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Need old Microprocessor CPU chips Answered

I need a bunch of old CPU microprocessor chips for a craft project.  They can be totally non-functional.  I'm interested in the physical package, not working electronics.  I'll pay postage and agree upon a sales price.

However, I'm most interested in older chips, the 486's and early Pentiums (586's).  See figure 2 as a guideline.  I need a bunch ( > 30) but I'll buy them one at a time if necessary.

All are for an Instructable, so it's for a good cause.  Any advice for websites that are selling to old chips would also be appreciated.

Thanks for any help!

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nurdee1

6 years ago

If you are still interested in some of these let me know by replying to this post. I might have about a half dozen. also how would you pay me.

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CrLznurdee1

Reply 6 years ago

Awesome!

Let's figure it out on the PM channel.

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CrLz

8 years ago

Here's a photo of my father's set, on a different board.  This set needs some refurbishing, hopefully we can post it during that work.

Dads Industrial set.jpg
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gmjhowe

8 years ago

 I have a pentium sat around here somewhere, and an old motorola cpu. Both the flat topped style that you show in the first picture.

Any clues/spoilers what the project is?

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CrLzgmjhowe

Reply 8 years ago

The chips are for a chess board, will become the black squares.  Those Pentium chips measure 2 inches square, which is within regulation standards.

What I'd like to make is a computer themed chess set.  If I can get the parts for my vision, this will be a homage to my father's custom chess board he made in the '70s.

My Dad is a industrial arts professor.  Laminating wood squares to form a chess board is a classic woodshop lesson.  Back in the day, Dad made his own board, plus made custom playing pieces from nuts, bolts, washers, etc.

After I graduated from college in '99, I moved to NYC and used to scavenge CPUs from the streets.  Pulling out the chips, I thought they would make a cool, modern version of my Dad's chess set.

So I've had this project in mind for years, but only recently came up with a vision for the playing pieces.  I'm ready to go, alas microprocessors don't come in the same packaging.  I'm hoping I can get the ~30 chips I need and finally create this project.

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frollardCrLz

Reply 8 years ago

This sounds like a fantastic project!  Perhaps for the 'white' squares you could encase the PINS from similar chips in casting resin, pin side up to show all the different dies.

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CrLzfrollard

Reply 8 years ago

Thanks frollard, I hope it comes out nice, I'm working on a beta version now.

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JayefuuCrLz

Reply 8 years ago

Looking forward to it :D

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CrLzJayefuu

Reply 8 years ago

Thanks Jayefuu, might be awhile before I can scrounge up the parts, however.

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stephenniallCrLz

Reply 8 years ago

That sounds like itd be great !

Resistor man to e7!