I've been wanting to do an XP build for a while. Way back in 2020 GumbyNoTalent kindly sent me a GTX275, and I've been waiting for the right system to appear. That moment was today when I picked up this little number from Gumtree: (They're seller pics, and you can see the rest of them in the pickups thread.) Mobo: ASUS M2A-VM HDMI with HDMI expansion card (adds HDMI/S-video/Composite/SPDIF and takes up the PCIe x16 slot) CPU: Athlon 64 X2 5200+ 2.6GHz RAM: Corsair XMS2-6400 4x1GB Case: Apevia X-QPack It would have been a sweet media & light gaming PC in its day, and will need a bit of work to turn into a retro gaming rig. There's only the one PCIe x16 slot, so the HDMI expansion card will have to go. The PSU is only 290W, and lacks the required 6 pin GPU power plugs, so I've already ordered a Super Flower Leadex III Gold 550W modular to replace it. I wasn't even going to open it up today, but I couldn't not do a quick test fit of the GTX275. Excuse the state of it; it still hasn't had its refurb! To quote a tradie I used to work with, "like a finger in a bum." But this was when I realised that the 6 pin connectors on top of the card slide right under the drive cage, so I've ordered a pair of these 180 adapters: Then I had to have a peek in the drive cage of course, and things escalated from there. "Ay Steve, can you move the Camira? I need to get the Torana out to get to the Commodore." As is the way with cases like this, you're gonna need the keys to the Cortina before you can get to the Camira. The HDD cage had to come out so I could access the CD ROM screws, and before I knew it the whole system was getting stripped down and thoroughly cleaned. I wanted to get the model number off the CPU too, so that's been cleaned up and re-pasted already. It was only dust in there, but there was plenty of it. I've also decided that the multi card reader will have to go. I wanted to keep it in there for its aughts cuteness, but check out that heaving mass of header cables. They're fighting for space in the box with all the stock cables which already give me audio, USB and Firewire on the front panel. I've got a black floppy drive I can put in there instead - probably even less useful than a card reader in this machine, but at least it won't gunk it up. That's it for day one. Next step is to clean up the video card while I wait for the new bits to arrive.