AshleyAshes Posted January 6, 2017 Share Posted January 6, 2017 You know the old story, someone sells/trashes something and 10/15 years later they wish they kept it for nostalgic reason? For me, that was my eMachines eMonster 500a, a Christmas present in 1999 on the eve of the Millennium Bug, it was my first desktop PC for video editing and it lead me into the career that I'm very happy with right now. ...Naturally, I trashed it, there was a time where a Pentium 3 at 500mhz seemed like just wasted space. Last month I got the idea in my head to rebuild it, to find all the components but put modern PC parts inside while that machine was December 1999 on the outside. The hunt began and it eventually lead me to a 9 month old Reddit post where someone was selling one but they didn't respond to my private message for two weeks. So I stalked them with Google, website, Skype, Steam, all that. Turns out he's a big furry. So I friended on Steam, he accepted over night and by morning I was messaging. ...He still has many of the parts want, most importantly the stupid face plate and formfitting optical drive with all the stupid stickers intact. Arrangements are being made to buy all he has and have it shipped to Canada. I'll still need to locate an actual CASE but I can canibalize one from another eMachine, having an eMonster 500a faceplate is the majority of the battle. (Photos of a similar machine, not of what I dug up) Never Obsolete... Especially if a put a modern FlexATX PSU and ITX motherboard inside. Once I'm done, it'll all work on the outside, a modern SATA optical deive behind the proprietary face plate (Not seen in this photo I found online). The proprietary front gameport and USB ports will be rewired to work again. I'm hoping to find a way to get a floppy drive fitting in the front and working in Windows 10. Maybe a Radeon RX480 to give it graphics, we'll have to see what GPUs actually fit inside a FlexATX case first. 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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