First post, by arncht
I would like to create a topic about the old pc cases and we could use some "collective memory" to recognize the old pc cases.
I mean if you remember - "I saw somewhere same/similar case from this year, with this configuration" - you can share this information with us.
That helps to build more authentic retro computers.
If you looking for an old case, get a photo, and I will mark as "wanted".
Be honest, I am a big fan of the "authentic" configurations, so if I build something, I try to collect every part which was available at the specified age.
I created a big table for it: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Ra5Jv … dit?usp=sharing
"Lanny" ca 1992-1993
- This is the closest picture I could find that matches my first *real* PC back in 1998. It originally started it's life as a custom Point-Of-Sales computer in my dad's store, around 1992-93. I'll put this one around the early 90s.
"Palmer" ca 1993
wanted by: arncht
- I had same case in May of 1993. That was my first pc, a 386DX-40.
- That was originally a budget 486 configuration from 1996, but I friend of mine had a DX2-66 config with similar case from 1994. The difference, it had a black inside and the manufacturing quality looked less cheap. So the case is from ca 1994-1996.
- I think those started appearing in 1996 or so, and were somewhat common in low-end builds until the end of the 90s.
- July of 1996 - PC Mag 6x86 advertisement
- Apr of 1994 - Hungarian Chip magazine
"Howard" ca 1996-1997
- It as was the case for a very late 486 rig from end of 1996 or early 1997.
- I have the mid-tower version of this case, but it does not have the MHz displayer or turbo switch. It's pretty sturdy, and plenty of room for cable management.
- Although the plastic bezel has an attractive design, the chassis itself is pure garbage. I can confidently say it was the worst case I ever owned.
"Dominick" ca 1992-1999 (sleep button instead of turbo from 1995-1996)
- It came with an MMX233 in it but it was likely upgraded, the turbo display is 2 digits. I used to see this very case from small computer businesses for years, but I really can't say much about it. I've been looking to find where these came from because I know for a fact they are extremely ubiquitous. Later versions of it came with 3 digit displays.
- My father had a 386SX-25 in a case with this bezel, given to him new by his work, that was around mid-1992.
- I have two cases with really similar look. One had a 486SX with VLB and the case has a turbo button, the other was a Pentium 133 and the cas has a sleep button. Looks like they got produced for quite some time. Also the 486 has a big plastic feet. The pentium has none, but it have been removed I think because the bare metal is toutching the ground instead ...
- I would bet 386 machines circa 1992 would have been the earliest showing of it. I've never seen one with a sleep button, only the same case with turbo and a triple digit display instead of double. Though I'm not sure if the 3 digit ones were a later iteration or just 3rd party swaps of the display.
"Carson" ca 1997
- The first small case (on the photo) was used in a 1997 build from Russian company Formoza: Lucky Star 5I-VX1F, ceramic Pentium MMX-200 @ 166 MHz (I don't know why the CPU was underclocked), 2x32 MB PC66 SDRAM, 3dfx Banshee 16MB, SB AWE64 Gold, other parts (HDD, CD-ROM and FDD) were already lost when the PC had been found by me. Now the VX-motherboard is replaced with a LS 5MVP3, as it is better than the 5I-VX1F.
In Win IW-A500 1996-2000
- I found some web pages from September of 1998.
- I just looked at the 440LX motherboard that came with my copy of this case. I found a few date codes, the latest was 9807 on the PCB itself. So at least my copy of the case was probably sold in 1998.
- Not sure exactly when those first showed up, but my friend's father had one with an ATX P!66 classic inside. I am pretty certain it was assembled in 1996.
- I had a P2 and later a P3 system in this case and want one in good condition badly.
- December 1997 PC Mag (Nova PII-266XC)
- September 1996 PC Mag (DirectWave)
"Silvester" ca 1999
- very late AT case with low cost Celeron 366 config, looks very similar to "Dominick"