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Re use computer case

by lecenter / January 31, 2007 7:18 AM PST

Can I reuse a compaq computer case to build a custom system ?

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It really really depends on which model you have .....
by VAPCMD / January 31, 2007 10:53 AM PST
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But unless it's very generic type, bite the bullet and get a generic case.


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Form Factor....for Personal Computers
by castingRod47 / February 3, 2007 12:33 AM PST
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Computers are built useing FORM FACTORS/
the newest I believe is BTX..before that it was ATX..
Check website
I made my PC from a DELL Tower..Dimension 2350..and used a microATX Motherboard..and a Power Supply from a Dimension 4700(specification) has a DVD-combo Drive from a DELL Dimension 1100-series(DE051)..and a TOSHIBA DVD-Drive(-)Burner..w/an External SONY DRX-720UL Burner..
Intel D915GAGL Motherboard
Intel Pentium 4 Processor[531]3.0GHz w/HTT
PC Power & Cooling 400-watt Silencer PSU
KINGSTON Hyper-X RAM 2 x 512 MB's
Western Digital 80-GB HDD SATA Drive(System)
Creative SoundBLASTER audigy 2ZS Digital Sound Card
DELL DVD Burner(+)(-)
TOSHIBA Burner(-)
IEEE 1394 Fire Wire/CREATIVE
NERO 7 Ultra Edition
No Printer
PanaSonic PV-DV53 CamCorder
CANON A-410 Digital Still Camera
The above is my hobby.

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I have a Compaq 5102 US
by lecenter / February 3, 2007 7:30 AM PST

that was purchased in 2002 I was thinking of reusing. It already has the floppy and cdrw in it. I'm not sure what the power supply is but I like the design and would like to reuse it. Can someone tell me if this is ATX compatable or has anyone rebuilt one of these? I would like to use it to run a HD DLP projector and surround sound system for home entertainment and still be able to acess the internet and let the kids play there games. Can anyone give me a starting point for this system?


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You CAN reuse most of the periperherals ...floppy drive,
by VAPCMD / February 3, 2007 2:24 PM PST

CDs, HDDs, CPU (the chip and maybe heatsink) etc., but reusing a propeitary case (that limit you MB choices) and PSU (that aren't generic) are not good starts. It's like trying to build a house on a abnormal, non-standard foundation.

Can you reuse the case and PSU....maybe. Unless you're level of experince is high, you're just asking for (more) headaches and unnecessary limitations.


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Thank Your for the input I think I'll try to use a Mini
by lecenter / February 5, 2007 6:26 AM PST

Tower ATX Case but still would like to have a starting point for a home entertainment system MB,TV card,Graphic card, power supply, DVD RW and anything else I might need. I'm thinking about going through tigerdirect for the components is that a good choice or are there better? Some questions I have are can I use the existing speaker I have on my surround sound system or do I need to purchase new ones and does the sound card act as my ampifier or do I need to keep the amp for Dolby surround sound?

Thank you LC

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Start by choosing the CPU, then the motherboard and
by VAPCMD / February 5, 2007 12:05 PM PST

RAM. Work from there to choose the best case and PSU. And by all means use as many of the peripherals from your old system as you see fit. When you get a proposed 'em here for comment.

I really like because of their search engine, product choice, product info (with links to mfg), price, shipping and customer service.


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Ok Here is my component list
by lecenter / February 7, 2007 12:05 PM PST

Biostar Geforce 6100-M9 mother board,Athlon 64 3200 cpu, Ultra 1024 mb PC 3200 DDR 400 MHz RAM { if I purchase 2 can I use them for the dual channel} Inland MATX Micro-Tower, Hitachi 7K160 GB hard drive. What do you think?


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