Old School Monday: Dream Machine 1998

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maddingo

lol...i had a K6 II 400 in 1998 .. with a massive 4GB hard drive then i got a 10GB drive to replace

 

 

also i use to LOVE those Addrontics cases my buddy had one and i was SOOOOOOO jealous... beefy 300Watt psu..lolz

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wirehedd

I had a dual slot board with a pair of Celeron 333s in them OCd to the moon and 512MB of PC100 RAM with an LS120 and a Diamond Monster 2 as well. I miss that rig. Sounded like a Harrier Jet traking off when I fired that beastie thing up and I loved it. :)

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hfxmike

You can't give that $15,000 computer away for free. Then again, in 10 years, my high end rig will be wortless.
In 1998 I was running a 333mhz G3 mac.

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Maalth

@biggiebob123456:  Tyan still exists:  http://www.tyan.com/ 

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Pylon

I love how the picture on the first one was obviously flipped during editing. Look at the keyboard. I thought it was a left handed one at first, but then you can see the Esc key on the right side.

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Pylon

I love how the picture on the first one was obviously flipped during editing. Look at the keyboard. I thought it was a left handed one at first, but then you can see the Esc key on the right side.

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Torqumada286

Adjusted for inflation, $5,000 in 1998 is a little over $6900 today.

I love the retro articles.  Nice to know my current machine is better than that one.  :p

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Ryan5609

Makes me remember my first "real" desktop pc. 1992 Compaq Pesario all in one desktop with a built in TV tuner and it could make F'ing phone calls! 4MB Ram and I think around an 80 MB hard crive. Loved that old computer. But why was every computer product back in the day that ugly ass taupe/whiteish color. Was black plastic reserved for high end machines back then?

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skirge01

I guess in the dream world, everything is a mirror image?  While I could easily use the mouse in my left hand, it would definitely be a tough learning curve for your "dream" keyboard.  :-)

BTW, I'm pretty sure I bought that 7890 case based on this article.

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level1paladin

I remember my 333mhz with the Matrox Mystique.  Good times.  I can't imagine why anyone would still use a CRT.

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Rift2

CRT monitors are teh bomb I still use one to this day for everyday use. Use a Led Lcd for gaming though could never use a regular LCD monitor cause of the backlite.

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icebox1701

The year I switched to Linux on my 686 Cyrix

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praetor_alpha

I look at the hard drive transfer rates: 12.some MB/s. Lovely. My drive is at least an order of magnitude faster.

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slim186

WTF?  I know your production schedule has been creeping earlier and earlier but why is the September issue (traditionally the reveal of the Dream Machine) coming out in July?

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Joji

It's hard to believe how in today's world, with $2000, you can buy parts to build a REALLY GOOD gaming computer. Back then, things were pretty pricy...

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neros1x

I can run any game on my $650 Acer laptop at acceptable image quality and settings. 10 years ago, I dropped $5500 to build a gaming rig, and I want to do it again, but you'd be wasting your money to do that now. I guess back then, game studios were really pushing PC hardware, but now it seems they build everything at console quality and port it to the PC. Gone are the good old days when gaming could ever really be called "hardcore".

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bowei006

ehh i'd rather go with 6K to build one of the best gaming computer :D

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rrockman

Wow, lots of nostalgia... In 1998 I was 12 years old and got my first really personal computer (before we had a Pentium 90 Mhz that my mother bought for work), and boy, I think I really got close to the dream PC. I had a Pentium II 350 that I overcloked to 392 by raising the bus to 112 Mhz. I had that marvellous Millenium G200 and a very good Sony Trinitron 17" (actually bought later when my first 17" failed...) that still sits on my desk. Four Point Surround + SB Live! 1024 were added one or two years later, and those 64 Mb of RAM and 6,4 Gb of HD seemed endless for years.

But I'm not going to say it was a better time for PCs. It costed quite a lot, that PC, and today you can buy something way more capable for the same price, even doing all the necessary conversions. If I could have a 3000 dollars PC now (that's more or less what it costed), it would be something much more powerful than what I would ever need.

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Mastro Antonio

Yeah I remember when computers were only for business people and well generally people with a lot of cash to blow. It's a great thing now that you can build a good computer that destroys these machines for five benjamins or so.

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szore

Lovely. Very Quaint. 

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duncansil

Yup, looking at those system prices you can build anything from the budget box to the god rig for about 1/4 the sticker price, but more like 1/5 counting inflation ... and at today's speeds.

Not everyhting gets more expensive, other than that damn gasoline!

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whathuhitwasntme

if you want a real eye opener just look at the parts prices compared to todays average prices

600 dollars for a 19" monitor

for 600 dollars today you can pick up a 46" lcd at compusa an run it as a monitor!

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