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I once had the idea of tiling a wall with old ceramic PGA-package CPUs, with the gold lids on them. I still might, one day.

Hard to do unless:
1) You are made of money
2) You already have a fair size collection of these CPUs
3) Your household average height is that of the Yoda or hobbits

These processors are hard to come by nowadays. You can pay $20-30 each on ebay and they don't all look good, mostly because they are headed for gold extraction. I happen to be a collector. It's harder and harder to get those gold lids. If you want a pentium pro or other bad boys, be prepared to pay $40 each. I'd be interested in making a belt buckle with one of these if I know how to make belt buckles.
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I once had the idea of tiling a wall with old ceramic PGA-package CPUs, with the gold lids on them. I still might, one day.

Hard to do unless:
1) You are made of money
2) You already have a fair size collection of these CPUs
3) Your household average height is that of the Yoda or hobbits

These processors are hard to come by nowadays. You can pay $20-30 each on ebay and they don't all look good, mostly because they are headed for gold extraction. I happen to be a collector. It's harder and harder to get those gold lids. If you want a pentium pro or other bad boys, be prepared to pay $40 each. I'd be interested in making a belt buckle with one of these if I know how to make belt buckles.

Simple, just attach it over a smaller simpler buckle.

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If you want a pentium pro or other bad boys, be prepared to pay $40 each. I'd be interested in making a belt buckle with one of these if I know how to make belt buckles.

What a great news! Really!

I have a couple of those. They are so old I thought they were worth nothing. I don't actually collect old CPUs, but I have lots (60+) of them, of all kinds, from 1993 and beyond. I must have Cyrix 486s, all sorts of Intel (including 2 Pentium Pros), AMD, and so on. I have several generations of Pentiums, including Pentium I, Pentium MMX, Pentium Pro, II, III, 4...

 
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I wanted something nice, like a CPU sealed in acrylic, which will go on a belt.

AlxDroidDev,

That's good news for you! You can sell a pentium pro for a good stake dinner or save it later for more.
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I once had the idea of tiling a wall with old ceramic PGA-package CPUs, with the gold lids on them. I still might, one day.

Hard to do unless:
1) You are made of money
2) You already have a fair size collection of these CPUs
3) Your household average height is that of the Yoda or hobbits

These processors are hard to come by nowadays. You can pay $20-30 each on ebay and they don't all look good, mostly because they are headed for gold extraction. I happen to be a collector. It's harder and harder to get those gold lids. If you want a pentium pro or other bad boys, be prepared to pay $40 each. I'd be interested in making a belt buckle with one of these if I know how to make belt buckles.

All very good points smiley Just a beer-idea really... awesome but impractical/impossible. But there IS a lot of e-waste out there, and a lot of people who don't know what they have. The other killer is that my ambition often outstrips my patience. I'd get one wall of the shithouse done and give up  smiley-razz
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