Written and Maintained by Gregory Nacu
 

Commodore 8 Bit Buyer's Guide

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Last modified: Jul 26, 2017

From the Editor

Welcome Commodore 8-bit users!

I am so happy to bring to you this carefully crafted Buyer's Guide. The guide lists over a 100 products, projects and kits available from more than 15 vendors. Every item listed below is for your Commodore Vic-20, C64, C64c, SX-64, Plus/4, c128 or c128D. And every product is commercially available today. That means you can have confidence while you browse this guide that if you see something cool you know you can order it and have one for yourself.

The products are grouped into one of 12 categories to help you find that piece you've always wanted to expand your Commodore without needing to worry about who makes it or who sells it.

It is my goal to have a page detailing each product, or product family, found below. A details page describes the primary function and use of the product, shows up–close photographs, lists the models of Commodore it is compatible with, lists prices, and links to the product's homepage and the vendors who sell it. The details page also opens up comments for the community to leave reviews, and ask and answer questions. Please have patience while the details pages get created and put online. I didn't want anything to hold up the initial release of the Buyer's Guide. The products which have a feature page show the pointing hand icon and underlined title text when the mouse hovers over them.


PS. If your commercially available product, project or kit for a Commodore 8-bit computer is not listed here, message me on twitter @gregnacu and we'll get you listed.

PSS. If a project is listed here that is no longer commercially available, I apologize in advance, and please let me know so I can delist it.

Feature

The product for C64 you don't want to miss

Purchase

The Top 10 places to get cool stuff for your Commodore computer

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Here are the Top 10 places to buy hardware to expand your Commodore computer. There are many other vendors who sell individual items which you will find throughout the Buyer's Guide, but if you're looking to browse a catalog, don't miss these great suppliers! Ebay, while not a Commodore specific supplier of hardware, should not be overlooked as one of the best sources of current and no–longer–commercially–available hardware.


Storage

Storage for your Commodore comes in all shapes and sizes

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IDE64 v4

Built for unparalleled speed

Slave CF Adaptor

SD2IEC v4

SD2IEC Classic

Accoutrements

IEC Cables

IEC Y-Splitter

8GB Preloaded SD Cards

Speedload Cartridges

EPYX Fastload Reloaded

PDQ/Megaload v2

Freeload

JiffyDOS

Commodore < > PC Transfers

ZoomFloppy

uCassette

miniXUM 1541

Super Cartridges

Final Expansion 3

Memory and Storage for VIC-20

Expansion

If you're buying hardware, you better grab some expansion options

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Datel EX64

X-Pander 3

Mini X-Pander+

Mini X-Pander

Audio

The box already rocks but it rocks harder with extra audio gear

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SwinSID Ultimate

A modern replacement for the venerable 6581/8580

MixSID Kit

SID2SID Parts

SID2SID PCB

MIDI/Synthesizer

CynthCART 64

VIC MIDI

Mssiah 64

Datel MIDI Interface

Digital Audio Expansion

8 Bit Stereo Sampler

DigiMax

MP3@64

SUX 6400

Memory

You can do so much more by blowing past 64K of memory

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1MB Ram Expansion Unit

512K GEORAM

1750 REU Memory Upgrade

1 MB, 1.5MB, 2MB

Love For VIC-20 & PET

UltiMem

Penultimate Cartridge Vic-20

Commodore PET ROM/RAM

ROMs

Cartridge ROMs give instant access to your favorite software

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Black Magic Cart

Easy Flash 3

UltraCart 128

Behr Bonz Multicart

Jason Ranheim PCC4

Dela 87010

KERNAL ROM adaptor

9502 DUO

9628 External Kernal

Multicart+ 64

512 - 4 Megabit PCBs

Generic ROM Cartridge

Easy Flash v1

Reprom64

EPROMs

27C64,27C128,27C256

Network

Ethernet, Serial, WiFi. So many options for Commodore networking

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64NIC+

RR-Net Compatible Ethernet Adaptor

WiModem

WiModem w/OLED

Internal WiFi Modem

Swiftlink Compatible

WiFi Modem

A UserPort WiFi Modem

RR-Net MK3

Classic C64 Ethernet Adaptor

GLINK-232

GLINK-LT

GLINKUSB-LT

Video

You can hook your Commodore up to lots of modern displays

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CGA to RGB Converter

Multi-Media LED Projector

With built–in S-Video input can be connected directly to a C64/128

CGA 2 RGB

RGBI to RGBA Adapter

Overlay64

LumaFix64

64K VDC Upgrade

S-Video to VGA Adaptor

QuickSCAN Interface

Hacker

There's a hacker in all of us. Commodore 8-bits were built for hackers.

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Nordic Replay

A modern take on the Action Replay

HES MON 64

ISEPIC Freezer

Hacking Tapes

LOAD-IT

Micros Doubler 64

Jason Ranheim

CPR3 Board

Jason Ranheim

Re-Capture Board

Hacking Drives

SuperCard+ for 1541

Track/Sector Display

SuperCard+ for 1541, 1541-II, 1571

FM Radio

Input

Give yourself and your Commodore new ways to talk to each other

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Competition Pro Retro

Classic C64 Joystick Remade

4 Player Adaptor

MicroMys 4

PS/2 Mouse Adaptor

C8D Joystick Switcher

Keyman64

C=Key

Hobbyist

Hobbies are great, but they're a lot better when you got rad hobby kits

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CNC Control Card

IRQ LED Mod

SX-64 UltraReset

GEOS RTC

Prototyping

Protocard Mini Kit

Protocard Mini

ProtoCart

Baby Proto PCBs

Cartridge Cases

Translucent Cartridge Case

Diagnostics

1541 Diagnostic Cartridge

Dual Diagnostic

586220 Diagnostic Cartridge

LED Power Control

Power

All this great gear needs reliable high amperage power

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Model P64

Model M64/128

Model P64/128

Model M64/128 2D

Bare Bones Power Supplies

BareBones 64

BareBones 128

1581 1541-II

C64 Cable Saver

C64 to Plus4 Adaptor

Plus4 Cable Saver

Model M-AM/64/128

C64 Box Saver

saV64

OVP 64

Component

When things breakdown, you can fix 'em up with replacement components

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8580 SID Chip

Cases, Brackets & Parts

CSG8701 Replacement

U17 PLAnkton

TOLB – 8701 Clock Generator


THAT'S ALL FOLKS

Don't hesitate to contact me if you find any factual errors, if a product listed here is no longer available, or if an available product is not listed here.


Please have patience as I build out the details pages for each of these products or product families. If you want to contribute by writing a review of one of these products, contact me and I'll publish it.