First post, by athlon-power
Recently, I've gotten the craving to get ahold of some '96 (maybe '97) workstation hardware- the enterprise stuff. I'd really have no use for a development business computer, but I find them alluring for some reason. Always have. A few things to note here:
A) I'd like it to be the best I can get for the time for its kind (more on that in a second).
B) I'd like it to cost a total of under USD $500, but prefer it to cost around or under USD $300.
I'm not sure what to do here, as sure, I could build a Pentium Pro based system (maybe a PPro 180), but at the same time, if there are workstation options for cheaper, I'd rather get those. Most PPro motherboards go for extraordinary amounts of money online, this is minus what it would cost to get a case as well, etc., so it could realistically end up being a USD ~$600 PC, and I am not spending that much money on one single build.
Architecture, brand, OS, etc. doesn't really matter in this instance. All I want is the best or near-best in its line for the time, that is available around my budget somewhere.
I may or may not actually use this machine to build the vintage network I have been planning for years. I would like to branch out from just working with vintage hardware to possibly developing (on a very small scale, of course) software that I can use for my vintage PCs/PC network. I will (hopefully) eventually have a dual x86 processor server running Windows NT 4.0 Server to host this mess.