Description

Hey, guys. I'm home. After homesickness and being backed up on K-rations, one of the first things I wanted to do was build a computer.

To quickly explain the title, I don't want to name it "The Oldest PC on PCPartpicker", to then be proved wrong; so I'm staying on the safe side.

ABOUT THE COMPUTER: Well, the motherboard originally came out of a Compaq computer. I've had it laying around my house since I moved in and it's stayed in a closet for years before we moved in. I'm really surprised that it survived after what it has been through (I'll explain more about that later). The case I've had for about a year and a half, my friend's dad gave me his old PC (this later got me into building PCs). The PSU also came from said PC. The rest of it were scrap parts.

CPU:
So, the CPU I had was an AMD Athlon from 1999. It's a socket A type CPU and I've never worked with one before. If you're curious to what a "Socket A" CPU is, I've made a diagram explaining the difference between Socket A and an AM2 socket CPU (picture four)

CPU COOLER: If you've looked at the part's list, you've probably realized that I put quotation marks around "stock". The cooler is after-market, however, it is the style of a stock cooler; just with a bigger fan. Socket A coolers are dangerous. In order to hook it in place, you need to PUT A ******* SCREWDRIVER into the cooler to latch it down on the other side. I almost slipped and it would have gone through my motherboard.

HDD: The Hard Drive is also something that came out of the Compaq. The system was OEM and the Windows XP on it match with the motherboard, so it's okay.

MOTHERBOARD: Speaking of, I'm genuinely surprised that the motherboard is working. On top of it being stored in a closet for years, it was stored outside and has been through two hurricanes (Hermine and Matthew). Did they just make the motherboards more durable back in the day or?

PSU: I'm aware that 500w is more than I'll ever need, but the PSU that came with the Compaq was burnt out (literally). Besides, it's the only spare PSU I had laying around.

RAM: One of the RAM slots apparently broke off the motherboard, so I only had one stick. The motherboard supports up to 2GB, so I went in my RAM box and got a DDR2 stick that would.... wait a minute. I then found out that the motherboard is DDR not DDR2. I went through the box and only found one 256mb DDR RAM stick; so I can hopefully open up one browser without it crashing.

Well, that's all folks. I'm glad to post something for you guys and I hope everybody stays safe. My next build will be me upgrading the "OVERKILL PENTIUM 4 PC.

Much love!

Comments

  • 38 months ago
  • 19 points

This computer: Luke. I am your father.

My computer: Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

What a build. Take a +1 :)
  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Isnt it

No, I am your father

  • 30 months ago
  • 3 points

Dad is that you

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

No son, that is your mother.

  • 27 months ago
  • 3 points

bamboozled

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

yep

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

nope, grandpa

  • 38 months ago
  • 4 points

I'm hoping that this gets featured. It's always nice to see old electronic parts still getting use.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Same here.

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

Make that three of us! I've asked for a dedicated forum/classification for the retro builds on here like my 1982 PC/XT (https://pcpartpicker.com/b/krYrxr) and my "Impossible - Can't Be Done" retro custom build (https://pcpartpicker.com/b/yJjcCJ) the skill needed to retool old tech is far beyond the skill needed to build new machines (I build both new and retro) - and we spend good money on parts for both.

  • 38 months ago
  • 3 points

But can it run crysis

  • 38 months ago
  • 8 points
  • 38 months ago
  • 3 points

Close enough

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

XD

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

xD

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

xd

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

It Recognized the Program?

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

nice

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice work!

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Dude my friend has a computer just like this. It has a lanparty mobo in it.

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  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a Beaty I'll have to look at it next chance I get; I know it's this socket,

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

The oldest computer I know a true part list to is an Intel 333 that had a 6 gb hard drive.

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  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

My friend said something in it died but I didn't know exactly what it was the ram was old. So I hope it's dead rather than the mobo. The thing had a Gtx 9800 fx in it, he now keeps it on display.

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  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

There so much molex ... and allll those green bean capacitors ...... man ......

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  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Everytime I see old computers I think about all that useless DDR ram I still have in my inventory and all the DDR I have thrown already because I'm never gonna use it.

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

Lucky you, I have a whole box of SD RAM that I have no idea what I'm going to do with. Haha

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  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

At least it looks like a gaming pc from the outside lmao

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

AGP?? This thing really IS old!

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  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Dat AGP slot. Dat vintage Raidmax case. I remember those being on the market ~14 years ago.

Now, if you were to do a Pentium D 805 "Smithfield" build, you'll be cruising in late 2000's budget overclocking style. Vintage builds with no practical modern performance are cool in their own way.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks somewhat my computer inside looks like XD

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

More old stuff.

"Psst mine is older"

Thanks for posting great stuff.

Thumbs up.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

I just found out about this site. Just seeing your machine makes me feel better about my daily driver. It's a 1999 HP Pavilion with 550MHz Athlon and 384MB RAM.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

My brother uses Grandma for his school work and flash games. There's no reason to feel bad about it. :b

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

still better than a MacBook air

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Or any Mac for that matter.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

nice motherboard haha

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

yo that pc so old it is gonna get wrinkles oh no thats not good i guess

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  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Read the description.

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