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$50 ebay AT system purchase

Postby oeuvre » 2017-11-03 @ 23:22

Bit of a mystery purchase here... was looking for an AT case and found this instead and went for it. Took my offer of $50 shipped

https://www.ebay.com/itm/232534629717

Turns out it sports the following: 250W AT PSU, Pentium MMX 233MHz, 128MB SIMM RAM, 24X CD-ROM drive, 3.5" floppy drive, 2MB Trident TGUI 9680-1 PCI video card, 3COM 3C509B-TPO ISA ethernet card, and some USB PCI card.

Added in a 20GB 7200RPM hard drive and a Yamaha YMF-719 ISA sound card to replace the Opti ISA sound card it came with. No issues, was able to fix a dent in the case and now the cover slides in correctly. I'm probably gonna get a better video card for it, something with 4MB. Also would like to fill in the empty drive bay with either a DVD drive or a 5.25" floppy drive if I can find one that's not crazy expensive. The only complaint is the Cooler Master fan is quite loud. Would like a quieter fan.

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Re: $50 ebay AT system purchase

Postby Jed118 » 2017-11-03 @ 23:41

I had something similar occur - I bought an AT flip top case and inside it was a full (minus hard disk) working 386 setup.

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Re: $50 ebay AT system purchase

Postby SW-SSG » 2017-11-04 @ 01:20

oeuvre wrote:The only complaint is the Cooler Master fan is quite loud. Would like a quieter fan.

The heatsink under it seems bigger than usual for socket 7. You could probably get away with running the fan at 5V and still have acceptable CPU temperatures.
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Re: $50 ebay AT system purchase

Postby CkRtech » 2017-11-04 @ 01:58

Saw this in the haul thread before you made a separate post, and... awesome score!
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Re: $50 ebay AT system purchase

Postby oeuvre » 2017-11-04 @ 03:54

Thanks! Just bought a DVD-ROM drive to fill in that gap for cheap and a 4MB Matrox Millennium as well.
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Re: $50 ebay AT system purchase

Postby oeuvre » 2017-11-04 @ 04:54

Also I removed that IMS badge and want to replace it with a Pentium MMX sticker; know of a good place to find them?
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Re: $50 ebay AT system purchase

Postby Gered » 2017-11-04 @ 11:40

Awesome find, that case looks like it's in great shape, very clean looking!

oeuvre wrote:Also I removed that IMS badge and want to replace it with a Pentium MMX sticker; know of a good place to find them?


I've bought a couple case badge/stickers from some seller on eBay that makes a bunch of 'em. The Pentium MMX badge that he sells looks good to me, but have not seen it myself in person. However, it should be noted it's the wrong size for that badge spot on your case (not a perfect square, and I think it might be just a bit too tall). Not sure if there are any other places to get these from (IMHO it would be nice to get one that matches the original sticker's little bit of colour).

EDIT: Actually here you go: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Original-Intel ... 2625595502 (never bought from this guy so cannot vouch for him ... might be others available too).
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Re: $50 ebay AT system purchase

Postby oeuvre » 2017-11-04 @ 13:50

Bought the 2nd one you linked, thank you!

Finally have some more time today to play around with it. Work gets in the way
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Re: $50 ebay AT system purchase

Postby oeuvre » 2017-11-05 @ 22:54

Oh yeah, one more thing. It arrived like this, the pictures didn't really show the front bezel having some plastic worn off. Any ideas how to fix it or source a replacement bezel?
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Re: $50 ebay AT system purchase

Postby BitWrangler » 2017-11-05 @ 23:05

Well I could be your buddy and tell you to forget it and look out for a new one, or I could be evil and tell you to look up "ABS repair LABS" on youtube (may involve camper roofs, principles the same)
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Re: $50 ebay AT system purchase

Postby oeuvre » 2017-11-05 @ 23:23

Upon closer inspection I could just replace the front bezel which would work fine. Sourcing them is the issue.
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Re: $50 ebay AT system purchase

Postby oeuvre » 2017-11-06 @ 20:41

Well, well. Found an 80mm fan in a drawer lying around and stuck that onto the heatsink, replacing the loud Cooler Master fan. Runs much quieter.

And replaced the Trident 2MB TGUI 9860-1 video card with a Matrox Millennium 4MB.
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Re: $50 ebay AT system purchase

Postby feipoa » 2017-11-06 @ 22:03

What I would like to know is how you managed to get this for $50 shipped. Wouldn't shipping alone be $50? I know Americans get everything for about half the cost of everyone else, but this still has me mystified. Have US shipping rates dropped? Did the guy sell it for 1 cent? Does it have something to do with the new America-first legislation in which shipping within the USA is free?

That case badge you posted, https://www.ebay.com/itm/Original-Intel ... 2625595502 , for a $2 sticker, he wants $75 to ship it to Canada.
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Re: $50 ebay AT system purchase

Postby cliffclaven » 2017-11-06 @ 23:01

oeuvre wrote:Well, well. Found an 80mm fan in a drawer lying around and stuck that onto the heatsink, replacing the loud Cooler Master fan. Runs much quieter.


I may have to do something similar, although I have a much smaller heatsink on my P1 233. Can you put up a pic of how you rigged the 80mm fan to it? I'm assuming the mounting holes are spaced wider than the heatsink.
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Re: $50 ebay AT system purchase

Postby Gered » 2017-11-07 @ 01:19

feipoa wrote:That case badge you posted, https://www.ebay.com/itm/Original-Intel ... 2625595502 , for a $2 sticker, he wants $75 to ship it to Canada.


Oh wow, I didn't look at the shipping cost when I posted that link.
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Re: $50 ebay AT system purchase

Postby oeuvre » 2017-11-07 @ 13:49

cliffclaven wrote:
oeuvre wrote:Well, well. Found an 80mm fan in a drawer lying around and stuck that onto the heatsink, replacing the loud Cooler Master fan. Runs much quieter.


I may have to do something similar, although I have a much smaller heatsink on my P1 233. Can you put up a pic of how you rigged the 80mm fan to it? I'm assuming the mounting holes are spaced wider than the heatsink.


I just put one screw through a corner hole of the fan... it sticks out but it works.
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Re: $50 ebay AT system purchase

Postby BitWrangler » 2017-11-07 @ 15:34

The other way to do it is find a flowerpot or soda bottle that works well as a duct. There's some plumbing parts work too, like 3" to 2.5" 45* adapter. There is actually a huge problem with dead spots in the middle under the fan motor, you know, right where the die and all the heat is.... which is why copper based sinks help hotter CPUs... and offset fans or ducted down fans can help with this. I found actually that I could cool an overclocked AXP with a 1st gen duron (sub 1ghz) aluminum based sink, with a mere 25cfm blower, because i) it blew right in the middle of the sink and ii) blowers have 3 times the pressure of fans at least, so instead of the air stalling on the top of the fins it was actually penetrating well into sink.
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Re: $50 ebay AT system purchase

Postby Jade Falcon » 2017-11-07 @ 15:53

feipoa wrote:What I would like to know is how you managed to get this for $50 shipped. Wouldn't shipping alone be $50? I know Americans get everything for about half the cost of everyone else, but this still has me mystified. Have US shipping rates dropped? Did the guy sell it for 1 cent? Does it have something to do with the new America-first legislation in which shipping within the USA is free?

That case badge you posted, https://www.ebay.com/itm/Original-Intel ... 2625595502 , for a $2 sticker, he wants $75 to ship it to Canada.

I shipped full size AT case and older server atx cases for around 20$. If you buy your shipping label on paypal you get a good discount. And if you ship usps parcel select you can save alot of money. But not every plcae is so cheap, I shipped cases were the cost was well over 100$.
Its all about the shipping zone your in.
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Re: $50 ebay AT system purchase

Postby BitWrangler » 2017-11-07 @ 16:23

There's also the Greyhound trick, great for larger/bulkier but short of needing a skid and forklift items, seller drops off at greyhound terminal, you pick up at your greyhound terminal.. travels in the back of a bus. It's sorted from one bus to another usually so handling ( i.e. dropping, being kicked down ramps etc) is minimised.
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Re: $50 ebay AT system purchase

Postby oeuvre » 2017-11-10 @ 20:16

Bit of an update, no progress on repairing the damage but it does have a 5.25" floppy drive now
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