The motherboard's pretty clean, no bulging caps to be seen. The case is NOS, so looks pretty plain for now, it should look more interesting once the drives are installed, and I find a case badge.
Took some effort (and 2 screwdrivers) to get the HSF off. This was the first time I'd found out the CPU type. Guess there is room to go up to the 2800+ MP down the road.
The AOpen case comes standard with a 250W PSU, but from reading a thread on Vogons about a build based on the same board (http://www.vogons.org/viewtopic.php?f=25&t=46033), a strong 5V line is recommended. This Antec should be OK I imagine.
Nice thing about having a NOS case is having all the pieces to install a motherboard! No hunting for standoffs that are the right size.
Motherboard looks right at home in the case, plenty of room. Recently purchased AGP Radeon 3650 is installed too. Thankfully uses a Molex connector, no fancy PCI-E connector required.
Boot took a little troubleshooting - when the PSU had power, the board power light came on, the fans spun up, but there was no video output or speaker beep. Once I turned the speaker and power connectors around (matching up the +), the power switch worked, and it booted up, with just a slight lag. Seems that the board might be testing the CPUs for MP capability first. The RAM is a problem though, used a single 1GB Kingston DDR stick, only 512MB is detected though. Might need registered DDR for greater RAM capacity - will RTM
Had some trouble with the keyboard - for some reason the PS/2 keyboard I have wouldn't work in the BIOS, but a previously untested IBM keyboard (122 key, with Soarer's USB adapter) worked perfectly! Now I just need to clean this up, it is pretty grubby.
The system is fairly close to complete in this state. Next steps:
- Install floppy/optical drives
- SSD or SCSI?
- Increase system RAM
- XP SP3
- PCI sound? Have a Hercules Game Theater XP that is looking for a home ... not sure it's better than on-board sound though
Edit 15/2/2016 - upped the RAM to 2GB.