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Reply 44660 of 45406, by SteveC

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99p eBay win, no detail at all apart from "3x old graphics cards 1x sound card 1x ethernet card 1x USB card 1x processor. Untested." Let's see what it all is when it turns up!

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Reply 44662 of 45406, by RandomStranger

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SteveC wrote on 2022-05-17, 18:30:

99p eBay win, no detail at all apart from "3x old graphics cards 1x sound card 1x ethernet card 1x USB card 1x processor. Untested." Let's see what it all is when it turns up!

Looks like the 3 graphics cards are an ASUS 9800GT (maybe 8800GT), a Radeon 9550 (maybe 9600) and probably an X550. For 99p it's not a bad deal even if the only usable part is the cooler on the 9800GT.

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Reply 44663 of 45406, by SteveC

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RandomStranger wrote on 2022-05-17, 19:16:
SteveC wrote on 2022-05-17, 18:30:

99p eBay win, no detail at all apart from "3x old graphics cards 1x sound card 1x ethernet card 1x USB card 1x processor. Untested." Let's see what it all is when it turns up!

Looks like the 3 graphics cards are an ASUS 9800GT (maybe 8800GT), a Radeon 9550 (maybe 9600) and probably an X550. For 99p it's not a bad deal even if the only usable part is the cooler on the 9800GT.

Thanks - I foresee an evening of 3DMark in my near future 😀

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Reply 44664 of 45406, by Kahenraz

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Random retro item I bought from eBay was lost by FedEx. The seller dropped the item off but it was never scanned into the system and they can't find it. The seller was very proactive by sending me a message and initiating the refund. I didn't even realize it wasn't in transit until he told me.

I've bought things on eBay for years and this is the first time something has ever gotten lost.

Reply 44665 of 45406, by H3nrik V!

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SteveC wrote on 2022-05-17, 18:30:

99p eBay win, no detail at all apart from "3x old graphics cards 1x sound card 1x ethernet card 1x USB card 1x processor. Untested." Let's see what it all is when it turns up!

Wonder if that ASUS sound card is an actually sound card or that media break out card ...

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Reply 44666 of 45406, by SteveC

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H3nrik V! wrote on 2022-05-17, 21:28:
SteveC wrote on 2022-05-17, 18:30:

99p eBay win, no detail at all apart from "3x old graphics cards 1x sound card 1x ethernet card 1x USB card 1x processor. Untested." Let's see what it all is when it turns up!

Wonder if that ASUS sound card is an actually sound card or that media break out card ...

It appears to be an actual sound card? Looks like this https://www.amazon.com/ASUS-SUPREME-FX-P5N32- … D/dp/B0045JSQ9Y and this https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ASUS-SUPREME-FX-RE … 94/115046477761

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Reply 44667 of 45406, by BetaC

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Well, I managed to salvage this little guy while disassembling a sadly trashed beyond repair IBM XT clone.

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I guess I just need to find an 8088/86, 186 and 386 and I'll have most of Intel's processors before the P4.

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Reply 44668 of 45406, by H3nrik V!

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SteveC wrote on 2022-05-17, 21:56:
H3nrik V! wrote on 2022-05-17, 21:28:
SteveC wrote on 2022-05-17, 18:30:

99p eBay win, no detail at all apart from "3x old graphics cards 1x sound card 1x ethernet card 1x USB card 1x processor. Untested." Let's see what it all is when it turns up!

Wonder if that ASUS sound card is an actually sound card or that media break out card ...

It appears to be an actual sound card? Looks like this https://www.amazon.com/ASUS-SUPREME-FX-P5N32- … D/dp/B0045JSQ9Y and this https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ASUS-SUPREME-FX-RE … 94/115046477761

Nice, short PCIe form factor 😀

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Reply 44669 of 45406, by Grzyb

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BetaC wrote on 2022-05-18, 05:25:

Well, I managed to salvage this little guy while disassembling a sadly trashed beyond repair IBM XT clone.

XT with 286 ?
Strange...

Reply 44670 of 45406, by bjwil1991

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Probably an XT-286 clone.

Bought this cute GM device that has a floppy drive integrated.

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Reply 44671 of 45406, by brassicGamer

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Recently visited a collector who is thinning their hoard. Unfortunately many items were scrap condition or not looked after. I did find the following, however:

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Costronic Burning (Burn-in) Test Card. Original web page here. Haven't tested this out yet but it has a few PALs on board that seem to run some routines for burning-in of motherboard and add-on cards? Seems odd, but cool.

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AST Rampage/EGA for AT. Nice memory expansion & EGA card. Looks in great condition. Just need some zip RAM to fill it out.

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ATI Wonder V.I.P. First attempt by ATI to make a VGA card, so it is said. Nice to have an 8-bit VGA card.

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Orchid TwinTurbo. Accelerator card for XT-class machine I guess? Includes an 8088-2 plus a 12MHz 286 on it, both with turbo switch. Fascinating card with no documentation to be found yet.

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Reply 44673 of 45406, by Socket3

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Got a parcel in today from a recycling center witch cost me about 100$:

1. A really beat up beige box. I asked for it because I wanted the AT PSU, the MHz display and the plastic front cover. It's pretty bent, but to my surprise the chassis itself is in one piece - it's not bent or rusted. The reset button is missing, but I might be able to 3d print something later. For now, instead of scraping the metal parts I will be storing them. I'll pull out the MHz display and install that in my socket 4 build - it's case has a MHz display but it's not working and a bit on the crispy side.

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Here was the biggest surprise - the 486 box had parts in it! My favorite kid of 486 - a modern PCI motherboard. I was so surprised that I wanted to test everything so I quickly pulled it apart and it was full of goodies!

A Lucky Star LS486e Zida 4DPS SiS chipset PCI 486 motherboard with 512KB of L2 cache and a PS/2 header, award bios (witch means the PS/2 port might actually work). It came with a very modern looking CPU cooler, and hiding under that is an AMD 5x86-133.

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An S3 Virge video card:

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A conner IDE HDD - probably 800MB:

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And finally - a Creative CT1350B - Sound Blaster 2.0!

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I'm ecstatic right now. I was expecting the case to be empty, but it's full of my favorite types of goodies! And this couldn't have come at a better time since the last lot of parts I bought from this recylcler was mostly defective - it was video cards, and most of them had been trashed around and had missing SMD components. To make it worse one of the cards was a 128bit MSI FX 5600 witch I was really excited to get since the only 5600 I have in my collection is a really low end 64 bit Asus card....

A 128 bit FX 5600 plus the Radeon 7200 and 7500 have eluded me for years. I either can't find any, are defective, cost more then I'm willing to spend, or are on the other side of the world and shipping costs more then the card 🙁 . Pretty bummed about this, especially since a radeon 7500 was the first dedicated AGP card I ever bought. Until then I was stuck with on board graphics and my K6 did not have an AGP slot (VIA MVP4).

2. A white box PC built by (then) pretty big computer reseller. What made them different from the rest of our system integrators is that they would brand the cases, monitors, mice, keyboards and sometimes speakers with their company name: ComRace - witch made them pretty professional looking in my mind. My teenage self didn't know you could just order these from china with your company logo printed on... I actually thought they made the cases and peripherals.

ComRace systems were featured (sometimes quite heavily) in tech publications when I was a kid, alongside the big boys - Gateway, IBM, HP and so on, and I would read the specifications of the computers displayed in said ads over and over. I really loved that a complete Comrace build with all peripherals would have really competitive specs but cost almost half what other brands did.

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This particular unit was featured in an issue of xTreme PC - can't remember witch but I'll sift trough my magazine collection and take a pic of the ad. It's a 1GHz duron, sitting on a Chaintech KT133A matx mainboard (7AIA5E) with Athlon XP support. It also came with a LAN card, 20GB Western Digital HDD (the original drive would have been a 8.4 GB Quantum Fireball) and a Riva TNT2 M64. For twice the price IBM was selling an IBM NetVista A20 with a 633Mhz celeron and board video. The comrace PC would have come with mouse and keyboard, a set of speakers and a nice Comrace branded 15" LG CRT. After cleaning it up, I fired up the computer. The 20GB WD drive is full of bad sectors - either from age or from shipping (the parcel was banged around quite a bit) and the fan on the TNT2 M64 was stuck.

I replaced the 20Gb drive with a 40GB Maxtor and the TNT2 with an ATi Rage 128 Pro (Rage GL) and I'm currently installing win98.

3. Asus P4P800-E - i865 socket 478 mainboard. This one came with a 3Ghz pentium 4 and a really cool Silverstone tower cooler. Frankly I bought it more for the cooler then anything else, but it's nice to have another 3Hjz P4 as well.

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Reply 44674 of 45406, by SteveC

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Nice finds there! Wish we had recyclers like that here!

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Reply 44675 of 45406, by ChrisK

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Socket3 wrote on 2022-05-18, 13:37:

Here was the biggest surprise - the 486 box had parts in it! My favorite kid of 486 - a modern PCI motherboard. I was so surprised that I wanted to test everything so I quickly pulled it apart and it was full of goodies!

A Lucky Star LS486e SiS chipset PCI 486 motherboard with 512KB of L2 cache and a PS/2 header, award bios (witch means the PS/2 port might actually work). It came with a very modern looking CPU cooler, and hiding under that is an AMD 5x86-133.

Should be a Zida Tomatoboard, but layout is quite similar to the Lucky Star LS486e, though.
Nice catch, anyway!

Reply 44676 of 45406, by Socket3

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ChrisK wrote on 2022-05-18, 15:45:
Socket3 wrote on 2022-05-18, 13:37:

Here was the biggest surprise - the 486 box had parts in it! My favorite kid of 486 - a modern PCI motherboard. I was so surprised that I wanted to test everything so I quickly pulled it apart and it was full of goodies!

A Lucky Star LS486e SiS chipset PCI 486 motherboard with 512KB of L2 cache and a PS/2 header, award bios (witch means the PS/2 port might actually work). It came with a very modern looking CPU cooler, and hiding under that is an AMD 5x86-133.

Should be a Zida Tomatoboard, but layout is quite similar to the Lucky Star LS486e, though.
Nice catch, anyway!

wow, good eye! It is indeed a Zida 4dps!

The LS486e has 4 simm slots, the Zida has 2.

Reply 44677 of 45406, by Tetrium

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Bought another random full system for €13 and basically hoping some nice parts were inside it.
It's a little bit on the new side, but it's too old to be considered new.
It turned out to contain an ASUS P5GC-MX/1333, which is one of the earlier LGA-775 boards that were compatible with Core2 (only with the dual cores, the quad cores won't work). The memory turned out to be 1 * 1GB DDR2-800 and 1 * 2GB DDR2-800 (so 3GB in total), so was definitely lucky there (usually I'll find something like 2 * 256MB DDR2-533 or something equally useless).
CPU was an Allendale 2.4GHz (E4600).

There was also a SATA HDD in there, hiding under a layer of dust but I haven't checked what exactly it was. Also came with an XP Pro licence sticker on the side which is nice I guess.

PSU was an Enlight. Not too familiar with that brand. Model number Enlight gps-450aa-102.

The system did not contain any expansion cards but the ASUS board and the memory alone made it well worth it 🙂
I have very few Core2 parts and even though this isn't exactly high end, I'm happy to have it 😀

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Reply 44678 of 45406, by framebuffer

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Bought this Guillemot Phoenix 2 16MB by "mistake" because the auction was closing and I didn't manage to find enough details in time, so I put $1 and won 😁
It should be some declination of the TNT2, almost certainly with 64bit memory interface (since it has only two memory modules)

Anyways the funny thing is that it came in a MX4000 box, with some unknown MANLI CD driver and a kindly signed card from the seller (Christine), which I guess has no idea what all this stuff is 😁

So the thing here is that I would like to give a big shout-out to all those people selling old hardware at bargain prices (instead of throwing things away) and still putting some effort in packaging and everything 🙂

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Reply 44679 of 45406, by appiah4

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I got these parts for next to nothing thanks to some lucky best offers getting accepted.

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First up is an ATI Charger PCI; I just like adding PCI Video Cards to my collection, and if they have S-Video out I am even happier. S-Video is a pretty cheap way of capturing DOS output for me..

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The second is an unfortunate Terratec Gold 16/96. I'm a sucker for Terratec cards and when I saw one listed for nothing, I jumped on it. The card has been through hell, though. I don't have the slightest clue what the original owner did to it, but I will be restoring it to its former glory soon.

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