It should be pretty cheap to replace those fans with modern ones that have 3- or 4-pin motherboard connectors. Those look like standard 80mm units, not so? As to your headphone cable, surely Monoprice has an extension cable.
The case looks like a pretty typical example from around ten to twelve years ago.
I'll have to look into that. I'm hoping that is cheap, as there is a reason I'm using a case the tech dept was throwing out instead of getting a new one. I'm also considering eBaying the Corsair Obsidian 350D and seeing how much I can get for it, if I can acquire something a bit more modern then this one that would come with nicer fans, a solid state bay (My current plan is to mount it to the side of the floppy bay), you know, all the stuff that stunned me with the Corsair (Most of my past experience is taking a part and putting back together computers from the side of the road and replacing parts on HP Deskpros at my high school.....)
From the title, I was expecting something like an XT case. This is neat, but not all that exotic.
Huh, I've never seen one with fans on the top and side before. They seem odd places to put them. I've never seen one like it, but then again, as I've stated, my experience is limited; I've got another thread listing all the mistakes I've made (Not checking the motherboard and case were compatible, overpaying for a CPU, buying SATA cables that I didn't need, massively overpaying for said SATA cables, buying the CPU off eBay and then taking too long to get the other parts so if it doesn't work I'm up the creek without a paddle)
Canageek's probably not as old as us.
I'm 25. Based on a photo I took of the parts the CD drive was made in 2003. I would have been in grade 10 then, so I guess it isn't that old a case. Only 11 years.
I started computing on a white-screen 8K Commodore PET
in 1977. That would be a pretty cool case for a retro PC build using modern components, but I was never a fan of the chicklet keyboard.
My Dad and I have a Commadore 64 collection. http://canageek.wordpress.com/tag/c64/
It would be cool to do something with that.
The problem with 80mm fans is that oftentimes they're either too loud or don't move enough air. I err on the side of silence. If you're interested in getting new fans [snip] I own the Enermax. Very quiet.
Thanks for the information; I'll see how this is and wait a few paychecks for things to get sorted out. Money is a bit tight right now due to some issues with the accounting dept at work, plus tuition coming due at the same time I placed this order.
Those 4-pin molex connectors are designed to get daisy-chained together. That's why there's so many ends.
I was thinking it was something like that, it just seemed odd to have those on the fans instead of making those terminal.
.....I'll think about that if this case turns out to be really noisy. Money is kind of tight; I saved up for about 8 months to get the parts I have now, and even then I had to cut down on what I planned to buy.
Ok, I've installed the motherboard now. I had the first two screws lightly in when I decided to take it back out and recheck the standoffs for some reason. I was right, there was an extra one that didn't match up to a hole on the motherboard. Took that out and installed the motherboard. Man that is a lot of screws. I hope I used the right ones. Shot ones with the mushroom caps, right?
Hindsight; I should have put the drives in first. I did that LAST time, why didn't I do that this time?
"In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. But, in practice, there is."
- Attributed to Jan L.A. van de Snepscheut