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I was going to throw out the old board from LAB1 if I couldn't find a good home for it. Well, I found a gamer in need. Lets call him, Steve.


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We Started out with an old "Gateway2000 semi-ATX" True Full-Tower, and went from there.

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I'm Sorry, the things there calling "Full Towers" today are actually "Mid-Towers". A full tower should come up to at least the bottom the keyboard tray from the floor, 20+ inches in height. LAB3, LAB4, SNAP-TWIT, and OSWATT are true full-towers. The Supermicro SC750ASC762, and Addtronics 7896A are also true Full-Towers. A true Full-Tower will have ALL 4+ CDROM bays and possibly the floppy drive bays above the Motherboard tray, NOT overlapping or in front of.  This allows use of 16-inch long cards in ALL 7 expansion slots, with the hard drives behind the CDROM bays, and/or in front of the "CPU aria".

GW2K Specs...
H?, W?, D?
(curb weight, just the case&harness) red-face heavy, lol. About as heavy as two 5-galen buckets of haze-gray paint, or one P-100 portable diesel fire fighting pump.

A7V333, 2500+Barton, 2x512MB DDR400, GF-7600, 480Watt PSU, dual DVD drives, Six Hard drives, Roswell card reader...

The Mods
A few months ago, when we first started making the rig. We moved the hard drive rack from it's original location under the floppy drive bay, to the bottom of the case. to get the hard drives sitting flat, rather then on there side.
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"O" B.T.W., there is the RFI shielded Modem, and one of the NICs from SEXTANT0x001F.

Then I made a Power Harness to neaten up the wire mess a bit.
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This month we started doing a basic hard drive, and graphics card upgrade. I also decided to play with the dermal a bit with the intake and exhaust fan openings.
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Then I threw the old stuff back into the computer, so we could transfer data to the new drives.

This is, Steve, in computer ally, transferring stuff off his old hard drives.
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ALL STOP! Why are the new cards not fitting, and the brackets on the old cards bent like a roller coaster track?

Rocket Launch & blast-zone resistant chassis truss system. to fix the tweaking of the case after it was used as a rocking chair.
yup, that is FUBAR!
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These things are supposed to be within 10/1000th of an inch, NOT 1/4 inch. And there wasn't a single 90degree angle anywhere on the case. The front and back panels were buckled downward from excessive weight on the case. In insurance terms, this thing was borderline totaled. there is well over $200 worth of bodywork and frame straightening alone. If it wasn't for the work already put into the case, I would deep-six it.

Scott called me up Saturday to inform me of a lan-party, bringing my attention to the fact that it was no longer Friday morning.
Sorry Scott, I got to get some shut-eye, I'm cutting that piece at the wrong-45 to go over that center crossbar thing.
What day is it!?
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foundation, foundation, foundation.
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Computers are NOT Rocking chairs Ippy-Dippy! Especially ones that cost well in excess of $300 just to replace the case! $100+ for the broken graphics card, etc... DON'T SIT ON ANY COMPUTER EVER AGAIN!

At the end of the LAB1 aftermath, I have revoked Ippy-Dippy's rights to ever set eyes on a computer ever again, and Steve has a cool gaming rig that is no longer tweaked to the point the cards don't plug completely into the motherboard. Steve can now walk across the room without the computer freezing-up.

Gallory TBD

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