IBM 5150 or Tandy 1000SX

July 16, 2009 at 17:49:30
Specs: DOS 2.5, 286
So, I am a collector of Vintage computer/ gaming systems.
I have a chance to buy an incomplete IBM 5150 (just the CPU) or a complete Tandy 1000 SX. (note I can get the tandy for quite less expensive than a complete IBM 5150)
I know that these computers are very similar, but if you were me, which would you choose and WHY?

Here are some of my reasons
*1000 SX is vintage too, has dual 5 1/2 drives, and is a lot less expensive
*5150 is the original PC, and looks, and is, a lot more durable.

I can get an incomplete IBM or the complete Tandy for around $90 w/ s&h..
or around $175 for a complete IBM
Its a hard choice, help!

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July 16, 2009 at 19:07:39
I'd get the Tandy. It has *enhanced* CGA graphics: 640X200-4, 320X200-16, 160X200-16. It also has better sound & joystick ports built in.

You can download a bunch of free Tandy DeskMate software from

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July 16, 2009 at 20:09:21
I have owned both when they were new. It really depends on why you are collecting as to which one to get. The 5150 PC will most likely hold its value better whereas the Tandy is a superior computer.

The graphics for the PC will simply be whatever card you have or get. In addition to the original monochrome card, you can get a CGA card or even a VGA card. (I still have my 5150 with an 8 bit VGA card as well as several other upgrades.)

IIRC, the Tandy 1000 SX has the 8088 processor so it would be more comparable to the XT and hence a generation later.

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July 16, 2009 at 22:31:51
Many of the 16-bit VGA cards would work in an 8-bit slot.

(I could kick myself for junking the hundreds of 8088, 286, etc. systems I acquired over the years.)

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July 17, 2009 at 13:05:38
I can't believe either could cost too much.

The IBM would be more supported but get a complete unit. Parts are not worth buying.

The Tandy was a real one of a kind deal. Good for sitting on a table is all. Real odd software was needed too as I recall.

"Best Practices", Event viewer, host file, perfmon, antivirus, anti-spyware, Live CD's, backups, are in my top 10

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