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Project: Retro Pentium 4

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by aven000, Dec 30, 2013.

  1. FreedomEclipse

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    I may do eventually. You might be able to help me pick up some parts off ebay :p im looking to put together a small 939 matx system to go underneath my desk and serve as a folder or something else.
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    Socket A was some fun times :D
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    I'm about to upload a youtube video of the system for you all to watch. It's a bit lacking on the old production quality and it did not help I lost some footage due to my crappy camera but it shows a bit about the system. I'm just upset I lost like 7 mins or so of footage.

    I have decided i will do a final update video of the system when I buy a new CPU cooler and sort out some intake at the front so feel free to sub to my channel as it's mostly about my computer adventures and sometimes some misadventures lol
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    I am guessing that is a separate site?


    Edit: Ahh found it!
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    As of tomorrow I will be purchasing this.

    I called the company selling it and they were dead nice and have put the last one on hold for me as I get paid in the morning. This will be a lovely addition to the system and best of all it can be used with loads of socket types so IF I ever changed my mind then I can at least use it on another system.
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    So the new CPU cooler should be here for Friday as well as my new case. You can see pictures of what I have brought here.

    It's a budget case but I think you will agree it has a nice layout. Nice big 120mm fan at the front and one at the back as I have some kicking around and I'll be installing a 80mm Zalman fan on the side, as for the 120's I'll be looking at grabbing some Corsair one's soon to bring a little class to the system :D

    I went with the white because for the past 7-8 years all my systems have been black and while I like black systems I thought it would be nice for a change. I feel this case also has a nod to the past with the colour but retains a modern feel and to be honest the system also does that. Only Issue I found was that any good cases have now at least one USB 3.0 port on them, Now I can't make use of that at all but other cases with 2.0 on them just looked like the sort that you will cut yourself on due to flimsy metal. I also wanted to avoid cases with CD drive covers and ones that look like they are ripping off mobile phones/cars and to an extent transformers... You all know the type of cases I'm talking about.

    What do you think about the case? I really want to see what you all have to say about it.
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    The DFI boards are a bit expensive to be honest. I was looking at them and they are bit on the expensive side. I had an Asus A8N-SLi but it died on me. Was really angry because of it.
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    I still have an old P4 Northwood 2.8 HT mounted to an IC7-MAX3 in my closet.
    Comes complete with a period-correct Gainward GeForce Ti 4200 "Golden Sample" sitting in the AGP slot.

    Served me for the longest time, but I finally retired it around about the time H.264 video became standard. Basically it would stutter playing some files, which my then new Pentium-M laptop would handle just fine. It was then that I realized the old P4 was chugging power like an Irishman goes through stout, while being slower than a mobile chip. Basically it wasn't old enough to be nostalgic, and was far less efficient than anything remotely current.

    The old Pentium-100, OTOH might be worth reviving for some DOOM and Hexen fun.
    Even has the S3 "Graphics Decelerator" which was useless for everything except the copy of Descent that it came with.
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    OMG, that Scythe is huge!!!
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    I never expected it to be as big as that. It really fills the case!
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    That's quite the cooler!!!
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    Dead happy with the cooler but I'm not 100% about the case. I have been sitting looking at it and although it has to be better then the HP case it's taken away the stealth look of the system.

    I may end up going back....
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    I'm getting an Aquiarius II for my build. Should get here soon :D
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    So I decided to just stick with the new case as I have done too much work to just go back. I'm quite sure the cooler wont fit in the HP case anyway plus there is no point in restricting airflow when I needed more in the first instance.

    I did however strip the system and move bits around to better suit the system including moving the hard drive. Now the reason the HDD was moved was because the cooler was blocking access to it and if anything ever happened to it I would have to strip the whole system to get at it. I guess this was an oversight on my part but the case came with HDD mounting holes on the bottom of the chassis. Good news is I can now remove any part I need to without moving the motherboard.

    I have taken the time to up the bus speed to 212Mhz thus increasing the clock speed to 3.6Ghz up from 3.4. I know it's only a 200Mhz increase but I wanted to see how stable the system will run with an OC and how much heat she produces. Here is some more good news. The system used to idle at 67-70°C but now idles at 38-42°C even with the overclock.

    EDIT: image removed as jihadjoe is right about the product ID.
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    i like what you're doing! only downside of reading all this that i regret trowing away all my old stuff recently. :banghead:
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    ^^ Might wanna blur out your name and product ID.
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    Aye you're right. Image is now removed just in case.
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    Ok so it's been a while since I did an update here so here goes.

    The AVP Viper case was total crap and I managed to get hold of a case I have lusted after for years, I had one and sold it before and I always regretted it. So here it is, the Cooler Master ATC-S!

    The scythe cooler has been put on my Linux rig as it will not fit in this case, but then it was a beast.


    YES! That is a Cooler Master EVO TX3 Socket 775 cooler on a Socket 478!

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    I have something much 'retro'. P2 333Mhz, maxed out. Asus DVD drive, USB 2.0 card, etc. More retro. :rolleyes:

    700GBP only. 14 inch CRT free just for you.

    /trollbait

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