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Reply 80 of 89, by Intel486dx33

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Yeah, I have the mini tower version.
It’s okay.
Better than most cheap sheet metal cases.
It’s better designed and engineered but still cheap.
Sharp edges, bends really easy, thin sheet metal, very light, comes with cheap PSU,
It’s not tool-less but they did try to make it easy to repair and install components.
It’s not a Lian Li or Cooler Master Wave Aluminum case but a cheap tin box.
These must have sold for about $35 back in the early 1990's.

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Reply 81 of 89, by Intel486dx33

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I like this one ( ATX # Top 702 ) , I use to have this case with a P-3 CPU.
Similar to this one.
Heavier and thicker gauge steal construction.

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Reply 82 of 89, by arncht

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looks familiar to somebody? supercase 7a342
but which year? the design looks 99/00 conform.

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Reply 83 of 89, by meelmark

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These are three examples of towers from 1994/1995 magazine if i recall correct.

The one at the left was our second ever tower in the house, but in midi-size . Anyone has an idea what was the manufacturer? It looks similar too some other case in this thread. (the middle one at (Re: PC cases by year

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Reply 84 of 89, by theelf

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Hi, today i disasemble the front of the case to clean and realize the maker is "Codegen Technology co"

But in a small numbers next to the name is writen "89"... Maybe is not from 92 like say in first page... or is just a number, i dont know

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Reply 85 of 89, by Intel486dx33

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Pro Media AT case from about 1995
Solid Steel construction. Really thick steel. Heavy.
Thick coat of paint too.

Nice case.

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Reply 87 of 89, by EvieSigma

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I see I have the "super tower" version of the one 1992 tower on the first page (it's a 386DX-33 machine branded "Insight" with a BIOS date of 1991) here but I have no idea about the one to the right of it, it's a 486DX2-66 VLB system that I can only assume was manufactured in 1993/94. Never seen its distinctive case anywhere else, it's also branded Insight but as far as I'm aware Insight used all commodity parts and did not have their own unique cases.

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Reply 88 of 89, by pan069

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EvieSigma wrote on 2020-04-07, 01:55:
I see I have the "super tower" version of the one 1992 tower on the first page (it's a 386DX-33 machine branded "Insight" with a […]
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I see I have the "super tower" version of the one 1992 tower on the first page (it's a 386DX-33 machine branded "Insight" with a BIOS date of 1991) here but I have no idea about the one to the right of it, it's a 486DX2-66 VLB system that I can only assume was manufactured in 1993/94. Never seen its distinctive case anywhere else, it's also branded Insight but as far as I'm aware Insight used all commodity parts and did not have their own unique cases.

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I have a very similar case to the case in the center. I was lucky to be able to get my one a New Old Stock last year. The front panel of mine is slightly different but certainly the same vibe.

In this thread I'm trying to figure out what PSU goes into it: Re: What PSU goes into this tower?

The case:

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Reply 89 of 89, by appiah4

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Intel486dx33 wrote on 2020-04-07, 01:20:
Pro Media AT case from about 1995 Solid Steel construction. Really thick steel. Heavy. Thick coat of paint too. […]
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Pro Media AT case from about 1995
Solid Steel construction. Really thick steel. Heavy.
Thick coat of paint too.

Nice case.

Reminds me of my first PC from 1993, a 486DX33, in a very similar tower case with a near identical front door.

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