First post, by austinham
I'm kinda jumping in here so if post this in the wrong spot let me know. Thanks.
It all started a few years back when I put a 980ti in my gaming system, long story short I hatted that card. as it did not like some of the early DX3d games I play.
So now its time to build the water-cooled Athlon system! Sadly my old board from back in the day, yeah I still have it. The ABIT KG7 l sound card for dos games. I hope a SBlive will work.
I still have the old hard drives I had back in the day too. They will make for good backup drives in the system. SATA SSD via a PCI SATA card for the OS you say? Nope.avi. I'll be using old parts only. Two 2nd or 3rd gen raptor drives in raid will do. SSD's are not needed on older gaming systems, the drive overhead is not there and the size of games is much smaller than today with some of the game sata often being pulled from both the HDD and CD drive. OH how things have changed.
Anyway, I better stop rambling.
Parts list. Updated 5-19-20
OS: windows 98se
Motherboard: Abit NF7-SG2
CPU: Athlon XP 3200+
GPU: Asus V9999GT/TD/256M, +voodoo2 SLI.
HDD: 2 WD raptors in raid.
Case: OLD AT case modded to fit ATX system
PSU: PC power and cooling 510w
ODD: First-gen DVD-RAM drive.
Water Cooling: Old school koolance blocks for the CPU, GPU, and chip-set. 1 or 2 80mm rads.
Pumps are TBD, likely a D4 (not D5) if I can find 2. No Res, we did not use them back in the day.
The build at its stands 4-22-20.
I have most of the water cooling parts, I just need a few fittings, tubing, coolant, and pumps.
I have the board, CPU, ram, GPU, the 40gb IDE hdds.
I still need to get the raptor drives, the Voodoo's, sound card. PSU, case, and nic. I'll need to get a better card then the fx5200. wile the ultra version is not bad at all for dx7 and older games it's lacking for DX8 and sucks for DX9 games. A higher-end FX card is likely what I'll be using, the ATI 9xxx cards are not all to good for older games due to the lack of table fog and 8-bit paletted textures support. On top of that, the FX cards are a little faster with DX8 and older games. Faster DX9 support is not something I need for this system.
I'm eyeing a case for the build that comes with a PSU. The PSU will likely need a recap.