Plague’s poor man’s array

In another attempt to appease my modding urge, I’ve redone Plague again, this time adding the temporary array from the old Headcrash setup to this box. Basically, I wanted to see if I could stuff four 10,000 rpm SCSI drives into a space designed for two while maintaining tolerable case temperatures.

What I ended up doing was purchasing four wood reinforcing strip from Home Depot and doing a little bit of trimming and clipping to the case to make it fit properly.

Then I drilled two holes in the front of the case for a 120mm and an 80mm fan. The two fans blowing at 7v are sufficient enough to keep the case at ambient without sounding like a vacuum cleaner. Unfortunately, the ball-bearings on the 10k drives whine like madmen.

Here are some pics from the project:


Plague back together

Finally got Plague put back together, after gutting it for parts for Earthquake. It’s going to be a game PC for others to play on my LAN when they come over for beers and such. Plus I need a Win9x PC around for various knickknacks I have loading around that won’t run under WinNT or W2kPro.

I’m thinking of building a low-profile wood case for Plague so that I can sit it on my desk. With four machines and two monitors crammed under there it’s getting a bit crowded. I hope to put two on my desk and free up some room. Or something.

My First PC… Called Plague

This is a machine that I bought about four years ago and have been upgrading steadily ever since. Many of its original components have found their way into my other boxes. I bought my wife a new Dell Inspiron Laptop, making this workstation entirely mine (she got the laptop because I couldn’t stop tweaking our “shared” PC, and she’d get miffed when everything had changed on her yet again.)

Originally purchased from Computer Rage on Telegraph Ave. in Berkeley, CA. It was originally a PII 350MHz on an Asus P2B mobo with a Diamond Viper 330 video card, 2GB HD, and 64 megs of RAM.