Ok, I envy you guys who do such amazing modding work. With this I am not making fun, I just want to see how my crappy 2 hour design/build stands up to the big dogs. A friend of mine needed a better computer BADLY so I decided to take a Dell Optiplex I had gathering dust and build him a mid range gaming rig. So I got to work. I thought I was gonna be able to just drop in my 9600 GSO 512 and 4gb of ddr2 1066 and be done. BOY was I wrong. First problem the video card was about 3 inches to tall to fit in the optiplex case. So Alex (the friend) gave me a 15 year old HP that was dead for the case. Second problem apparently the optiplex's mobo is made specifically for the optiplex. The pci slots are opposite of any other computer. Then I decided to just build the computer on his desk and use a milk crate to cover/protect it. Then I found that there is no back plate to mount the cpu cooler. So I decided to get to work with a hack saw.
First off I started with cutting a hole for the optical drive. I also took this time to mount/tape the hard drive to the top of the disk drive.
There really is no worklog. It's a 2hour thing and when I built it I didn't even think about entering it but it turned out to be a half bad mod. Feel free to post your honest opinion I want to know how people react to such a thing
*EDIT* Well because of my extremely low budget of $0.00 I will resign from the contest as I cannot afford any more CM parts. The CM fan was even a freebie.