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Reply 40 of 102, by stonesoup

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arncht wrote:

It is my case, actually with a dx4 rig. Until i did not find a more authentic look case, i keep it.

When did you buy your computer? The 8m and the 420 was average in 1994, the p90 topnotch.

I got it end 95-1996ish. It shipped with windows 3.11.

I've found the same case on ebay. Kinda ridiculous to pay so much for just a case. It is also interesting to see that it came with many different configs.

Reply 41 of 102, by arncht

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inwin a500... dec 1997. wow.
https://books.google.at/books?id=uaTgf95ualMC … epage&q&f=false

ps... this is the wow! sep 1996 - that means, it fits much more to my mmx.
https://books.google.at/books?id=2rK8GDDQbTYC … epage&q&f=false

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Reply 42 of 102, by appiah4

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arncht wrote:
inwin a500... dec 1997. wow. https://books.google.at/books?id=uaTgf95ualMC … epage&q&f=false […]
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inwin a500... dec 1997. wow.
https://books.google.at/books?id=uaTgf95ualMC … epage&q&f=false

ps... this is the wow! sep 1996 - that means, it fits much more to my mmx.
https://books.google.at/books?id=2rK8GDDQbTYC … epage&q&f=false

Amazing case. This was the case of my 1998 PII and later 2000 PIII PCs. I am desperately in search for one to rebuild that setup.

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Reply 43 of 102, by arncht

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appiah4 wrote:
arncht wrote:
inwin a500... dec 1997. wow. https://books.google.at/books?id=uaTgf95ualMC … epage&q&f=false […]
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inwin a500... dec 1997. wow.
https://books.google.at/books?id=uaTgf95ualMC … epage&q&f=false

ps... this is the wow! sep 1996 - that means, it fits much more to my mmx.
https://books.google.at/books?id=2rK8GDDQbTYC … epage&q&f=false

Amazing case. This was the case of my 1998 PII and later 2000 PIII PCs. I am desperately in search for one to rebuild that setup.

i have the p3 in this case 😀
Slot 1 @ 2000.05 - Pentium III 1000, Geforce 2 GTS, 3Dfx Voodoo2, SB Live!, Gravis Ultrasound P&P

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Reply 44 of 102, by arncht

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somebody knows this? the stamp is from 2002, and the inside (and the stamp) looks like a chieftec.

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Reply 45 of 102, by appiah4

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arncht wrote:

*Dies of envy*

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Reply 46 of 102, by PC Hoarder Patrol

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arncht wrote:

somebody knows this? the stamp is from 2002, and the inside (and the stamp) looks like a chieftec.

Had this same case since around then (stamp too faded to read now but seem to remember it was 2001). Can't recall where I bought it but pretty sure it wasn't branded as Chieftec. The IAN / EAN barcode on mine

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suggests its registration originated in the Netherlands.

Also, hope you've long since consigned that Q-TEC PSU (what a POS they were!!!) to the bin.

Reply 47 of 102, by arncht

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Ive bought this pc just because the mainboard 😀 i dont use the qtec psu, but i liked the case.

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Reply 49 of 102, by Paadam

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I have the Micronics labeled AT case top left on the photo, Asus P/I-P55TP4XE with 233 MMX, 64MB RAM, Creative DXR2, Voodoo2, Rage Pro Turbo 8 MB PCI and SB AWE32 sits there. There is alphanumeric display of CPU speed behind the tinted plexiglass but it shows only up to 166 MHz sadly.

Many 3Dfx and Pentium III-S stuff.
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Reply 50 of 102, by Nprod

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BeginnerGuy wrote:
How about if I can't place the year>? […]
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How about if I can't place the year>?

Can anybody place a year on this case I recently obtained? 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.

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Edit: Vogons users place this case around 1992 coming with 386 class machines on the low end, and later models sporting Pentiums without a turbo button probably circa 1995-1996.

I'd put the PC at around 1997 - it was very common around that time for small computer shops to use these older 486 cases for Pentium builds as they might've had plenty of them in stock. So while the case is likely a ~92-93 model, it would've been sitting in storage for a few years until it was used. Most PCs i saw around 97-99 had more or less this style of case.

Reply 51 of 102, by Intel486dx33

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Once you build in a Lian-Li aluminun case you never go back to cheap cases.
Can you Identify this case ?

Update:
I found it “MT-747e”

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Reply 52 of 102, by badmojo

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arncht wrote:

july 1994

I just finished restoring an example of the top, middle case in your pic. Not bad quality for a clone - decent plastic and the outer case is nice and heavy. I've put a Cyrix 6x86 setup into it.

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Reply 53 of 102, by arncht

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Intel486dx33 wrote:

Once you build in a Lian-Li aluminun case you never go back to cheap cases.
Can you Identify this case ?

i use cheap cases because of the age correctness 😀 after 2000 i used inwin, chieftec, antec cases at my retro pcs. at my modern pc i use a fractal design.

i know this case, but i cannot tell you the exact year - i know one build from 99 (late budget ss7), i think it is around 96-99 from the style. could you tell me more about the configuration?
i plan to check the hungarian chip magazine for the old computers to get more info about the cases.

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Reply 57 of 102, by gar4o555

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Hi everyone.
I am looking for more info on this case, pic attached.
It might as well be a clone, or just a cheap old case, but my first ever PC was in a case, with a front like this, so it has some santimental value to me. I am looking forward to rebuilding my first ever PC so I am actively looking to buy one like this.

Has anyone ever seen a case like this?

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Reply 59 of 102, by Hamby

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arncht wrote:
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Hi

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

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"Norman" ca 1996 (maybe from 1994)

  • 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

I'm looking at a "Norman" case right now, sitting on the desk opposite me. It's housing my K6-2/300 system, atm.