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First post, by God Of Gaming

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As I alrerady mentioned in my "1999 Dream PC project" thread, I've decided to do a few of these <year> dream PC builds since I find them cool, and this one is gonna have pretty much the best 2001 parts and dualboot WinME + Win2000. I'm still collecting all the needed parts, but I already have acquired a few so I decided its time to post a build log of sorts about it.

I have 2 options for mobo+cpu:

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One is Asus TUSL2-C motherboard (i815E) with PIII 1266S Tualatin, other is Abit KT7A-Raid (Via KT133A) with Athlon 1400 Thunderbird. I haven't benched them against each other yet to check which is the better performer, but I would guess the Thunderbird will be a bit faster, it also allows 1.5gb ram vs 512mb for the tualatin board, and has ISA as well which is nice.

Then, my graphics card choices, are actually not too great so far:

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I have here Hercules 3D Prophet 4500XT (PowerVR Kyro II), then Ati All-In-Wonder 8500DV (that I've tied 80mm fan to, because the original fan fails to keep it cool) and also an Ati Radeon 7500. I'm currently on the lookout for the full phat 275mhz radeon 8500, but these things are tricky to find.

For sound I have Audigy SB0090 with panel:

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And most recent acquisition for this build is this Cooler Master ATCS-201 case, seems like this was the ultimate pc case in 2001, and had a price tag of over $500 back then.

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It's made out of thick sheets of aluminium so its pretty sturdy, and has decent airflow (four 80mm fans) and even dust filtration. Even a variant with a side window exists, but sadly I only found this one. Might try to mod a side window onto it myself, how hard could it be?

Finally, storage, it's currently mounted in a PC and I'm too lazy to pull it out for a photo, but I have WD Caviar SE 120gb, I believe these were the best HDDs in 2001. I have a lead on where I can buy a 2nd one of these as well. No idea what to use for a boot drive tho, perhaps a 15k rpm seagate cheetah or something.

This is what I have so far, and I will need to find a few more things, but I think you get the idea where this is heading 😉

1999 Dream PC project | 2001 Dream PC project

Reply 1 of 9, by Bige4u

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Looking good, i have somewhat my own dream machine from 2001 as well.... rig info in sig.

Pentium3 1400s / Asus Tusl2-c / Kingston 512mb pc133 cl2 / WD 20gb 7200rpm / GeForce3 Ti500 64mb / SB Live! 5.1 / 16x dvdrom / 3.5'' Floppy / Enermax 420w / Win98se

Reply 3 of 9, by Joseph_Joestar

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God Of Gaming wrote on 2020-05-19, 10:23:

One is Asus TUSL2-C motherboard (i815E) with PIII 1266S Tualatin, other is Abit KT7A-Raid (Via KT133A) with Athlon 1400 Thunderbird. I haven't benched them against each other yet to check which is the better performer, but I would guess the Thunderbird will be a bit faster, it also allows 1.5gb ram vs 512mb for the tualatin board, and has ISA as well which is nice.

If you want to play DOS games on that rig, go with the KT7A and get an ISA card for it. Don't go over 512 MB RAM on either board since Win98 has problems with larger amounts without third-party patches.

I have here Hercules 3D Prophet 4500XT (PowerVR Kyro II), then Ati All-In-Wonder 8500DV (that I've tied 80mm fan to, because the original fan fails to keep it cool) and also an Ati Radeon 7500. I'm currently on the lookout for the full phat 275mhz radeon 8500, but these things are tricky to find.

If you're targeting early Win9x games, you'll want a graphics card which supports table fog and palleted textures. Voodoo and Nvidia cards (until the 6000 series) support both. I don't think Ati cards do, without driver tweaks. Not sure about the Kyro.

The best card for that period is a GeForce 4 Ti4600, but if you intend to play at lower resolutions (below 1280x1024) and don't care about games from 2001 onward, you can go with a GeForce MX440 which is cheaper and much easier to find.

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Reply 4 of 9, by God Of Gaming

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kixs wrote on 2020-05-19, 11:29:

Depends on the revision, but later V1.3 KT7A would also take Athlon XP.

Yes, in fact I've found a modded bios that would even allow them to take and overclock a mobile barton. But to be period correct to 2001, I would use it with the Thunderbird. Actually to be technically correct, the first Palomino Athlon XPs came out October 2001, but I don't want to count them towards this build as they're a bit boring, so I should say this build will aim to be ultimate as of September 2001 when they didn't exist yet. And yes, @Bige4u, you have a really nice rig there, but it's not strictly 2001-correct as the tualatin 1400s is a 2002 cpu

Joseph_Joestar wrote on 2020-05-19, 11:37:

If you want to play DOS games on that rig, go with the KT7A and get an ISA card for it. Don't go over 512 MB RAM on either board since Win98 has problems with larger amounts without third-party patches.

I don't mind using 3rd party patches, since I'm dualbooting w2K, and w2K can use the extra ram. I tend to use himemx.exe, which works well enough for this, tho since I will probably go with WinME here, might need a different patch as himemx.exe doesnt work on ME afaik? I haven't used ME yet, so this will be a first

Joseph_Joestar wrote on 2020-05-19, 11:37:

If you're targeting early Win9x games, you'll want a graphics card which supports table fog and palleted textures. Voodoo and Nvidia cards (until the 6000 series) support both. I don't think Ati cards do, without driver tweaks. Not sure about the Kyro.

The best card for that period is a GeForce 4 Ti4600, but if you intend to play at lower resolutions (below 1280x1024) and don't care about games from 2001 onward, you can go with a GeForce MX440 which is cheaper and much easier to find.

Card gotta be a 2001 model to keep everything period-correct, so a GF3 might be better than the radeon 8500 for game compatibility, but the radeon 8500 is faster and has some cool features. I will have other older rigs to play the incompatible games on, anyways, check my "1999 dream pc project" thread 😉 Oh and yes, trough a registry edit the radeon 8500 can be made to support table fog, afaik

1999 Dream PC project | 2001 Dream PC project

Reply 5 of 9, by chrismeyer6

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I don't know much about the Intel board but I own the Abit KT7A-RAID board and it's great. Super stable and the bios has a ton of options and is super tweakable. I'm using it for an XP Pro machine for my son. It's completely stable with the 1.5gigs of ram.

Reply 6 of 9, by nd22

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I think the best platform in 2001 would be AMD760 . Athlon T-bird and DDR make for a perfect match. IMHO SDRAM is limiting the true potential of the Athlon.
The 2001 dream PC would be something along the lines:
Abit KG7-raid
Athlon 1400
512 or 1024mb of DDRAM depending on the operating system you want to use.
Geforce4 ti4600
Maxtor single platter hard drive or something similar.

Reply 9 of 9, by God Of Gaming

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idk, the way I research for dates is look for reviews on google, and check which one is dated the oldest, and for the ATC-201 the oldest review I found was from january 2001. BTW I've found revision 2 of the case which came out later, too.. Oh, and I'm currently following an auction for ATC-200, that I wanna take for the dream 2000 pc project. Ideally I also want ATC-100 for dream 1999 pc project, but I've never seen ATC-100 for sale, ever, its probably unobtanium. Talking of unobtanium, I decided on which would be the ultimate 2001 motherboard - Tyan Tiger MP (S2460) - amd 760MP chipset, dual socket A 😀 Obtaining it for a reasonable price will be hard, so I'll build the system with the tusl2-c or kt7a-raid for now to get it going, and upgrade it to the Tiger when (if) I ever obtain one

1999 Dream PC project | 2001 Dream PC project