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Convert an IBM System X3200 M3 case to be ATX compliant
« on: February 10, 2022, 06:05:00 am »
The IBM System X3200 M3 workstation is 90% compatible with ATX motherboard.

I was fortunate to get one for $20 AUD. The modifications are:

* I/O plate trim down to fit the ATX I/O plate (it is not perfect, there is a small gap)
* USB front panel hub
* LEDs front panel
* PSU replacement

URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=anJDGK0RPOI
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Re: Convert an IBM System X3200 M3 case to be ATX compliant
« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2022, 05:54:02 pm »
I like it! It suits the 'Bird, gives it a T2 vibe. However, 120W PSU standard? Wow, that *is* a joke.

Also, if you have any nice pictures of it, I'd like to do another "ShowUsYourTalos" post on Talospace, so I'd be delighted to feature it.

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Re: Convert an IBM System X3200 M3 case to be ATX compliant
« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2022, 01:39:27 am »
I’ll take some photos with my DSLR camera this weekend
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Re: Convert an IBM System X3200 M3 case to be ATX compliant
« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2022, 09:02:42 am »
The IBM System X3200 M3 workstation is 90% compatible with ATX motherboard.

I was fortunate to get one for $20 AUD. The modifications are:

* I/O plate trim down to fit the ATX I/O plate (it is not perfect, there is a small gap)
* USB front panel hub
* LEDs front panel
* PSU replacement

URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=anJDGK0RPOI

Wow, that's really nice. I like how well USB3 blue complements the Power9 case sticker too. Classic's right, that stock PSU is hilariously awful, especially for anything with such beefy (deafening) cooling. If I could find another non-x86 motherboard I'd love to make it live in the husk of an old white Aptiva. Time will tell on that one.

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Re: Convert an IBM System X3200 M3 case to be ATX compliant
« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2022, 11:28:30 am »
I actually have a old white Aptiva husk, but it's a little small for a Blackbird, and it has sentimental value (long story).

Anyway, thanks, tle! PM me or whatever and I'll get them posted. People will enjoy it.

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Re: Convert an IBM System X3200 M3 case to be ATX compliant
« Reply #5 on: April 08, 2022, 07:02:14 pm »
"Let's boost this beast up"  ;D I think I know what you meant, but does anybody remember those old turbo buttons that really old builds sometimes had? It might be worth installing a faux turbo button if only for nostalgia's sake.
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