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Re: Show us your retro computer cases

Postby retrofanatic » 2015-10-18 @ 15:11

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y2k se wrote:InWin A500.


Hey, have one of those! Above the average wouldn't you say? The sliding motherboard tray!


Ah yes the inwin a500. That's a legendary case. I had one of those back in the day and could not find one since. Originally I was planning to have all my post socket 7 builds using that case exclusively but the supply of those just dried up around here. That one looks to be in great shape.
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Re: Show us your retro computer cases

Postby King_Corduroy » 2015-10-18 @ 17:11

TELEPACMAN wrote:
y2k se wrote:InWin A500.

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Hey, have one of those! Above the average wouldn't you say? The sliding motherboard tray!


I'm using the big brother to that as my main computer tower! lol

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Re: Show us your retro computer cases

Postby xjas » 2015-10-18 @ 20:18

Does this count?

EDIT: this post originally contained photos of a sweet indigo iMac, hosted on a certain site that likened itself to a bucket. When said site killed image hosting all the pics went down & were replaced with their own stupid advertising banners. I'm removing those to stop giving them anymore exposure, although I expect everyone knows full-well who they were.

Certainly retro these days, but I love the design... Saved it from the side of the road, should probably go in the garbage-find thread. I have some beige towers too but mine are not very interesting.
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Re: Show us your retro computer cases

Postby King_Corduroy » 2015-10-18 @ 20:36

Nice I have the Strawberry one and the original Bondi Blue. Cool machines.
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Re: Show us your retro computer cases

Postby badmojo » 2015-10-18 @ 20:59

I've never had any interest in Macs but those original iMacs are just stunning. I watched Jobs' launch preso for them the other day; he whips through the technical blah blah in quick time and the it's all "how cool does this thing look?".
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Re: Show us your retro computer cases

Postby Sutekh94 » 2015-10-19 @ 01:06

I always did like the look of the G3 iMacs, especially the slot-load models. Used to have a blueberry iMac that died, a grape iMac that I sold, and a snow slot-loader iMac that I still have in storage.
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Re: Show us your retro computer cases

Postby retrofanatic » 2015-10-19 @ 04:06

King_Corduroy wrote:
TELEPACMAN wrote:
y2k se wrote:InWin A500.

Hey, have one of those! Above the average wouldn't you say? The sliding motherboard tray!


I'm using the big brother to that as my main computer tower! lol


Awesome! Even better. I used to drool over the full tower version because I couldn't afford it. It's such a well made case for that time.
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Re: Show us your retro computer cases

Postby dexter311 » 2015-10-19 @ 09:12

Awesome iMac! The iMac design is great and the colours are so vivid, I love it.

I remember buying a second-hand G3 Slot-Load Indigo iMac exactly like that one for my mum when I was at university. Installed OSX Panther on it (or was it Tiger?) and it was a great little machine.

EDIT - Actually, I'm really sad that I had to sell my G4 Cube when I moved from Aus to Germany. I was using it as a server at the time, and it was such a gorgeous little box which ran completely silently. They're worth a pretty penny today too :blah:
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Re: Show us your retro computer cases

Postby xjas » 2015-10-20 @ 07:52

dexter311 wrote:Awesome iMac! The iMac design is great and the colours are so vivid, I love it.

I remember buying a second-hand G3 Slot-Load Indigo iMac exactly like that one for my mum when I was at university. Installed OSX Panther on it (or was it Tiger?) and it was a great little machine.

EDIT - Actually, I'm really sad that I had to sell my G4 Cube when I moved from Aus to Germany. I was using it as a server at the time, and it was such a gorgeous little box which ran completely silently. They're worth a pretty penny today too :blah:


^^ I was looking for a G4 Cube to run some OS9 apps but this fell into my lap instead. After playing around with it some I realized I don't really like OS9 much. :P And with my G5 towers handling Leopard duties, now I'm wondering if I should bother finding a Cube at all as I don't think one will do anything usefully different for me. They certainly look cool though!
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Re: Show us your retro computer cases

Postby retrofanatic » 2015-10-21 @ 21:13

Here are some of my cases I recently cleaned. Some still need some retrobright to get them looking how I want. Most are ready for fresh builds.
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Re: Show us your retro computer cases

Postby creepingnet » 2015-10-21 @ 22:31

Here's some that I've had before I post what I have now.....

My #1 Favorite Vintage Case I ever had was a Compaq Deskpro 8086/80286/80386 clone that belonged to a GEM Computer Products 386 I had. I'm still looking for more like this. Might re-comb the thrifts in Alabama next year to see if I can kick more up.
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I also had the Deskpros as well - a 286, and a 386. The 286 was ruined by rain, the 386 I sold on E-bay before moving to Washington, I MISS that computer. I kept the 286 on a wobbly table for a short while - every time the Seagate ST-251 read or wrote to the drive the table would start "dancing" - LOL!
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Now for What I CURRENTLY have that's retro
The top computer is my Tandy 1000A of course, below it is a New-Old-Stock Case I bought from a California warehouse surplus company in 2005. It's branded "Songcheer" and it's an XT form factor case with a 150 Watt PSU. It's home to my current 486 retro-gaming rig and retro-game Dev machine.
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Below is the GEM Computer Products 286 I have, which uses what I think might be a SongCheer AT clone case - it has some similar features to the Songcheer XT case above, though the GEM is steel, the Songcheer is aluminum. Yes, I like GEM Computer Products a lot, it seems they used cool cases up until the 90's - especially that first one.
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Re: Show us your retro computer cases

Postby Logistics » 2015-10-22 @ 13:42

I looked up the retrobright stuff and noticed that the parts do yellow, again after some years. I would highly suggest that after a full go of retrobright that one uses something like Meguiars #40, which I believe should keep it from yellowing, again. Or you could probably wax the surface to keep it nice.
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Re: Show us your retro computer cases

Postby pcwizard7 » 2016-6-28 @ 19:23

JayCeeBee64 wrote:Here are some new pics of the Enermax case:

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I m trying to find a retro case made in early 2000s that has blue stripes on front sides like this one above but is smooth all the way down the front. it has power button with 3 led lights and third (right) led is also the reset button

if you could find it i be very grateful

thanks in advance
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Re: Show us your retro computer cases

Postby schmatzler » 2018-3-01 @ 23:40

This is my case. I got it from a hospital and it doesn't look like much from the outside, but it is very heavy and built like a brick.
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The top can be slid off and then you can remove the sidepanels with an easy handle at the top. No messing around with screws.
It's got a special place for a back fan and since it rises a bit from the ground, there are no dustballs inside.
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The coolest feature are freely adjustable motherboard standoffs. I think this case can be converted to work with various board types. ATX, BTX or some server boards with bigger width.
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The ring around the power button glows in a medical green, it's very pleasing to my eyes. <3
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Re: Show us your retro computer cases

Postby badmojo » 2018-3-02 @ 02:27

Hey what a great idea for a thread!

I'm restoring a couple of AT flip top beauties ATM, I'll post them here once done.
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Re: Show us your retro computer cases

Postby King_Corduroy » 2018-3-08 @ 14:19

Damn that BOSS 486 case looks sweeeeeet!
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Re: Show us your retro computer cases

Postby sonicsleep » 2018-3-19 @ 20:23

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I miss this case so much. It was my first PC. Aren't the buttons on it SO satisfying? I don't think it's just nostalgia, look at that fucking beast! That enormous springy power button, those glossy smooth little buttons, ready for ur reset needs. I occasionally check ebay looking for this case hoping one day to buy it. My one got rained on during a move and rusted to bits, I NEVER GOT TO SAY GOODBYE.
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Re: Show us your retro computer cases

Postby badmojo » 2018-3-19 @ 22:04

Yep that was a nice one - I gave it away a while back though. I gave that monitor away too actually!

Good luck in your search - there's been quote a few decent AT cases on eBay Australia lately but finding a specific model is pot luck.
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Re: Show us your retro computer cases

Postby seanneko » 2018-4-09 @ 04:08

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My first computer was in this exact case. Even the 5.25" floppy drive looks the same - somehow I remember the shape of the LED and lever. It must have come with the case. I'd love to buy another one some day, but as you say, finding a specific model is just a matter of time and luck.
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Re: Show us your retro computer cases

Postby badmojo » 2018-4-09 @ 12:06

Yes there's definitely patience required to track down the right case, and the chances of it being in good condition when it does appear are slim. I've come across 2 of those cases in the last 10 years or so - the other had a MHz display I think.

Here are a few other flip tops I've been bringing back to life recently:

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