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Hello one and all. This is page is going to cover my case mod of the computer named Jupiter. 


To begin I would like to provide some background on this machine. I work at Dona Ana Community College in Las Cruces, NM as a computer technician. After a time working there I found a very interesting tower that I knew I would have one day. It was in the back of a storage room and wasn't really working right. I began my work as usual, putting in spare parts, and then loading Server 2012 on it for use as an FTP server for one of the classes. Little did I know that my professor would let me have at it as soon as I said I was gonna mod it.


The first time I saw Jupiter it was covered in dust, but as I began to move it I noticed some very cool features about it. For one it had nice little caster wheels on the bottom, and on the front cover it had a large amount of HDD indicator lights. The front panel also pops open when you press it. Something I was surprised to see on  a case as dated as this one. I then began to take of the side panels with my screwdriver. They slid backwards as usual, but rested on metal tabs that allowed it to open like a swinging door. Inside was a standard ATX form factor motherboard, ODD mounting points, one fan, and a large case speaker.


Eventually I got it back home, and have just started my project. Project Jupiter.


I woke up in the morning with the light shining down on the case.




It seemed so blank, like a sand blasted obelisk in the middle of the desert. 




The front of it very plain, except for a plastic strip which covers the front buttons and l.e.d. lights




The case itself has much room for optical disk drives. An unlimited amount of bay devices to choose from, and yet I am still asking myself which one?




The old tag on the top of the case, once named for identifying it from the other "planetary" servers. I can't take the name away from this old tower.




The rear of the machine. You can see where heat from the power supply has revealed the bare metal.




Looking up from the bottom we can see it's toes. 4 little caster wheels on which Jupiter sits upon like a pedestal.




I began to remove the side panel.




It still swings open, but not like it should.




A quick look at the spare parts and internals. I will be using these parts in the build to save funds, but I will also be investing in fans, lighting, fan controllers, as well as case parts to increase it's appeal.



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Taking a closer look at the side panel tabs





Inspecting the internal drives (IDE ODD's and Floppy.) They will need to go,



Looking at the internal HDD's


This 500GB Western Digital drive will be quite useful


This 80GB Seagate not so much but I will use it to get all the HDD indicator lights going.


Some DDR2 compatible DIMM slots


A 310W PSU is okay for now, but I may have an extra one laying around to replace it.


Front 120mm fan and case speaker


Back of 120mm fan


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Disconnecting the Serial ATA Connections


Disconnecting the Parallel ATA Connections


Disconnecting the Parallel ATA Connections from the Motherboard


Disconnecting the CPU 4pin


The 24pin power connector was already disconnected


Inspecting the Power Supply connectors - SATA






Tying up the PSU's wires, or as I like to say putting it's hair up!


Nice and out of the way.



I will post more tomorrow since the number of posts are limited!

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