Back in the day, I built all my own computers. As the prominence of pc's happened, pc's became so cheap it was not really worth it any more.
I mean like today, I can buy a 3ghz dell dual core for 150 bucks on ebay. I have been keeping this old full tower case around. It was originally a gateway 486 66dx2.
Yes I kept it that long. Later, I put a pentium 90 then a dual processor 200mhz motherboard inside, running windows nt then win2k. Its old school, you know a real full tower case? So anyhow, now I would like to transplant my current linux box, which is a dell gx260 2ghz machine into this case. I also plan to put an extra at power supply inside
to power all the hard drives I plan to jam in there.
Nightflier sent me an at power supply, and also an atx power supply. They will both fit with a few mods. Thanks dude! My major stumbling block is I never built a computer with an atx power supply. There is a line that goes to the power button. In at, this was a big mechanical switch that came off the power supply. In ATX, this is a simple momentary switch I think that comes off the motherboard, and the motherboard apparently sends a signal to the power supply to turn it on.
Anyhow, if I rip the motherboard out of its current case, do I just need to connect that line that comes from the motherboard and currently goes to the front power switch to a new momentary switch? I guess I just want some advice before I try this. Anyone ever dumped a motherboard from a prebuilt system into an old school case like I will be attempting?
I'd like to transfer this current machines motherboard to the old school case. I will then add an additional pci ide controller I have, then some usb controllers, and a usb hub that will be mounted inside, all to support a ridiculous amount of ide hard drives I have. I haven't counted, but I have something like 10 80-120 gig ide drives.
Yes I know I can save myself alot of trouble by buying a 1tb usb drive, but these hard drives are already here and were more or less free.
Besides this, I have never liked separating a physical drive into separate logical drives.
If I am successful, I will have a seperate 100 or so gig drive for MSDOS files, A seperate 100 or so gig drive for windows, 100 gig drive for amiga files,100 gig drive for os2,
100 gig drive for graphics files, 100 gig drive for mp3 files, 100 gig drive for video files/divx movies, 100 gig drive for documents and ebooks, 100 gigs for samples I use for music creation, and so on and so on...
I will probably never fill them, but there will be a very organized way of storing everything I have, or ever had for that matter. In short, this new system will become my ultimate computer, and will house all the software/graphics files/mp3's/video files, samples and so on I ever had or collected over the years, which is quite a lot.
Any advice on transplanting the dell motherboard into the new case would be greatly appreciated. If this works I will probably upgrade the motherboard soon, but I want to be sure an atx powered motherboard will power up in there okay first. I have a spare dell gx260 sitting doing nothing so part of me just wants to start ripping it in there and if I burn one up in the learning process, no big deal, but I've learned its always best to ask questions and be sure you know what to do before ruining perfectly good hardware.
If there is interest, I will post pictures as I build myself my ultimate vector machine...
Thanks in advance for your thoughts and advice...