johnnym wrote:Nice. Did you actually buy them new when they were current and took much care to preserve them? Or were you lucky to get the machines in pristine condition?
I wasn't lucky enough to have the pleasure of using one of these machines when they were current! These were my "Dream Machines" when I was younger!
Besides my 486 which I've had since new (my first computer), the G4's were the first "vintage" machines that I collected.
In order to get the spotless example's I've got, I had to buy multiple machines and combine the parts to constitute cosmetically perfect machines. That was a rather expencive and time consuming task, but it taught me allot about the processes involved in restoring vintage machines and now I'm addicted!
Some of the donor machines were bought locally and some from the US. I very quickly found that there are loads of these machines around, but its hard to get one thats in good shape, so I had to choose my donor machines carefully!
As soon as I had finished with the G4's my eyes very quickly turned to SGI, as I had also seen an O2 and I thought that it looked interesting and that got me into collecting SGI machines.
You tend to learn a great deal about machines when you literally have to build them up from carefully selected parts, and I find it to be a very enjoyable learning experience!
Silicon Graphics Machines:
Quad R14K 500Mhz with dual pipe IR3 Graphics
Quad R16K 700 Mhz with 8Mb cash and V12 Graphics
Dual R14K 600Mhz with V12 Graphics
R4400SC 150Mhz with ELAN Graphics
Dual 1Ghz PIII
R4400SC 200Mhz with Extreme Graphics
R4400SC 200Mhz with XZ Graphics
R5000SC 150Mhz with 24Bit XL Graphics. DEC:
Cray1: ECL Module, Cray2: Memory Module (complete stack of eight boards) and a power supply module, Cray3: ECL Module.Apple:
G3 Clamshell, G4 Sawtooth, G4 Quicksilver, G4 Mirror Doors, G5, Mac Pro 2013 (Trash can).PC:
IBM 486 DX-4 100Mhz, 32Mb RAM, Creative Soundblaster 16-Bit, 1.44 Mb Disk drive, Creative 4X CD-ROM, 520Mb HDD.Alienware:
Aurora 7500 (Original condition core2 extreme, with GTX 690 fitted).Gaming Rig:
Coolermaster Cosmos II, Coolermaster Ultimate 1100W Power supply, Asus Rampage III extreme, I7 980X, Corsair H100, 24Gb Corsair Dominator DDR3, EVGA GTX Titan X Super Clocked Edition, OCZ revodrive 3 x2 240gb (System disk), Velociraptor 600GB (Archive Disk), Corsair 128GB SSD (Music and Movies), Creative Soundblaster X-fi Fatality Pro, Logitech G9 gaming keyboard, Logitech G5 Gaming mouse. Apple 27 inch Cinema Display.