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

By Matthew · 106 replies
Nov 30, 2012
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  1. Pioy

    Pioy TS Rookie

    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.
  2. My PSU a Thermaltake Toughpower 850, going strong in its fourth year (y)
  3. noel24

    noel24 TS Evangelist Posts: 355   +203

    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.
  4. danhodge

    danhodge TS Member Posts: 80   +13

    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 :')
  5. 700 watt ocz power supply from 2005
  6. Per Hansson

    Per Hansson TS Server Guru Posts: 1,957   +214

    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 :)
  7. Experimentongod

    Experimentongod TS Maniac Posts: 268   +110

    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 ^^.
  8. Tekkaraiden

    Tekkaraiden TS Evangelist Posts: 997   +93

    Probably a tossup between my 4850 videocard, my LG HDDVD/Bluray optical drive and my 6850 C2D processor.
  9. Experimentongod

    Experimentongod TS Maniac Posts: 268   +110

    Forgot to mention my power strip from January 2005 if that counts as a PC part ^^' (can't turn the PC on without it xD)
  10. Pan Wah

    Pan Wah TS Enthusiast Posts: 125   +27

    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!
  11. ETF Soldier

    ETF Soldier TS Evangelist Posts: 463   +136

    I think our oldest component is the Power supply, being used for our PC since 2005
  12. soldier1969

    soldier1969 TS Booster Posts: 244   +43

    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.
  13. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,535   +51

    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.
  14. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    Hitachi 7200rpm hdd from 2009, ati mobility radeon 5730
  15. 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
  16. In my desktop, a Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS because it still kicks on board arse!

    Oldest part I have? Pentium MMX 233MHz.
  17. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

    If it was about oldest part outside PC then I have an 486 DX100 eating dust somewhere.
  18. SantistaUSA

    SantistaUSA TS Booster Posts: 93   +22

    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
    1TB WD
    2TB Seagate
    Omega Claro Plus (sound card)
    EVGA GTX 570
    Avermedia game capture hd
    hauppauge 2250
    750W Thermaltake PSU
    all in an awesome case HAF 932 :)
  19. 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).
  20. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,715   +3,694

  21. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,713   +855

    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! :)
  22. rvnwlfdroid

    rvnwlfdroid TS Booster Posts: 177   +41

    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.
    SantistaUSA likes this.
  23. Probably, my case, the Cooler Master Elite 341.
  24. The user.....
  25. I have a working AMD 486 DX 40 MHz with 8 MB RAM and 210 MB hard disk running Windows 95

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