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First post, by pete8475

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Specs:
AT Case / Coolermaster ATX Power Supply
A-Corp 6BX86 Motherboard
Pentium 3 600
512MB SDRAM
16GB Compactflash
Geforce 4 MX440 128MB AGP
2 x Diamond Monster 3D II 8MB (with homemade SLI cable)
Soundblaster AWE64 Soundcard

OS is 98SE, the case was used before to house my K6-2 machine but I decided to upgrade that a bit and get some use out of my Voodoo 2's again. I'm waiting for a Startech USB 2.0 card to come so I can hook up the front USB ports I added, the motherboard USB 1 ports are connected to some ports I added on the back. I'm also planning on changing to a front mounted Compactflash IDE drive instead of the slot version in the back.

Interestingly the USB ports on this A-Corp board aren't quite the normal pinout, one row is the reverse of the other.

I also had to move some pins around in a PS/2 port to get it working, luckily there was a decent thread about that on here and this board seems to follow one of the "standards" for that stuff. This was the thread - Help with PS/2 mouse header connection - wiring for SS7 MB.

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Reply 1 of 20, by chinny22

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Good honest 9x build. Do you also use it for dos gaming as the AWE and Mx440 are pretty good here as well?
Your pretty full at the moment but once you swap out the CF card bracket I'd also add a better soundcard for Win9x
Either Creative card with EAX support or Vortex 2 for A3D 2.0 depending on your games.

Those rear USB's are nicely done, didn't notice at first it's such a neat job.

Reply 4 of 20, by pete8475

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chinny22 wrote on 2020-11-05, 10:56:
Good honest 9x build. Do you also use it for dos gaming as the AWE and Mx440 are pretty good here as well? Your pretty full at t […]
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Good honest 9x build. Do you also use it for dos gaming as the AWE and Mx440 are pretty good here as well?
Your pretty full at the moment but once you swap out the CF card bracket I'd also add a better soundcard for Win9x
Either Creative card with EAX support or Vortex 2 for A3D 2.0 depending on your games.

Those rear USB's are nicely done, didn't notice at first it's such a neat job.

Definitely going to play some dos games on there too, first thing I have to find is my Syndicate Plus CD. 😁

I have a bunch of SB Live cards kicking around somewhere but honestly I've never really cared about the EAX stuff much so I'll probably just leave it as is with the AWE64.

I would like another beige optical drive though and I might paint the front of the GOTEK floppy emulator too.

The rear USB worked out very nicely, I originally had the parallel port there and replaced it with those USB ports when I found the PS/2 and parallel bracket.

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Reply 5 of 20, by pete8475

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chrismeyer6 wrote on 2020-11-05, 13:48:

I fully agree with Chinny this is a solid late 90s gaming rig. Have you had a chance to play any games or benchmarks yet?

I haven't a chance to do much except get the drivers installed so far, I'll likely do some benchmark and stability testing this weekend.

Con 2 botones wrote on 2020-11-05, 15:29:

Very nice setup. A "retro-sleeper", looks 486-ish in the outside, a ´99 beast in the inside. 😉

Thanks!

Reply 6 of 20, by mastergamma12

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Nice to see an AT Pentium 3 rig.

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(The Tuala-Bus) Pentium III-S 1.4ghz, AWE64G+Audigy 2 ZS, Voodoo5 5500, Chieftec Dragon Rambus rig

The Final Lan Party (My New Windows Xp/7 rig) (Core i7 980x, GTX 480,DFI Lanparty UT X58-T3eH8,)

Reply 9 of 20, by mastergamma12

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xcomcmdr wrote on 2020-11-06, 10:14:

I have a P3-based WIN98SE/XP system and a lot of DOS games work just fine on it.

Same here with my 1.4ghz Tutalatin Rambus rig.

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(The Tuala-Bus) Pentium III-S 1.4ghz, AWE64G+Audigy 2 ZS, Voodoo5 5500, Chieftec Dragon Rambus rig

The Final Lan Party (My New Windows Xp/7 rig) (Core i7 980x, GTX 480,DFI Lanparty UT X58-T3eH8,)

Reply 10 of 20, by Cobra42898

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i love the look. looks like an early p1 to me, or a late 486. I hope it has adequate airflow, you've got a lot of components in a small case. Really interested in the benchmarks too.

Searching for Epson Actiontower 3000 486 PC.

Reply 11 of 20, by Standard Def Steve

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mastergamma12 wrote on 2020-11-06, 10:17:
xcomcmdr wrote on 2020-11-06, 10:14:

I have a P3-based WIN98SE/XP system and a lot of DOS games work just fine on it.

Same here with my 1.4ghz Tutalatin Rambus rig.

Same here with my 1.4GHz stick of Celery (which, being installed on a slotket, a stick it totally is). 😀

OP - An AT Katmai in a case from the 386 days is nothing short of awesome - props!

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Reply 12 of 20, by Con 2 botones

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My only doubt is about that Voodoo2 SLI cooling. Wouldn´t it be a healthy measure to have a fan by their side, similar to what you did with the CPU? I mean they are close to each other, generating a fair amount of heat, in a small chasis..

Reply 13 of 20, by pete8475

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mastergamma12 wrote on 2020-11-06, 08:53:

Nice to see an AT Pentium 3 rig.

I built this just for that reason, previously I had a K6-2 in that case.

This board seems to support Coppermine processors so I might stick something faster in there with a slocket just for laughs at some point.

Reply 17 of 20, by pete8475

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Some upgrades came in the mail today.

Startech 3.5" CF to IDE card reader and 7 port usb 2.0 pci. Also I'm replacing the black LG burner with a beige LG reader. Eventually I'll probably paint the CF card reader beige but that's a project for next summer.

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Reply 18 of 20, by pete8475

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Had to move around some of the hardware to get things working reliably with the addition of the USB 2.0 card. Gotta love IRQ conflicts.

Also ran 3dmark2001se on both the MX440 and Voodoo 2's.
MX440 - 2252
V2 SLI - 647

The CPU and MX440 are cool to the touch thanks to the 80MM fan but man those Voodoo 2 cards get hot running 3dmark for any length of time.

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