First post, by bearking
As the title says, this is my first socket 7 build in 20 years... I built my firs PC ever in the spring of 2000, I can't remember much of its config, but I know for sure it had a Cyrix 6x86 PR150, 32 Mb of RAM and an ESCOM AT case(exactly this case, from this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUevwi_n7tM). All the parts where used/second hand parts bought locally.
That's why I have a soft spot for socket 7 systems, and that's why I want my first system build log/presentation on this great forum, to be a socket 7 system 😀
So, here is the finished buid in a nice beige minitower case. I've got this case recently, actually it's from a Fujitsu ICL branded Pentium 100 system.
Here is the parts list:
1. Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-586HX rev 1.56 - updated to the latest unofficial BIOS 5HX29P4 and made the ODIN/DALLAS RTC chip mod, adding a coin battery holder.
2. CPU: AMD K6-233ANR. I Also tested in this system these CPUs: AMD K6-200ALYD, Intel Pentium MMX 200, and an IBM(Cyrix) 6x86MX PR233 3.0x 66 MHz
3. Graphics cards:
- 2D card: Matrox Millennium II 8Mb PCI
- 3D accelerator: Diamond Monster 3D II VooDoo2 8Mb
4. RAM: 2x32 Mb EDO 60 ns Hyunday
5. Sound card:
- Creative Sound Blaster 32 CT3670 - actually I still need to fix this card, It has a really bad background noise. I've changed a few caps, but I want to recap the whole card, until then...
- Yamaha YMF719 until I fix my SB32
6. SCSI controller: Adaptec AHA-2940U PCI, because this is my very first experience with SCSI controllers...
7. Network: 3COM 3C905C-TX-M 10/100 PCI NIC
8. Hard drive: IBM DORS-32160 2Gb SCSI drive
9. Optical and floppy drives:
- TEAC CD-532E CD-ROM 32x reader IDE
- Matsushita/Panasonic CW-7502-B SCSI 4x CD burner
- I think it's a SONY drive...
And here is the internal of the beige box:
And the back of the system with the I/O ports...
Hardware wise still needs some finishing touches, mostly cosmetic. Like a better cable management if I find shorter ribbon cables; also need to cover up that empty printer port on the back of the case, etc.
But hey, when can you say, a "system is finished"? For me is a never ending story, I'm always changing something on my systems, specially on the retro systems. There is always a "new" expansion card, a CPU or something to check out.