Some years ago i got this Siemens Nixdorf Scenic Pro M5. Siemens (Nixdorf) was something like the german IBM. They made some very boring but high quality and expensive PCs that were targeted towards professional users.
Its from the time where Siemens wanted to be funky like Apple with their transluscent plastics. But the most funky thing the rational germans could come up with was a sliding door at the front. Funky but not too weird.
The transluscent plastic part is now very weak and most of the cases i see online are missing the sliding door.
The quality of the rest is outstanding. the case is built like a tank. The HDD tray can swing out to make service easy. No blown caps on the board or PSU.
One annoying thing is how they fix the cards in place. They used small plastic clips for tool less operation. But im missing 2 ot the plastic things and its basically impossible to get some.
This unit is a late 1996 early 1997 model with a Pentium 200 MMX. It doesnt have neither the integrated smart card reader nor the Irda transciever option in the front. Im not planning on retrofitting these, because i just dont need them.
It also has no onboard Audio option.
But it has a Matrox Mystique 220 (2MB) graphics card onboard... Wich has a pretty good picture quality and all Dos games i tried during the initial "does it even work" test worked. First i thoungt it was the 4MB version. But the 2 chips next to the CPU are the cache. Just the 2 Chips between the Matrox memory expansion headers are graphics ram.
The CD-Rom drive that came with it was a factory option.
It came with no RAM and no HDD. So i put in 256MB of RAM and fitted a Seagate 4.3GB HDD.
For me this is a special PC. A little bit weird and a little bit funky. So i chose some components for it that are also a little bit weird and funky.
To support the Matrox Mystique i added a 3Dfx voodoo 1 with 4 MB.
For networking i added a D-Link DE-530 wich is PCI and still has a BNC connector.
The Soundcard is a Ensoniq SoundScape VIVO 90. I think the design of the soudscape and the Mainboard match quite well.
I know this are not the best components. But it isnt the goal to build "the best". I wanted it to be average and a little bit weird.
The Soundcard has quite a nice sounding Wavetable.
The implementation of Adlib (FM) is more like an approximation. Ensoniq used the Wavetable to "emulate" the FM sounds... It sounds so bad that its funny again. If the games use standard FM sounds its okish. As soon games use custom FM sounds it gets quite experimental.
Now its time to set up the system and get some games on it.
The PC was intended for Windows 95 but i will use 98SE.