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How many Retro PCs do you have in your house?

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Reply 20 of 202, by Standard Def Steve

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Here are the three I actually use:

For DOS and some early Win9x stuff: The Cardboardpro 4000
PII-300, sometimes underclocked to 133MHz
192MB of EDO (6 SIMMs)
SB AWE64
PCI Radeon 7000
20GB 7200RPM Maxtor HDD
LG CD-RW/DVD-ROM combo
Win 95-B and a rarely used Win2k partition
Cardboard chassis, Cold cathode lamp and side window. Proudly assembled in Canada 😀

For Glide: The trash-picked Dimension T550
PIII-1200 underclocked to 900MHz (OEM SE440BX-3 mobo only supports 100FSB)
384MB PC100
Aureal vortex 2 (SQ2500)
Voodoo3 3000 AGP
40GB IBM HDD
Pioneer DVD-ROM
Win98SE

And for old, yet modern games: The Über PIII
PIII-S 1400 overclocked to 1585/151
1.5GB of SDRAM @ 151/CL2
Radeon 9800 Pro
SB X-Fi
Asus TUV4x board
250GB 7200RPM WD
LG DVD-RW, Gb Ethernet
WinXP Pro SP3

Reply 21 of 202, by bristlehog

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Malik, what a strange combo FDD you have in your 486 system. I saw Epson, Mitsumi and Teac ones, but nothing like yours. What is it?

Also, what Cooler Master case contains your P2 build?

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Reply 22 of 202, by feipoa

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From your criteria, I have 11 cased "retro" systems. Many are still undergoing changes in my persuit for the best maxed-out systems of various eras. EDIT: 12 - Forgot about the long lost SE/30 in a box somewhere.

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Reply 23 of 202, by GL1zdA

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leileilol wrote:

too many

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3 self built PCs, a self built AlphaPC, a Compaq Deskpro 386N, a Compaq Deskpro XL, a Highscreen Compact, 4 IBM PS/2s, 8 SGIs, an RS/6000, an HP 715 and a PowerMac.

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Reply 24 of 202, by sgt76

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I had shit ton loads of old systems until mid last year, but currently I have 2 systems meeting your criteria, a Dell Optiplex GX Pro 200mhz and a modded Tualatin @ 1.6ghz running on an 815E board.

They don't get much use as having owned multiples of almost everything built in the last 15+ years, I now just concentrate my money and time on building new rigs.

Reply 25 of 202, by piportill4

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feipoa wrote:

From your criteria, I have 11 cased "retro" systems. Many are still undergoing changes in my persuit for the best maxed-out systems of various eras.

Sounds interesting, what exactly means "maxed-out system of various eras", mixing old core-hardware with more advanced cards/drives/Peripherals ?.
To me, finding the right mixture/setup takes a while..., lotta unknown conflicts/incompatibilities arise (i.e legacy ISA cards with Apollo chipset). Only trial and error close you to the "best" setup.

Reply 26 of 202, by feipoa

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Meaning, a system configured with the maximum amount of L2 cache possible, memory possible, best graphics card within the reasonable limit of a user who still might have still upgraded, best CPU of an era, such as a 5x86-133/4x being the best production socket 3 CPU. Best Socket 7-GXM Cyrix motherboard, is another example. Yes, it takes a lot of time due to various instabilities

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Reply 27 of 202, by rgart

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Im in the middle of getting the hardware I want into my systems but currently my complete systems are:

K6-2 450mhz PC - Gaming PC - Windows 95
Pentium II Slot 1 400mhz PC - Gaming PC - Windows 98
Dell Optiplex GX270 - domain server - Ubuntu 12.04
AM5x86 P75 133 oc to 150mhz - Gaming PC - dos 6.22
Cyrix 5x86 100mhz - Gaming - Testing - Windows 98
Pentium 166mhz - Haven't had a chance to strip it and reconfigure(atx case unfortunately)

I guess that's 6.

Is it retro yet ...its getting old?? -> main PC is an Intel E8500

Reply 28 of 202, by dirkmirk

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6

386 DX40 -ISA
AMD 5X86-133 -VLB
Cyrix 5X86-120 -PCI
POD-83 -PCI
Pentium 2 Overdrive 333 -PCI
P3 Tualatin 1400 -AGP

For some reason the idea of a maxed out Super Socket 7 system sounds mighty tempting...

Reply 29 of 202, by Malik

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bristlehog wrote:

Malik, what a strange combo FDD you have in your 486 system. I saw Epson, Mitsumi and Teac ones, but nothing like yours. What is it?

It's a TEAC. 😀

bristlehog wrote:

Also, what Cooler Master case contains your P2 build?

I actually modded the black case by spraying it : The Return of the BEIGE! (Pentium II Inside)

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Reply 30 of 202, by Mau1wurf1977

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Tons of parts but really just 1 (and that one is waiting for a new case).

It's my Super Socket 7 MS-DOS Time-Machine!

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Reply 31 of 202, by keropi

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Malik wrote:

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In particular, I amused myself when I printed out : "Monkey Island Certified" and the "Designed for MS-DOS" "logo". 😁

don't forget the equally epic S3D one! 😊

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Reply 32 of 202, by Markk

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In my home right now I have 5. 8088-10, 286-16,386-40,P233MMX and P3 1GHz.
I've got also a couple more at the basement. A 486-133 and another that I don't remember what's inside...

edit : 6 at home. I forgot that I have a 1988 8086 clone laptop....

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Reply 36 of 202, by Hatta

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Athlon XP
G4 Powermac x2
PIII 650/440bx x2
Dual PIII IBM Intellistation
266PII/AL440LX w/ Voodoo 2 SLI
P200/430tx
486dx2 66mhz
Tandy 2500SX/20 HD (386)
Tandy 1000TX (286)
Tandy 1000EX(8088)
Generic XT clone
Compaq Portable 8088.

All of these work, and most of them are set up and plugged into a single KVM. And that's just the x86 compatible computers. I've got just as many 8 bit home computers.

Reply 37 of 202, by RacoonRider

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I have 5:

486DX2-66 with VLB
5x86-133 with PCI
A Pentium machine that is supposed to work with 75-233 Mhz Pentiums, currently hosting P233MMX @262 Mhz
IBM PC-300PL, a very solid PII-450 machine
Siemens Scenic mobile 360, a Mendocino laptop I currently use the most.

I also have parts for 4-5 more, but I lack cases and PSUs for them. Not looking to buy anything anytime soon - I feel like my retro needs are pretty much covered!

Reply 38 of 202, by SiliconClassics

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My retro systems:

  • 486DX-33 minitower, 16MB RAM, Cirrus Logic VLB, SB Pro 2.0, Roland SCC-1, WfW3.1/DOS6.2
    Pentium 233 minitower, Asus TXP4, 32MB RAM, ViRGE, AWE32, Win95c (use with my VFX1 VR helmet)
    Dual P3-600 full tower, SuperMicro P6DGH, 2GB RAM, Wildcat 5000, AWE32, NT4
    P3-700 minitower, SuperMicro P6SBM, 768MB RAM, Matrox G400, TB Santa Cruz, W2k
    ThinkPad 755CD
    ThinkPad 701C
    ThinkPad 560Z
    Apple IIc
    Mac 512k (boxed)
    Mac Color Classic, 10MB, 68882 FPU, MacOS 7.1
    Mac Performa 466, 36MB, 68882 FPU, MacOS 7.5
    Mac Quadra 700, 68MB, SuperMAC Photoshop accelerator, MacOS 7.5
    PowerBook Duo 280c, MacOS 7.1
    PowerBook G4 17" 1.5GHz, 2GB, OS X 10.4.8
    iBook G4 12" 1.33GHz, 1.5GB, OS X 10.4.8
    iMac G3, MacOS 9
    Radius 81/110 PowerPC, MacOS 7.6.1
    Power Mac G5 Quad 2.5GHz, 12GB RAM, boxed
    Power Mac G5 Dual 2.5GHz, 4.5GB RAM, boxed (for sale if anyone's interested)
    DECstation 5000/260, 32MB RAM
    SPARCstation 10, 2x60Mhz, ZX 24-bit 3D accelerator, 512MB
    SPARCstation 20, 4x200MHz, 24-bit 2D accelerator, 512MB
    SPARCstation IPX, 64MB
    SGI Crimson Jurassic Classic VGXT (not working)
    SGI Onyx R10000 IR deskside, 2x64MB RM, 4x195MHz, 2GB RAM, Sirius Video, ASO, IRIX 6.5
    SGI Indigo R4000 Elan, 256MB RAM, IRIX 5.3
    SGI Indy R5000, 24-bit Newport, 256MB, 4GB, IndyVideo/CosmoCompress, Floptical, IRIX 6.2
    SGI Indy R5000, 24-bit XZ, 256MB, 4GB, Floptical, IRIX 6.2
    SGI Indigo2 R10000 MaxIMPACT, 768MB, Impact Compression, IRIX 6.5
    SGI O2 400Mhz R12000, 1GB, Video I/O, DVD-ROM, IRIX 6.5 (boxed)
    SGI Octane 2x300MHz, MXE, 2GB, PCI Card Cage, DV I/O, IRIX 6.5

My daily driver is a Core 2 Extreme X6800 @ 3.4GHz on an Intel D975XBX2 with 4GB RAM and Ultra160 SCSI running WinXP SP3. Has a tiny 150GB hard drive and a Quadro FX 5500 (I don't game much).

As for peripherals, monitors, accessories, external drives, joysticks, books, software, etc, too much to list.