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First post, by badmojo

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Call me superficial, but one of the things I like most about my retro PC's is their dated beige exteriors. Poor to no air flow, turbo buttons, MHz displays, shiny case badges, dangerously high voltages running through the case to the power button - it's all part of the fun. Finding decent cases is getting hard - they're collectible in their own right I think - so show us yours. It could be one you owned back in the day, or one you're looking for now - whatever.

Here are mine:

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Reply 2 of 200, by rick6

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Wow, some of those look like new! I might buy some that retr0bright stuff that the internet talks about and try to de-yellow some of my computer cases (and probably some keyboards and cd drives).

Sorry to go offtopic, unfourtanely i don't have any nice oldschool computer case, or at least not so cool as yours.

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Reply 5 of 200, by devius

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QBiN wrote:

Is retrobright available retail or over the internet? All I've ever seen are recipes for DIY.

I think there are (were?) some sellers on eBay selling it, but retrobright is supposed to be just the recipe and not the product. You're supposed to DIY.

Reply 7 of 200, by Davros

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I only have 1 spare case its not retro but something happened to it that makes it totally unusable.
The original owner put a sticker on it that says "OMGWTFBFGSAUCE"

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Reply 8 of 200, by Stiletto

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Davros wrote:

I only have 1 spare case its not retro but something happened to it that makes it totally unusable.
The original owner put a sticker on it that says "OMGWTFBFGSAUCE"

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Reply 10 of 200, by Godlike

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badmojo wrote:

Call me superficial, but one of the things I like most about my retro PC's is their dated beige exteriors. Poor to no air flow, turbo buttons, MHz displays, shiny case badges, dangerously high voltages running through the case to the power button - it's all part of the fun. Finding decent cases is getting hard - they're collectible in their own right I think - so show us yours. It could be one you owned back in the day, or one you're looking for now - whatever.

Are they not jealous for each other?
PS: Where did you get that 5.25 ivory drive bay for FDD?

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Reply 11 of 200, by badmojo

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Godlike wrote:

Are they not jealous for each other?
PS: Where did you get that 5.25 ivory drive bay for FDD?

No, I love them all equally 😀

You mean the 3.5 --> 5.25 bay converter? They're pretty common on eBay.

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Reply 12 of 200, by Godlike

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Yes 3.5 to 5.25, just looking for solid one, not all of them are same

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Reply 13 of 200, by Caluser2000

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Nice line up people.
I'm more into older OEM slimline systems these days. More for their quirks than anything else. I've got a few AT towers and desktop cases out in the shed though.

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Reply 14 of 200, by carlostex

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badmojo wrote:
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I'm in love with these desktop cases!! I definitely have to find one for my XT computer build. And one similar to the bottom one would be perfect!! 😁
BTW, where's the power button on that one?

Reply 15 of 200, by badmojo

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carlostex wrote:

I'm in love with these desktop cases!! I definitely have to find one for my XT computer build. And one similar to the bottom one would be perfect!! 😁
BTW, where's the power button on that one?

Yes I'm a big fan of the flip top - hard to find in nice condition because of their age.

The power switch is on the right side, close to the rear. It's a rocker switch and actually part of the PSU - the case has a hole in it to let it through.

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Reply 17 of 200, by ODwilly

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That sticker is so ridicules! You could build build a Doom3 themed pc out of that case, there is a Doom 3 BFG edition version of the Nvidia 6000 series cards that would go good with it 😁

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Reply 18 of 200, by devius

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Caluser2000 wrote:

I'm more into older OEM slimline systems these days.

I see a Compaq Presario 52x CDS there 😀 That was my first ever PC which I got in Christmas 1994. Unfortunately it had several problems and was thrown away several years ago (nowadays I would never do that), but I kept its CPU which is currently chugging along on my 486 PC build.

Reply 19 of 200, by KT7AGuy

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Everything is so clean and perfect. I am envious!

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I used to have a case similar to that one back when I ran an AMD 486 DX4 120. I was foolish and gave it away to a friend. It's probably the only case and system that I really miss.
Aside from its good looks, I remember the inside being very sharp. I gave quite a few blood offerings to the PC gods when I worked on that machine.

Nowadays, aside from my P200 MMX system, my cases are all semi-modern units that don't look very "retro". I built them with a function-over-form mentality. Even the P200 case is not original. The original case was ugly and had a cracked power switch, so I got the current one from a seller on eBay about six years ago.

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