Horun wrote on 2020-11-25, 03:28:
debs3759 wrote on 2020-11-25, 03:17:
maxtherabbit wrote on 2020-11-25, 01:30:
A retro PC without spinning rust is an abomination unto the machine god. Keep your Seagate, keep it hunnid
I'm switching to SSD and CF for all my retro systems, and SSD only for later systems. I am primarily a collector of graphics cards and CPUs, as well as a range of motherboards to cover all x86 systems. I'll be gaming soon, but primarily to test overclocking and help me benchmark systems. Spinning discs are too expensive for my requirements and the size of my collection (enough to fill a medium van) 😀
You do know that the experience of an individual vintage machine is not anywhere close to what that original machine was when all the drives are replaced with new SSD/CF stuff ? AND having an original (or as close as possible) XT or 286 is not worth 1/2 when SSD and CF floppies are swapped in compared to having similar with close to original equipment even if not exact. I would not give a dime per dollar of resale value for a XT with all digital drives. But that is just my opinion 😀
I understand what you mean . I did not say did not have older hard drives . I just said that that I do not use them . I would be put off by, for example, a Lisa computer with Gotek drives instead of the original drives, if I was for the market for one. Conversely, if I had a machine to sell, I would probably want to have all retro parts in it, to maximize perceived value . Then again, I am not really interested in OEM built machines or selling machines .
That said, for my own use, I use modern parts for
a) monitors/scalers and HDMI switches (space constraints and practicality)
b) power supplies and fans (reliability and safety concerns)
c) Hard drives/SSDs and IDE/SATA converters (noise and reliability concerns and practicality)
All other computer hardware is fifteen to thirty odd years old . I am not a believer in period correctness and prefer the jack of all trades approach for my builds (I have one actual gaming build and one testbed, not counting an old dP3 Deskpro in storage) due to both space constraints and the added challenge of getting everything to work in a single machine .
Finally, I understand people (and obviously museums) who like their setups as museum-grade as possible and I firmly believe that irreversible hardware mods should be avoided whenever possible, but I see myself as a something of a practical pragmatist who likes to seek out and combine the best of things both old and new (where fitting, according to my own criteria).
EDIT : In other words, some might say that I live in my own retro-like fantasy world peppered with wonderful anachronisms . 😉