Basically, our home PC just got moved from a little micro PC "LAN party" style case to an Antec Lanboy Air full tower case. This sucker can hold a half dozen hard drives on air suspended bungee mounts, multiple 2.5" SSDs, two externally mounted drives, and can take something like 16 120mm fans. It’s totally modular – not only ATX, not only ATX-B, but possible future board standards. I had the original Lanboy case, and it lasted me for many years. This one will likely last many more years to come.
To further futureproof things, Windows 7 Home edition was installed and Things Were Migrated.
The final task of the day was to repair my old Acer AL22W16 monitor and add it to the system as a second monitor. It helps to know how to rework SMD-tech circuit boards, as well as hybrids, and have a soldering station in storage. The monitor had started to fail incrementally, but the Internet had a solution1.
The final result is something that I’m sure will last for years outside of occasional upgrades (CPU, mobo, etc.). But a good foundation is needed, and we’re done with that now.
Yes, that’s the Enterprise-A in drydock. Did I ever once ever say I wasn’t a shameless fanboy?
- Please note: my power supply board was a newer part than the one in the article. The capacitors required are different. So I suggest that before you embark a similar procedure, that you take the back off your device and verify the part numbers. I know enough about trons to fake my way out of it, but you might not be, so eliminate the element of chance. [↩]
- I’m warming up to that idea quickly [↩]