Invincible PC components

Captain Beer

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The 386 runs on dos, also about a R80K upgrade to get it on windows.
Does very simple stuff and I don't see the point in doing an upgrade when it works fine.
This reminds me. I have a customer who runs a pipe bender at his factory using a 386sx I built for him about 12 years ago. The components were already old by then.
AMD 386SX 25. 2MB RAM. Hercules Graphics, Mecer amber screen. IIRC a 40MB HDD. Connected by either parallel or serial port to the machine it controls. Runs Win 3.11. Using a hardcore IBM AT KB made in 1988. No mouse. Looks like **** by now. The only maintenance it ever needs is the PSU fan cleaned.
 
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PaulB_

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I know this is old, but makes interesting reading..

I have a pair of Mecer SP-689 speakers bought new in mid 1998, they still sound amazing, despite 21 years of use.

I needed a case urgently for my i5 build, and the only spare case I had, was an old Mecer case from the late 90s, which originally housed a Celeron 366mhz CPU, and 32mb RAM. Looks old fashioned, and is as solid as a tank, lacks front USB ports, but still does the job of keeping everything in place, like a case should.

As far as other components go, I have a Sony hi8 stereo video camera from 1996, still working for R150 at the local flea market, which I plan to use for work. (I transfer tape to DVD/PC)

Have a Philips VCR from 2000, and a LG VCR from 1997, the LG actually at some stage had the macrovision stripped.
 

Fulcrum29

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I have a pair of Mecer SP-689 speakers bought new in mid 1998, they still sound amazing, despite 21 years of use.
I still have my Cambridge PCWorks FourPointSurround which was produced in 1998. I have three sets. Two originals and the later Desktop Theatre 5.1. Then Creative came into play.

Upgraded my PCWorks FourPointSurround to a Creative Inspire T6200 and added a Logitech Z5500. All still in use.
 

Lupus

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Original Razer Diamondback Plasma, got it in 2005 so 14 years, only issue is one of the feet came off long ago. Don't use it anymore cause strangely enough even a cheapish Redragon now outperforms it.
 

FaSMaN

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Well if your talking about IBM PC, I would have to say this Mecer 386 (Cyrix 486SLC) from 1996 that I got, still working and hardly had to change anything on it :), I do have older but this one I had to do absolutely nothing to it just worked, so its more bullet proof in my mind lol


If you want even older non, IBM PC I have a Commodore Pet :3
 

gamer16

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Hmm I'm still running a old 775 system with a E6700 OC to 4Ghz and a GTX470. Runs perfect to this day.
 

agentrfr

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I have a 1kW PSU from 2007 that I still use. It is currently powering a GTX1080 and a Ryzen 1700X
 
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