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Reply 2080 of 2090, by gerry

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MNrocketry wrote on 2021-09-28, 14:09:
How about an actual vintage system photo? This photo is of my first PC, taken in my college apartment sometime between Septembe […]
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How about an actual vintage system photo? This photo is of my first PC, taken in my college apartment sometime between September 1991 and August 1993.

In the summer of 1991, I sold my car and used most of that money to purchase my first PC. It was a Comtrade brand 80386DX/33 system for ~$US 2,000. I picked it out from a magazine ad and ordered it C.O.D. by phone. (The attached ad scans are from the September 1991 issue of Byte which is the closest that I've found to when I bought it.)

It came with 4Mb of RAM, an ~80Mb Maxtor hard drive, Trident SVGA card with 1Mb, 14-inch CTX monitor, and MS-DOS 5.

Over time, I added more RAM, a 330Mb Maxtor hard drive, 80387 math coprocessor, an internal 9600 baud modem, Soundblaster 2.0 and then replaced with an original Gravis Ultrasound.
The CTX monitor was later replaced with a 15-inch Sony Trinitron.
I wore out the joystick that is partially visible on top of the case in this photo and replaced it with a CH Flightstick.
I used the Epson LQ-500 24-pin dot matrix printer leftover from my previous computer (Laser 128EX).
I can't recall whether I put a CD-ROM drive in this PC.
I installed Windows 3.1 on it, but only really used Windows for Word and Excel.

This computer served me well until about January 1995 when I replaced it with a 486DX2/80 system that I pieced together.

that's great, always nice to see the vintage PC in it's own time, if you had kept it (for 25 years!) then it would have been fun to do a then and now 😀

Reply 2081 of 2090, by rcarkk

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Two of my favourite machines in the same place. Always with apperture grille CRTs

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Reply 2083 of 2090, by MMaximus

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MNrocketry wrote on 2021-09-28, 14:09:
How about an actual vintage system photo? This photo is of my first PC, taken in my college apartment sometime between Septembe […]
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How about an actual vintage system photo? This photo is of my first PC, taken in my college apartment sometime between September 1991 and August 1993.

In the summer of 1991, I sold my car and used most of that money to purchase my first PC. It was a Comtrade brand 80386DX/33 system for ~$US 2,000. I picked it out from a magazine ad and ordered it C.O.D. by phone. (The attached ad scans are from the September 1991 issue of Byte which is the closest that I've found to when I bought it.)

It came with 4Mb of RAM, an ~80Mb Maxtor hard drive, Trident SVGA card with 1Mb, 14-inch CTX monitor, and MS-DOS 5.

Over time, I added more RAM, a 330Mb Maxtor hard drive, 80387 math coprocessor, an internal 9600 baud modem, Soundblaster 2.0 and then replaced with an original Gravis Ultrasound.
The CTX monitor was later replaced with a 15-inch Sony Trinitron.
I wore out the joystick that is partially visible on top of the case in this photo and replaced it with a CH Flightstick.
I used the Epson LQ-500 24-pin dot matrix printer leftover from my previous computer (Laser 128EX).
I can't recall whether I put a CD-ROM drive in this PC.
I installed Windows 3.1 on it, but only really used Windows for Word and Excel.

This computer served me well until about January 1995 when I replaced it with a 486DX2/80 system that I pieced together.

Great stuff, thanks for posting this. I don't think many of us took pictures of our computers back in the day, so it's definitely not a common sight 😀

Reply 2084 of 2090, by thehoj

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Here's a system I've been working on for a while.
I put together the machine I always wanted as a teen, but with a modern take.

The specs are as follows:
Pentium III 650
Asus P3B-F
256MB SDRAM
Geforce 4 ti4200
2 x Voodoo2 (SLI)
Aureal Vortex 2
PCI USB card
PCI Sata controller
120G Kingston SSD
USB DVD-ROM drive
USB Ethernet interface (ran out of PCI slots)

I built it in a modern In Win 101 case with tempered side glass panel, along with RGB Corsair case fans.

A few notes about the system.. It was a real tricky build, took me quite a while to get the PCI Sata controller working properly, and booting from the SSD, but it's blazing fast.
I'm running Windows 98SE2ME for the OS.

As far as cooling, I'm running a Thermaltake Golden Orb CPU cooler.
For the graphics cards, I picked up a Zalman ZM80D-H, and matching ZM-OP1 fan module, which I was able to get rigged up on the ti4200. I had to drill a few extra holes in the cooler so that I could mount it in a way that would clear the CPU.
As an added bonus the ZM-OP1 blows some air over the Voodoo2 cards, so they stay reasonably cool.

I'm using a cheapo Belkin PS/2 keyboard, and a Microsoft optical USB mouse.
My monitor is a Mitsubishi Diamond Pro 900u.

I know this isn't to everyone's taste, but I absolutely love this setup.

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Reply 2087 of 2090, by MMaximus

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Law212 wrote on 2021-10-16, 19:27:
I was recently given this PC . Its a 486 25MHz IBM. […]
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I was recently given this PC . Its a 486 25MHz IBM.

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I need a cable for it though for the monitor but I dont know where id find one .

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I can't see where that DB9 connector you posted a picture from is on that machine, but I'm pretty sure this is not where you should plug the monitor. Unless the onboard video has been disabled for some reason (and AFAICT I can't see a discrete video card), the monitor should be plugged in the designated connector on the back panel. As often on IBM machines from this era, it requires a VGA cable with pin 9 missing. You can take any old VGA cable and carefully break then remove pin 9 with a small knife and it should work.

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Reply 2088 of 2090, by BitWrangler

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I actually prefer drilling the extra hole. i.e. mod things towards more standard, rather than other things towards less standard. Whether that be an actual defined one, or a de facto one.

2017: Basement full of ancient PC stuff, starting to go through it. 2021: Still starting, heh, many setbacks. So what's this BitWrangler guy's deal ??? >>> Taming the pile, specs to target?

Reply 2089 of 2090, by MMaximus

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BitWrangler wrote on 2021-10-17, 16:13:

I actually prefer drilling the extra hole. i.e. mod things towards more standard, rather than other things towards less standard. Whether that be an actual defined one, or a de facto one.

That's always an option, but I personally prefer modding a VGA cable since they are cheap and plentiful, instead of poking holes in the connector of a vintage system 😉

Reply 2090 of 2090, by gerry

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thehoj wrote on 2021-10-16, 04:44:
Here's a system I've been working on for a while. I put together the machine I always wanted as a teen, but with a modern take. […]
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Here's a system I've been working on for a while.
I put together the machine I always wanted as a teen, but with a modern take.
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I know this isn't to everyone's taste, but I absolutely love this setup.

thats the idea, to make something you enjoy - and it does look pretty cool !