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Show us your retro computer cases

Postby badmojo » 2015-3-13 @ 04:37

Call me superficial, but one of the things I like most about my retro PC's is their dated beige exteriors. Poor to no air flow, turbo buttons, MHz displays, shiny case badges, dangerously high voltages running through the case to the power button - it's all part of the fun. Finding decent cases is getting hard - they're collectible in their own right I think - so show us yours. It could be one you owned back in the day, or one you're looking for now - whatever.

Here are mine:

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Re: Show us your retro computer cases

Postby devius » 2015-3-13 @ 10:32

You win! Nobody else has so many nice looking old cases :D
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Re: Show us your retro computer cases

Postby rick6 » 2015-3-13 @ 16:51

Wow, some of those look like new! I might buy some that retr0bright stuff that the internet talks about and try to de-yellow some of my computer cases (and probably some keyboards and cd drives).

Sorry to go offtopic, unfourtanely i don't have any nice oldschool computer case, or at least not so cool as yours.
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Re: Show us your retro computer cases

Postby QBiN » 2015-3-13 @ 18:15

Is retrobright available retail or over the internet? All I've ever seen are recipes for DIY.
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Re: Show us your retro computer cases

Postby kixs » 2015-3-13 @ 18:26

Very nice cases :)

I don't know what to do with my 20+ AT cases :exclamation:
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Re: Show us your retro computer cases

Postby devius » 2015-3-13 @ 18:52

QBiN wrote:Is retrobright available retail or over the internet? All I've ever seen are recipes for DIY.


I think there are (were?) some sellers on eBay selling it, but retrobright is supposed to be just the recipe and not the product. You're supposed to DIY.
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Re: Show us your retro computer cases

Postby carlostex » 2015-3-13 @ 19:39

kixs wrote:I don't know what to do with my 20+ AT cases :exclamation:


Save them!!! I will need an AT desktop case in the future! :cool:
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Re: Show us your retro computer cases

Postby Davros » 2015-3-13 @ 20:22

I only have 1 spare case its not retro but something happened to it that makes it totally unusable.
The original owner put a sticker on it that says "OMGWTFBFGSAUCE"
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Re: Show us your retro computer cases

Postby Stiletto » 2015-3-13 @ 20:55

Davros wrote:I only have 1 spare case its not retro but something happened to it that makes it totally unusable.
The original owner put a sticker on it that says "OMGWTFBFGSAUCE"


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Re: Show us your retro computer cases

Postby badmojo » 2015-3-13 @ 21:20

kixs wrote:I don't know what to do with my 20+ AT cases :exclamation:


Take photos of them all, post them here!
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Re: Show us your retro computer cases

Postby Godlike » 2015-3-13 @ 22:04

badmojo wrote:Call me superficial, but one of the things I like most about my retro PC's is their dated beige exteriors. Poor to no air flow, turbo buttons, MHz displays, shiny case badges, dangerously high voltages running through the case to the power button - it's all part of the fun. Finding decent cases is getting hard - they're collectible in their own right I think - so show us yours. It could be one you owned back in the day, or one you're looking for now - whatever.

Are they not jealous for each other?
PS: Where did you get that 5.25 ivory drive bay for FDD?
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Re: Show us your retro computer cases

Postby badmojo » 2015-3-14 @ 01:58

Godlike wrote:Are they not jealous for each other?
PS: Where did you get that 5.25 ivory drive bay for FDD?


No, I love them all equally :)

You mean the 3.5 --> 5.25 bay converter? They're pretty common on eBay.
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Re: Show us your retro computer cases

Postby Godlike » 2015-3-14 @ 03:05

Yes 3.5 to 5.25, just looking for solid one, not all of them are same
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Re: Show us your retro computer cases

Postby Caluser2000 » 2015-3-14 @ 04:57

Nice line up people.
I'm more into older OEM slimline systems these days. More for their quirks than anything else. I've got a few AT towers and desktop cases out in the shed though.

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Re: Show us your retro computer cases

Postby carlostex » 2015-3-14 @ 09:59

badmojo wrote:
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I'm in love with these desktop cases!! I definitely have to find one for my XT computer build. And one similar to the bottom one would be perfect!! :-D
BTW, where's the power button on that one?
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Re: Show us your retro computer cases

Postby badmojo » 2015-3-14 @ 11:36

carlostex wrote:I'm in love with these desktop cases!! I definitely have to find one for my XT computer build. And one similar to the bottom one would be perfect!! :-D
BTW, where's the power button on that one?


Yes I'm a big fan of the flip top - hard to find in nice condition because of their age.

The power switch is on the right side, close to the rear. It's a rocker switch and actually part of the PSU - the case has a hole in it to let it through.
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Re: Show us your retro computer cases

Postby Davros » 2015-3-14 @ 20:53

Stiletto wrote:Pics plz :D


I didnt take this, got it off google images but its the same as this :
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Re: Show us your retro computer cases

Postby ODwilly » 2015-3-14 @ 21:00

That sticker is so ridicules! You could build build a Doom3 themed pc out of that case, there is a Doom 3 BFG edition version of the Nvidia 6000 series cards that would go good with it :D
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Re: Show us your retro computer cases

Postby devius » 2015-3-14 @ 21:40

Caluser2000 wrote:I'm more into older OEM slimline systems these days.


I see a Compaq Presario 52x CDS there :) That was my first ever PC which I got in Christmas 1994. Unfortunately it had several problems and was thrown away several years ago (nowadays I would never do that), but I kept its CPU which is currently chugging along on my 486 PC build.
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Re: Show us your retro computer cases

Postby KT7AGuy » 2015-3-14 @ 22:48

:exclamation:
Everything is so clean and perfect. I am envious!

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I used to have a case similar to that one back when I ran an AMD 486 DX4 120. I was foolish and gave it away to a friend. It's probably the only case and system that I really miss.
Aside from its good looks, I remember the inside being very sharp. I gave quite a few blood offerings to the PC gods when I worked on that machine.

Nowadays, aside from my P200 MMX system, my cases are all semi-modern units that don't look very "retro". I built them with a function-over-form mentality. Even the P200 case is not original. The original case was ugly and had a cracked power switch, so I got the current one from a seller on eBay about six years ago.

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