First post, by Sago7
First: The motivation.
I got my first computer on year 2000. I started my studies as en IT engineer i told to my father that i will need a computer. Before that the nearest thing that I got was an Atari 800XL.
I remember him with a lot of affection.
-CPU K6-2 500mhz
-MB Soyo 5EMH
-HDD Quantum Fireball 10GB
- VGA S3 Trio3D Trio3D/2X 8MB (upgraded to a Nvidia TNT 32MB)
He was my partner until i finished my studies. With many adventures, some overclocking @ 550mhz and moding (molex with red leds). I even finished my thesis with that computer and he never failed. And finished Unreal 😁. That PC lived until 2005 approximately as my main computer.
Today, I always receive some old hardware. Then an idea came to me. I want to build the PC that I never had on that days, from 2003~2004 approximately. And my journey began. I wanted a Socket A, an Atlhon XP.
First was the motherboard. I traveled with a friend to another city, more than 100kms just to contact the seller. IT was an MSI K7N2 with an Athlon XP 3000+.
RAM I have from another builds (3GB, 3x1GB), HDD too (WD Caviar 200GB). I have some old AGP cards. So I started to see on the local market (FB Marketplace, Online Site, Mercado Libre, etc). And I founded a NEW EVGA GF6200 512MB.
And a few days ago I finished the main configuration with an Aopen ES50A case. Oh, and I almost forgot. I purchased a SoundBlaster Live 24 bits.
The idea now are the upgrades.
Better VGA: two days ago I got a BFG 7800gs OC 256MB. It needs to be cleaned, after that it will replace the 6200.
Better cooler: Difficult, the market here is so small for old hardware. Almost all the people who has old hardware doesn't even know what they have.
Maybe a better PSU. Actual PSU is from a "generic brand" and I don't fell confidence about it.
Any other ideas, suggestions?.