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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
Sweet Ahhh, those were the days!
CatKiller 12 Oct
I never had a C64, so I don't get any nostalgia from it, but the idea is neat.
tuubi 12 Oct
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
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
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).


Last edited by follower46 on 12 October 2020 at 2:53 pm UTC
Nanobang 12 Oct
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? ;)


Last edited by Nanobang on 12 October 2020 at 2:48 pm UTC
Dedale 12 Oct
I find these initiatives cute but this is just a case. There have been several attempts at rebuilding commodores 64 based on emulators and rebuilt casings and some gave neat results.

It doesn't beat an original machine with a SD card reader and original competition pro joysticks though. Mine still works. Pity my SD card reader doesn't do full 1541 emulation and cannot load modern demos with their custom loaders.

And i agree with the above poster F Utra: Those machines had a lot of personality stemming from the love their creators put in them. Taking in account the technology of 1982 and the budget limitations those engineers had the SID sound chip of the C64 is in itself a work of art.


Last edited by Dedale on 12 October 2020 at 2:53 pm UTC
mirv 12 Oct
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Quoting: follower46I must be missing something here. Is it powered by hopes and dreams?
I don't see a PSU in 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).

It's listed in the description for the video on youtube. It's also listed in the video at about the 3:45 mark. I presume you didn't watch the video fully (i.e either skimmed through it, or didn't watch it all, which is like me so many times) but if you're interested in more then the information really is all there.
follower46 12 Oct
Quoting: mirvi.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!


Last edited by follower46 on 12 October 2020 at 3:04 pm UTC
whizse 12 Oct
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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.
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