This build is for fun as I enjoyed putting together a system new or old, its still exciting! My daughter will use this PC as well as any family member or guest. I guess you can call it a sleeper build.
I bought this HP back in 2010 for only one purpose "gaming". During that time I have no knowledge about computer at all. Prebuild are good for starter, but its not the best experience. 2016 I started to learn about building computer, meanwhile during my research I found the PC Master Race. After completing three custom PC build, I have many spare parts laying around so I finally decided to upgrade this old HP and give it a new live.
I had to mod the case for more air flow since most of these prebuilt case all have very poor air flow. I took out the hard drive cage since I'm not going to use any. I used the dremel to cut an opening in the front and cut out the floppy drive cage underneath the 5.25 drive to make room for 2 fans in the front. I shaved off the back side on the front panel for a little more breathing and the fans are not choking (surprise) air flow is pretty good overall. The plan was to install two 140mm fans in the front and a 120mm on the side panel, but i can only fit a 120mm and a 140mm in the front. I put the other 140mm on the side panel instead, pulling air directly to the cpu cooler and graphic card. I relocated the audio jacks and usb port up to the 5.25 drive bay.
Cable management is a nightmare in these type of cases, there is almost nowhere to hide cables. A full modular power supply would be useful here, but I only uses what I have laying around. I used a semi-modular power supply so it helped a little and velcro strap helps too. I did my best tho, so if you have a better idea/way, please let me know.
Thanks for looking!