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Sep. 30th, 2011

Kaboom's Adventures in PC Modding, part 1

For about ten years, there's been an old computer in my basement that no one ever uses. For a very long time, it only had Windows 95 on it, and no one really ever bothered to turn it on, because, uh, Windows 95? Come on!

Recently, however, there've been a few changes made to it. The ancient hard drive was swapped out for a newer (well, relatively, anyway) hard drive that definitely was a lot bigger. The motherboard was replaced with a (again, still relatively) newer model, one that can support the newest version of Windows, albeit not very well. Anyway, over the past few months it's gone from being almost two decade out of date to maybe four or five years out of date.

And now it's mine. Apparently my dad was sick of it, and decided to give it to me to upgrade and do what I want with it. So, I'm trying my hand at case modding, as well as just generally upgrading it (because even with the pseudo-upgrades, it is still pretty useless). Now, I don't even have a dremel, much less know how to use one, and I can't be assed to go get one (or learn how to use it), so for this first project I'm just painting the case and messing with the LEDs. Yeah, it's not very exciting compared to what some people do- I'm not turning my PC into a fish tank, even though that would be badass- but it's a start. Modding is a very expensive hobby, and especially considering that I'm going to have to completely replace just about everything, I can't afford to get too fancy with the case, especially not with the holidays coming up. And this is still just my first time- I don't want to screw up too badly and end up tossing several paychecks down the drain.

Well, anyway, this project isn't very far along yet, the only thing I've done is paint the plastic bits of the case, and trust me, it doesn't look like much. About the only thing I can say for it this time is that it's not this dingy sort of beige anymore. It's going to look much nicer when I'm done, anyway, even if I haven't been able to replace the hardware yet. It might still run like crap, at least for a while, but at least it won't look like it's twenty years out of date.