Altair 8800 pc case can emulate the original hardware

The Altair computer is commonly considered the genesis of personal computing and for that reason it has a special place in the hearts of many. [Bob Alexander] brings back the glory of the Altair 8800 plus a lot of added computing power. This PC case houses a Core i5 system but the front panel isn’t just for looks. He designed a PCB and resized an image of the original Altair front panel to end up with a fully functioning control interface. In the demo after the break you’ll see that the buttons can be used for power and reset and the LEDs can show random Altair-like patterns. But the interface can also works in conjunction with an Altair emulator to perfectly mimic the original Altair experience. This is a great way to sidestep the buyer’s remorse one might experience with a standalone kit.


  1. Paul Potter says:

    Pure awesome. Now to check out how he did it.

  2. BigBubbaX says:

    Cool, computers with random blinking lights always look more techy.

    “But the interface can also ___works___ in conjunction with an Altair emulator to perfectly mimic the original Altair experience”

  3. sarsface says:


    Proofreading is for suckers.

  4. nick says:

    gets a high grade on pure, fantastic novelty factor i suppose.

    I’d rather have a CM-5 case with . .i dunno. . .maybe a i7 gaming rig and a coffee maker in it, personally.

  5. davo1111@work says:


  6. Jeff says:

    This is the coolest project I’ve seen in a long time. I’d love to have one of these!

  7. dcept905 says:

    OMG this is awesome :D I might have to build one.

  8. Ren says:

    It makes me want one.

  9. geremy says:

    i love it a lot!!

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