Weekend Open Forum: What's the oldest part in your PC?


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Oldest piece of hardware I have in my PC is case. It remembers old Celeron Wilamette, around 2002. 2nd oldest - if somebody considered if case is hardware ;) - CDRW burner, fabuluous LiteOn model :) It's still connected due to my AM3 motherboard having an IDE controller.

But I have also some older hardware at my home, some slot 1/socket 370/socket A, and I also have a working PC based on P90 and EDO RAMM.


My PSU a Thermaltake Toughpower 850, going strong in its fourth year (y)


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Creative 2.1 speakers, march 2006, defective potentiometer from day one, but never bothered to have it repaired or replaced due to lousy warranty terms, and now I'm kinda stuck with them. I use headphones anyway.


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500GB hard drive from about 6 years ago.

If you are including peripherals, then my mouse. Its one of the first that didn't have that ball thing on the bottom of it :')

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It's probably my Auzentech X-Median soundcard or watercooling gear bought sometime in 2006. However most parts in my main PC are from around 2007: Maximus Formula mainboard, 8800GTS graphics card, Corsair PSU & OCZ RAM where all bought in November 07...
My most recent item is probably my Cheetah 15K.7 300GB SAS2 harddrive, bought in October 2010. I was looking at SSD's but their prices and amongst all number of issues kept me away, I just wanted something that worked & it sure has :)
Actually no, the most recent is my A4Tech X7 Oscar Optical Gaming Mouse X-748K, from May 2011 best £20 ever spent :)
Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Elite Pro bought on December 2005, it's been on 4 different motherboards now. Haven't found a worthy succesor for that card yet!

Next are the speakers, Logitech Z-5500 from January 2007. Best PC speakers out there until last year's Z906 release, which I will get when/if they die ^^.

Pan Wah

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Probably the punched-card reader from the Analytical Engine module.
But seriously folks... actually it's the speakers, which are an ancient pair of Philips "Hi-Fi" speakers from the '70s, which I modified to be a pair of powered stereo guitar-practice amps in about 1982, and they still work fine!


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My speakers, Logitech Z5300 5.1 paid $200 for them about 7 years ago and still kicking like new. The rest is 2012 parts. i7@4.5, 16gb ddr3, GTX 680 4GB, 30" 2560 x 1600 IPS display.


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My case and Powerbox from 2003.

Replaced my PSU in 2008 but it blew in 6 month so went back to my old trusty and stayed ever since.


Well I have one relatively old unit, bought in 2000/2001 was on vista OS,

The core in that is a 1.8 celeron =) im running 4gb of ddr2 corsair ram on it with an 8500gts nvidia card, believe it or not, that above computer runs WarZ. slow loading, but smooth once in


In my desktop, a Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS because it still kicks on board arse!

Oldest part I have? Pentium MMX 233MHz.


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Well I've built my computer november of 2010 with i7 960 that I got from Intel retail edge, so I've bought everything new then, but I do have several computer parts at home, like a Pentium 2 processor, 56k modem, 15" CRT monitor, several memory ram sticks etc

My current built

I7 960 soon to be replaced by i7 3770k (thanks Intel :D)
Asus P6X58-E
12GB RAM G. Skill
Primary SSD Samsung 830 256GB
intel SSD 120GB
2TB Seagate
Omega Claro Plus (sound card)
Avermedia game capture hd
hauppauge 2250
750W Thermaltake PSU
all in an awesome case HAF 932 :)


Soundblaster Live 5.1 Platinum has been following all my rigs for the past decade with kX drivers. Sadly might be the last mobo it comes in contact (no PCI in my next rig).


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I upgrade once every couple of years so everything is pretty new. I guess my power supply is the oldest - it's been through a couple of upgrades. It's a Thermaltake 850 watt modular one. Runs like a champ! :)


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It's funny that this article should come up this weekend. A couple of days ago I installed an old hdd to see if I could access it with a Dos virtual box. It was the first hdd I ever bought. 85.3mb manufactured in 91. And for those who did a double take mb is correct. :) After too many hours with Google searches I was finally able to read from the drive. Who else remembers Ascii art.... lol.
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