, I would want to go really mad with the angle grinder and crazy power tools, but problem is I only have access to a dremel and a cheap power drill. Perhaps some madness will happen this summer when I move back home (and get access to pop's garage )

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Ooooh, another old hardware project!
Yeah, seeing your woodbox project made me even more itchy ;D


Thanks for all the support!

Small update

Plastic cover on the roof came off pretty easy.



The price of being a noob:
Didn't even know how to drill out rivets Tried first to go all the way through with a small drill, only to discover this



I switched to a thicker drill and only drilled out the head, and voilá



No more nasty looking 5,25" bays.



The mobo tray is loose up in the right corner. Thinking of either cutting the whole thing off, or putting in a screw or something.

And that's pretty much what have happened. That color is pretty awful. Some paint would liven things up. I got a couple of spray cans of matte black. What do you think?


And I've been thinking on the rest of the hardware. Especially hard drives. Current OS is installed on a PATA drive and it's quite slow. So I had a search on our ebay equivalent and found this:



Wouldn't that be ridiculous, 14€, and it could be mine
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Old 12-03-15, 04:46 PM
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UPDATE

So, did some headscratching on the cable management disaster and this is basically how I would like the cables to go.



These are my new SATA3 cables from my new mobo.



Like so on the back



I only need one molex to the mobo. So I hade some party with this one.





Custom sleeved. Yeah baby!



The CPU power connector was too short. So I made it longer.



A perfect day for some light soldering



Finnish ghetto modding!







Done soldering. Beautiful.



I put a sock on it.



Next up was the hole in the mobo tray for the CPU connector. Carefully marked out!



Started with small holes in the corners.



Then some bigger holes. Also drilled some holes where the cable goes.



Dremel time.



I got a jigsaw puzzle piece.



Next this metal floor edge was in the way for the cable management, so I marked up where the cables go...



...and cut them out.



Tadaa, we have cable management!



Suddenly, things look pretty clean.





Even with the side door on!




Until next time.
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Old 12-03-15, 04:54 PM
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Nicely done will you be spraying the case or leaving it the classic grey?
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Old 12-03-15, 06:55 PM
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Also good weather over there I see!

Nice work so far, looking a lot cleaner than mine!
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