First post, by Munx
...AKA "The Little K5 that Could 😎 "
So what happens when AT cases go out of production?
You make one yourself! AND etch/burn some game graphics on it!
What is inside this case? AT case era hardware and software ofc.!
-Windows 95 (original release w/o the service packs for the most bloat-free performance)
-Acer V55-2 Motherboard with its ALI ALADDiN III chipset with maxed-out 512KB of cache
-S3 Virge/DX 4MB video card (Wanted to put a Cirrus Logic 5446 in here due to Virges black-level issues, however the drivers for it don't play nice with other hardware in here. Luckily the Samsung SyncMaster 740n I'm using has some very nice color and gamma settings which help a great deal)
-ESS Audiodrive 1869 sound card paired with a Dreamblaster S1
-32MB of EDO memory
-and and anAMD K5 PR133 processor!
"BUT MUNX!", you shriek at me with the power of an overpriced Pentium, "why would you use a CPU that doesn't have a good FPU and can't run Quake well in a build with a big Quake logo?!"
Well, that's because the 100MHz K5 won't be going at it alone! It will have 4 megabytes of dark Voodoo magic on its side!
And so, in the Cozy Computer Corner we have the Case with the K5!
And so how does the Firestarter 2.0 run Quake? At a blazing fast, cinematic 28.2 FPS, that's how!
Not only that, but it easily powers through other great games like Tyrian 2000, Dune 2, Doom, and even Duke Nukem 3D @ 640x480! AND while sounding good too, thanks to the great sound and music provided by the ESS Audiodrive and Dreamblaster combo!
Due to the upload limit I'm placing some other pictures of the hardware, terrible cable management and games, as well as the Firestarter 1 prototype here: https://imgur.com/a/vTKeI
The FireStarter 2.0 - The wooden K5
The Underdog - The budget K6
The Voodoo powerhouse - The power-hungry K7
The troll PC - The Socket 423 Pentium 4