Reply 31800 of 33233, by gex85
So, I went to pick up a few cabinets the other day... The gentleman I bought them from used to have a company for marine electronics development and production but went bankrupt like two years ago. He had already sold most of the production tools and parts and was now selling what was left over - office furniture and things like that.
When we entered the building, he told me that if I wanted any of the other stuff, I could have it too... well, yes, I did want some of the other stuff!
In the end I left not only with my two cabinets, but with a bunch of retro hardware as well:
1. Three complete systems:
a) Compaq Deskpro EN, Pentium III 933, 256MB, 10GB HDD, excellent overall condition, just slightly yellowed front panel. Boots up to Win2k Prof.
b) Videoseven Tower with Pentium III 450 on an Epox EP-BA3 (440BX chipset, caps look like new), Rage 128, etc. etc., boots up to Win XP SP3
c) AT Desktop case with "Privileg" label (a brand used by German mailorder pioneer Quelle) which used to house a 286, now with a Gigabyte GA-6BA, Pentium II 350, Tseng ET6000, boots up to Win 98 SE. Not yellowed at all, complete with a 5,25" disk drive.
2. An AOpen MX3L MicroATX board (440LX chipset) with Celeron 400 MHz CPU and 256MB of RAM, working and in good condition
3. An AT keyboard by Cherry
4. A bunch of PCI and ISA cards, the more interesting ones being:
a) An ISA Soundcard by Expertcolor with Yamaha YMF719E-S chipset
b) An ISA SCSI Controller by Adaptec, AHA-1510A
c) An Intel i960-based SCSI RAID Adapter: ICP GDT6117RP
d) A PCI SCSI Controller by Adaptec, AVA-2904
5. A box full of SIMMs
6. Two Seagate HDDs from the late 90s
Since all of this stuff would have ended up in the dumpster anyway, the guy gave it to me for FREE. 😄
The Videoseven system will probably replace my existing Slot 1 440BX machine because the tower is of excellent build quality (as opposed to the one I already have) and I have a weak spot for Epox boards.
The Compaq machine is awesome because it is in nearly original state, but I don't have real use for it...
The 286 case is built like a tank, heavy steel everywhere, absolutely great. Might try to find a 286 or 386 board for it, but this era has never been my top priority, so I might as well sell it. But the current configuration with a Slot 1 board an P2-350 is not particularly useful for me and somehow feels wrong for this case...
Yesterday I made another great deal with some guy who had many AGP and PCI expansion cards on eBay Classifieds for 1€ per piece, regardless of what it was. More on that later... 😉
1992 - i486DX2-66 // 1997 - P1-233 MMX // 1998 - P2-350 // 2000 - P3-650 // 2001 - Athlon 1400 // 2003 - Athlon XP 3200+ // 2008 - Xeon E5450 // 2015 - Xeon E3-1240v5