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Retro PC Case

Postby LordGilboy97 » 2019-8-10 @ 23:37

This is a new old stock beige/blue PC case I bought off of eBay for $35. I'm gonna be using this case for my budget Windows 98 gaming PC. What do you think?


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Did PC cases have color like this one in the late 90's?
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Re: Retro PC Case

Postby tdc » 2019-8-11 @ 00:05

To me that looks more like an early-2000s design, with the smooth curves, translucent plastic and relatively small form factor. But it's not so far off from a late-90s design to be absurd.
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Re: Retro PC Case

Postby ShovelKnight » 2019-8-11 @ 09:44

I love those old compact ATX cases where the power supply is not located above the motherboard. It's a pity there are no cases like this anymore.
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Re: Retro PC Case

Postby SpectriaForce » 2019-8-11 @ 14:17

This enclosure design looks very 2000ish. The transparent plastic used to be a trend between 1998-2004.
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Re: Retro PC Case

Postby pan069 » 2019-8-12 @ 02:08

Why is the PSU area so large? I assume the PSU sits at the top, what's the space underneath it for? Fan?
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Re: Retro PC Case

Postby ShovelKnight » 2019-8-12 @ 06:24

The PSU area is standard size, the PSU is oriented vertically and sits to the right of the motherboard.
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Re: Retro PC Case

Postby oeuvre » 2019-8-13 @ 13:04

Anyone else not a fan of these designs? Putting that power supply there will negatively impact cooling AND limits what you can put there.
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Re: Retro PC Case

Postby imi » 2019-8-13 @ 13:34

that PSU placement can actually help with cooling, especially with SLOT cpus.
original ATX designs were built with PSU airflow in mind.

you shouldn't put a normal socket cooler with a fan that counteracts the PSU fan there of course.

according to wiki the original idea with ATX was to draw air into the case with the PSU but that apparently got canned :lol:
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Re: Retro PC Case

Postby jaZz_KCS » 2019-8-13 @ 16:13

imi wrote:according to wiki the original idea with ATX was to draw air into the case with the PSU but that apparently got canned :lol:



Not quite canned. It was used regularly in [SFF] MicroATX desktop cases (for example HP) which used SLOT1 processors (that did not have active cooling by themselves).
The air would be sucked in via the PSU at the back of the machine and then sent via an airduct towards the SLOT1 passive cooler. (The PSUs only had 70-90 watts up to the PIII-500 era and therefore the air coming out of them even after prolongue usage is way below what one would call even "very warm")

Shortly after, this design was swapped around, since the vast majority of SLOT1 processors did use/demand active cooling. I myself have actually switched the fan inside one of these PSUs around so it now sucks the air out, since I have substituted the once present PIII-500 (passively cooled and gets rather hot) with a PIII-800 (which has active cooling and lower TDP).

Here you can see one of these ducts:
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Re: Retro PC Case

Postby imi » 2019-8-13 @ 16:37

interesting, I guess those cases were primarily made with slot CPUs in mind, most that I see around seem to have PII/PIII slot systems inside, I also remember having a case like that with a PII system around.
the posted one still seems to be a newer case though.
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