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You can now order a PC case that looks like the classic Commodore 64

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Enjoy retro computing? It seems one company does, as My Retro Computer have revived the classic Commodore 64 as a barebones PC case.

Inspired by the Commodore 64x replica PC released in 2011, which met an untimely end when the Commodore USA founder Barry Altman died back in 2012. Not to be confused with the original Commodore, as this was a newer company that acquired the name. Commodore USA had a pretty murky history too following multiple controversies, which My Retro Computer are hoping to improve upon and they're not using the Commodore name.

Here we are again though, as someone else is now taking the reigns to keep the spirit of it all alive with Sean Donohue, Director of My Retro Computer Ltd. They've announced today they're going to be shipping two classic styled mini-PC cases inspired by retro systems like the Commodore 64 and the Commodore VIC-20.

Retro is the new modern, according to My Retro Computer. Designed to fit Mini-ITX hardware inside, What do you actually get with each apart from a very cool retro case? They say each has:

  • Unique low noise USB Mechanical Cherry Switch keyboard.
  • Multi-format SD card reader.
  • DVD/hard drive cradle.
  • Chassis 40mm cooling fan.

So it needs you to source your own Mini-ITX motherboard and everything else. Even so, if you love building systems it looks like a nice set of retro casing. This means you can run whatever you want with it and whatever operating system.

You can also see a video of them putting one together with a parts list on YouTube. They used Windows at the end but you get the idea clearly at least.

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It seems they plan to expand to cover more retro computing inspired cases, plus they also plan to support mini-computing devices like the Raspberry Pi & OROID. To do that, they will be offering an adaptor plate and panel mount cables which they hope to have before the end of the year.

You can find out more and buy one on their web store.

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fabertawe 12 Oct, 2020
Sweet Ahhh, those were the days!
CatKiller 12 Oct, 2020
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I never had a C64, so I don't get any nostalgia from it, but the idea is neat.
tuubi 12 Oct, 2020
I grew up with a Commodore 64, then an Amiga 500, but I don't understand why anyone would yearn to return to the beige years of computing. These were great systems back in the day, but they were no beauties.

That said, I do know a few people who'd be all over these.
F.Ultra 12 Oct, 2020
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Quoting: tuubiI grew up with a Commodore 64, then an Amiga 500, but I don't understand why anyone would yearn to return to the beige years of computing. These were great systems back in the day, but they were no beauties.

That said, I do know a few people who'd be all over these.

Blasphemy ;-), computers back then had personality, now they are all just one size fits all midi towers.
follower46 12 Oct, 2020
I must be missing something here. Is it powered by hopes and dreams?
I don't see a PSU plug for the computer, lol.
I see a fan, I assume it cools the PSU, but it doesn't have any information on the site about power output or PSU requirements like SFX (if it's bring your own).


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Nanobang 12 Oct, 2020
Someone needs to tell Sean Donohue that this isn't retro. It's kitsch.

My first computer was a VIC-20. I bought it in 1981 from a local stereo store for $300, so I could maybe see someone getting a kick out of playing around with an original VIC or C-64 nowadays, or maybe retrofitting a modern computer into a real VIC or C-64 shell, but I don't get this.

This is a fake antique. This is the equivalent of one of those phones that look like a rotary phone, but have buttons instead of holes in a dial, and have modern electronics inside.

And how'm I gonna get my GTX 1070 into that? ;)


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follower46 12 Oct, 2020
Quoting: Guesti.e either skimmed through it, or didn't watch it all
Oh! I had the audio muted when I watched the video. Sorry about that!
I still don't see where the PSU in is (the power plug location) but thank you for that info

Ah ha, I see my confusion now, I watched the video on the product page, not the one linked in this article. I'm watching it now, thank you!

Also, thank you for being so kind in your reply. It's common online to meet people replying with hostility and I greatly appreciate it when someone takes the high road. You make this site better!


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whizse 12 Oct, 2020
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Quoting: follower46I must be missing something here. Is it powered by hopes and dreams?
I don't see a PSU plug for the computer, lol.
I see a fan, I assume it cools the PSU, but it doesn't have any information on the site about power output or PSU requirements like SFX (if it's bring your own).
This https://www.mini-box.com/picoPSU-90 and an external power brick. It's in the video at around 4:11 or so.
Dunc 12 Oct, 2020
It's kind of cute, but you can tell something's “off” a mile away. I wouldn't be quite as harsh as Nanobang, but “kitsch” is a better description than “retro”. The Checkmate A1500, inspired by the good-looking Amiga 3000, is a more sensible choice (although personally, I'd rather have a 4000T; the guy behind the Checkmate says he went for the 3000 because it's so hard to get any kind of desktop case these days).

If we're going early '80s Commodore though, I'd rather have one that looked like a CBM-II or 610.
slaapliedje 12 Oct, 2020
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Quoting: DuncIt's kind of cute, but you can tell something's “off” a mile away. I wouldn't be quite as harsh as Nanobang, but “kitsch” is a better description than “retro”. The Checkmate A1500, inspired by the good-looking Amiga 3000, is a more sensible choice (although personally, I'd rather have a 4000T; the guy behind the Checkmate says he went for the 3000 because it's so hard to get any kind of desktop case these days).

If we're going early '80s Commodore though, I'd rather have one that looked like a CBM-II or 610.
Watched a video recently that pointed out the reason the death of the desktop form factor happened was that we no longer needed giant bases to sit CRTs on... makes sense, but I still would rather have the system up on the desk to make the monitor stand a little higher up with the computer underneath it instead of sitting on the floor.

Also I have a desktop 4000 and one in a Tower (as opposed to an actual 4000T, it's just a standard 4000 inside a Tower case) and both of them are rather odd to work on. Mainly because they're situated so the Zorro boards are set up horizontally, (the Towered one is the same way, but since the motherboard is set up vertically, they did some weird base board on top of it so that it would fit, but it leaves very little area for putting better cooling within the area, so I haven't put my PPC in that one.
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