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PC tower cases by year

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Reply 80 of 102, 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 102, 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 102, 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 102, 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 102, 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 102, by Intel486dx33

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Techmedia 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 102, 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 102, 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 102, 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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Reply 90 of 102, by froller

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ATauenis wrote on 2018-05-23, 09:48:
https://img-fotki.yandex.ru/get/5820/26403844.5/0_59aae_f467e1e9_-1-L.jpg This baby-AT case I have seen in two versions, this (2 […]
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This baby-AT case I have seen in two versions, this (2 5,25", 2+1 3,5" sections) and larger [1, 2] (3 5,25", 3+1 3,5" sections). I have in my collection two small such cases and one larger. All of them are bundled with identical 200W Linkworld OEM PSUs (very poorly made).

Had one in early 1996 with 120MHz AMD DX4 on a Zida 4DPS inside. Same one was owned by my friend with 133MHz AMD 5x86 on a LuckyStar in late 1996. But unfortunately no one knows neither model name nor manufacturer.

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Reply 91 of 102, by zyphlar

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Any ideas about this case?

I had it, or nearly exactly it, from probably about 1998 to 2002. I think it came with Windows 95 but we immediately upgraded it to Windows 98, probably 166mhz, I remember using a serial mouse and AT keyboard, drilling out part of the case to be able to plug in a PS2 mouse, and being super excited when I bought a PCI USB card so I could plug in my brand new crappy MP3 player. (The iPod came out shortly thereafter making it almost instantly obsolete of course.)

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Reply 92 of 102, by badmojo

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zyphlar wrote on 2021-02-23, 10:11:

Any ideas about this case?

That case is as generic as they come - I've seen examples from all over the world on these forums so I guess that design was copy-pasted everywhere. The OP of this thread includes a couple 😀

They vary in quality too of course, the one below (mine) is well made, but I have another that's light weight and generally pretty awful.

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Reply 93 of 102, by Tetrium

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zyphlar wrote on 2021-02-23, 10:11:

Any ideas about this case?

My guess would be from 1998 or perhaps 1997. It does seem like an AT case that may have had an ATX variant as well.
Obviously you already had it in 1998 so it couldn't be of a later vintage.

EDIT: Could actually be a bit older, only now noticed the MHz LED display on the front which is usually something a few years older.

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Reply 94 of 102, by zyphlar

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badmojo wrote on 2021-02-23, 11:06:

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Whoa, 233mhz? That's playing with fire!

I don't mind being generic, so much as finding photos that reflect my childhood. There were many computers like it, but this one was mine!

Reply 95 of 102, by Corvair

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Hi! Late nineties Denco AT/ATX decktop case with funny huge Reset and Sleep buttons. This Denco is the only knowh for me PC case with Reset button larger than Power. Please define the exact model of this case, the desigh is relative to more known and probably later released Denco D708/709C: https://belgorod.ret.ru/?&pn=pict&pt=1&id=71881

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Reply 96 of 102, by PC Hoarder Patrol

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Corvair wrote on 2021-02-28, 05:40:

Hi! Late nineties Denco AT/ATX decktop case with funny huge Reset and Sleep buttons. This Denco is the only knowh for me PC case with Reset button larger than Power. Please define the exact model of this case, the desigh is relative to more known Denco D708/709C: https://belgorod.ret.ru/?&pn=pict&pt=1&id=71881

It's an Octek (Denco?) D707B

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Here's a few more of their offerings

https://web.archive.org/web/19970618183652/ht … Cases/Cases.htm

Reply 97 of 102, by Corvair

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Thanks! But relative cases in archive Octec site is Baby-AT format, wherein my subject case is AT/ATX - first of all ATX with Baby-AT compartibility. And if you look closely, proportions of fronts is different. In particular, side portions of my case front wider then similar parts of D707B case from Octec site. In Russia, this cases better known as Denco.

Reply 98 of 102, by PC Hoarder Patrol

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Corvair wrote on 2021-02-28, 06:26:

Thanks! But relative cases in archive Octec site is Baby-AT format, wherein my subject case is AT/ATX - first of all ATX with Baby-AT compartibility. And if you look closely, proportions of fronts is different. In particular, side portions of my case front wider then similar parts of D707B case from Octec site. In Russia, this cases better known as Denco.

Spotted 😀 , though it's still the D707 as the later iteration supported ATX, Micro ATX & AT

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Reply 99 of 102, by Corvair

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I agree 😀, most likely this is a later iteration D707, similary to tower versions, converted to ATX in the same exterior. We will assume that it is a ATX D707. One detail: strange that a right of three (third) indicators originally was not used. LIght guide and LED holder in internal bracket is present, for the corresponding LED is absent only the hole in the chassis. I simply drilled the absent hole and put the LED into the bracket. How used all of three indicators - green for power, yellow for HDD and red for sleep mode.

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