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First post, by TuesdaysGone

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Hello All,

I'm 54 years old and have fond memories of the computer days circa mid to later 1990's and even earlier but that's another story. 😀

Anyway, I finally pulled the trigger and have me a circa 1998 or so, retro gaming rig. It has the following specs:

Intel SE440BX PIII 450Mhz
BIOS Rev. 4S4EB0X1.86A.0032.P12
256MB, 75GB, 3.5FD, Voodoo Banshee 16MB, SB Live, CT7160 MPEG-2 PCI Decoder, 3Com 3C905B-TX PCI NIC, Iomega Zip 100, Creative 5x PC-DVD, 36x CD, Win 98SE

I've been having a blast with it so far, running classic games such as Sports Car GT (An all time fave), Viper Racing, NFS Porsche Unleashed.

Anyway, I just wanted to share my Retro machine with everyone!

Thanks!

Tony.

ASUS P2B-F 440BX BIOS Rev. 1014 Beta 003
Intel "Katmai" Pentium III 450Mhz
256MB, 80GB, Epson SD-800 Combo FD, Voodoo Banshee 16MB, SB Live, CT7160 MPEG-2 PCI Decoder, 3Com 3C905B-TX PCI NIC, Iomega Zip 100, Creative PC-DVD, Sony CDRW, Win 98SE

Reply 2 of 22, by TuesdaysGone

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Nexxen wrote on 2023-07-27, 23:13:

Welcome Tony!
A pic would be nice to make us share the beauty 😀

Thanks for the welcome!

Here's a not so good couple of pics. Will try to share some better ones once I get things situated here.

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ASUS P2B-F 440BX BIOS Rev. 1014 Beta 003
Intel "Katmai" Pentium III 450Mhz
256MB, 80GB, Epson SD-800 Combo FD, Voodoo Banshee 16MB, SB Live, CT7160 MPEG-2 PCI Decoder, 3Com 3C905B-TX PCI NIC, Iomega Zip 100, Creative PC-DVD, Sony CDRW, Win 98SE

Reply 4 of 22, by TuesdaysGone

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chrismeyer6 wrote on 2023-07-28, 23:06:

That's a great system you built there! Welcome to VOGONS!!!!!

Thanks for the comments and the welcome!

ASUS P2B-F 440BX BIOS Rev. 1014 Beta 003
Intel "Katmai" Pentium III 450Mhz
256MB, 80GB, Epson SD-800 Combo FD, Voodoo Banshee 16MB, SB Live, CT7160 MPEG-2 PCI Decoder, 3Com 3C905B-TX PCI NIC, Iomega Zip 100, Creative PC-DVD, Sony CDRW, Win 98SE

Reply 6 of 22, by TuesdaysGone

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LeCroebar wrote on 2023-08-02, 13:03:

The Zip drive and the optical drives with headphone jacks really pull it all together, beautiful system!

Thank you! I love having the dual optical drives, especially the Creative PC DVD drive with the decoder card. It's been great watching DVD's on my Retro rig!

Still wanna post some pics of the inside, but haven't taken the time to break it down again. Too busy enjoying using it daily. 😀

Best wishes,

Tony.

ASUS P2B-F 440BX BIOS Rev. 1014 Beta 003
Intel "Katmai" Pentium III 450Mhz
256MB, 80GB, Epson SD-800 Combo FD, Voodoo Banshee 16MB, SB Live, CT7160 MPEG-2 PCI Decoder, 3Com 3C905B-TX PCI NIC, Iomega Zip 100, Creative PC-DVD, Sony CDRW, Win 98SE

Reply 7 of 22, by Cyberdyne

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My retro Nindendo/Raspberry PI3 setup ☺️

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I am aroused about any X86 motherboard that has full functional ISA slot. I think i have problem. Not really into that original (Turbo) XT,286,386 and CGA/EGA stuff. So just a DOS nut.
PS. If I upload RAR, it is a 16-bit DOS RAR Version 2.50.

Reply 8 of 22, by mothergoose729

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TuesdaysGone wrote on 2023-07-27, 23:27:
Nexxen wrote on 2023-07-27, 23:13:

Welcome Tony!
A pic would be nice to make us share the beauty 😀

Thanks for the welcome!

Here's a not so good couple of pics. Will try to share some better ones once I get things situated here.

hmmmm so beige 😜

Reply 9 of 22, by TuesdaysGone

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mothergoose729 wrote:

hmmmm so beige 😜

Lol! True, even the poor pics are beige or perhaps closer to sepia tone! 😉

ASUS P2B-F 440BX BIOS Rev. 1014 Beta 003
Intel "Katmai" Pentium III 450Mhz
256MB, 80GB, Epson SD-800 Combo FD, Voodoo Banshee 16MB, SB Live, CT7160 MPEG-2 PCI Decoder, 3Com 3C905B-TX PCI NIC, Iomega Zip 100, Creative PC-DVD, Sony CDRW, Win 98SE

Reply 10 of 22, by Killermac

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Welcome, Tony! It's wonderful to have you here! I'm Gabriel.

Something tells me you like cars, but I'm still not sure what! Haha

Was it easy to find these parts, or did you find the computer pre-built? Was there a challenge to set everything up?

ASUS® SABERTOOTH Z77
Intel® Core™ i7-3770K
Noctua® NH-U12S chromax.black
EVGA® GeForce GTX 980 Ti
Creative® Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium 7.1
Western Digital® WD_BLACK 1 TB
Crucial® MX500 1TB
Corsair® Dominator 4x4GB 1600MHz

Reply 11 of 22, by TuesdaysGone

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Killermac wrote on 2023-08-05, 22:42:

Welcome, Tony! It's wonderful to have you here! I'm Gabriel.

Something tells me you like cars, but I'm still not sure what! Haha

Was it easy to find these parts, or did you find the computer pre-built? Was there a challenge to set everything up?

Thanks for the welcome! Nice to meet you Gabriel!

I do like cars, which probably explains why I spend a lot of my gaming time playing racing/driving sims. 😉 I love GT Touring car racing!

I actually bought this one already built. I knew what I wanted in my Retro rig so when I came across this one that had components I wanted like the Intel SE440BX MB, Banshee video card etc it made sense to buy it. I had to purchase the PS/2 keyboard and trackball separately. I also added the 3Com NIC for networking. And I flashed the BIOS with a newer version as the version it came with was recognizing the PIII in it as a Pentium Pro! 😮 I also have a CD burner coming that I'm going to install in place of the current CD drive that's in it. Will be nice and convenient to be able to burn CD's on it. And I would like to put a 5.25" 1.2MB floppy drive in it eventually.

Best wishes,

Tony.

ASUS P2B-F 440BX BIOS Rev. 1014 Beta 003
Intel "Katmai" Pentium III 450Mhz
256MB, 80GB, Epson SD-800 Combo FD, Voodoo Banshee 16MB, SB Live, CT7160 MPEG-2 PCI Decoder, 3Com 3C905B-TX PCI NIC, Iomega Zip 100, Creative PC-DVD, Sony CDRW, Win 98SE

Reply 13 of 22, by TuesdaysGone

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theiceman085 wrote on 2023-08-09, 06:27:

Welcome Tony. Your system really looks nice and I am really glad to hear you enjoy your system a lot.

Thanks for the welcome and kind comments. Really enjoying the retro experience and all the great people and info here on VOGONS.

Best wishes,

Tony.

ASUS P2B-F 440BX BIOS Rev. 1014 Beta 003
Intel "Katmai" Pentium III 450Mhz
256MB, 80GB, Epson SD-800 Combo FD, Voodoo Banshee 16MB, SB Live, CT7160 MPEG-2 PCI Decoder, 3Com 3C905B-TX PCI NIC, Iomega Zip 100, Creative PC-DVD, Sony CDRW, Win 98SE

Reply 15 of 22, by TuesdaysGone

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LeCroebar wrote on 2023-08-09, 15:27:
Cyberdyne wrote on 2023-08-05, 19:10:

My retro Nindendo/Raspberry PI3 setup ☺️

You take Hogan's Alley really seriously.

I was at a loss for words when this was originally posted but you're right! Not sure why he posted that in this particular thread about my Retro rig. Oh well.

ASUS P2B-F 440BX BIOS Rev. 1014 Beta 003
Intel "Katmai" Pentium III 450Mhz
256MB, 80GB, Epson SD-800 Combo FD, Voodoo Banshee 16MB, SB Live, CT7160 MPEG-2 PCI Decoder, 3Com 3C905B-TX PCI NIC, Iomega Zip 100, Creative PC-DVD, Sony CDRW, Win 98SE

Reply 16 of 22, by Nexxen

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Cyberdyne wrote on 2023-08-05, 19:10:

My retro Nindendo/Raspberry PI3 setup ☺️

This is intriguing.
Very "eastern" humour.

Btw, I hope no texans hop in and show us theirs... 🤣

TuesdaysGone wrote on 2023-08-09, 21:39:

I was at a loss for words when this was originally posted but you're right! Not sure why he posted that in this particular thread about my Retro rig. Oh well.

Hope you don't have a tank or texan ancestry... 😀

PC#1 Pentium 233 MMX - 98SE
PC#2 PIII-1Ghz - 98SE/W2K

Reply 17 of 22, by LeCroebar

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Nexxen wrote on 2023-08-09, 23:59:
This is intriguing. Very "eastern" humour. […]
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Cyberdyne wrote on 2023-08-05, 19:10:

My retro Nindendo/Raspberry PI3 setup ☺️

This is intriguing.
Very "eastern" humour.

Btw, I hope no texans hop in and show us theirs... 🤣

TuesdaysGone wrote on 2023-08-09, 21:39:

I was at a loss for words when this was originally posted but you're right! Not sure why he posted that in this particular thread about my Retro rig. Oh well.

Hope you don't have a tank or texan ancestry... 😀

if anyone posts a tank i will make sure to make a good Battlezone reference

Reply 18 of 22, by TuesdaysGone

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Nexxen wrote:

Hope you don't have a tank or texan ancestry... 😀

That would be "no" on both accounts. 🙂

ASUS P2B-F 440BX BIOS Rev. 1014 Beta 003
Intel "Katmai" Pentium III 450Mhz
256MB, 80GB, Epson SD-800 Combo FD, Voodoo Banshee 16MB, SB Live, CT7160 MPEG-2 PCI Decoder, 3Com 3C905B-TX PCI NIC, Iomega Zip 100, Creative PC-DVD, Sony CDRW, Win 98SE

Reply 19 of 22, by TuesdaysGone

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Hey All,

The Sony CRX230A-U CDRW that I purchased arrived and I installed it this evening , replacing the Daewoo CD drive that was in it. Now I'll be able to conveniently burn CD's on my Retro rig, etc. While installing it, I took the opportunity to take some better pics as shown below. BTW, the little shadow dots you see are a result of dropping my phone one to many times, thus the camera spots. 😁

Best wishes,

Tony.

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ASUS P2B-F 440BX BIOS Rev. 1014 Beta 003
Intel "Katmai" Pentium III 450Mhz
256MB, 80GB, Epson SD-800 Combo FD, Voodoo Banshee 16MB, SB Live, CT7160 MPEG-2 PCI Decoder, 3Com 3C905B-TX PCI NIC, Iomega Zip 100, Creative PC-DVD, Sony CDRW, Win 98SE