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How many Retro PCs do you got in your house?

Postby piportill4 » 2013-6-10 @ 18:17

So my friends, how many Retro PCs (and "standard" PC) do you got in your house?, defining retro as previous to Tualatin and pure Thunderbird.

I'm asking this coz i got lotta vintage hardware and I dont know WHEN to stop building new retro pcs. Currently 4:

*Soyo 7VDA (Apollo Pro266) w/ modded Tualeron 1@1.3Ghz 1.5v - 3Gb (3x1) DDR low density (took me a while to find compatible) - Siluro GeForce4 Ti 4200 OTES 64MB - Philips Acoustic Edge - NEC-pci-usb2 - 2x3Com NICs -Matsushita CDRW..

*Asus P2B 1.01 w/ overvolted @1.8 (lowest Vcore in p2b) Celeron Cumine 1000@1333 - 3x256mb @3.65v VIO 2-2-2 - MSI FX5600 - Generic TV card-NEC-pci-usb2 - US Robotics modem - NE2000 isa NICs - SoundBlaster PRO 2.0 - 160gb IDE Seagate 2xDVDRW

*Abit VH6II w/ modded Tualeron 1.2@1.6Ghz 1.5Gb , Gigabyte 9600xt 256mb......

*Soyo 6ba+IV w/modded Tualeron 1.3@1.6 (124FSB, 133 inestable with all 4 dimms) , 4x256 , Vio modded @ 3.6v , XFX 6200 256mb (the wide one), Matshushita CDRW, Panasonic DVDR, ISA 3COM, Audio Spectrum 16 (sounds great in XP)

All with XP Sp4, Win 95 r2, and DOS 6.22

What about you guys?
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Re: How many Retro PCs do you got in your house?

Postby vetz » 2013-6-10 @ 18:19

Complete systems you mean,or "systems" that are in parts currently?
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Re: How many Retro PCs do you got in your house?

Postby piportill4 » 2013-6-10 @ 18:23

I mean at least platform - core hardware being retro , because it define what purposes the PC can be used for.

I dont have any ""modern-based"" computer, I got a lot from old hardware and the freeware TurboC . :happyhappy: even my HP Deskjet 500C still rocks . Over here in the third-world always was/is very hard to find good-quality hardware, PCCHIP is the most saled brand.
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Re: How many Retro PCs do you got in your house?

Postby keropi » 2013-6-10 @ 20:06

hmm... I just have my 200mmx machine at home, an identical at my office, a p4/GF6800GT build at the office and my PS1/pro stored... at the office LOL
I could have another retroPC at home (most likely the p4 build) but due to space constrains I chose to have an Amiga1200 setup...
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Re: How many Retro PCs do you got in your house?

Postby leileilol » 2013-6-10 @ 20:12

too many
Voodoo2s aren't 100mhz stock
Geforce256 isn't released as a beta on New Years '99 under the Quadro brand
386DX vs SX isn't about a missing FPU
DOS gaming isn't a bilinear 320x200 16:10
DOS PCs aren't better than the Macintosh
Old PCs aren't 'aesthetic'
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Re: How many Retro PCs do you got in your house?

Postby d1stortion » 2013-6-10 @ 20:19

One. I prefer to actually use it than having ten machines around with no real usage.
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Re: How many Retro PCs do you got in your house?

Postby JaNoZ » 2013-6-10 @ 20:29

I have around 4 working systems, but would have the hardware for 20 if you count cases that is.
btw if i were to stop having the extra hardware without the use of it, it would be scrapped anyway.
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Re: How many Retro PCs do you got in your house?

Postby piportill4 » 2013-6-10 @ 20:52

d1stortion wrote:One. I prefer to actually use it than having ten machines around with no real usage.


Me too, I dislike the idea of having a GA-5AX and a GF2 ti lying around in a box, I refuse!! :money:

I really prefer to build it, and use it once in a while. Maybe here there will be somebody with its own personal computer museum?
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Re: How many Retro PCs do you got in your house?

Postby retrofool » 2013-6-10 @ 22:24

I was afraid someone would ask this question some day LOL. I have 8 complete functional systems and enough parts to likely build another 8 or more ;)
can't seem to throw anything out...
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Re: How many Retro PCs do you got in your house?

Postby tincup » 2013-6-10 @ 22:24

W98se/P4-2.8/Asus P4s533-VL/Thermaltake XP-90/Voodoo5/Turtle Beach Montego II/ide80/scsi34.6/Adaptec card/Asus V3 case/usb2 card

W95osr2/P3-677[soon 1ghz]/P3B/Rendition-8mb/2xVoodoo2-12mb/Turtle Beach Montego I/ide13gb/CDR/FDD

W95osr2/dos6.22/P233/AN430TX/3D-2000pro-4mb/Voodoo1-4mb/CT1750/XR-385/ide8.4/ide3.1/5.25"/3.25"

Plus active and backup main rigs:
W7/FX-8350@4.8/NoctuaD14/CrosshairV/8gb-PC2133/HD7870/ssd256/sata3tb/DVD/Lian A04FN silver
XP/555BE/2x HD5770 Crossfire/DVD/sata640
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Re: How many Retro PCs do you got in your house?

Postby bristlehog » 2013-6-10 @ 22:56

Currently I have two:

- ASUS P2B rev. 1.12/P3-933/384 Mb PC133/80GB IDE HDD/EPSON SD-800 combo FDD/Radeon 8500/Terratec EWS64XL/Cooler Master Stacker 831SE case/Zalman ZM-300B PSU/Win98 SE
- Tandon 286/N (12 mhz/1 Mb SIMM/Paradise PVGA1A-JK/Seagate 40Mb MFM/Teac FD-235HF FDD/Roland LAPC-I/MS-DOS 6.22)

But planning to acquire a couple of others.
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Re: How many Retro PCs do you got in your house?

Postby Unknown_K » 2013-6-10 @ 22:59

Dozens from a 5150 and Tandy 1000 on up.
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Re: How many Retro PCs do you got in your house?

Postby BigBodZod » 2013-6-11 @ 00:54

leileilol wrote:too many


Yes, I'm with you, even after giving some parts away and recycling others and keeping the best components I still have too much :pppt:
No matter where you go, there you are...
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Re: How many Retro PCs do you got in your house?

Postby piportill4 » 2013-6-11 @ 01:47

tincup wrote:W98se/P4-2.8/Thermaltake XP-90/Voodoo5/Turtle Beach Montego II/ide80/scsi34.6/Adaptec card/Asus V3 case/usb2 card

W95osr2/P3-677[soon 1ghz]/P3B/Rendition-8mb/2xVoodoo2-12mb/Turtle Beach Montego I/ide13gb/CDR/FDD

W95osr2/dos6.22/P233/AN430TX/3D-2000pro-4mb/Voodoo1-4mb/CT1750/XR-386/ide8.4/ide3.1/5.25"/3.25"


Love the heatsink-mosfet combo in the AN430TX (put some thermal grease there!). What mobo do u have in you P4-2.8 system? and why the adaptec for? thnx
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Re: How many Retro PCs do you got in your house?

Postby Malik » 2013-6-11 @ 02:22

Currently three :

1.) 486DX2-66 - AOpen AP43 PCI/ISA SIS chipset.

-intel 486DX2-66 CPU
-16MB RAM
-2.1GB HDD
-S3 Virge DX 4MB (Diamond Stealth 2000 Pro)
-SBAWE32 CT2760
-LAPC-I

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2.) Pentium 133:

-intel Pentium 133 P54C
-128MB FPM RAM
-Unico VE-501 Pentium Motherboard (Socket 5)
-SBAWE32 CT3980
-Roland MPU-IPC-T connected to MT-32/SC-55MK-II
-40GB HDD
-Diamond Voodoo 2 12MB
-Matrox Millenium II G200

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3.) Pentium II 400MHz:

-intel Pentium II 400MHz (unlocked CPU)
-256MB SDRAM
-AOpen AX6B motherboard
-SBAWE64 Gold with 8MB RAM
-SB16 CT1740
-SB Live 5.1
-Music Quest PC MIDI Card (100% Roland MPU-401 compatible) - connected to CM-500
-2x Creative Voodoo2 12MB in SLI
-Creative TNT2 Ultra AGP 32MB

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I still use them turn by turn. Play different games in each.

Each system has a minimum of DOS 6.22 + Windows 3.1 installed.

Both the Pentium II and Pentium 133 have Windows 95c installed.


Usually these systems undergo many changes. Currently this is the most "stable" configuration I have, and do not intend to change them anymore.
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Re: How many Retro PCs do you got in your house?

Postby tincup » 2013-6-11 @ 03:03

piportill4 wrote:
tincup wrote:W98se/P4-2.8/Thermaltake XP-90/Voodoo5/Turtle Beach Montego II/ide80/scsi34.6/Adaptec card/Asus V3 case/usb2 card

W95osr2/P3-677[soon 1ghz]/P3B/Rendition-8mb/2xVoodoo2-12mb/Turtle Beach Montego I/ide13gb/CDR/FDD

W95osr2/dos6.22/P233/AN430TX/3D-2000pro-4mb/Voodoo1-4mb/CT1750/XR-386/ide8.4/ide3.1/5.25"/3.25"


Love the heatsink-mosfet combo in the AN430TX (put some thermal grease there!). What mobo do u have in you P4-2.8 system? and why the adaptec for? thnx


The P4 sits on an Asus P4s533-VL. It's an mATX board Asus made for Sony's Vaio series. I got it cheap just to test out the universal AGP slot and P4 performance and ended up liking it quite a bit after I discovered how to unlock the full bios.

To unlock the bios remove the cmos battery for a little while then re-boot [pretty easy], or pull the ram/re-boot/replace the ram/re-booting also does the same. You get one session to access the full granular bios.

What I found was manual Freq control to 3.733ghz and Multi's 8x-28x. No voltage control however. I am going to try a P4-3.467/533 soon to see if it'll work.

Prior to the VL I tried a P4s533-E but found I liked the weird Asus/Sony hybrid better. The mATX form factor also fits an Asus case I like quite nicely.

SCSI: I recently dumpster salvaged three 10,000rpm scsi drives and wanted to try them out - never had them before. So I picked up an Adaptec 39160 card and a couple of cables on eBay and installed it in the V5 rig. Got it running [a different setup than IDE drives but pretty straight forward] but have not cloned the OS or booted off scsi yet - that's coming up. OS will go on a small partition and the "fast games" in the rest of the scso drive. The 80gb ide drive will hold data and the remainder of the games.

I like the AN430TX board too. I kept it from the first PC I ever bought new [1997]. This is the first time it's been in service since about 1998/early 99:)
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Re: How many Retro PCs do you got in your house?

Postby piportill4 » 2013-6-11 @ 03:08

Malik, do you own some modern pc for every-day use? Aopen AX6B is a HELL of a mobo, 4 dimms, all sanyo caps, 3 x isa, yummy and the beloved 440bx
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Re: How many Retro PCs do you got in your house?

Postby tincup » 2013-6-11 @ 03:19

Malik wrote:2.) Pentium 133:
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I like the 3dfx badge and want to get a couple for my Glide-Centric rigs. Did you get them off the guy selling on eBay out of Germany by any chance?
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Re: How many Retro PCs do you got in your house?

Postby piportill4 » 2013-6-11 @ 03:36

tincup wrote:
piportill4 wrote:
tincup wrote:W98se/P4-2.8/Thermaltake XP-90/Voodoo5/Turtle Beach Montego II/ide80/scsi34.6/Adaptec card/Asus V3 case/usb2 card

W95osr2/P3-677[soon 1ghz]/P3B/Rendition-8mb/2xVoodoo2-12mb/Turtle Beach Montego I/ide13gb/CDR/FDD

W95osr2/dos6.22/P233/AN430TX/3D-2000pro-4mb/Voodoo1-4mb/CT1750/XR-386/ide8.4/ide3.1/5.25"/3.25"


Love the heatsink-mosfet combo in the AN430TX (put some thermal grease there!). What mobo do u have in you P4-2.8 system? and why the adaptec for? thnx


The P4 sits on an Asus P4s533-VL. It's an mATX board Asus made for Sony's Vaio series. I got it cheap just to test out the universal AGP slot and P4 performance and ended up liking it quite a bit after I discovered how to unlock the full bios.

To unlock the bios remove the cmos battery for a little while then re-boot [pretty easy], or pull the ram/re-boot/replace the ram/re-booting also does the same. You get one session to access the full granular bios.

What I found was manual Freq control to 3.733ghz and Multi's 8x-28x. No voltage control however. I am going to try a P4-3.467/533 soon to see if it'll work.

Prior to the VL I tried a P4s533-E but found I liked the weird Asus/Sony hybrid better. The mATX form factor also fits an Asus case I like quite nicely.


Looks much more powerful than my Asus P4S533-E and P4S533-MX, 3-phase VRM against 2, and 1-phase Vdimm regulation against 0, bigger caps.
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Re: How many Retro PCs do you got in your house?

Postby Malik » 2013-6-11 @ 03:54

piportill4 wrote:Malik, do you own some modern pc for every-day use? Aopen AX6B is a HELL of a mobo, 4 dimms, all sanyo caps, 3 x isa, yummy and the beloved 440bx


1. I own a Core i5 2500K on a GIGABYTE Z68X based motherboard:

-8GB 1600MHz DDR3 RAM
-2TB HDDs - (500GB X 4)
-2 X HD6950 in CrossFireX mode
-On-board HD Audio
-Win7 x64
-Kubuntu x64

All new games are played in this system.

and

2. AMD Athlon II X3 450 based system:
-8GB DDR3
-750MB HDD
-Geforce GTX 280
-SB Live! 24-bit 7.1
-WinXP x86
-PearOS x64

I use this mostly for my emulators and watching movies since it's connected to my LCD TV






tincup wrote:I like the 3dfx badge and want to get a couple for my Glide-Centric rigs. Did you get them off the guy selling on eBay out of Germany by any chance?


That's right. I bought from a German seller off ebay.




As for my 486 case's "badges", I printed them all out myself and pasted them.

In particular, I amused myself when I printed out : "Monkey Island Certified" and the "Designed for MS-DOS" "logo". :happyhappy:
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