Post Your Old Hardware

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  1. QB71

    QB71 Member

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    In the vein of the "Show your new stuff" thread let's show some old stuff...

    I just replaced the drive below with a 3TB Caviar Green... the drive below is just over 5 years old and has been powered on for just under 5 of those years, about 4 of those years were in a RAID0 with 3 other 500GB Caviar Blacks, fantastic drives... 43.5k hours:

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    And then there is this drive:

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    The above drive is 10.5 years old (It was the second largest first gen SATA drive on the market at the time of purchase) and still runs when placed in the docking station (I have Win 7 AHCI installed on it)

    I have had great success with WD drives.

    QB
     
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  2. IvanV

    IvanV HH Assassin Guild Member

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    Thumbs up for the idea, I hope the thread will be populated with some cool photos. :)
     
  3. IvanV

    IvanV HH Assassin Guild Member

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    I was almost sure that we had a thread like this, but I couldn't find it.

    A few days ago I finally retired some pieces of hardware that have served my family for over a decade, remaining in daily use for almost all of that time. Right now, they are sitting on a shelf and I'm kind of sorry to just chuck them away, although that seems like the most reasonable option. I mean, I've still got some ridiculously obsolete small stuff here and there, but a full size ATX motherboard is a bit too much, so I thought I'd at least honor those veteran parts with a post like this before I get rid of them:

    Mamin novi HW 015s.jpg

    As you can read from the board itself, it is an MSI K8T Neo, a Socket 754 motherboard with the VIA K8T800 Chipset and it's paired with an AMD Athlon64 3000+. Both belong to the earliest era of 64-bit desktop computing. The CPU belongs to the AMD's most glorious hour (so far), first generation of 64-bit PC processors and also the first with the integrated memory controller. Likewise, the chipset was, according to some sources, the first finished chipset for those CPUs (yes, most early demonstrations were done with early versions of nForce 3, back when Nvidia made AMD chipsets, but nForce 3 was supposedly still "in beta" when VIA came out with their K8T800). The southbridge was also one of the earlier with SATA support.

    Obviously, a lot has changed, AMD is trying to catch up with Intel, they are no longer on speaking terms with Nvidia and VIA is, unfortunately, no longer a household name. Also, you won't be finding electrolytic capacitors on any modern higher end motherboard, but more than 10 years later, these are still in good shape.

    Well, that's it from me, for now. What are you hiding in the attic and what do you generally do with long serving pieces of hardware once they outlive their usefulness?
     
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    Trusteft HH's Asteroids' Dominator

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    Well, I have my gaming pc till a couple of months ago, but I am going to give it to a cousin of mine so I am not going to photograph it.
    I do have one small piece of hardware I am keeping from the 90's, if I remember I will post a photo of it.
     
  5. Takaharu

    Takaharu Unus offa, unus iuguolo

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    Let's see... memory... memory...

    Gigabyte X99 UD5-WiFi (specs on this site)
    ASRock X79 Extreme9 (3930K)
    Asus P6X58D-E (i7 930 then i7 960)
    ASUS Maximus Formula (can't recall processors - I think a Core 2 Duo and later a Core 2 Quad)

    Before that I really don't remember the motherboards. I had AMD systems prior to the Maximus Formula. They date back a long way (to me), before the AGP slot became popular. I do recall that my first (own) PC needed a better graphics card to play anything more demanding than C&C Red Alert.
    The funny thing is, my fiancée had a Socket A processor when I met her, which was when, I believe, I had my first i7.
     
  6. Tyrsonswood

    Tyrsonswood HH's curmudgeon

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    Lost a lot of stuff, but sure I can dig up something... Just not today.
     
  7. QB71

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  8. IvanV

    IvanV HH Assassin Guild Member

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    Wow, it was that recent?! I couldn't find it because I searched for the wrong terms. Although I did imagine that we had one with actual photos of the old stuff.
     
  9. Calliers

    Calliers HH's Man In Black Staff Member

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    LOL!

    Anyway, I can't even remember what my old configurations were like save the last 2 or 3 machines I had. As for saved up parts I have moved twice in the last 6 years so unfortunately I don't have any of them with me anymore as they were disposed of, but I did have a shelf in my computer room in my first apartment after I moved out that had a Quantam Fireball hard drive and a dated ATi graphics card on display.
     
  10. IvanV

    IvanV HH Assassin Guild Member

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    I wanted to get the cooler off the motherboard. I tried that once (maybe twice) before, back when it was still relatively new, but I found the base of the cooler to be stuck to the CPU too hard to be removed, so I let it be. Surely enough, it seemed like it wouldn't move one bit this time around either, there was no flexing, nothing, like I was trying to pull apart a solid piece of concrete. I decided to give it one last try, kind of trying to rock it from side to side, without too much force, and to my surprise, it gave way. But not quite the way I intended:

    Stari Athlon64 004editedS.jpg

    Yup, the two still seem to be welded together!
     
  11. CDsDontBurn

    CDsDontBurn AMD & Petrol Heads Mod

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    I still have a few motherboards at home. An ePox 8RDA3+ for starters. This board was rock solid for overclocking.....all the way to 199Mhz FSB. As soon as you hit 200Mhz FSB or higher, it would just crap out and be the most unstable board ever. It didn't matter how much voltage you threw at the RAM and CPU, it just couldn't do it. For OCing my Barton xp2500+ I had at the time to *just* under Barton xp3200+ specs (because of the 200Mhz limitation), it was pretty awesome :). Now, it just sits in a box in my closet.

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    Next was my ABIT IC7-G MAX II. This board was a great board for all the years I had it running. I remember being one of the very few people ABLE to take my 3.2Ghz to a 1Ghz OC on air! Thank you Thermalright SP-94 and 92mm Vantec Tornado ;). Sure, it was loud, but that was a sacrifice that needed to be made for speed. Unfortunately, the 1Ghz OC wasn't stable and would only go as far as booting into the OS. Anything as simple as running IE would cause the system to restart. It was rock solid at 800Mhz OC though :). One thing that really annoyed me about this board was the NB fan. It was apparently a common problem though as many people complained about it. My solution to this problem was replacing the NB cooler entirely with the ThermalRight NB-1C.

    This board, paired up with my Corsair XMS 2-2-2-5 RAM, and NVIDIA 6800GT had me in the winner's circle of the DH's Overclocking competition back in the day. I remember having had that crown for a good while until RastaMonsta took it from me with his system sporting the same motherboard but the much better P4 EE. Afterwards, I just decided to retire my OCing competitiveness, getting an AGP version of the ATI x1950pro 2GB, and 2GB of OCZ Platinum. That RAM was HORRIBLE for overclocking. It couldn't do anything faster than 415Mhz without giving issues. The furthest I got it to was 433Mhz, and that was only boot stable. All these components I still have....also in a box....sitting in my closet.

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    I have a few other boards, but they are primarily boards I've kept from my family members that decided to upgrade to new systems. My sisters for example, I built them both new systems a while ago. One had an older s939 4200+ AMD CPU and some other hardware. I kept that s939 board. IIRC, it's an MSI K8N Neo4. I just built it and maintained it. Nothing special here. She has an AMD 900 series chipset board along with an FX-4300 CPU now.

    (the red board)
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    My younger sister, I have something of hers as well, I don't remember, lol. I just know that her current system has a s775 CPU with a Gigabyte p965 chipset board. I'm sure I have whatever board she had before in the same box sitting in my closet, lol.

    Eventually, I plan on framing all these motherboards and hanging them on a wall somewhere. I plan on having some RAM and a CPU installed on these boards when that time comes.
     
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  12. IvanV

    IvanV HH Assassin Guild Member

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    That's quite a collection. :) I actually thought of hanging mine on the wall as well. BTW I did manage to pry the CPU off the heatsink with a knife. :D
     
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  13. MIG-31

    MIG-31 HardwareHeaven News Mod Staff Member

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    All my old stuff gets ebayed, due to very little room for storage.

    Threads Merged and Pinned.
     
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  14. Dyre Straits

    Dyre Straits 10 Grandkids, 5 boys and 5 girls!

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    If I posted all my old hardware it would take several pages to get it all posted. I have some hardware dating back to 1992 here.

    BTW, I also had .... and it may still be in use...an, ABIT IC7. I passed it on to my daughter-in-law and it may still be in use by her.
     
  15. Liqourice

    Liqourice Well-Known Member

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    Does it count as old stuff when it's still in use, even though it's 20+ yo?
     
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  16. IvanV

    IvanV HH Assassin Guild Member

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    I'd say that it very much does, I'd love to see such a piece! :)
     
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    CDsDontBurn AMD & Petrol Heads Mod

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    Oh. I forgot to mention that I found my ATI Radeon 8800 the other day when I sent out my ASUS motherboard for RMA. It was in a non-descript ant-static bag I put it in a long time ago.
     
  18. grog

    grog Roxy Music

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    Here we go

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    My 2006 System
    * Monitor: Dell UltraSharp 2405FPW 24" LCD
    * Motherboard: ASUS A8R-MVP ATX AMD CrossFire Motherboard
    * CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+ 1GHz FSB Socket 939 Dual Core
    * Memory: CORSAIR XMS 2GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM Unbuffered DDR 400 (PC 3200) TWINX2048-3200C2PRO
    * Video: All-in-Wonder® X1800 XL 256MB PCI Express®
    * ATI HDTV Wonder Remote Control Edition PCI TV Tuner
    * Sound: Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Elite Elite Pro Sound Card
    * Ethernet: Onboard Marvell 88E8001 10/100/1000Base-T Gigabit
    * Hard Disk-1&2: Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 ST3300622AS 300GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s x 2 (total 600GB) RAID-0
    * Hard Disk-3: Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 ST3160812A 160GB 7200 RPM IDE Ultra ATA100
    * DVD-R/RW: SONY White IDE DVD Burner Model DRU810A
    * DVD-R/RW: SONY Silver USB 2.0/i.LINK External DVD Burner Model DRX810UL
    * CASE: Thermaltake Tai-Chi VB5001SNA Black/ Silver Computer Case with liquid cooling
    * LCD-TEMP: AeroCool GateWatch-SV Silver GateWatch with LCD display
    * PSU: PC Power & Cooling 510 SLI-PFC 510W
    * UPS: APC Back-UPS XS 1000 UPS, 1000 VA, 600 Watts
    * OS: Microsoft Windows XP Media Center 2005
    * Speakers: Klipsch ProMedia Ultra 5.1
     
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    IvanV HH Assassin Guild Member

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    That was a sweet rig! Was the cooling all custom built? What is that thing that looks like a little daughterboard card, just below the northbridge?
     
  20. grog

    grog Roxy Music

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    The Tai-Chi case came with water cooling.
    The case provides a hydraulic opening for its side panel as well.
    The aluminum extrusion case keeps everything nice and cool.
    After a couple of CPU blocks cracking and problems with the radiator I pulled the water cooling and went back to air.
    I am using the same case with my main system today. I was thinking of putting water cooling back into the mix but instead went for the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO and it does a nice job of keeping the CPU nice and cool.

    FYI: The thing that looks like a daughter board card is called a MVP SWITCH CARD and was used when you only had a single PCIe graphics card installed. When installing two PCIe graphics card you removed the MVP SWITCH CARD.

     
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