IBM NetVista / Lenovo ThinkCentre Sleeper Build

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Acquired a Lenovo ThinkCentre M72e and an IBM NetVista 6578 with a faulty motherboard.

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Gutted most of the M72e

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This is the final result!

Specs:
IBM NetVista A40 6578-TAU case
Arctic F8 Pro PWM 80mm fan
80mm fan installed in front (pulled from M72e)
SeaSonic SS-350SFE 350W SFX power supply
Lenovo ThinkCentre M72e motherboard
Intel Core i5 3470 3.2GHz quad core processor
8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 RAM
DVD/RW drive
128GB Samsung SSD
500GB 7200RPM Western Digital hard drive
1GB AMD RADEON HD6570 PCIe video card
USB 3.0 PCIe card
Windows 7 64 bit

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Spraypainted the metal part of the case. Closest color I could find. Hides the scratches well. The front bezel’s plastic doesn’t really seem to like spray paint much and it peeled off quickly.

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Case is really easy to open. Push 2 buttons on each side and lift it upwards.

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The rear. I/O shield is kinda just stuck on there. Plugged in cables keep it in place. Those are the original NetVista PCI slot brackets.

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Front has USB 2.0 ports on the bottom right corner.

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Cover removed

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The guts

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Another view

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Messy cables galore. Might end up using zipties to settle those down.

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The drives can be flipped easily.

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Samsung SSD

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Front panel pins needed some rearranging and trial + error.

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Closeup of the power supply label.

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IBM Model M made by Lexmark 42H1292

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Corsair Harpoon RGB mouse

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Here it is in action, stacked on top of a complete working original NetVista with a Pentium III 1GHz processor.

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Customized BIOS logo

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The desktop

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System info

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The desk, complete with old Altec Lansing ACS 5 computer speakers.

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NetVista 4:3 wallpaper

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NetVista 16:9 wallpaper

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Black NetVista 4:3 wallpaper

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Black NetVista 16:9 wallpaper

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NetVista icon

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NetVista icon with IBM logo

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