Description

This build was 100% not planned at all and was literally planned up on a whim in one weekend.

The backstory on this case: My employer had a couple of really old Prebuilt systems lying around. (We install Fire Alarm, Security, and other types of systems) I asked and took both of them home. The Dell Precision 390 is the younger one at about 12-13 years old but its proprietary. However the Dell Dimension 2400 was almost 18 years old and its basically similar built to an MATX case, So I had this bright idea to take my HTPC which was in my old Core V21 and put it in this!

This build was very straight forward and everything fit with almost no modification to the case which surprised me. In-fact the whole front panel works and lights up, and all the USB ports as well. Only the front audio jack didn't fit and I just cut the wire out as there was no use for it. You put the side panel on and you'd thing the thing never left the early 2000s. The days of single core Celeron's, 512mb of RAM, and IDE for this PC are gone. Out with the old and in with the new... sorta...

Ive never done a sleeper build before so this was my first attempt at one and Id say Im pretty impressed with it. I tried my best with the cable management and the cooler which is also a remnant of another time for PCs just barely fit. This build is a mix of many components from different times. Adds to the character.

As for the hardware itself its a pretty powerful HTPC. Sandy Bridge while almost 8 years old at this point, is still no slouch in gaming tasks. The R9 390 which I found refurbished on Newegg is similar in performance to the RX 570 8GB and is perfect for 1080p gaming. The cooler keeps the locked i7 at respectable temps even in this airflow restricted case. Despite its size it rivals some of the newer, much larger coolers and for $30 was worth it. Finally the SSD was a last minute purchase to get the OS off an HDD from 2009, I have it mounted under the floppy disk drive with adhesive Velcro since this case has no mounting points for SSDs.

The motherboard i got on eBay is nothing special, the PSU was a spare part along with the RAM so not much worth mentioning about it.

Thanks for checking out my Dell Dimension, I swear its not what it looks like!

Comments

  • 4 months ago
  • 3 points

Huge fan of the sleeper aesthetic! +1!

  • 4 months ago
  • 3 points

Thanks! Ive never done a build like this but I think after doing it I can see the appeal behind it. Give your PC a retro or 90s office look.

  • 4 months ago
  • 3 points

No soy boy disco lights? I hate lights so I love this build!

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

nice sleeper. I've actually got one of those old dell towers myself

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

same, maybe i need to give mine an upgrade...

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

I've actually got one of those old dell towers myself

You know what that means? :P

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

love seeing used parts being repurposed +1

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

I used to have a plethora of used parts and I always reused them and then sell them or find a new home for them before recycling. Best someone can use them first before dumping it. Even a good case like this one cant go to waste.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

My family used to have a dimension 3000. Nice sleeper, and on a budget.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

I was actually considering putting my $1500 Ryzen System in it but a budget sleeper sounded more fun as its like trying to see how much performance you can get out of $300-$400 with a little twist. Eventually my Ryzen parts might end up in there anyway in 5-10 years, see how long this case lasts lol

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

This is gorgi, I love sleeper builds so so much, and this absolutely nails it. +1 On a side note, can't believe sandy bridge is almost 8 years old, wheres the years gone lol?

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Ikr? I remember when my first PC (not on here, was an All in One) was new and it had an i3-2120 in it. Can’t believe that was almost 8 years ago lol

Thanks

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

haha i guess the question mark is for gorgi.

It's a made up word, plural or gorgeous ;p

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh no, I know you meant “gorgeous” lol

The “Ikr?” was me saying “I know right?” In response to Sandy being 8 years old and where time has gone lol

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I've actually wanted to do something extremely similar with my Dimension 2400 (Sandy Bridge and similar cooler), so this is really cool to see! (It's also good to know that a cooler of that size would fit) For now though, it sits as a borderline obsolete tower.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

I actually upgraded it already, since the 1600 was $99 at Microcenter I decided to buy it. Plus the 390 didn’t like this case due to poor airflow, I swapped it with an RX 570

Will update soon probably

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, the Dimension has some really ****** airflow in front You could probably make it better if you could somehow tie down a fan in the front Regardless, still a very nice build

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

I zip tied a fan to the front actually, it’s in one of the pictures lol