Description

With the collection of random older PC parts for several years comes the occasional build.

THE FIND

This thing was once a PC owned by a lawyer abandoned in the cold. It seemed to be a pre-build system manufactured by Vobis with the production name Highscreen. A more recent Highscreen PC though, since they are known for these in Germany for a lot of years already by the time this one came out. It originally came with a Medion/MSI all-in-one mATX motherboard with an Intel Celeron 466 and ATI Rage 3D onboard graphics.

THE BUILD

I decided to ditch the board (but used it for another build) and took the whole PC apart. For such an old case it still has so much charm, I had to build a full ATX system into it. I had a pair of ECS Elitegroup K7S5A, one with on-board LAN and one without. For sure I took the one without and put it in. I installed a 800MHz Athlon (non XP) and two TwinMOS RAM Sticks. With another find I got a kind of rare Leadtek Windfast Titanium 200 THD, based on a GeForce 3 Ti 200. Great card and a nice addition to a typical upgrade for this initial 1999 build upgraded to a 2003 system. Sure it needs a sound card, so I put a Creative Sound Blaster Live in. To round the set of internal card up I added a 3Com Ethernet card and a Promise Ultra to be kind of upgrade-prooved, even though the onboard IDE would be enough for the current stage. It looks nice, so why not...

I wanted the build to be functional and kind of modular. A HDD swap cage in the front, a good AOpen drive, a HP Travan tape drive and a SuperDisk Drive makes room for enough swap media. Every drive has its unique features that I really like.

Into the HDD cage I put the original IBM hard drive from the Highscreen system. An original drive from 1999 that is still running.

Cable management was just a little eye candy bonus, since it went very well with the front drives. I hope you like it as much as I do

THE REINCARNATION

Giving this build a new home and life was a nice project that is not just going to die on a shelf. I actually play games and do shuff with this thing since I bought an original still sealed german Microsoft Windows 98 SE and installed it. DOS games do run perfectly fine too and even with real CD audio. For more fun I can also swap the HDD and installed pure DOS or Windows XP. I have several drives with capacities from less than 1.2GB up to 500.

So let's have some fun and enjoy this little retro box. I hope I was able to inspire you.

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Comments

  • 16 months ago
  • 12 points

Makes me feel outdated. Bet it was prime in it's era

+1up

  • 16 months ago
  • 5 points

Yes, it just kills my other Celeron 466 and Pentium III 500 build, although Pentium 4s weren't that far from that time. I also have a Pentium 4 and Pentium 4 HT build and parts for Athlon XP systems. There is a lot I can post on this platform...

  • 16 months ago
  • 3 points

Celerons....now there's a curse word I haven't heard in a long, long time.

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Put together the best components to make a retro prime!

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Our second family computer was based on an Athlon XP. I ended up killing this computer inadvertently a year or two ago :(

  • 16 months ago
  • 8 points

+1 Those IDE cables, nice and neat cable management.

  • 16 months ago
  • 5 points

Kids these days will never know the struggle of having to route and manage IDE cables.

  • 16 months ago
  • 3 points

Seriously. Amazing cable management!

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

That's what I stopped in to say. I've never seen IDE cables so neatly managed.

  • 16 months ago
  • 4 points

that case looks so cool!

  • 16 months ago
  • 3 points

ye, i was vera happy when i saw this one abandoned on the street with all of its working internals. took everything out of it, cleaned it and put this beast in it. this case was from a pc that was owend by a lawyer that had all its importand files still on the harddrive dating even back to 1999. i was surprised but also a bit angry bcs the former owner didnt care to remove the harddrive bcs of data protection reasons.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

congrats on the feature too!

  • 16 months ago
  • 3 points

+1 from me mate I love seeing retro builds like this and good job on the cable management!

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

im surprised how well received this build is on pcpp :D

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

It's probably the nostalgia kicking in for a lot of us who have been into PCs for many years.

My first build was back in 96 a Pentium 100 :)

I would have been very impressed with this build back in the day as my cable management was non existent back then just cram them in anywhere lol

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

amazing! I love learning about old hardware

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Me too! I fell in love the OSses I grew up with!

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Amazing! Just... Amazing!

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Muchas gracias!

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

But can it run DOOM?

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

YEE

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

More importantly will it play Crysis?

  • 16 months ago
  • 3 points

It would rather run into a crisis at Wallstreet as a server.

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

This makes me very nostalgic, great build

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

I can't believe you've found that cool case abandoned on the street. btw your cable management is on point, so clean and tidy +1

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Sometimes its just luck

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Another use for that case could be a sleeper build. I've always wanted to build one, retro and modern at the same time. +1

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

I love this old machine. It's very clean, especially for finding the case. Well done! And reading your other comments, sounds like you have a good selection of games to play on it. Hopefully you can track down an old copy of Half-Life, or Unreal Tournament, too!

This reminds me of my first PC that was my own. I had a 750MHz Duron iirc. And as you can probably tell from my username, this video card of yours is close to my heart (although I didn't get it until I built my second PC). Great job once again.

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Dude this is awesome.....it brings me back to the times of playing the original "Driver" game on a Gateway/Hugebee desktop running Windows ME. Thanks for that memory.

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Never thought an old PC could look so good.... +1

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

I love it.

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

That's the cleanest IDE cable management I've ever seen.

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

But can it run Crysis? :-)

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Those picture brought back some memories.

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

This is incredible.

By chance, do you have any extra old cases such as the one in this build that you'd be willing to part with/ship?

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, but I doubt shipping to the US from Germany doesn't make any sense.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol, you are correct.

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

wow this is awesome! what do you use this thing for if you don't mind me asking?

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

DOS and Win98 gaming

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

oh cool! what games do you play?

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice cable management in that 2001-ish case :) IDE cables were very rigid and there were no cases on the market with a side window so nobody cared about dealing with cables actually - me neither. My first PC was just 2 or 3 years (and a generation) older with a Slot A AMD Athlon 550 and a GeForce 2 MX 32MB :)

The showcased PC here was probably built between late 2001 and mid 2002. The Thoroughbred-B based Athlon 800 MHz was introduced to the market in early June 2000 and its successor (the Athlon XP) came around October 2002 - by the time AMD started to discontinue the slower Socket A (462) T-Breds to give more space for the new generation (including the budget AMD Duron family).

NVIDIA introduced the GeForce 3 Ti200 in October 2001 and was a huge success, because it was way cheaper than the Ti500 and with some overclock the performance gap between the two started to shrink by a huge margin. The same applies to their successors (GeForce 4 Ti4200 vs. Ti4600) as well - they started to ship around mid 2002.

The K7S5A was one of ECS's best motherboards of all time. LeadTek gained popularity with their videocards because of their silent (or less noisy) fans.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Thx for that summary. If I would have known that this thing gets featured I probably would do a proper history resume and review every part.

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Clean!

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

THAT BABY MUST RUN GOOGLE AT 6FPS!@!!

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

I've got an old sony pc w/ a Pentium 3 inside.

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Damn this looks like my first system that I built, only with cable management that actually shows skill. Nicely done.

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

just out of curiousity, do you know what kind of temps you get from this thing? Honestly, though, great build. +1

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

I dont know how the GPU is feeling in this system, but AIDA64 tells me the CPU runs at 45°C while beeing stressed at 100%.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow! Amazing build with amazing thermals!

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice job. Cables look better than any from that era.

Thumbs up.

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Cool looking case and nice cable management. Very retro indeed

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

I'd like to see a custom loop 9900k and 2080ti stuffed into that case....

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

I.. I've never seen this before...

Clean ribbon cable management?!?!?

+1 indeed

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Thx!

Only possible with a few cables that can be splitted! There are also preslitted cables that are covered in a colored rubber tube or soft mesh tube, I don't really find them esthetic though.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Just to screw around, you should'a put Windows ME on it.

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

So you mean, screw ME? ........ get it? .............. ........... Eeee

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points
  • facepalm *
  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes. Please kill me.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

So hot!!! I've had the same motherboard around that time but your GPU is way more than what I had. I love retro builds and being NOT a sleeper build makes it even more special.

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

If you are that interested then keep an eye on my profile. I may upload more soon

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Love this, you should totally make this a sleeper build.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

o.0* Tape Drive and Windows 98, are you trying to make me love you? +1, Reminds me of the first computer I ever turned a screw on. Nice job!

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

But can it run Crysis?

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Your cable management is amazing. When I was trying to fix up my dads old computer his IDE cables were a giant birds nest, but somehow you made them look great in this build :)

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

put some noctua fans in it lol

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

You aren't LGR... Love it.

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

I love his videos!

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha same here. Great build!

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

I have an old athlon XP and ATI R9600 Pro 256mb. I think it still boots.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

This is unexpected. But I like this. I'll have to upload my custom 98 and (when she's done) my XP rig to this site. Awesome stuff!

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

It looks so clean for a build from the turn of the century +1

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Have you tried running old games?? like Diablo , EQ, Quake, age of empires?? LOL

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes, and they work fine.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

That is a sweet rig and, as so many have noted, perfect cable management. I was bummed the IDE cabling was on its way out in 2005. Not that you needed it, but was it normal for cases to not have rear compartments back then? +1

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Sry, but what do you mean by rear compartments? Cases from around that time were already ATX compliant, even modern motherboards would fit.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

My mistake, I didn't notice that it has a right side case door, since there isn't a pic with it off. I guess most people call it a cable management area now? I'll track one down online. I just love these old cases.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah, now i know what you mean. No it has no right side panel cable management areas. They werent needed back then, most of the time PSU cables were too short either.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Never have I seen such neatly placed ribbon cables. Good job!

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

It's beautiful :')

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

love this build, its unfortunate i grew up during this era, but i have a few older pc from 2000-2003 and i cant wait to finish building them. Good stuff on the build bro!

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

I have a 4 * CD-ROM drive. It holds 4 CDs at the same time, inserted one at a time, and can switch between them or ejected via buttons on the front of the drive. I used this drive back in the late 90's on a somewhat similar system. I have no use for it now(and my wife wants me to get rid of old devices) so if you would like it, I will send it to you.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Ye, why not, but im located in germany. I dont know where you are from, postage may be very high.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

I can hear the dial up tone now

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Even when this build has no modem?

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Very good build. I'm surprised there aren't more builds like this on here.

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah. Would be cool to get something like a USED/SECOND HAND or RETRO category. This site is clearly meant for new builds. Even older used stuff like my Haswell system gets a corrupted parts/price list already and my x58 parts are not even an option. When it comes to retro systems money isn't an issue most of the time. This is where treasure hunting is key and this site is not.

I'm still impressed that so many ppl actually found this one here and that it got featured for almost a week :D

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

you should have made a sleeper build like linus

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

I thought about that but seriously, this case was just perfect for that build and I always wanted an authentic non prebuild system, although this case was originally from a prebuild company. This however makes this build as unique as it could be, especially for the ones living in Germany or Russia knowing about Highscreen/Vobis from back in the day.

I have some other cases from around 2003-2005 with fitting hardware. I may do one in the future, but I'm not planning on doing one since I don't have so much monetas to buy new parts just to review it on PCPP.

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  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

that depends on what game to run. Sure, all NFS up until HP2 run well, especially when lowering resolution. But when using my CRT I run them most of the time in 800x600, sometimes 1024x768. I do have a small collection of other games like Starlancer, Star Wars Tie Fighter, Age of Empires, C&C all parts, Diablo and Starcraft, and a lot more! With CD-Audio and DOS mode they play very well.

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  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

i ordered deus ex and more a few days back. i didnt have this one in my physical collection yet. gonna try it out soon.

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