Guru3D Rig of the Month - September 2019

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  1. Hilbert Hagedoorn

    Hilbert Hagedoorn Don Vito Corleone Staff Member

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    In this ROTM we visit Croatia, where Božo is at it again with a build that once you take a closer look at it, is just staggering. So please, don't let the background wallpaper draw your attention ...

    Guru3D Rig of the Month - September 2019
     
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  2. Robbo9999

    Robbo9999 Maha Guru

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    I think you must mean "3x 128MB SDRAM" rather than "3x 128GB SDRAM" on Page 2. Crazy build!

    With a PC that old, what can it still be used for? I'm imagining it's running some kind of more 'custom' operating system if it's a modern operating system?
     
  3. icedman

    icedman Master Guru

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    Cool looking build but I imagine all it's good for now is retro games and as part of your wall art.
     
  4. schmidtbag

    schmidtbag Ancient Guru

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    The painted motherboard is interesting. Don't see that all too often; not without other serious issues.
    Pretty refreshing to see something old too.

    30 years ago, the mistake would've been in MB rather than GB, where you'd say "I think you meant 3x 128KB".
    Linux with a modern kernel could run on it just fine. Of course, you wouldn't be able to do many modern desktop uses with it because just about any web browser you use will swallow up all the RAM just by opening a blank tab, but it could still be used for other purposes. That being said, it would work as a home server, even with a minimal GUI. Some things that come to mind would be:
    * Over-the-internet file sharing (you can get 100Mbps on a platform like this, which is typically faster than what most ISPs provide for upload speeds). Due to the lack of PCIe slots, I wouldn't recommend something like this for a LAN NAS.
    * Attach a bunch of webcams and old clunky HDDs to it and turn it into a home security system
    * A central printer server; great for printers that aren't networked. This is especially relevant if you happen to have a very good/reliable printer that still uses a parallel or serial port, such as old label printers.
    * At 1080p or lower with a more modern GPU (like Terascale2 or Fermi, both of which have AGP or PCI variants), this could work just fine as an HTPC.
     
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  5. wavetrex

    wavetrex Master Guru

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    But but but... can it run cr.....

    Oh snap.
    Wrong thread. Sry.
     
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    vestibule Master Guru

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    Nice, gives a whole new meaning to Punk Buster. :)
     
  7. Robbo9999

    Robbo9999 Maha Guru

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    That's right, my first computer was an Acorn Electron (related to BBC Micro), and I think that had 32KB of memory, I loaded games off a cassette deck! I used to have it hooked up to a tiny black & white TV that had a dial on it you rotated to tune in the channel!

    EDIT: just googled the Acorn Electron to bring back some memories of it....ooo....Starship Command, and Crystal Castles...I don't think I had any other games!
     
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  8. fredgml7

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    I had the same CPU + DFI PA61 mobo + GF 2 MX 200 PCI. :D
     
  9. BLEH!

    BLEH! Ancient Guru

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    This is what I love about G3D RotM. It's not some fancy RGB water-cooled fancy thing like we see most of the time. This is true creativity. Old, yes. Outdated, yes. Horribly underpowered, yes. But characterful!
     
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    FM57 Member Guru

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    Best looking build so far this year IMO

    How does the painting works ? I am very interested in this customization option.

    Well done !
     
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  11. Božo Kaurić

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    Thank you all for your kind comments ;)

    It was all airbrushed with Tamiya acrylics , but first of all, all the important connectors/parts were masked of, not to get any paint on them.

    I let it run non stop for two days, just to see if I will have any troubles, but it worked like charm, 0 problems.
    Would I do it on a brand new, 500$ motherboard? Yeah :)

    As for the OS, I installed 98SE, just to be able to play couple of games from my youth.
     
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    alanm Ancient Guru

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    Very nice. If Picasso had a rig, it would probably look like this.
     
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    A M D BugBear Ancient Guru

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    Very unique looking, I Like it. Old School FTW!
     
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    schmidtbag Ancient Guru

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    A M D BugBear Ancient Guru

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