$1000 CASE?! – Reacting to Old Computer Magazines

$1000 CASE?! – Reacting to Old Computer Magazines

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Join us on a trip down memory lane where Linus looks at some of the greatest and latest PC tech circa 2004. These old issues of Maximum PC are filled with tons of hilarious takes, strange forgotten products, and beloved childhood favourites!

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Intro: Laszlo – Supernova
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Outro: Approaching Nirvana – Sugar High
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Intro animation by MBarek Abdelwassaa https://www.instagram.com/mbarek_abdel/
Monitor And Keyboard by vadimmihalkevich / CC BY 4.0 https://geni.us/PgGWp
Mechanical RGB Keyboard by BigBrotherECE / CC BY 4.0 https://geni.us/mj6pHk4
Mouse Gamer free Model By Oscar Creativo / CC BY 4.0 https://geni.us/Ps3XfE

0:00 Intro
1:58 Dream Machine 2004
4:49 Logitech Z-680 Speakers
5:32 $10 Mouse Pad
6:03 Questioning MaxPC
6:47 Funny Ads
8:25 Creative Monster
9:09 ’07 GOAT Tech
12:25 Tunic Tower 120
12:35 GearOTY 2005
13:08 Zalman Resorator
13:49 CM Stacker 830
14:26 Blunders of the Year
15:41 Dream Machine ’08
17:54 THE MEME
18:51 Outro


  1. Krunsheer on June 26, 2022 at 10:59 pm

    @14:19 So weak only 9slots on front…I have been rocking over 12 years nexus edge! Not my brightest moment back then but I was data hoarder and needed ton of space. Well the LAN-partys were definetly a challenge xD

  2. Andrew Foss on June 26, 2022 at 11:01 pm

    $1k for a case? Yeah, because the average baseline cases back then had the problem that manufacturers didn’t roll the edges after stamping/cutting. I cut the crap out of myself on a cheap case back in the day. Five years later, "premium" features are baseline ones because everyone realized that people work on the machines and would like to not wear maille gloves while doing so.

  3. betaomega04 on June 26, 2022 at 11:06 pm

    Man, this takes me back…

    I bought a set of Logitech Z-680 speakers back in 2004. I had a warranty issue that took FOREVER…like 9 months. Eventually, my ticket got escalated to some VP and they ended up sending me, free of charge, a brand new set of the super-new z5500 speakers, which replaced the Z-680. It was a $500 system back then and was INFINITELY better system.

  4. Caddy Guy on June 26, 2022 at 11:07 pm

    My first and part of my second paycheck went to a CD burner.

  5. Tom B on June 26, 2022 at 11:09 pm

    I built my first battle station in… I want to say "1998"? It was a prototype 486 broad with duel 486’s, I went from that to a Pentium three. In late 2005 I wanted to challenge my self and build my own laptop. I found or took five broken Dell XPS’s and combined them to gather to make one laptop that "worked" till I let a friend barrow it and according to him it "Just broke" suddenly… Sigh, I miss modular laptops.

  6. Johnny Burley on June 26, 2022 at 11:10 pm

    I built a website on 1&1 in elementary school computer club😂

  7. Banter with Bawden on June 26, 2022 at 11:10 pm

    How much of your audience is under 16?

  8. Zombie Nation on June 26, 2022 at 11:10 pm

    I had 3 Eizo 21" CRTs setup as surround…each one weighed nearly 200lbs 🤣🤣

  9. Daniel Milner on June 26, 2022 at 11:12 pm

    I’d watch loads of these

  10. Tom B on June 26, 2022 at 11:12 pm

    @Linus, can we get a list of hardware you have on that Table there? That looks really bad ash.

  11. Wilbur Jaywright on June 26, 2022 at 11:13 pm

    Looks like monitors in the PC case are still fighting for life today! https://youtube.com/shorts/Uec1_5PCVJc?feature=share

  12. viltheguy on June 26, 2022 at 11:13 pm

    " I am glad we abandoned keyboard trays"
    About 50% of my office has them by request.
    To be fair though, when those magazines came out most of them were as old as Linus is now.

  13. Bootsy Z on June 26, 2022 at 11:15 pm

    Please LMG, more of this 🙂

  14. Gerry R on June 26, 2022 at 11:21 pm

    E-waste?? I bet if the speakers aren’t blown they still sound great 😀

  15. bearxor on June 26, 2022 at 11:23 pm

    I’m more of a 90’s Computer Shopper man myself.

  16. Spencer Carriveau on June 26, 2022 at 11:23 pm

    What is that Surface pro knock off on the table that linus is at, at the beginning of the video(0:10)? I got nothing from googling the brand name displayed.

  17. Smith Does Stuff on June 26, 2022 at 11:25 pm

    I loved running my dual-celeron rig with Linux… I don’t remember what I did with it, but I was cool AF!

  18. Luise Atoll on June 26, 2022 at 11:26 pm

    "That was a thousand dollars??"

    Yeah. And now you can’t even get top of the line PC for 1k. Remember the "cheaper than consoles" builds? Yeah that was fun…

  19. Rodrigo Fernandez on June 26, 2022 at 11:28 pm

    Napster was a great thing when I was a kid because the music was great, but it killed the Music Industry so Napster NOW is a horrible thing for me

  20. Eternal Being33 on June 26, 2022 at 11:28 pm

    We need more videos like this.

  21. Joel McQ on June 26, 2022 at 11:30 pm

    I remember some people at Multiplayer United (a large LAN in Sydney back in the day) used to have Xaser cases and I was so jealous lol

  22. GalacticViper on June 26, 2022 at 11:30 pm

    eyyy I used to LOVE bey blades too!

  23. silenc3x on June 26, 2022 at 11:31 pm

    I remember these magazines always had this mail-in contest where you would win like EVERY video game system in existence, along with a big TV/speaker/receiver combo. It was a single photo that had like the best setup ever in it. And as a kid it was like the dream setup. You would just stare at it.

  24. ScrinGeneral17 on June 26, 2022 at 11:31 pm

    I still have a keyboard tray… Good riddance indeed.

  25. Madd Hatter on June 26, 2022 at 11:31 pm

    Linus needs to get that screen case and try set it up on a new computer but use it as a constant checker while he does stuff it would be good to get that screen even for testing

  26. Michael Snoddy on June 26, 2022 at 11:33 pm

    It would be cool for you guys to source one of those reservoir radiators and see how it performs against a modern day water cooling system.

  27. Sasan Mottaghipour on June 26, 2022 at 11:33 pm

    holy moly 3DGAMEMAN!!! just googled him for nostalgia, i remember he dissapeared 5+ years ago. HE BACK!

  28. toshineon on June 26, 2022 at 11:35 pm

    I love going through old tech magazines from this era. I was alive back then, but I was too young to really have any insight into this stuff, so seeing what I missed is quite a lot of fun. What’s interesting is that it seems like a lot of companies were way less risk-averse back then. They pretty much threw whatever ideas they had at the wall to see what would stick. I can see why playing it more safe is a better idea, but I can’t help feeling like it’s also a little boring.

  29. snarkyman on June 26, 2022 at 11:36 pm

    I still use my Cambridge Soundworks Microworks 2.1 speakers I bought 20+ years ago. I haven’t found anything better.

  30. latiremo on June 26, 2022 at 11:38 pm

    one day we’re going to look back and say “wow look at this 3090 piece of trash costing over $2000 holy shit”

  31. Kyle Davis on June 26, 2022 at 11:39 pm

    I have a Fry’s ad from 1993. Its amazing to look at

  32. Robert Fitzgerald on June 26, 2022 at 11:39 pm

    I had the Xaser! And the Sony DVD writer as well!

    My build at the time in around 2003/2004 was:
    DFI Lanparty Pro 875B socket 478 board (UV reactive PCI slots and cooler mount!
    P4 Prescott 3.2Ghz
    Gigabyte PCU21-VG cooler, very different/unique in it’s day
    4x 512MB DDR400 RAM
    Thermaltake Xaser Lanfire case (which came with a carrying harness/shoulder strap in the box!)
    Asus Geforce FX 5950 Ultra
    Maxtor 120GB IDE drive
    Sony DRU-800 DVD+RW drive
    Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS with front panel i/o (which was awkward to use with the flippy case front panel
    Atrix 500T transparent PSU with UV sleeved modular cables, one of the very early modular units on the market which had awesome aviation connectors
    Iomega Zip 250 IDE drive

    All the case internals were kitted out with round UV-reactive IDE cables, UV fans, PSU was UV reactive and UV cold cathodes which were all the rage at the time

    And a 56k PCI dial up modem as our neighbourhood was one of the last to have ADSL availability, ADSL came in around 2005 where I lived, and had a measly 256kbps service, upgraded to 512kbps about 6 months later, then finally 1mbps in around 2008 while my friends in other neighbourhoods were beginning to enjoy 36mbps and 76mbps VDSL at the time. I was jealous.

    I’ve still got the same PC now and still mostly functioning minus some parts that I salvaged for other PCs over the years, the PSU has since died though but rest of it is still good. It was the first PC I had built myself and I would have been around 14 at the time, we grew up very poor struggling to put food on the table, this PC was purchased with inheritance from my grandfather who had passed about a year before but it’s always been kinda special to me so I’ve held on to it after all these years.

  33. Nova Legodi on June 26, 2022 at 11:40 pm

    Those logitech speakers are still bonkers today. Better than some of the stuff they’re making today…

  34. Altair4611 on June 26, 2022 at 11:40 pm

    Please do more of these.

  35. Do All The Things ! on June 26, 2022 at 11:41 pm

    The original 4400 and 4800+ were 1mb per core.
    But they reused that part number enough times, they might have accidentally looked up a later model.
    And yes, "surround" gaming was enjoyable regardless of the bezels.

  36. brickviking on June 26, 2022 at 11:41 pm

    And to think I started with my own computers in the late 1980s (a secondhand XT and a TRS-80 clone). I don’t exactly count the ZX81 or the Sharp calculator/computer. I predate both Linus and Adam by more than two decades.

  37. Message Deleted on June 26, 2022 at 11:41 pm

    logitech stuff like that had a very high chance of just blowing up. Ive seen it working at a Radio Shack back in the day. Two demo systems let out the magic smoke.And the return rate on completely dead systems was also high.

  38. Paulie Walnuts on June 26, 2022 at 11:43 pm

    USB is definitely top ten.

  39. DrVinylScratch on June 26, 2022 at 11:43 pm

    DDR 2
    Future proof

    My God how far we have come since then. Me wondering how long my 6700xt and r9 6900x will last when ryzen 7000 drops this year with ddr5

  40. Pagan on June 26, 2022 at 11:44 pm

    My aluminum Lian Li case from 1999 (or there) has gotten them a life long customer even though their designs where typically a generation behind in features, but lightweight aluminum!

    Still using my Logitech Z-5500s in 2022. Blow any crappy sound bar out of the water.

  41. Devin Wong on June 26, 2022 at 11:44 pm

    Windows 2000 is amazing

  42. BAFM on June 26, 2022 at 11:47 pm

    soo soo many demo discs

  43. Ice_man1117 on June 26, 2022 at 11:47 pm

    We love apple mice

  44. Michael Michael on June 26, 2022 at 11:49 pm

    I paid 120$ per 1gig stick of ddr1 400mhz ram. Windows xp could only handle 3.5 so I spent 60$ on ram I couldn’t even use. At the time just having 1 gig in your computer was looked at as a TON.

  45. Bratislav Todorovic on June 26, 2022 at 11:50 pm

    Bring back, sooo much memorys!

  46. naufalap on June 26, 2022 at 11:55 pm

    damn I’m the same age as him, hope I don’t look as old as I perceive him

  47. Some Guy on June 26, 2022 at 11:56 pm

    I don’t care for the kid…

  48. tildessmoo on June 26, 2022 at 11:56 pm

    How is it I’m Linus’s age, but built my first PC in the mid 90s? Ah, the advantages of having a techie dad. Good old IBM compatibles…

  49. BigMan7o0 on June 26, 2022 at 11:57 pm

    Im pretty sure my grandma STILL uses a wave keyboard for her job at MS, and my mom used one for like a decade. Only membrane keyboard i would ever consider using again, solely because if how comfortable it is

  50. Emily Peters on June 26, 2022 at 11:58 pm

    But can it play cyberpunk release edition

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