Spare Parts Computer

by Ed Lau on June 22, 2007

I built myself a new computer early last month but heck, most of the parts I have lying around are still good enough to make a fairly decent computer so I decided to build my Dad a new box based off the old Athlon 64. Throw in an old Radeon X800 and an extra 300GB HD I had lying around and it turned out to be a pretty good system. I picked up a draft 802.11n adapter to go with the N wireless router I’ll be installing soon. Yes, there’s a floppy on it since you never know what kind of archaic stuff my Dad’s friends will give him.

Of course, I needed to get another case since I was still using my own Lian Li 6070 and I wasn’t about to get my Dad some generic beige so I picked up another Lian Li A05 so he can game in style. It’s about 6 inches smaller than most other towers and the power supply is mounted in the front, which is a little weird but it allows for some creative wiring. It’s a bit messy so I might go back and clean the cabling up a bit. Most budget cases look ridiculous with stupid windows or lights but this is all aluminum construction and comes with a little set of mini-tools. Pretty good looking case for only a hundred bucks.

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derek June 22, 2007 at 6:32 am

Seeing the various computers that some of you guys build has almost inspired me to give it a try myself, although I don’t have all those spare parts lying around and don’t really need a new computer right now.

How many machines did you have to build before you felt like you really knew what you were doing? I can program computers but I am not so sure I could build one.


Ed Lau June 22, 2007 at 6:38 am

Let’s see…I’m 24 this year. I got my first computer when I was 7 and probably put together my first one when I was 10…and probably put together one that worked by the time I was 11…although I think it was harder back then.

Everything is nearly fool-proof these days. Everything only fits in one direction and I assume everyone can install Windows and such.


derek June 22, 2007 at 6:49 am

I’d have to do a lot of reading and research before I would try a project like this as I wouldn’t even know what products to order.

If I ever decide to take the challenge, I might have to hit you up for some advice.


Gary Lee June 22, 2007 at 10:31 am

argh . . i have an old AMD 1.6ghz lying around the house that I’ve gone through many nights taking apart and putting together . . . i just don’t have anywhere to put it . . . would you know how to install osx onto it?


coach June 22, 2007 at 11:59 pm

The latest one I built from spare parts is doing a great job as a juke box in my lounge room. It would be running linux if I had time to get wireless networking to work. The lian li case looks good, I will look at getting one for my next project.


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