My goal was to accumulate about half dozen machines - specifically systems that I had growing up (or as close to) - or I remember really wanting - 386 DX40 - Our first upgrade from the 386SX16. Still don't have either - 486 DX2/66 - Never had one. Just thought they were cool. I have one now, and a DX4/100.. plus way more :\ - Pentium 200Mhz - Went from the 386 to a 133.. But had access to a 200 at School and that was so much better. - Pentium II 500Mhz - No reason really, apart from Slot-1 having an aesthetic, me being 14 or 15 and unable to buy one - but really wanting to because.. well.. Unreal. - Pentium III 800Mhz - My first (own) computer after it was evident my childhood obsession with computers wasn't going away, and should probably be encouraged/fostered. Happy Birthday/Christmas/don't ask for anything for the next few years..... - P4 3.0Ghz (Northwood, not Presshot) - First machine I ever bought with my own dollarydooos. $700 in 2003 for a CPU, and 350 for a P4C800E Deluxe. As crap as P4's were, I do regret selling it on. - Core 2 Q6600 - Go far enough back in my post history and you'll see me talking about wanting to buy one. I did, and I still have it. I only just pulled it out of service as the server I run for my parents about six months ago. I feel really guilty about having more than those 5 or six machines above. I've found some interesting stuff that was too esoteric to pass up, had stuff given to me, or just come across stuff that might have just seen the bin. Or people just selling lots of stuff cheap and wanting it gone. I don't feel it a mark of pride of having a shelf of retro bits that are currently unused/untested/unbuilt; rather a cognitive dissonance - there's a shame that it has not found the love it deserves (yet), but also some part of me feels relieved that such stuff has not found it's way into an ewaste dump - never to be used again.