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How difficult/much harder was it to build a pc in the 90s/early 2000s compared to now?

I am using an Enthoo Pro which I think is one of the most user friendly cases available. So how much more difficult was it ti build a pc then compared to nowadays?

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Wasn't that difficult. Modularity didn't live back then though so you had massive cable clusterfucks back then (all the time).

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not much is changed tbh

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It wasn't really, you had almost 0 choice of parts compared to today. But no one really did it.

 

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besides cable manegment not much has changed

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My case consisted of spaghetti with a nice warm PC parts center

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I don't have any experience, but I've heard hooking up drives was kind of pain. Something about master/slave relationships. Luckily though, SATA put an end to the slave trading.

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Pretty much the same as today. Just back then there were less options and airflow / cable management was not a big thing. People did not look inside their cases so they did not care. Also compared to now not that many people back then use to build their own.

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pretty much the same but say goodbye to cable management

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And I heard it was like $5000 for a 400mhz pentium 2 and 128MB RAM. Now you can get a 5960X and 128GB ram for the same price

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I don't have any experience, but I've heard hooking up drives was kind of pain. Something about master/slave relationships. Luckily though, SATA put an end to the slave trading.

 

It wasn't that hard, you just had the set the jumpers to master on one drive and to slave on the other and connect each to the correct connector on the IDE cable.

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I have a case and parts from 2004, I've seen a few differences.

1. Screws! Screws everywhere! No tool-less mounting at all! Good luck installing a hard drive.
2. PSU above the motherboard. Guess that solves the question on "Should my PSU fan face up or down"
3. Less fan mounts.
4. Smaller fans (80mm for example)
5. Know those handy front USB headers with all the cables attached together? Well, forget it. In 2004, every single wire is separate.
6. mATX hoards in ATX cases were common.
7. Not that big of a difference, but know that 24-pin cable? That was 20-pin. Also we had a 4-pin CPU plug instead of instead of 8-pin.
8. IDE!!!! You know how nice SATA is, right? How nice it is that it doesn't matter which end of the cable goes where? Well, nope. On IDE, you had to make sure that the correct end of the cable was in the motherboard and that the IDE device was jumpered correctly.
9. Floppy drives. Used connectors similar to IDE, but a little smaller. That's what that small 4-pin connector on your power supply is for.
10. Don't even think of running cables behind the motherboard tray.

11. AGP for graphics cards, PCI for other expansion cards. That reversed PCIe slot on your motherboard that is slightly higher than the others is not PCIe at all, it's PCI. And that's where PCIe came from.

I think that's it. I'll add more if I remember any.

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I used to do it with my father, and the biggest changes are convenience, ease-of-use, and aesthetics.  Back in the day the goal was just to get it to work.  Building wasn't as refined, setting up was more complex, and performance-to-price was the dominating consideration. 

 

Cases also had a lot of sharp edges back in the day. I've bled building computers before.

 

@Speedbird I still use screws for every drive I can.  So I still have screws everywhere. =)

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As far as choosing parts, you had like 2 to choose from, so it was a lot easier.  :lol:

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@Speedbird I still use screws for every drive I can.  So I still have screws everywhere. =)

Yes, screws are still an option, but back then they were required.

Oh god I hate that case....

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not hard but not as easy as it is now, the biggest difference would be the aesthetics, quality and power. 

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Back in the day, I had a 400mb hard drive, and the guy that helped me build it said that it was more space than anyone would ever need. Lol

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The joys of giant ide and floppy cables. Jumper switches to set master and slave, and ensuring you put the drive in the correct part of the cable.

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Cpus needed very little cooling and Ide cables were frigging everywhere. People also had CD/DVD drives in almost all computers.

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From what I remember, the cases weren't nearly as versatile and they were all steel boxes. If you wanted to increase your airflow by adding an exhaust fan on the top of the case, you'd need to grab your trusty dremel. On a related note, do they still sell window kits or did those die out years ago?  For those not familiar with window kits, I mean the kits that had a nice piece of plexi and a rubber / silicon molding to fit in your dremeled hole.

 

As for building your standard PC, everything worked pretty much the same. PCI cards fit in your PCI slots, 64bit PCI cards fit in your 64bit PCI card slots, ISA cards made good paper weights; pretty standard.

 

Early 90s they came out with Overdrive processors; those were nice. Boosted my 486 DX from 32 mhz to 133mhz or thereabouts.

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