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Reply 20 of 23, by ShovelKnight

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Everybody's dream machine is obviously different, I personally want my DOS PC to comfortably run later SVGA games (Quake, DN3D, SS1) in 640x480.

Even Pentium MMX is going to struggle with this. But it will run the same games in 320x200 very well. Coincidentally, it's also the best Pentium for slowing down to 386/486 levels of performance.

Reply 21 of 23, by Intel486dx33

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ShovelKnight wrote on 2020-05-22, 13:13:

Everybody's dream machine is obviously different, I personally want my DOS PC to comfortably run later SVGA games (Quake, DN3D, SS1) in 640x480.

Even Pentium MMX is going to struggle with this. But it will run the same games in 320x200 very well. Coincidentally, it's also the best Pentium for slowing down to 386/486 levels of performance.

I already have a couple AMD K6-3 builds.
1) AMD K6-3+@550mhz., Voodoo-3000 (tower)
2) AMD K6-3+@500mhz., Voodoo 3000 (desktop)

I just want a 1st gen Pentium build. Where I could be able to swap out the CPU’s from ( 75mhz thru 233mhz ).
I wanted to be able to eliminate any bottle necks for the CPU, RAM, BUS, and Video cards.
I like the 1st gen Pentium because it is very easy to down clock to a 386 and 486.

It’s NOT entirely period correct but that was NOT my goal. The objective of this build was to be able to play as many DOS games
Both old and new in good quality performance.
My 486dx4-100 computer was struggling so now I am going to experiment with this 1st gen Pentium build.
I wanted to base this computer around 1995.
It’s NOT entirely period correct because it is NOT easy to find a good CDROM drive from 1995 or hard-drive.
As for the motherboard I wanted to find one that would eliminate any bottle necks in performance.
This motherboard has a bios dated 1995 and supports a large range of CPUs.
I do have some other AT motherboards with Intel 430nx, 430fx, 430hx, 430vx, and VIA chipsets but they do NOT support all the CPU’s I want to test.

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Anonymous Coward wrote on 2020-05-19, 14:24:

For a '95 build I'd probably go with a 430FX motherboard with a COAST module even though they're less reliable, because it's the "wave of the future". The Trio64 is a good choice, but I think in 1995 everybody wanted a Matrox Millenium. SB16 was popular, but wavetable cards like the AWE32 were the ones that all the big shots had in their systems.

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I might try the AWE32. I have a few laying around that I have not used yet. But I have to get some ram for them.

Reply 23 of 23, by Intel486dx33

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PC-Engineer wrote on 2020-05-22, 12:56:
Anonymous Coward wrote on 2020-05-19, 14:24:

For a '95 build I'd probably go with a 430FX motherboard with a COAST module even though they're less reliable, because it's the "wave of the future". The Trio64 is a good choice, but I think in 1995 everybody wanted a Matrox Millenium. SB16 was popular, but wavetable cards like the AWE32 were the ones that all the big shots had in their systems.

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You are so right ... 😀
In September 1995 i built my first dream PC without compromises: P133 with ASUS P55TP4XE + 256kB PB COAST, 16MB RAM, Matrox Millennium 2MB and an AWE32 CT2760 (Takeover from my 486er, bought in 1994).

Yes, this computer is running fine now. It is a real Cadillac compared to my 486dx4-100.
It’s much faster yet runs fine at 386 and 486 speeds too.
I am using the Sound Blaster AWE32 in DOS 6.22 and it works great.
Audio and game playback is good at all CPU speeds.

This computer is not to loud either. The hard-drive is almost silent and the CPU fan is quiet.
The PSU is Silent so this computer runs pretty quiet.

The 52x CDROM is really fast and the computer appears to have no problems with the data transfers.

So far I am very happy with this build.

Now time to test is out with games and software.