IBM Aptiva sleeper build suggestions

Discussion in 'Modding' started by Ronald Reagan, Dec 6, 2018.

  1. Ronald Reagan

    Ronald Reagan Member

    Aug 31, 2017
    Rancho del Cielo
    So Christmas holidays are almost here and it's that time of the year where I get the itch to do another build. I've been having this IBM Aptiva in my wardrobe for years now meaning to do something with it. Hoping to hear out some potential ideas since I'm way behind on modern hardware .. last build I did was a phase change X79 system and a water-cooled X58 system before that, pretty much stopped paying attention since.

    - CD/DVD drives have to be functional. I'd like to use the existing beige ones to keep with the colour scheme but they use IDE cables, any way to get around that if using a modern motherboard?
    - Quiet and cool (will be used in a room with no AC in the summer)
    - No GPU (I don't game)
    - Preference to spend more on CPU as I do video/photo editing occasionally
    - Budget to not exceed $600 on running gear (excl. cooling and peripherals)
    - It needs a SFX psu but all the ones I can find are black..making it look out of place when looking at the computer from the back. Any industrial steel unpainted looking SFX psu around?
    - mATX or ITX mobo

    Stuff I already have:
    - 128GB M2 SSD and pcie adaptor
    - 500GB WD Black HDD (x2) and lots of SATA cables
    - Original CD drives that came with the pc
    - 27" LCD monitor

    I don't mind buying used or older parts that do the job. The PC won't be used very intensively most of the time, would just like it done cleanly. Here's an example of a build I like, which unlikely cannot be replicated due to it using very rare parts:

    Last edited: Dec 6, 2018
  2. Alby1976

    Alby1976 Member

    Mar 1, 2002
    Mt Isa, again....
    Wow, that was my 1st PC.
    Hardware wise I can't help you, but as for cooling, I think you can open up a decent sized hole under the front for more inlet air, which will be hidden.

    Good luck, look forward to seeing it evolve.
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  3. /invariance\

    /invariance\ Member

    May 23, 2012
    Likewise I can't be of much help with most of the hardware, but for your ODD requirement, ebay will have IDE to sata adapters.
    Video/photo editing on a budget, probably look at AMD then.
    Anyways, good luck with the sleeper.
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  4. pivot

    pivot Member

    May 15, 2015
    Have a look in the retro arcade forum for some inspiration and you may be able to get some parts from there also.
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