I've been looking for my old PC setup pictures for a while and this topic reminded me to have another look. I knew I had some somewhere, but couldn't find any on my HDD. Then I remembered, they were saved on my old Pentium III PC in the early 2000s. The old HDD is still going strong in 1 of my current systems and sure enough, I found them on there! 😎
You'll have to excuse the picture quality on these, early 2000s camera + early 2000s web optimisation, coupled with poor lighting.
Post edited to add: I was able to date these photos, they're from 2002.
At the time these pics were taken, this was my main system:
Specs then: Pentium III 650MHz, 256MB RAM, 40GB & 200GB HDDs, DVD ROM & CD Writer. Nvidia TNT2 32MB AGP Graphics, Aureal Vortex 2 PCI Sound, Hauppauge WinTV Analogue TV Tuner Card. Running either Windows ME or Windows 2000 (or XP, I can't tell from that image). I still have everything except the monitor, which died in the mid-2000s. Those speakers are still in active usage.
Some Epson Inkjet Printer & a Parallel Port-based Scanner to the left. Plus for added retro value, an old Audio Cassette deck & a bright yellow VHS-C camcorder on top of the PC, plus a boombox to the left and a VCR underneath the monitor connected to the TV tuner. 🤣
To the right of my main PC are these 3:
PC 1 (left) specs: Pentium III 600MHz, 128MB RAM, 40GB HDD, CD Writer. Voodoo3 2000 16MB AGP Graphics, onboard sound. Same OS as main PC.
PC 2 (middle) specs: Socket 5 LPX system, IDT Winchip C6 200MHz CPU, 72MB RAM. Unknown HDD size & had standard CD-Rom drive. S3 Trio64 1MB Onboard Graphics. Windows 98SE would have been the OS.
PC 3 (right) specs: Socket 7 motherboard, AMD K6-2 500 @ 333MHz, 128MB RAM, DVD ROM & CD Writer. Voodoo3 2000 16MB PCI Graphics, Sound Blaster Live! 5.1 PCI Sound. Ran same OS as main PC.
I still have everything except the left monitor, which went faulty and was binned.
To the right of those PCs are another 3:
The specs that I remember them having at the time:
PC 1 (left) specs: Intel 486 SX 33MHz, 32MB RAM. Tseng Labs ET 4000 1MB Onboard Graphics. Would have dual booted Windows NT 4 Workstation & Windows 95.
PC 2 (middle) specs: Intel 486 SX-25 @ 33MHz with 64MB RAM. 1MB Onboard Graphics. Same OS as above.
PC 3 (right) specs: AMD Am486 DX-40 @ 33MHz, 32MB RAM. Hercules Monochrome ISA Graphics Card. Ran DOS & Windows for Workgroups 3.11 in Monochrome. May have ran Windows 95 in Monochrome also. Attached to green screen monitor.
I'm most gutted about these 3 systems, the only thing I still have is the PC on the left itself and parts from the other 2. At least 1 of those keyboards on the right is gone. The thing I'm most gutted about, is that green screen Monochrome monitor on the right is no longer with me. 😢