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Vintage Reborn


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Using a speaker grill is a good idea. It will restrict your airflow a bit, but as long as you don't overclock it's ok.

Go on, it looks awesome!

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Posted · Original PosterOP




Hello everybody! Time has come for another project to start.

I wanted to do a unique build, something thathas never been seen before and as I was walking around the house looking at old stuff I noticed the beauty that would be housing this project, for all you radio lovers, it's a Grundig 4066 radio made in Germany in the late 50's.

This project will be mostly used as a regular daily driver PC and some light photoshop use, it's entitled to my cousin that has been really nice to me helping me take the final pictures for my latest build Chernobyl http://linustechtips.com/main/topic/322976-project-chernobyl/

And also giving me her Nikon D40x camera to take pictures in this project!

Speaking of my latest project, Chernobyl will actually be recieveing a makeover sometime next week where I will be replacing some watercooling stuff and redoing some details like cables and such. But enough of that, you'll have to read that in the Chernobyl buildlog.

I completely understand that some of you will be a bit annoyed or even furious that I will be "ripping" apart such a pretty old radio but it no longer is required and will just start to collect dust so I decided to give it new life instead, if you're wondering about the history.
The radio has been in my family many years originally from my grandfather, and I did not want it to be forgotten.

That's why I gave this project the name, Vintage Reborn.



All components are not decided yet but I will be updating this list as the components get updated.

  • PSU: Bitfenix Fury 550G
  • MOBO: MSI Z97i AC
  • CPU: Intel i5 4690k
  • RAM: 16GB HyperX Fury
  • SSD:Samsung 850 EVO 120gb
  • HDD: WD Green 2TB
  • CPU Cooling: BeQuiet Dark Rock Pro 3
  • Case Cooling: Bitfenix Spectre Pro
  • Lighting: Bitfenix Alchemy LED strips


Big News

Bitfenix has jumped in and decided to sponsor this build.

A big thanks to Bitfenix for supplying me with things for my build.


I will be covering their sponsorship a bit more in detail as the project goes on.


So let's get to work!

I decided to start with showing of the radio before disassembly and also show of what Bitfenix provided me.

Ofcourse I am still pretty new regarding photography so please bare with me if I got some bad angles etc, but I promise you they will become better as the build continues.




Here we have some pictures of what Bitfenix provided me with.






I must say that being sleeving directly from the factory, Nanosleeve is one of the best premade sleeved cables I've seen actually, it feels quite soft and not as "plastic" feely as other factory sleevings.





And ofcourse I have to show a wide picture of the radio and some components





Excuse me for the photobombing but I really wanted to showcase all of the aspects of the radio, now onwards to what I've planned for the PC itself.

The project is expected to be finished by mid summer so it might take a while before you start seeing components dropping in but that does not mean we will be taking it nice and easy, full speed ahead!

I wanted to keep the Retro feel in the PC so I decided to simply not show the IO or the PSU back cover that you normally would find on the back of the PC, instead I will be using

some wonderful things called Panelmounts.

You simply extend the cable and mount it on the outside of something sort of the way most PC cases have on their front panel.

Unfortunately I haven't got a lot of time to work with during this week and the coming because I have my main rig Chernobyl to redo and a lot of studies.


I started picking apart the radio and I can say this right from the start, it wasn't a pleasent experience.

The radio hadn't been opened since the purchase which meant I had about 50 years of dust to deal with.

very well, onwards. The radio is completely disassembled and I started planning where to drill and where to cut holes for all the panel mounts and I also started deciding the component layout inside the radio itself.

Here's a picture of how the radio looks without all the trim.



Also an early version of what the drilled holes will look like

REMEMBER This is not the final product as I still have a lot of touch ups to make the holes look nicer.




The project will be a bit dry on updates for the first weeks as I have a lot to deal with right now but I assure you I will update the log as soon as I've got time for it, ofcourse you should not have to wait.


Here we have some renders in the early stage of the radio that I rendered using Visualizer.

All models were made using the program Sketchup.





Sadly this is all for this update but more will be coming next week!
Stay tuned <3

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Posted · Original PosterOP

oh man.. i like what you doing... but on the other hand... tearing apart a vintage radio hurts.

I even wrote that some people will be offended by this and I understand it, but it's better to have it revived and used daily than collecting dust in the basement.

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I even wrote that some people will be offended by this and I understand it, but it's better to have it revived and used daily than collecting dust in the basement.

Oh im not offended at all. It's your stuff do what you want with it. if anyone's gonna give you crap about it ignore em. I just have a soft spot for old radios because my dad used to buy, fix, restore and collect old radios. If he were around he'd probably love the idea. I hope your project comes out good, and I do like the idea too.

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First Update!

The time has now come for a new update, I have not been able to do a lot of work with the radio itself because of this busy week of studies but I've gained some time off and I guarantee a lot of things will happen the comming week.

I haven't been taking it easy this week ofcourse, I started sleeving all cables that will be included in the build for the panel outputs, I also sleeved the fans from Bitfenix.

I will be heading away soon to purchase some aluminium for some custom fabrication but I won't tell you too much about that, you'll have to wait for the next update.


I recieved my package with some Teleios Sleeving from E22 and got started sleeving.




Here we have some pictures of the Spectre Pro fans from Bitfenix.





Some pictures of the USB and AUX cables







So what do you guys think of the pictures? in my opinion they are getting better and better but I need some honest opinions.


unfortunately that was all for this update, I will see you guys at the next update!

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Update time!
Hello! I'm sorry for the lack of updates the recent weeks but I assure you I haven't been taken it easy. It's been quite a hectic week but I am at last on my feet again and it's time for a new update.
A whole lot has been done the previous weeks, aluminium coverplates have been cut and filed, these will act as small coverplates for the USB, AUX and all the other contacts.
I've gotten my hands on some brass thread to line the outsides of the aluminium plates in as well as some small details. I managed to find a pair of 20W speakers to the radio for some better sound, but I'm still a bit curious whether I want to put a subwoofer in the radio or not.
Sata cables have been sleeved and some other minor things such as the memory card reader and the new start button.
I bought a vandal switch to act as a new start button for the radio which you can see further down in the update.
While I was doing all this and was in the "vintage-feeling" I decided to make myself a new USB-mini usb for my keyboard, you can also see that below.
The next update will be arriving shortly and will contain some product overview as I have some new things coming in.
Enough of that, let's get on with the pictures.














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Totally amazing.

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i would have used the ventilation to my advantage for putting rads an making a super sneaky water cooled setup so it looks like a vintage radio but its really a crazy powerful system. Of course I don't even have the money to do that sooooo

Is that a computer or a jet engine? Why not both?

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So following this! Epic :D

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Thank you :)


Totally amazing.



i would have used the ventilation to my advantage for putting rads an making a super sneaky water cooled setup so it looks like a vintage radio but its really a crazy powerful system. Of course I don't even have the money to do that sooooo

Yeah that would be amazing, it's not going to be a super high end computer though.


So following this! Epic :D

Thank you!

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Hello fellow modders! The time has come for a new update, all the components I've been waiting for are now sitting happily at my desk, everything has been tested and works just fine.

I've acquired a Dark Rock Pro 3 cooler, and I have to say this has to be one of the best looking air coolers I've seen. The new amplifier for the radio is home, it's a Lepy LP-V3 for those of you who are interested and will be powering 2 20w speakers.

I'm thinking of doing something unique with the cooler to make it fit the build better and I came up with the concept to put the old speaker grills over the fans on the cooler, but I'm not quite sold on the idea yet so I need your help deciding, what do you think?


I've purchased some 2.5 square transparent copper cable for the speakers as I really see them fitting the theme of the radio, everything's starting to come together and I will we will see some components in the radio very soon! I just have to figure out where to put the amplifier.

Here are some pictures.


This is the time where I need your help, I can't decide whether I want to put the grills there or not, of course the "Volvo Sound" logo will be sanded away but apart from that, what do you think?
please give me some feedback!
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Looking good :)

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Feel free to ask questions in the forums - Personal support issues/RMA -> support.bitfenix.com

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Srsly doe! I follow plz update moar plz

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