Reply 60 of 66, by Katmai500
I’ve got ~500 x86 CPUs in my collection. I’m most interested in 1990 - 2006ish, with special focus on 1997-2000 Slot CPUs. For something like Socket 478, one of each clock/bus speed/core is sufficient. When it comes to Pentium II or Pentium III, I’m aiming for one of every speed, stepping, boxed and OEM versions. Pretty much just short of getting every S-Spec. I try to get the earliest manufacturing date I can for each S-Spec. This can be interesting with PIII Slot CPUs. Early 450 and 500 MHz PIII cartridges don’t have the Pentium III logo on the front. That makes them worth collecting, in addition to a later production date of the same S-Spec that has the logo.
I also collect engineering samples. I’ve got 11 unique PII and 17 unique PIII ES/QS CPUs, in addition to at least one of each of 486, Pentium, Celeron, Pentium 4, Pentium D, K6, Athlon Slot A, and Athlon 64.
I’ve been collecting for 20+ years since I was a kid fixing up computers to earn spending money. I started collecting seriously in 2007 when I got a job that gave me access to some free CPUs and other parts from recycled computers. That lasted for a few years. At the time it was mostly Pentium 4’s and Athlon XP’s being recycled with a few older machines on occasion. The rest I’ve bought slowly over the last 10 years. I’d say half of my ES processors were advertised as ES on forums or eBay, and priced accordingly. The other half I found in scrap lots by a mix of luck and knowing what to look for.
In the last few years I started collecting graphics cards, sound cards, and motherboards. I want to have enough supporting hardware to actually use my CPUs.