Building an ultimate retro PC circa 2005 you would think parts would be expensive. On the contrary I have been able to find some equipment for pretty cheap. Take this CPU block from Swiftech for instance, cost me about 15 bucks. Does it need a good lapping? Sure enough. Will I need to open it up and do some cleanup conditioning? For sure. Going down memory lane and building a PC with every part I would have gotten (if I could have afforded it) feels much like a car enthusiast does when they go to a junk yard and find a replacement transmission for a classic car. I wish more people were into archaic hardware, its cool stuff!! Maybe we can start a trend and do meetups or something. Coffee and Overclocks or some sort.
In the late years of DDR RAM there was a company that every enthusiast knew, it was OCZ. They made themselves famous with incredibly overclock-able RAM and a history of getting more than what you paid for. The kit everyone wanted was some OCZ PC4000 VX Gold. It would routinely overclock with more voltage, and man did it look sweet in your case. Tracking down a pair of it was hard, and the only ones I could find on eBay at the moment were some EL with ratings of 3-4-3-8 at DDR500 speeds. Sadly, Samsung and the like pushed OCZ out of the consumer RAM and SSD market in 2013 they just could not compete when the Tier1 manufactures were deeply committed to the consumer market.
I hope my RAM works, and I hope I can get some next level performance (for 2005) out of it anyways.
Parts I am scavenging on the internet are slowly coming in. Somehow I lucked out and got (what appeared to be) the only one of these on eBay. Others are on the way, and I hope to be able to show even more of them off here in the coming days!!
As the parts to my retro build arrive, I plan on documenting them here and once they are all here doing a vlog or livestream of the build. The part I am about to showcase, really had one big usage back in the mid 2ks, so if you know what this part will be please leave a comment! I would love to see what you all are guessing.