The good stuff somehow seems to come along in waves... after not finding anything interesting for several weeks, I have made quite a few good purchases in the past few days.
This Medion-branded PC is, objectively speaking, nothing special at all. Pentium II 400 MHz, Intel SR440BX board, onboard TNT graphics and some crappy sound chip, 64 MB RAM, 13 GB Western Digital HDD.
But this was the first PC that my brother and I got brand new in 1999. Back then the Medion PCs, sold by German food discount chain ALDI (usually with two promotional campaigns and updated models per year), provided a great bang for the buck and were extremely popular with German PC buyers. People waited in line for hours in the morning for the shops to open and get their hands on one of these computers that were usually sold out within just a few hours.
This particular model was sold in March 1999 in a bundle with a 17 inch CRT, Logitech mouse and keyboard for 1,999.00 DM, which is roughly
750 EUR / 870 USD 1,380 EUR / 1,600 USD in today's money.
I have been looking for this machine for about 3 years now and it is the first time that I came across one that is completely in its original state, just like it was sold in 1999. Not a single component was removed or added, even the bag with the silica gel is still taped to the bottom inside the case. It is certainly not in perfect condition on the outside, but I hope that I can restore it. Back in the day, we upgraded it with a 10 MBit Ethernet card, another 128 MB of RAM and a Ricoh MP 7080A CD writer, so I am planning to do the exact same upgrades again, not a single thing more.
On a different note, I managed to pick up a Miro HISCORE 3D (3Dfx Voodoo 1 with 6MB), unfortunately without the loop cable, but for really cheap.
And I found another one of those quite rare Pentium II 450 MHz CPUs.