Take your typical Dell Optiplex GX110 from the year 2000. Add a modern optical drive.
Note the side panel. That button on the bottom of the front bezel releases it and it swings upwards like a gullwing door.
Gut the case. All these parts are going to a friend’s place. Original was a 600MHz Pentium III with 128MB RAM and 10GB HD.
The front with everything removed.
Note how utterly proprietary this is.
An inside view from the side
Removed or flattened these clips. Combination of a wire cutter and dremel. See that long thin metal tab near the drive cages? That was all flattened eventually by a hammer.
All cut. Not perfect but it’ll do. Ended up touching the edges a bit with the edge of a grinder.
Side panel doesn’t care about the rear being cut off. Fits just like it originally did.
Cheap donor case.
And we’re gonna reuse half of it.
View from the other side. Also this was $25 shipped on ebay and it... came with a 240GB SSD sitting in it. Nice!
This air powered tool did the job (thanks Geoff for your advice). Haven’t tried it on human flesh yet.
Cut it like so... and was able to drill some holes in the original case to screw this... half case into the new one.
The rear... am retrobrighting the case right now.
Here you can see how it is secured to the case. There’s also a USB 3.0 front panel I spray painted white.
Should be fun! Just waiting for the motherboard and it’ll be ready to go.