Reply 49060 of 50506, by dionb
Brawndo wrote on 2023-05-05, 17:58:
I may catch some flak for posting these because they're probably considered too new to be "retro" by many, but they represent significant milestones in my PC journey throughout early adulthood.
If 5 years ago a system from 2001 was retro (and checking old posts few doubted it was), one from 2005-2006 is more than retro now.
In purely technical terms something with ATX12V and PCIe can run with modern PSU and peripherals, which makes it less of a challenge than 5V heavy stuff or older AT form factor, but bottom line is this is stuff you're not using to run contemporary software and using for practical purposes, but something you're doing for fun with older parts & software. That's retro.
BitWrangler wrote on 2023-05-06, 20:37:
Pics like that make me twitch.. due to all looking like parts I've got somewhere, and wondering if somebody broke in last night 🤣 ... Kidding of course, wouldn't accuse fellow Vogons of such a thing, y'all are smart enough to go for the high ticket stuff right? 🤣
Hell no, that high ticket stuff is overpriced and IMHO pointless with old stuff. The only reason to shell out for high-end gear is because nothing faster exists. With vintage stuff, except in corner cases (*the* fastest card using a certain technology) there's always mid-range stuff from one year later or low end-stuff from two years later. And these TVGA are useful workhorses, particularly as I just installed an 8800CS (relabeled as 'Zymos') in my surprise XT.
Still, tbh none of the bits in that pic were reason to go for this particular computer.