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I've always wanted to do this, and this is my first attempt.

I wanted that original Retro look so I made it appear original from the outside wherever I could.

I tested the rig in a standard case for a while, then worked on modifying the IBM XT Case. I had to chisel through a bunch of welds to remove the motherboard mounts and rear slots, then I used an angle grinder to widen the power supply hole and made room for the ATX IO Shield. Then I drilled out an ATX motherboard tray and the rear slot/io shield area from a crap case I didn't want and drilled/pop-riveted them into the XT case.

The optical drive is an apple laptop slot loading DVD with the floppy drive faceplace glued to it, and the HDD tray is an old 3.5 floppy drive to 5.25 adapter with it's front cut off, and the HDD faceplace glued to it (with LED attached for originality)

I added three fans (two side inlet, one rear exhaust) to increase cooling, and it seems so far to be okay! The smaller exhaust fan at the rear is a bit noisy under load, but the video card accounts for part of that anyway.

So far so good, I know it's a bit rough in places but I've done what I set out to :)

Enjoy!

Thanks to all for the nice comments! :) I've really enjoyed sharing this experience with you all.

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Comments

  • 26 months ago
  • 13 points

This is not authentic. You need a CRT display on top of the case! :D

Nice job there. Well done.

  • 26 months ago
  • 5 points

Haha! Tempting but I don't have one I am willing to butcher!

Thanks :)

  • 26 months ago
  • 0 points

xD the CRT would just KILL thE tHEME

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

i approve of this comment!

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  • 26 months ago
  • 6 points

This is more of a Trojan horse build than a sleeper build. Well done.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol I guess. Thanks! :)

  • 26 months ago
  • -1 points

lol.. thanks so much for this!

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

well said!

  • 26 months ago
  • 5 points

I really enjoyed this! Thanks for posting. I was looking to see if I could build one in an IBM Intellistation given if they made any that used the ATX standard. I'm sure you did some research, did you come across any IBM models that used ATX? I know the more recent ones are BTX.

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

You can look for IBM Netvista M42 and M50, both are ATX

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

No worries :) I'm sure a lot of them from the late 90's are, I had an Aptiva that I'm pretty sure was ATX.

  • 26 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice build. I really want to make a sleeper build as well.

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks man. It's worth it! Can't wait to bring it to a LAN night haha

  • 26 months ago
  • 3 points

Amazing sleeper build! +1!!!

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice sleeper build!

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Aaaaaand up you go!

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol!

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

I had an IBM pc XT compatible once upon a time a 40 years ago :) with a whopping 256 kb of memory on board and a 640k ISA memory expansion card. the old 8088 processor running at at blazing speed of 4.77 Mhz coupled with a 5 1/4 20 mb hard drives + a CGA card attached to a Green CRT monitor I love this case because its like opening your car hood and lo and admire all that stuff inside :) +10 to you dude I love what you done here. it brought a lot fond memories back again regarding early 80's computing. I like much !!! so :v

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks heaps man!

Yeah I love the old IBM's, I have a PC, XT, AT and a portable PC. I got this empty case just for the build though, don't want to touch my originals!

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

1980...38 years ago.

Jesus Christ.

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

LOVE IT!!!!

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Me too! Thanks!

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

I love it it is so funny seeing new parts in a old pc you would expect to see dusty old parts BUT !!! can it run Roblox

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha I'll have to try! Thanks :)

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Good lord, you put quite a lot of work in to this thing. Work which I wouldn't be able to do. SO, for that you have my maximum kudos.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

AMAZinG

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Love the sleeper build. This isn't done enough.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :)

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Just awesome! Nice work with soldering the power to the gpu. +1

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Lol thanks. It's not pretty but it works.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Congrats on the feature! I had hoped it would be featured.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

I knew this would be a feature, nice job!

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

This is great haha Awesome job!

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

seeing windows 10 from the picture... i was confused at first!

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha thanks!

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Congrats on featured!

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Is that a slot-load DVD drive that is actually accessible behind an old floppy drive faceplate? Fantastic!

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes it is, thanks!

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice, very creative :-D +1!

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

haha this is super cool

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Cool!

I've got a 486 and that's all I'll ever need.

hrr heh... ya sank my batlleship hrrrhrrehihihrrrrheh

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Jaaaaaaaaaaaaames!

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Booooooooooooooooooob!

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

All you need now is an IBM Model M keyboard!

Neat dude

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha I've got one, but I value it too much to muck with it. Thanks :)

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Disappointing, I actually expected a retro pc with the works.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Fair enough. I have a genuine XT as well, I just had this extra empty case and someone had already started cutting into it so it was worthless for an original. Maybe I'll post my real XT later on? :)

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome !!! I would really like to see that.

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

You should call it: The Narcoleptic

Because it's a hell of a sleeper.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Hahahaha thanks!

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Dear God this thing is Awesome! I definitely approve of this build! +1

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks!

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Probably one of the most creative Sleeper builds I've ever seen! Nice job!

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :)

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Fantastic! I absolutely love it.

If you happen to have any pics of the case mods prior to installing the parts they would be great to see.

Congrats on the feature +1 from me for sure

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Nah I don’t unfortunately, but it was out of an old atx tower case. I drilled out th pop rivets then cut it to size with a hacksaw.

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Most impressed!

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Does anyone recommend a similar build to this.. except cheaper?

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Because I got the case for free, I don't think it could be done cheaper. It's just getting the PC specs you want and some hard work :)

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build dude :D I always love to see people do those kinds of builds +1

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool build +1

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks!

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

How many times did you get cut during this build? I know when I did something similar I heavily anointed it in my blood.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

A few lol. Had to clean it a few times hahaha

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

not enough beige

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Very cool! Great job!

Reminds me of my first PC build. I used the enclosure from a Wang 386. Pretty sick.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha nice, thanks!

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Very cool! :D

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Very cool build but, whath the heck your gpu fan spinning without power ???????

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha! Power soldered to th back of the board due to space constraint.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

It needs more pictures!

  • 24 months ago
  • 0 points

Looks awesome!! I would do the same, its just a bit tricky to get hold of an IBM PC in the UK for a reasonable price though...

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man. Yeah they are getting hard to come by. I lucked out on this empty case so it worked out allright.

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  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

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  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

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  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Do it!! :D

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  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks very much! Haha it had it's frustrations I can tell you, especially getting the GPU power wires soldered. But all is well that ends well.

Praise God indeed :)

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Why was that comment deleted? What a place for religious censorship...

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