AmEv and I have a shared love of the Micron Millenia case. I've had one for a long long time now and have never done anything cool with it. I've had some ideas, but always put off building them.
Well, after the Double Fine Adventure was funded on kickstarter (with my support), I've been watching the updates and getting more and more nostalgic and excited about the old point and click adventure games. Particularly, those made by Lucas Arts. I know I could just put ScummVM on my computer and run my old games, but I want a really authentic experience.
However, the Micron Millenia case is well . . . a circa 2000 case, which is a few years younger than when those games really saw their prime. 3D cards were really becoming popular with several companies making them, and the Sound Blaster was also becoming the new standard in audio cards.
So I decided to make a computer with a bunch of the top of the line hardware from 1999-2000 and then install windows 2000 on it, and put it all in the Micron Millenia and then put a whole bunch of games in the thing.
Hardware is still sort of up for debate as to what is the best of the era. But this is what I'm thinking.
[X] PIII 866 Coppermine
[ ] 1.5-2Gb ram
[X] IDE Hard Drives
[X] CD Rom (I'm pretty sure DVD-rom was coming out around this time, but I've already got the drive)
[ ] ATI Radeon with DDR ram (this was the first Radeon and the first 3D accelerator with DDR ram)
[X] Floppy Drive
So, here are some pictures. AmEv has a decent walkthrough of the case in his Micron Millenia mod, so you can go there for a more detailed teardown. I'm just trying to be fast with my mods. I still have a baby coming and school starts too soon.
Side Panel Open. What a nest in there, but so big and nice and well featured:
Interior. There are 3 hard drives. 2 are sort of modern, but still IDE. Not sure if I'll keep them. There's a raid card, a modem, a network card, and some nothing video card. Also, floppy drive, 240W PSU, and CD-Rom.
Components removed and plastic stripped off the case. All the rivets still need to be drilled out and it needs a pre-paint sand before I can paint it.
Here's the plastic. I'll be using RetroBright to get all the beige plastic back to its new color. I'm not sure about the blue plastic. I'm thinking maybe gold spray paint. Thoughts? The metal will be purple, so gold would match the Lucas Arts theme and their old school logo. But I worry that there's too much blue plastic and that it will be too much. I guess I can always paint it another color if the gold turns out to suck.
I stripped the components apart for paint as well. Might as well go the extra mile, it doesn't take much effort but really adds to the overall effect.
Everything is given a light sanding and then a coat of some reflective silvery stuff.
Then it gets a coat of shiny purple. I ran out while doing the main body of the case. I'll get more tomorrow and finish up everything.
But I was able to finish the PSU, floppy drive, and CD drive. I knew that purple would look awesome with beige, but it's better than I even imagined it would be.
That's all for now. Friday I will spend some money that I should be saving for other things and my wife will be mad at me. That is, if my baby isn't here yet and I haven't found my better judgement by then. Still, this is going to be a pretty quick mod and cheap to boot. I may try to nab an old micron mechanical keyboard while I'm at it. I have a sweet force feedback mouse from around 2000 that will get the purple paint treatment as well.
Thanks for looking!