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  1. Culbrelai's Avatar
    Posts : 51
    Windows 10 Edu
       #1241

    Got me my dream vintage PC, an IBM PS/2 Model 80-386 (I'd have settled for a Model 95 486 but those are even rarer than 80s)

    I just love the way the case looks, the very satisfying power switch, and IBM's exceptional build quality. The computer will probably last another 30 years before some capacitor blows or something. If that happens I will probably put a new computer inside of its case, provided I can rig the power switch to a modern mobo, prolly wont be too hard.

    I got it from Ebay for $200, it was untested, no power cord, but looked clean and was not yellowed. My gamble paid off as I got a working Model 80, it's just very dusty. Plan to give it an alcohol rubdown later on.

    386-20mhz
    Came with an Enhanced 386 Memory Adapter with 6MB installed, for a total of 10MB RAM
    and A Token Ring adapter



    Someone clearly upgraded it later on with a 2GB SCSI HDD that is beastly
    https://i.imgur.com/yd83R6g.jpg

    I don't particularly understand why IDE was considered a successor to SCSI when I find SCSI much easier and feature filled. To my knowledge, IDE can only have 2 drives per cable (Slave/master?)

    The SCSI adapter in this computer can have up to 7(!) devices off one port, no wacky cable select jumper nonsense, just a jumper to set the SCSI device ID. Seems much better than IDE...

    Interestingly it has a "Reconditioned by IBM" sticker on the back. Not sure of the difference between "reconditioned" and "refurbished" but from what I researched is that businesses rented these computers (Since they MSRPed at roughly $10,000 in 1987-89) and when they were returned I suppose they were upgraded and rented/sold again? Something like that.

    The HDD had an installation of PC DOS 5.0 on it, I imaged the contents before wiping it, incase the contents would give me a clue as to the provenance of this particular unit. (I can post the contents if anyone is interested)

    Gonna play me some Wolfenstein 3d on this sucker, perhaps try to get Windows 95 installed, and OS/2, and/or WFW 3.11 =P
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  2. Posts : 63
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
       #1242

    Wait, is 200 bucks normal for a 386? I just sold one for 15 including shipping...
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  3. swarfega's Avatar
    Posts : 6,382
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
       #1243

    Did it come with the 387?
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  4. essenbe's Avatar
    Posts : 12,236
    Windows 10 Pro 1903
       #1244

    That's pretty cool Great job.
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  5. Cliff S's Avatar
    Posts : 24,302
    Win10 Pro, Win10 Pro N, Win10 Home, Win10 Pro Insider Fast Ring, Windows 8.1 Pro, Ubuntu
       #1245

    TheRandomBrian said:
    Attachment 181159

    My new updated gaming setup.
    Did you drill a hole in the desk for the keyboard and mouse?

    I bet you watch TechSource Setup Wars.

    Nice setup
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  6. Hemimax's Avatar
    Posts : 1,744
    Windows 10 Pro X64
       #1246

    TheRandomBrian said:
    Attachment 181159

    My new updated gaming setup.
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  7. Posts : 61
    Windows 10 Pro
       #1247

    Cliff S said:
    Did you drill a hole in the desk for the keyboard and mouse?

    I bet you watch TechSource Setup Wars.

    Nice setup
    I actuallt do and plan on submitting my setup to him to be featured on his YouTube channel soon. Just doing finishing touches. And I didn't drill a hole on my desk. I am considering it though. Maybe in the future I will go wireless. For now, focusing on my build specs. Sadly I spent nearly $300 just for the RGB fans, Commander Pro by Corsair, and RGB strips. Reason being for buying a commander Pro from Corsair because my motherboard only have to Fan headers and both of them are occupied by the AIO cooler pump and two fans on the radiator. But the other fans will be controlled by Commander Pro along with RGB
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  8. CountMike's Avatar
    Posts : 16,647
    W10 Insider + Linux
       #1248

    Culbrelai said:
    Got me my dream vintage PC, an IBM PS/2 Model 80-386 (I'd have settled for a Model 95 486 but those are even rarer than 80s)

    I just love the way the case looks, the very satisfying power switch, and IBM's exceptional build quality. The computer will probably last another 30 years before some capacitor blows or something. If that happens I will probably put a new computer inside of its case, provided I can rig the power switch to a modern mobo, prolly wont be too hard.

    I got it from Ebay for $200, it was untested, no power cord, but looked clean and was not yellowed. My gamble paid off as I got a working Model 80, it's just very dusty. Plan to give it an alcohol rubdown later on.

    386-20mhz
    Came with an Enhanced 386 Memory Adapter with 6MB installed, for a total of 10MB RAM
    and A Token Ring adapter



    Someone clearly upgraded it later on with a 2GB SCSI HDD that is beastly
    https://i.imgur.com/yd83R6g.jpg

    I don't particularly understand why IDE was considered a successor to SCSI when I find SCSI much easier and feature filled. To my knowledge, IDE can only have 2 drives per cable (Slave/master?)

    The SCSI adapter in this computer can have up to 7(!) devices off one port, no wacky cable select jumper nonsense, just a jumper to set the SCSI device ID. Seems much better than IDE...

    Interestingly it has a "Reconditioned by IBM" sticker on the back. Not sure of the difference between "reconditioned" and "refurbished" but from what I researched is that businesses rented these computers (Since they MSRPed at roughly $10,000 in 1987-89) and when they were returned I suppose they were upgraded and rented/sold again? Something like that.

    The HDD had an installation of PC DOS 5.0 on it, I imaged the contents before wiping it, incase the contents would give me a clue as to the provenance of this particular unit. (I can post the contents if anyone is interested)

    Gonna play me some Wolfenstein 3d on this sucker, perhaps try to get Windows 95 installed, and OS/2, and/or WFW 3.11 =P
    IDE/PATA, SATA etc are just subsets of SCSI standard, so technically, even most modern SSDs are "SCSI". Also technically speaking, those types of "SCSI" are IDE (Integrated Device Electronics) so it's real mess of naming.
    PS/2 have non standard buses and connections so upgrading is practically impossible unless you can find parts specifically made for it. If you'd want to put some modern parts in the case can also mean extensive sheet metal work and switch would have to be modified to be momentary.
    Somewhere in the basement I have an old but enormous tower with with 4 Pentium 200 Pro processors SCSI (52) controller and couple of drives but is not in working order.
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  9. ThrashZone's Avatar
    Posts : 5,992
    3-Win-7Prox64 2-Win10Prox64
       #1249

    Hi,
    Nice like the green
    Been adjusting my x299 a bit replaced a weak ek pump with a 5 speed vario d5 thanks @doorules
    Watercool WCP D5-VARIO 12V Pump by Watercool (Black color)

    Also changed my loop arrangement a bit going pump res combo/ 280 rad/ cpu/ 240 rad/ gpu and with the better pump is doing much better temps :)
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  10. Geneo's Avatar
    Posts : 809
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Retail v2004
       #1250

    Nicely done!
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