Where are the retro bargains? List here!

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  1. shane41

    shane41 Member

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    Well the old guard is still in Retro here. :)
    But notice since the 10 year rule. A doubling of visits from other members.
    FS section slow but will improve

    286 386 486 machines are a big ask for these members to go after & restore.
    Whereas 2000 era onward machines are easier/ quicker to set up.

    Just no time / patience to do the hard yards on finding that rare part
     
  2. BuuBox

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    I've got a 286 to (finally) set up after collecting parts for a while, just have to wait until I've moved for all the extra space. :)
     
  3. Datsun 1600

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    Shane41, if you PM me your details I can send you a Socket 754 Sempron 3000.
     
  4. shane41

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    Very kind of you man :thumbup: Shame you had to read all that rubbish above.
    It bugs me such a nice mb in it's original box unloved.
     
  5. MrMaestro

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    I don't think that's fair. I just put together a Year-2000 Win 98 rig, and I chose that era because I was in primary school in the late 90s and that's the vintage of games I grew up playing. I have no interest in building a rig older than that because I don't have much interest in DOS gaming.

    It was the first time I've had to muck around with things like motherboard dip switches and IDE master/slave, and I ran into a few problems with parts incompatibilities. I found it a little bit tricky, but nothing I couldn't sort out with a bit of quick research.

    I only got into retro computing a few months ago but I have no doubt that I could put together a 386/486 system. And I imagine it would be a bit trickier than my Socket A system, but all the info is out there on the web thanks to websites like this one and Vogons.
     
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  6. shane41

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    Feisty I like it :) That there is a perspective on old parts & how hard they are to fix/ restore. Many of these suffered the green death when batteries let go OR Dallas chips ran beyond use by dates. Incompatibilities on the varied parts.
    Then you had a billion manufacturers back then, products sub par & no longevity.

    So of the 10x of so pre socket 7, that I may have been able to fix.......none were a go.
    Too badly damaged. x1 486 machine turned on but not the next time. It's a lesson in frustration, that is my point.
    My favorites are socket 462. But the best socket of the lot is socket 7. :thumbup: 1995 onward plug them in & they still work.
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    On a personal level. You have not done the hard yards. I have.
    Any member in here will tell you the efforts I go to securing the best parts in the world. :Pirate:
     
  7. shane41

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    :(

    You can find rare interesting parts if prepared for a massive loss on time & money.

    1. 1998 Asus P5A Super Seven still around. Not expensive
    2. Epox Super Seven. This model never seen for sale again.
    3. DFI SlotA. Rare also. But plenty of Asus & Gigabyte ones out there.
    4. Creative Blaster. 3 year search that one.

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  8. BuuBox

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    This looks interesting.

    ATX case that looks like an old AT case
    Asus TX97 Socket 7 motherboard
    Run of the mill S3 PCI video card (WinFast branded), and Vibra 16 sound
    Has the oddball Asus Media Bus slot

    http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/142379425396

    Also intriguing what the 8 bit ISA card in the last slot is...
    Edit: I think it's an FM radio card.
     
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  9. okclock123

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    This is one of the few better looking retro cases. In early 00s they started to do these weird round shapes.
     
  10. bYrd

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    eBay seller hocking 2 x Orinoco Silver PCMCIA wireless cards for $4 each, free shipping - I bought both! Perfect for pretty much anything that needs wireless - Macs, Amigas, portables.

    Apparently they can do WPA2 in Windows, when flashed to Gold cards - which I'd take with a grain of salt, but worth the small coin for sure.
     
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    LoL mate..........only 77KM :thumbup:

    Unlink the bloody ebay page, bid it like you own it & a good sunday drive.
    I remember you wanted these ones years ago.
     
  13. BuuBox

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    I'd set it up, use the 3D file manager to pretend to be in Jurassic Park, then never turn it on again. :lol:

    Cool system, but not for me. Could be a bargain, check out prices for these outside Australia!
     
  14. shane41

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    Use the machines in this Buubox
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    Are you guys interested in racing old hardware? While cbjaust & myself
    had little time to submit some scores, we got a few OK ones up
    last night @ competition end.

    Interesting had my Gigabyte up on 630mhz for a K6-III+ 400 air cooled :Paranoid:
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  15. cbjaust

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    Good times! I'm gonna work some more with that Slot A board and see what SuperPi 1M time it will actually do... Apparently 3 x SDRAM sticks make it Suuuuuuuuuuper Slow...

    Nice, what's the DFI like?
     
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  16. shane41

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    Dfi is peeerty & rare. Good times as the underdogs yes :tongue: but we need guys in here
    who are clever with the old Intels too. Join us & battle these bigger more experienced teams.

    The fully sick capped 5AX rev 5.2
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  17. BuuBox

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    Very nice GA-5AX Shane. :thumbup:

    Is that the board reaching 630 MHz with a K6-3+?

    Shame the caps are so close to the socket, otherwise a big S370 cooler would fit.
     
  18. shane41

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    Yes mate. :) But plenty of the boards can do 110fsb for 660mhz. All the competitors had a full month to ramp up their speeds. Whereas cbjaust & myself had a shot in the last hour or so with that x1 HWprime score. Never going to hurt the parts, bench takes like 10 sec to complete.

    If you guys do decide to join in on the fun " if your boards have buggered caps " I would help you there on replacing the caps for cheap. ie. NOT cap your board & you run :Pirate: To participate
     
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    You need someone good on electronic's + them to take it on.
    Callan & Axle members in here

    Then there's the members in Electronic's section OCAU are gifted too.
     

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