Recently while searching through my old computer parts while thinking it’s time to discard some of them or give them away. I came across an ASUS P5Q Pro board with a Core2 Q9550 EO stepping mounted in it. It occurred to me that just because it’s an older part doesn’t mean it’s not still a good performer. It’s just not as good as the new stuff, but then old stuff never is (except me). I remember a time when any builder on the web would’ve loved to have had a Core 2, Q9550 EO. So I decided to build it into system and then decide what I’m going to do with it. To be frank, this will be my fourth old parts build since June, but hey, the previous board I found had a Q9650 in it and it’s working just fine with a copy of Windows 7 installed. So I decided to see if I have the parts to make it happen. I found a box with 14 SATA hard drives in it ranging from 160 GB, 320 GB, to 500 GB. I tested them all and they were all still good. I also found a box of about 30 sticks of RAM and several power supplies (Corsair 750W), Antec EarthWatts 650W, and you get the picture. I have a collection of graphics cards going back to the old Voodoo 3 and 5. I located two EVGA Nvidia GTS 8800s which I used on a “Folding” team to increase our points. I still have a couple of old Cooler Master Cases, so the build was on. The only problem is that all the plastic clips on my older Socket 775 coolers were broken or ready to break. Intel’s decision to use clip on socket 775 coolers was a good idea that was poorly implemented because of the cheap plastic clips. That left me with two choices, either I purchase a new one online, or I find a way to repurpose the old ones, and repurpose it is. Whenever I’ve encountered issues with malfunctioning parts in past builds, I’ve always managed to modify them to work, and more often than not even improve upon them. So I grabbed an old Arctic Freezer Pro 7, cooler, removed the plastic clips, and then searched my nuts and bolts collection for just the right size that would allow me to mount the motherboard without the bolts interfering. It was a bit of a pain in the ass but I found nuts and bolts that would do the job, applied thermal paste, and then carefully mounted it to the board. I have to say that the contact of the CPU and heat sink was a definite improvement over the plastic clips. If anyone has any simple but functional modifications they've made, then why not share it?