First post, by God Of Gaming
I've decided to do a few of these <year> dream PC builds since I find them cool, this one is gonna have pretty much the best 1999 parts and of course run Win98SE, maybe dualbooting NT4 just 'cuz it can. I don't have all the parts yet, I'm in the process of looking for some, I'm even not sure which I should look for, for some of them, as finding info online on such old stuff is getting hard. Here's what I aquired recently:
Asus K7M rev 1.03 motherboard and AMD Athlon 700 and 3x256mb ram, this is the top model of the first 250nm Argon generation. Technically, at the very end of 1999 the newer 180nm Athlon 750, as well as P3 Coppermine 800 got released, so they would be technically the fastest 1999 cpus, but I think this Athlon 700 is cooler, because for the majority of 1999 you had P3 Katmai up to 600mhz and these first gen Athlons that were kicking its ass, even the lowest 500mhz Athlon was faster.
For graphics, I have aquired a 3dfx Voodoo3 3500 TV AGP, which I can't show right now because it's at a friend's place, but he should bring it to me next week. Again, technically GeForce 256 SDR is the fastest 1999 graphics card, but the voodoo3 is cooler I think, and not much slower either... Actually, you know what, lets say this is dream 1999 pc as of October 4-10, 1999 - at that point of time, the gf256 sdr, coppermine and pluto would not have been released yet, so this PC would indeed be as good as it gets.
Now, for sound, I will want a Creative Sound Blaster Live! CT4760, which I can easily get locally as just the card, but I want one with Live Drive or Live Drive II included so I'm hoping one shows up on ebay soon. Should have been the best sound card in 99 I think. As for the ISA slot, I really don't know what to put, afaik the last ISA sound cards got released in 1997, so theres no period correct ISA sound cards for 99.... maybe I'll use the new AWE64 Legacy assuming I can buy one.
And, with all the major components out of the way, what's left to complete this is to decide on and acquire the best 1999 ATX Case, power supply, hard drive(s), optical drive(s), floppy drive, and misc accessories. I'm not very sure about these... could use your help on figuring them out. Case wise, I think Chieftec Dragon was the best 99 case, but looks like a rather tall full tower to me, I dont really want something this big, I will be doing quite a few of these <year> dream PC builds, so I dont want them taking too much space. Cooler Master ATC-100, the first all-aluminium case has released in 1999 as well, and thats probably what I'll look out for, tho the silver color of it won't match perfectly with the white/beige 5.25" drives. Are there any good 1999 white/beige cases? For HDD, I think Quantum Atlas 10K 36.4gb SCSI HDD was best in 99? But the only one of those on ebay is way overpriced 🙁 For PSU I'll just use something good regardless of year, probably gonna use an Antec SL350 re-capped that I have, its a bit newer but has strong 5v rail and pretty good build quality, disregarding the og caps. Optical drives and stuff, I honestly have no idea, I will have to depend on you guys 😀