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Reply 2460 of 2703, by BitWrangler

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Nice, do you get enough airflow to clock that Obsidian at a good speed or gotta drop it to low 90s like everyone said back in the day?

Unicorn herding operations are proceeding, but all the totes of hens teeth and barrels of rocking horse poop give them plenty of hiding spots.

Reply 2461 of 2703, by Mahigan

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BitWrangler wrote on 2023-07-23, 05:55:

Nice, do you get enough airflow to clock that Obsidian at a good speed or gotta drop it to low 90s like everyone said back in the day?

I haven't tried overclocking it. It's running the stock 90MHz. I don't think I'd risk overclocking it, at least not until it gets some board work done on it to re-flow fresh solder and replace aging components. It would be an expensive mistake otherwise 🤣

Main Retro Rig:
MSI 875P Neo-FIS2R | Intel Pentium IV 3.2GHz (Northwood C) | 2GB Corsair XMS 4000 DDR RAM | ATi Radeon 9800 Pro 256MB Graphics Card | Quantum Obsidian X-24 24MB Glide 3D Accelerator | Creative SoundBlaster X-fi Elite Pro Sound Card

Reply 2462 of 2703, by dr_st

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Mahigan wrote on 2023-07-23, 05:00:
Hi, I'm new here. Nice to meet everyone. Well... this is my primary Retro Rig. It runs Windows XP SP3 (+ all updates). […]
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Hi, I'm new here. Nice to meet everyone. Well... this is my primary Retro Rig. It runs Windows XP SP3 (+ all updates).

Specs:
Fractal Design Focus G case
MSI 875P Neo-FIS2R Motherboard
Intel Pentium IV 3.2GHz (Northwood C)
2GB Corsair XMS 4000 DDR RAM
ATi Radeon 9800 Pro 256MB Graphics Card
Quantum Obsidian X-24 24MB Glide 3D Accelerator
Creative SoundBlaster X-fi Elite Pro Sound Card

Nice rig! A single-slot high-end (at the time) graphics card. I almost forgot they were a thing. 😁

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Reply 2463 of 2703, by Mahigan

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dr_st wrote on 2023-07-23, 06:49:
Mahigan wrote on 2023-07-23, 05:00:
Hi, I'm new here. Nice to meet everyone. Well... this is my primary Retro Rig. It runs Windows XP SP3 (+ all updates). […]
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Hi, I'm new here. Nice to meet everyone. Well... this is my primary Retro Rig. It runs Windows XP SP3 (+ all updates).

Specs:
Fractal Design Focus G case
MSI 875P Neo-FIS2R Motherboard
Intel Pentium IV 3.2GHz (Northwood C)
2GB Corsair XMS 4000 DDR RAM
ATi Radeon 9800 Pro 256MB Graphics Card
Quantum Obsidian X-24 24MB Glide 3D Accelerator
Creative SoundBlaster X-fi Elite Pro Sound Card

Nice rig! A single-slot high-end (at the time) graphics card. I almost forgot they were a thing. 😁

Thanks 😀

Main Retro Rig:
MSI 875P Neo-FIS2R | Intel Pentium IV 3.2GHz (Northwood C) | 2GB Corsair XMS 4000 DDR RAM | ATi Radeon 9800 Pro 256MB Graphics Card | Quantum Obsidian X-24 24MB Glide 3D Accelerator | Creative SoundBlaster X-fi Elite Pro Sound Card

Reply 2464 of 2703, by Mahigan

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ubiq wrote on 2023-05-01, 00:21:
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Hi, new to Vogons!

I'm not sure how much period correctness is the rule or just the desired aesthetic round here but... this ain't it. 😂 For this one I wanted to build a nice slick Slot 1 system, but put it in a modern case because... why the heck not.

Anyway:
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ABIT BF6
Pentium III 1000MHz (133 FSB)
3 x 256MB PC133 Memory
AOpen GeForce4 MX440 64MB AGP
Sound Blaster Live! CT4760
FastTrak 100 TX2 IDE controller
CF to IDE adapter
SD to IDE adapter (both? sure!)

Very nice cabling work 😀

Main Retro Rig:
MSI 875P Neo-FIS2R | Intel Pentium IV 3.2GHz (Northwood C) | 2GB Corsair XMS 4000 DDR RAM | ATi Radeon 9800 Pro 256MB Graphics Card | Quantum Obsidian X-24 24MB Glide 3D Accelerator | Creative SoundBlaster X-fi Elite Pro Sound Card

Reply 2465 of 2703, by Maryoo

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Hi. A few months ago I had the urge to assemble a retro gaming PC for Windows 9x/DOS. I wanted to build a fast, uncompromising and trouble-free system in which everything would run at full speed. I also didn't want to spend any big money on it, so I was bidding on components worth a maximum of $10 at auctions. I admit that I bought way too much anyway because I spent about $ 500 on several different boards, cases, processors, rams, disks, graphics cards, sound cards and other parts. I started with building systems based on Pentium 2.. 3.. 4.., but they did not meet my expectations in terms of speed. Then I tried the AM2 platform with Athlons and Phenoms. Phenoms turned out to be surprisingly fast but I ended up with Socket 775 and Core 2 Duo which turned out to be the fastest.

My current configuration:

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-G31 ESL2
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 3.16GHz oc to 3.66GHz
Memory: 2GB DDR2 1066MHz
Graphics Card: Radeon X600 128MB
Sound Card: Sound Blaster Audigy SB090
Storage: 120GB SSD, 80GB HDD, DVD-ROM

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Reply 2466 of 2703, by atlantisworld

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Hello!!

My Retro PC:

Asus P5A
AMD K6-2+ 570Mhz oc to 600MHz
128MB
3dfx Voodoo3 3000 AGP 16MB
Sound Blaster AWE64 Gold
Promise Ultra 100 TX2 PCI
Startech IDE to CF
Transcend Industrial Compact Flash 32GB (MLC)
LG DVD RW DL
3,5" Floppy Drive
Zalman FanMate 2
Thermaltake Smart RGB 500W 80 Plus
Sharkoon M25-W
Round Floppy Cable
Round IDE ATA133 Cable
Dual Boot MSDOS 7.10 / Windows 98 SE

AND OF COURSE......

IBM ValuePoint 450DX2/S
486 DX2 50Mhz
32MB
IDE to SD
SD 16GB
Dual Boot MSDOS 7.10 / Windows 95 OSR2.5

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Reply 2467 of 2703, by bjwil1991

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Do laptops count?

DGi DGi-P-90C FMA7600
TFT Active Matrix C&T video
P90 SX957 no FDIV bug
16MB RAM
540MB HDD
1.44MB FDD
ES688+YM-262M
14.4K PCMCIA modem (don't have a use for that)

Needs a CMOS battery installed remotely since it won't boot from a hard drive without one. Either that or the HDD is toast.

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Systems from the Compaq Portable 1 to Ryzen 9 5950X
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Reply 2468 of 2703, by SimplyChunk

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Hi guys,

First time poster but long time lurker. Just want to share my Retro PC with you all.

It's a K6-2 450 on a Jetway J-542B. It has an A:\3.5' 1.44MB Floppy. B:\5.25" 1.2MB Floppy. C:\Seagate 80GB drive with the 32GB limiter jumper on it. D:\USB sticks E:\DVD Multi (cause the OG CD-RW is starting to fail) F:\DVD-ROM.

A 400w P4 compatible PSU by Mercury. 128MB of RAM. A Voodoo3 3000 16MB AGP graphics card and a Creative Labs AWE64

The power switch is missing it's guts so I've connected the reset switch from the case to the power switch header instead. It's now rocking a Daewoo 15" CRT monitor I got from an Aunt's clearout.

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Here's a Youtube video of it booting up with the original hardware it came with.

https://youtu.be/IS3icf2mqHc

and Here's the AWE64 Singing it's heart out in AWE64 Midi Synthesiser [620] mode (which i prefer to the GS Wavetable that sounds hollow and echo-y)

https://youtube.com/shorts/QFPONgC908E

Reply 2469 of 2703, by bjwil1991

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That's a far out setup you got there. Guessing AT motherboard?

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Systems from the Compaq Portable 1 to Ryzen 9 5950X
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Reply 2471 of 2703, by SimplyChunk

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Also..I have an ABIT AB-BH6 1.02 Slot 1 motherboard coming which i plan to do an ATX tower build with. With a PIII-450

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In this case once i've cleaned it up

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nothing spectacular. But should let the Voodoo3 3000 sing a bit better in quake. I'll put the S3 Trio 3D/2x back in the K6-2 and get a more suitable HDD for it

Reply 2472 of 2703, by stu_e_hughes

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Hi everyone, I was quite lucky to get the pictured PC for free. I wasn't planning on creating a physical build but the opportunity arose and it's been quite a satisfying project. I've replaced the PSU with a modern unit + given it a deep clean and re-done thermal paste etc. I added a GPU and sound card + SSD.

Also some quality of life additions like an optical mouse and modern Creative Pebble speakers which provide excellent sound and don't ruin the asthetic too much. Keyboard is a Cherry MX 3000M. Monitor is also Fujitsu Siemens but of course more modern.

Fujitsu Siemens Scenic
Windows 98 SE
Be Quiet! SFX-L Power 500W PC Power Supply
Pentum 3 1GHz
GeForce FX 550 256MB AGP 8x
Sound Blaster Live! SB0100
32GB SSD card in IDE to CF adapter
Logitech Wingman Pro
Microsoft Sidewinder Gamepad

I was a huge LucasArts fan back in the day and played everything apart from The Dig. I only ever bought games on discount or from the budget re-release labels. So for some reason I never played it before. It was so nice to finally play it through on original hardware. A very cinematic atmosphere with great sound design and music.

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Reply 2473 of 2703, by TuesdaysGone

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How do you like that Logitech Wingman Pro with X-Wing and other similar games?

I have a Logitech Extreme 3D Pro as shown below. While it's not period correct with my Retro Rig, it's an awesome stick for playing the various X-Wing and Tie Fighter games. Currently using it with X-Wing Alliance and having a blast! Pun intended! 😉

Best wishes,

Tony.

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ASUS P2B-F 440BX BIOS Rev. 1014 Beta 003
Intel "Katmai" Pentium III 450Mhz
256MB, 80GB, Epson SD-800 Combo FD, Voodoo Banshee 16MB, SB Live, CT7160 MPEG-2 PCI Decoder, 3Com 3C905B-TX PCI NIC, Iomega Zip 100, Creative PC-DVD, Sony CDRW, Win 98SE

Reply 2474 of 2703, by LeCroebar

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Pentium 233MMX
32MB RAM
CF IDE Reader (2gb DOS/Win & 8gb Win98 drives)
20gb IDE HDD (for ISO storage for Win98)
Micron M55 M55Hi Plus ATX Motherboard
SB32 PnP with 32mb of RAM ISA
4mb Virge/DX PCI
4MB Diamond Monster VooDoo PCI
Misc Crappy Optical Drives which I have to fight with every time I want to open them
19" ViewSonic CRT
Antec Dragon? Mid-tower
Practical Perihperals 56k modem (for show)
Altec Lansing speaker I bought, legit, in 1996 that still sound amazing.
Original Duke3D mousepad

This has been a fun build! Next one is going to be an AT, not an ATX though. This motherboard isn't super friendly to the CF drives being swapped.
Does not run Crysis.

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Reply 2475 of 2703, by d3vilsadvocate

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I just added mine:
Meet "The Black Owl", a silent inverted sleeper PC with lots of modern components (P3 1Ghz, Geforce 4, Voodoo 2)

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Reply 2476 of 2703, by LeCroebar

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d3vilsadvocate wrote on 2023-08-04, 13:32:

That thing is gorgeous! You really put some serious work into that! WOW!

What do you mainly play on it?

Reply 2478 of 2703, by Mahigan

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atlantisworld wrote on 2023-07-28, 11:18:
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Hello!!

My Retro PC:

Asus P5A
AMD K6-2+ 570Mhz oc to 600MHz
128MB
3dfx Voodoo3 3000 AGP 16MB
Sound Blaster AWE64 Gold
Promise Ultra 100 TX2 PCI
Startech IDE to CF
Transcend Industrial Compact Flash 32GB (MLC)
LG DVD RW DL
3,5" Floppy Drive
Zalman FanMate 2
Thermaltake Smart RGB 500W 80 Plus
Sharkoon M25-W
Round Floppy Cable
Round IDE ATA133 Cable
Dual Boot MSDOS 7.10 / Windows 98 SE

AND OF COURSE......

IBM ValuePoint 450DX2/S
486 DX2 50Mhz
32MB
IDE to SD
SD 16GB
Dual Boot MSDOS 7.10 / Windows 95 OSR2.5

Very nice setup you've got there 😀

Main Retro Rig:
MSI 875P Neo-FIS2R | Intel Pentium IV 3.2GHz (Northwood C) | 2GB Corsair XMS 4000 DDR RAM | ATi Radeon 9800 Pro 256MB Graphics Card | Quantum Obsidian X-24 24MB Glide 3D Accelerator | Creative SoundBlaster X-fi Elite Pro Sound Card

Reply 2479 of 2703, by Mahigan

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A new Retro Rig I'm still working on, still some parts on the way. I want to get a PCI SATA RAID Controller in order to get a second WD Raptor Drive and running those in RAID0. The Power Supply is also temporary as I have an Enermax Liberty PSU on the way to replace it (Mainly for aesthetic reasons).

This build goes up against the Northwood 3.2GHz P4 + 9800 Pro 256MB rig as being the two most powerful rigs at the time before Intel moved to the 3.4GHz P4 then Prescott and AMD moved to the Athlon64. This was a moment in my life that I remember fondly and wanted to re-create it.

Specs thus far:

Motherboard: Asus A7N8x-e Deluxe (Temporary, looking to replace with a Blue PCB nForce2 Ultra Motherboard)
CPU: AMD AthlonXP 3200+ (400MHz FSB)
CPU Cooler: Swiftech MC462-A (Stock Delta Fan temporarily removed while I await the arrival of a Fan Controller... too loud)
RAM: 1GB Micron PC3200 + 2x512MB Corsair XMS PC3200
GPU: nVIDIA QuadroFX 3000 256MB (GeForceFX 5900 Ultra 256MB clocks of 450MHz on the Core)
Sound: Creative X-Fi Elite Pro Sound Card
HDD1: WD 250GB 7,200 RPM Boot Drive IDE
HDD2: WD Raptor 160GB 10,000 RPM Game Drive SATA
Optical Drive: DVD RAM
1.44MB Floppy Drive
400W Sparkle Power Supply (FSP)

Running Windows XP SP3+

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Main Retro Rig:
MSI 875P Neo-FIS2R | Intel Pentium IV 3.2GHz (Northwood C) | 2GB Corsair XMS 4000 DDR RAM | ATi Radeon 9800 Pro 256MB Graphics Card | Quantum Obsidian X-24 24MB Glide 3D Accelerator | Creative SoundBlaster X-fi Elite Pro Sound Card