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Windows 7: Modifing old desktop machine in new case

01 Aug 2015   #1
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 
Modifing old desktop machine in new case

Hi,
I've been pondering the idea to put this old desktop in a newer case for quite a while,
Acer aspire AX3810-U3802A which is a good system great 7 64 bit install I do all graphic's work on it.... it has very poor cooling but I did upgrade the ram to Crucial 8gb pack 4x2gb
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Has a meager ASUS GT 640 in it now and no I did not pay that much for it I believe it was 85.us
Amazon.com: ASUS Graphics Card GT640-1GD3-L: Computers & Accessories

I happen to have a EVGA 980 hybrid hanging around,
Amazon.com: EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Hybrid 4GB GDDR5 256bit, PCI-E 3.0, DVI-I, 3 x DP, HDMI, SLI, HDCP, Air-Water Hybrid Graphics Cards 04G-P4-1989-KR: Computers & Accessories
After replacing it in my new build for a ASUS 980-P 20th anniversary gold

The pins are identical in length :/ wondering if it will work on my older
desktop if a new case and of course psu is used


Costs,
Case 120.us
Psu 160.us
Fans 80.us
EZ Swap EVO dual sdd hot swap 40.us
Fan controller and pci slot rpm twisters and cpu cooler Noctua NH-D14 =145.us
GPU 980 hybrid 600.us
Total 1060.00

Just ordered a Q9550 cpu 88.us
Amazon.com: Intel Core 2 Quad Processor Q9550 2.83GHz 1333MHz 12MB LGA775 CPU, OEM: Computers & Accessories
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (4 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3
1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7Q-8GBXH - Newegg.com

adding another 140.us
G-Skill not compatible sticking with Crucial ram.
Total 1140.us

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03 Aug 2015   #2
countzero

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

i've done that twice with HP workstations to get more disk slots for raid.
bit of a hassle to make it fit & stuff, needed new PSU.
then it was good.
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03 Aug 2015   #3
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
Yea I'm kind of stuck now,
The case is a$$ backwards compared to newer cases meaning the opening door is on the right side instead of the left :/
So I don't see this happening ?
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04 Aug 2015   #4
countzero

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

i'd be suprised if that made a difference.
just had a look at the mobo of your acer, looks like standard ATX.
the door is on the right side, but the audio ports are on top. ergo a straight 180 tilt.
even power switch, leds are standard. looks like a very easy mod.
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04 Aug 2015   #5
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Thanks I just need to find a case I can use for it,
If you run into one please post where
I have not seen one yet
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04 Aug 2015   #6
countzero

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

any atx case
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04 Aug 2015   #7
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

As long as the door is on the right side and not the left
Like I sais this board is ass backwards so everything has to mirrored
I believe the actual board is a mini or micro 10.5 tall x 14 deep x 4 thick is the case size now.
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05 Aug 2015   #8
countzero

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

nope, the board is normal. google images -> the name of your board.
it's currently mounted on the wrong side, so the audo ports point up instead down. if i flipped my computer on it's head it'd be the same.
normal atx case.
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05 Aug 2015   #9
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Okay thanks
I was wondering if Acer simply flipped the board upside down to get it that way
It's always been so weird to me lol
Cheers.
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06 Aug 2015   #10
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Looks like the board is 1-1/2" shorter than a typical micro atx
9-1/2" w X 8" T
So at least 4 mounting holes I imagine will not line up with a new case I'll assume

Also there is only 2 fan ports 1 being used for the cpu cooler now
Being I could use a liquid cooler which would run off of a usb2 port which there are at least 4 and possibly 5 of them 4 being used now

gpu is already a liquid cooled all it needs is additional power from the new psu
Problem might come up here all of the usb2 connections would be under the gpu :/
1 already is so it should have clearance over the other 3-4 usb2 connections

A lot of modifying just to mount the old board
Trying to decide if it's worth the hassle
There's plenty of cheap cases around... but then again if it all fails why have a cheap case around so I might just get another Corsair 450D or similar so at least I can move forward if all does not work.
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