New build/rig for Windows 98 (and some DOS games)

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New build/rig for Windows 98 (and some DOS games)

Postby ras2a » 2019-3-08 @ 17:23

Hi guys

Just picked up what appears to be a nice rig on eBay. Spec as below:

- Case: Chieftec Dragon full ATX
- Mobo: Aopen AX6BC 82440BX
- PSU: Brand new 600W Novatech
- CPU: P3 450Mhz (Slot 1)
- RAM: 192MB PC100
- HDD: 10GB running Windows 98 (l'll be looking to replace with something larger and 98SE)
- Graphics: Geforce 2 Ti
- Sound: SB Live SB0100

I've also picked up a couple of ESS Audiodrive cards (ISA) - ES1868F & ES1869 and will nabbing a Dreamblaster S2 or X3 so all bases are covered in terms of good DOS compatibility for sound.

What do you guys think?

I'll be looking to play Thief and Thief 2 (my fave games ever) so hoping the above is powerful enough?

I was also thinking about the possibility of dropping a Geforce 4 Ti 4200 into it at some point, but wondered if it would either a) not work at all, or b) be severely hampered (4200 is AGP 8x). Let's say that a 4200 'could' be used.. Would I then need to upgrade the CPU & RAM?

Thanks ever so much guys!
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Re: New build/rig for Windows 98 (and some DOS games)

Postby rasz_pl » 2019-3-08 @ 17:41

cpu/mobo is a pretty expensive, highend early 1999 config. Swap for Pentium III 1100 or Celeron 700@1.1GHz and you will match GF2 perfectly for gamer 2000 build.
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Re: New build/rig for Windows 98 (and some DOS games)

Postby dr_st » 2019-3-08 @ 19:12

Looks good. If you want to play games in pure DOS, you'll want a different sound card; for just playing them inside Win98, the SBLive is fine.

I'd upgrade RAM to 256MB or more if possible.
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Re: New build/rig for Windows 98 (and some DOS games)

Postby ras2a » 2019-3-08 @ 20:16

Cheers guys,

Will consider the upgrades, but I'll be seeing how things run stock first of all. Have a good friend who is also very knowledgeable about hardware from this period so getting advice from him too.

For DOS sound, I've picked up a couple of ESS Audiodrives and so one of these should fill that requirement, I'm hoping.
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