First post, by wkjagt
Hey all! I recently bought a whole bunch of hardware from someone who bought an old building in our village that turned out to be an old computer repair shop that closed a long time ago. I bought all their computer stuff so now I have a whole storage full of surprises 😀 It's mostly 8088/286/386, but also some more "recent" stuff (and a whole bunch of 8 bit stuff like Apple 2 clones etc). I am putting parts together to make a PC that I want to use for a range of things. A bit of gaming, mostly MSDOS, but also assembly programming. I am using NASM as an assembler, and was using it on a 486 DX2 so far, which worked great. I also tried VIM for MSDOS but found it too slow on the 486.
This week I tried it on a more recent board from my collection (an Asus P5A-B With an AMD k6-2 550mhz), and instead of it taking about 5 seconds to assemble, it was almost instant. (I haven't tried VIM on it yet.) So I think I'll go with that one. However, there's also another mainboard in there, that seems to be a little more recent still. It's an MSI K7T Turbo 2. Also with some kind of AMD CPU on it, but I forgot which one exactly (that one is in storage, so I can't look right now, but I think it was a Duron). I really like the looks of the Asus, and really dislike the purple look of the MSI. The MSI is also larger, so less options for a compact build. So I think for now I am going with the ASUS, but maybe the MSI would be a better choice for other reasons?
So the question is: the Asus, or the MSI?
Stay at home dad playing around with 286-486. Programming C and assembly. Repairing old stuff.