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S462 SOCKET A 1999+ RETRO BUILD
With the collection of random older PC parts for several years comes the occasional build.
This thing was once a PC owned by a lawyer abandoned in the cold. It seemed to be a pre-build system manufactured by Vobis with the production name Highscreen. A more recent Highscreen PC though, since they are known for these in Germany for a lot of years already by the time this one came out. It originally came with a Medion/MSI all-in-one mATX motherboard with an Intel Celeron 466 and ATI Rage 3D onboard graphics.
I decided to ditch the board (but used it for another build) and took the whole PC apart. For such an old case it still has so much charm, I had to build a full ATX system into it. I had a pair of ECS Elitegroup K7S5A, one with on-board LAN and one without. For sure I took the one without and put it in. I installed a 800MHz Athlon (non XP) and two TwinMOS RAM Sticks. With another find I got a kind of rare Leadtek Windfast Titanium 200 THD, based on a GeForce 3 Ti 200. Great card and a nice addition to a typical upgrade for this initial 1999 build upgraded to a 2003 system. Sure it needs a sound card, so I put a Creative Sound Blaster Live in. To round the set of internal card up I added a 3Com Ethernet card and a Promise Ultra to be kind of upgrade-prooved, even though the onboard IDE would be enough for the current stage. It looks nice, so why not...
I wanted the build to be functional and kind of modular. A HDD swap cage in the front, a good AOpen drive, a HP Travan tape drive and a SuperDisk Drive makes room for enough swap media. Every drive has its unique features that I really like.
Into the HDD cage I put the original IBM hard drive from the Highscreen system. An original drive from 1999 that is still running.
Cable management was just a little eye candy bonus, since it went very well with the front drives. I hope you like it as much as I do
Giving this build a new home and life was a nice project that is not just going to die on a shelf. I actually play games and do shuff with this thing since I bought an original still sealed german Microsoft Windows 98 SE and installed it. DOS games do run perfectly fine too and even with real CD audio. For more fun I can also swap the HDD and installed pure DOS or Windows XP. I have several drives with capacities from less than 1.2GB up to 500.
So let's have some fun and enjoy this little retro box. I hope I was able to inspire you.