Hello everyone! After being a lurker on here for a long time, I think it's time I finally contributed something. And to make up for lost time, I'm building with the best components and techniques of 2006/7! Why this time period? Windows XP was in its final year, and Vista loomed in the horizon. To me, this year represents the end of a very interesting era in PC gaming and modding. Builds from this time were zainer and had to take a great many risks due to the lack of off-the-shelf "extreme" parts. Plus, I want it to run Crysis! Now, a period piece like this needs some ground rules to keep things interesting and consistent: I can only use PC components from 2006/7 or earlier I can only use modding techniques and practices possible/common in the era The build must capture the essence of extreme XP-era PC modding So right off the bat, I cheat on #1 by using a modern PSU. Power is power, and the peace of mind that my power supply likely won't explode and possibly take out other components is worth it. Plus those supplies are pushing 17 years-old by now! #2 and #3 are relatively similar. No using things like hardline tubing, CableMod cables, smart fans, 3D printers, etc. #3 is more of a vibe check to make sure I'm not using too much "advanced" knowledge from the year 2023 and attempt to capture the whole picture of what modding was like back then. It's unavoidable, but I'll do my best to remain as period-correct in my theming and fab as possible. Speaking of theming, you might be wondering by now: enough history lesson! What the heck are you building?! REDLINE will be a loosely car-themed build centering around the color scheme of brushed aluminum and, well, red. I fell in love with the high-end all-aluminum cases of the early 2000's, and thought it fit the "extreme" theme perfectly. Plus, I love cars! Here is some inspiration I found looking for ideas. I think soft tubing will really help sell the "car" aesthetic. I found this Zalman HTPC case from 2005 at my local electronics recycling center. It's all-aluminum and certainly looks the business!