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Re: your latest purchase

Posted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 11:46 am
by itsvince725
I bought a Macintosh IIfx. Wicked fast!

Re: your latest purchase

Posted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 12:21 pm
by johnnym
SiliconClassics wrote:Picked this up from Craigslist last weekend - it's an HP xw8400 workstation from 2007. Came with 16GB ECC memory (32GB max) and I've upgraded the processors to dual 3GHz Xeon x5365 for a total of 8 cores. It has onboard SATA, SAS, FireWire, IDE, and even has 9-pin serial, parallel, and floppy drive connectors on the motherboard, which makes it a nice system for interfacing with retro kit. I've installed a U320 SCSI card and my old Quadro FX 5500.

Nice machine, some years ago I purchased its - let's say - "brother" machine with AMD processors, an xw9400 which I upgraded to two Opteron 8393 quad cores (2393s weren't available when I searched) running at 3.1 GHz (air-cooled). I have installed a GeForce GTX 560 TI and originally built it to be able to play Assassin's Creed IV, but it's fast enough to even play Fallout 4 - although with reduced texture resolution and quality. Still good enough for my demands and best thing: it features both PCIe and PCI-X ports and both SATA and SAS ports so also useful as server. :)

Re: your latest purchase

Posted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 1:51 pm
by guardian452
I had an xw9300 for a while. The drive sleds were genius!

Re: your latest purchase

Posted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 3:33 am
by Shiunbird
itsvince725 wrote:I bought a Macintosh IIfx. Wicked fast!


Very cool! Please document your adventures with it somewhere. =)

Re: your latest purchase

Posted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 7:47 am
by itsvince725
Shiunbird wrote:
itsvince725 wrote:I bought a Macintosh IIfx. Wicked fast!


Very cool! Please document your adventures with it somewhere. =)


I will once I get it. Trying to upgrade the RAM is gonna be "fun" though, thanks to proprietary SIMMs...

Re: your latest purchase

Posted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 7:52 am
by Irinikus
itsvince725 wrote:
Shiunbird wrote:
itsvince725 wrote:I bought a Macintosh IIfx. Wicked fast!


Very cool! Please document your adventures with it somewhere. =)


I will once I get it. Trying to upgrade the RAM is gonna be "fun" though, thanks to proprietary SIMMs...


Very cool system indeed, I just watched some videos covering them on Youtube. It's extremely nicely put together! :D

Re: your latest purchase

Posted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 8:11 am
by itsvince725
The IIfx is quite impressive indeed, the amount of engineering that went into making it as fast as a 68k based computer in 1990 could possibly be is astounding!

Re: your latest purchase

Posted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 3:38 am
by Shiunbird
I always wondered what kind of software is optimized for it, and whether you can find it today and give us a show!

Re: your latest purchase

Posted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 5:50 am
by bifo
Shiunbird wrote:I always wondered what kind of software is optimized for it, and whether you can find it today and give us a show!

A/UX should run a treat on it if i recall correctly.

Re: your latest purchase

Posted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 10:30 am
by itsvince725
bifo wrote:
Shiunbird wrote:I always wondered what kind of software is optimized for it, and whether you can find it today and give us a show!

A/UX should run a treat on it if i recall correctly.


I plan on running A/UX after I upgrade the RAM a bit. 8MB isn't an awful lot, 16 or 32MB will be much better.

Re: your latest purchase

Posted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 12:57 pm
by Raion-Fox
An Amiga 4000 and a C128D (no keyboard. I'll be hacking a regular C128 I bought for parts into a keyboard shell)

Re: your latest purchase

Posted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 4:50 pm
by itsvince725
So do you have all the big box Amigas now, Raion-Fox?

Re: your latest purchase

Posted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 5:34 pm
by Raion-Fox
Besides the tower variants and the A2K badge variants yes.

Re: your latest purchase

Posted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 6:59 pm
by itsvince725
Man, I won't lie and say I'm not jealous!

Re: your latest purchase

Posted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 9:23 pm
by Raion-Fox
They were very expensive. Total I spent about $900 on the collection. This doesn't include the actual purchase prices, more what my net costs were. And I have more stuff to sell (an A1000 keyboard I don't need - Amiga keyboards suck compared to a buckling spring, another GVP card, some kickstart roms etc.) and some more things to buy (Accelerators, a CPU card for the A4000, spare parts etc.)