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Other What's your favorite old OEM desktop tower?

Discussion in 'General' started by bennylava, 12 Apr 2021.

  1. veato

    veato I should be working

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  2. Gareth Halfacree

    Gareth Halfacree WIIGII! Staff Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

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    Mate of mine had the Amstrad Mega PC, which was... not as pretty as that. By quite some margin.

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  3. bennylava

    bennylava What's a Dremel?

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    Nice! Anyone remember Voodoo PC? Iirc they had some interesting cases back in the day. They were like a lesser known Alienware.
     
  4. trigger

    trigger Procrastinator

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    I did a little case mod on the tower version of these many moons ago, they were really nice cases, designed by Richard Sapper, back when industrial design of PCs was a thing! It kept me going for eons that did, with some mATX loveliness in there, I only replaced it a couple of years ago in fact:

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    The main work was inside, most of the guts had to be ripped out to fit modern mATX board, PSU; the thing was thick steel, all riveted together, so lots of drilling and re-riveting with a donor case.
     
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    Gareth Halfacree WIIGII! Staff Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

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    You got rid of God's Own Case Colour? SACRILEGE!
     
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    Anfield Multimodder

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    Spraduke Lurker

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    My first ever PC (but really used for just games) was a CPC 464. It was second hand when I got it so was terrible versus my friends with NES/SNES but damn didn't I play the hell out of Chucky Egg, Bubble Bobble and Harrier Attack.

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    Gareth Halfacree WIIGII! Staff Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

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    The Esc key on my Filco is from a sadly deceased Amstrad CPC 464. Turns out the keycaps use a Cherry MX-like cross mounting, which is just slightly too small for a modern Cherry MX switch. Few minutes with a file and it fits perfect-like.

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  9. MadGinga

    MadGinga oooh whats this do?

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    Spraduke Lurker

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    Really must double check if my Dad still has the Amstrad in the loft somewhere. Suspect it was flogged on Ebay a number of years back by my brother during a clear out but I'm not certain.
     
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    d_stilgar Old School Modder

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    The Dell Dimension 4500 - Mostly because of the "Beefy Computer" memories from playing CS: Source. This one was BTX form factor, so it would be its own project to get modern hardware into it.
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    The Micron Millennia was a big case with a nice appearance.
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    The HP Blackbird was unique
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    It's little brother, the Firebird took the concept and made it SFF
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    The Maingear Shift from a few years back was similar to the Silverstone Raven or Fortress FT02, but was larger and nicer in a few notable ways.
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    The Voodoo Omen was a beast and had insane build quality. I'm not sure we'll see something this nice ever again.
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    The Alienware Aurora ALX had vent fins that moved, but didn't help cool it any better, haha. I still loved the lean-back design and the gimmicky fins.
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  12. Byron C

    Byron C Over-reacting and over-analysing since 1982

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    Wedge cases need to make a comeback! Seriously, those two Atari STs on the other side of the office easily have enough room in the case to fit an ITX system in there...

    Oh be still my beating heart.... <3
     
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    Nice...
    I actually sometimes used an Octane at work in 2000, it ran an automated electronmicroscope. :grin:
     
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    Midlight Minimodder

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    Looks even better in real life...of course, this was back when every other box was grey
     
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    The_Crapman Don't phone it's just for fun. Staff

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    I only saw this the other week after @jinq-sea was talking about it, but the Sharp X68000 is really cool
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    The compact version looks like a playstation
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    Byron C Over-reacting and over-analysing since 1982

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    The X68000 is a beautiful machine... RMCRetro did a vid recently:

     
  20. jinq-sea

    jinq-sea 'write that down in your copy book' Super Moderator

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    Such cool systems! I love the design.
     

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