First post, by d1stortion
So this is my first vintage PC build. It's my take on the all-in-one DOS and W9x gaming machine... Here are the components with some comments to them:
Mainboard: Asus CUBX-E 1.01
>>Really nice BX board, pretty much a P3B-F with Socket 370 (with CPUs easier to find for it), the Promise UDMA 100 controller (which I don't use) and more USB ports.
CPU: Intel Pentium III 900
>>Has enough power to run all relevant W9x games and most DOS games for which it's too fast won't likely run correctly on high-end PIIs and lower-end PIIIs anyway
RAM: 512 MB Infineon PC133 SDRAM
>>Just so much that it works on Win98SE without further configuration, but more than enough for every application and should reduce swap file usage as well, so that the CF card doesn't get worn out too much.
Flash drive: 16 GB Transcend 133x CF w/ IDE adapter
>>First reason why I wrote semi-modern in the title. The 21,5MB/s speed doesn't affect things a lot and I don't have to worry about an old hard drive failing. Windows 98 SE is installed on it.
Video card: 3dfx Voodoo 3 3500 TV
>>Got this one really cheap, so I'm using it instead of a regular 3000. Glide is all-important for such a machine and this card does it well. Most DOS games worked on it so far as well
Sound card #1: Creative Labs AWE64 Value CT4520
>>I started to dislike this card after realizing that it's not the best choice for Build games and some other DOS games w/ W9x, and the EMU8K is mediocre at best, but it has a lot going for it nevertheless. It's a really quiet card, especially compared to the earlier Sound Blasters, and it's much easier to configure than other solutions as well. CQM is still better than DOSBox emulation.
Sound card #2: Genius YMF719E-S
>>Real, or at least better-than-CQM OPL3, and DB header. Really noisy by default, unfortunately.
Network card: Intel Pro 1000 GT
Optical drive: NEC ND-4551A DVD burner
>>Had this laying around from another PC. Has the important CD Audio connector.
3.5" Floppy drive: Generic modern one
>>Gotta have a floppy drive in such a machine of course.
Case: new Sharkoon one, can't remember the name
>>Prefered a new case for this build, so I got the cheapest modern one I found. Does the trick, although I needed an ATX extension cable because the PSU sits at the bottom, so it's not the best choice
Monitor: Eizo FlexScan L365 15" 1024x768 TFT
>>I like CRTs a lot actually, but currently don't really have the space for one, so I went for an older TFT for this build. Great image and response times.