Case conversion: IBM PS/2 Model 95

Content by Marijn Kentie. Original HERE.

After reassembling the case, this is the final product. I'm pretty happy with the end result, although some things could have been done a bit better. I'm not the world's best craftsman I guess. I'm not using the case for my primary machine, as much as I love it, because it has no front audio/usb connections and the cooling/noise could be better.

The axial fan only circulates air within the case, it doesn't refresh it. I ended up turning it off anyway, as it makes an unpleasant, droning sound. I added a 92mm intake fan early on (don't worry, I removed the LEDs), but there wasn't really an exhaust fan to speak of. There was noticable heat buildup at the top of the case; after some gaming the top would be warm to the touch and the case temperature was more than 40 degrees Celius. To remedy this I added a slot cooler, which does a wonderful job of blowing the warm air out of the case. The case temperature has dropped about 15 degrees. I replaced the Tital slot cooler pictured with an Antec model which has a speed control switch (and even at full speed it's much more silent that the Titan). It would have been better to use a motherboard tray with a built-in 12mm rear fan, but that would have been more difficult to fit and expensive (ie I didn't have one lying around).

Originally I had a Pentium 3 based system in the case, but as I recently upgraded my main computer I put it's old innards in this case. It's now an Athlon XP 2800+ @ 3000+, 1GB DDR 400, ASUS A7N8X Deluxe v2 and Geforce 6800GT combination. Good enough for when I'm over at my parents.

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Created: Aug 17 2006
Modified: Apr 17 2010

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