View Full Version : Project: Pink Bits

06-25-2007, 04:17 AM
A friends niece needs a new computer after her PIII laptop died. They don't have too much money to spend and just need something for homework and word processing, maybe play a little music.
They had a budget of $500 and I just bought this on eBay for $250:



It's a P4 1.7Ghz, 256mb ram, 20Gb HDD with XP Pro installed and has the licence sticker. So not exactly a brilliant system, but better than what she had and it's within the budget by a fair bit.
I'll be doing just some simple paint work on it and maybe an LED fan or two to make the system a little more attractive to a teenage girl who loves pink.

I should be heading down to Sydney towards the end of the week and I'll pick it up then.

I'll probably upgrade the ram and put in a bigger HDD and a fresh install of XP and that will be it upgrade wise.
Maybe a better looking mouse and keyboard too.

And yes I can see the irony of painting a case pink while I'm busy getting rid of the pink on another case...

06-25-2007, 10:19 AM
You might want to Look into the Pink PC Kit:
And some Pink paint with Metal Flake or Sparkles :D


06-25-2007, 11:21 AM
You might want to Look into the Pink PC Kit:

Way ahead of you! I'm bidding on this on eBay at the moment:

http://img183.imageshack.us/img183/765/ready2b1a3de4bi6.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

07-04-2007, 04:33 AM
The computer turned up today and seems to boot up and work fine.

So here is the raw material I'm working with.


The front USB ports and headphone jack:


It opens at the back and the top hinges forward, showing it's insides.



And the PCI slots come off a riser card so it can take full height cards.


I'm going to look for some paint tonight.

07-04-2007, 04:52 AM
I could donate some 184p ram if that's what it calls for but I'm sure you already have 5tb's of ram laying around though haha. lemmy know

EDIT:: I don't know if the dell is 775 or 478 but I have a 2.4ghz (478 ) too. I'm not sure if it's going bad or if the mobo is limiting it. Runs everything quick until you run a game... then it slows to a crawl. (the same cpu my old system was spiking with after the mobo "upgrade.")

07-04-2007, 05:04 AM
Thanks for the offer!
I do have some spare RAM lying around and will give it another 256Mb. As for the CPU, this one will be fine for the purpose. This computer I would like to keep fairly standard so there is no chance (or less chance anyway) of system failure.
So thanks again, for the offer, but I will right.

07-07-2007, 12:05 AM
I stripped all the plastics off yesterday and got the first two coats of paint on, today I'm planning on getting the painting finished.

Bare case with plastic removed:


Some pinks bits:


And some purple bits:


I just removed the front of the DVD drive and put some purple paint on it too. It's just the front of the monitor I have to do now.

07-08-2007, 08:56 AM
Here's a few pics of the painted and reassembled case.

I'll post more pics once the monitor, keyboard and Mouse is all done.

http://img103.imageshack.us/img103/8241/cameradump221ef9.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

http://img261.imageshack.us/img261/2470/cameradump222mf8.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

http://img174.imageshack.us/img174/4103/cameradump223to5.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

07-08-2007, 02:38 PM
I was going to do more, but they want the computer sooner rather than later and those Dell cases suck balls to work on modding wise.

07-26-2007, 09:03 AM
I've finished off the computer and it's being picked up tomorrow.

Here's the final pics.

Painting the monitor:


And the finished product:



07-29-2007, 10:20 AM
Holly got the computer today and she was wrapped! She loved the colours, so I'm glad it wasn't too girly for her.

edit: I just got a PM on anther forum about it. Apparently it is now sitting on a pink heart shaped table next to a bed with pink sheets and a heart shaped pink pillow, so it fits in very well with what she like!

Link to original thread. (http://www.thebestcasescenario.com/forum/showthread.php?t=9071)