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Reply 20 of 32, by gerry

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pan069 wrote on 2020-08-20, 21:16:
Yes. I have all the parts for a Socket 7 system; […]
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Yes. I have all the parts for a Socket 7 system;

Chaintech 5TDM2
Pentium MMX 233
128MB EDO
S3 Virge/DX 86C325 4Mb PCI
Diamond 3DFX Voodoo 2 8MB PCI
Sound Blaster AWE64 Gold CT4390
3COM 3C905B-TX PCI Ethernet
8 GB CompactFlash (might change this to hard disk, not sure yet)
40x CDROM
GoTek

including case (desktop style), Startech 300W PSU (ATX), ATX to AT converter.

I just need time to build it. I requires some soldering to rework some of the leads of the front panel buttons. I'm super busy at the moment so I think this will be xmas holiday project.

this sounds like a great top end P1 system, all that RAM and the 233mhz P1 combined with worthy sound & graphics cards. Definitely an xmas gift to oneself I think

Reply 23 of 32, by gerry

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Malik wrote on 2020-08-28, 04:22:

Yep, need a(nother) case and power supply here too. Have all the other parts ready.

cases and power supplies seem to be a limiting factor for some, cases in particular take up room

Reply 24 of 32, by Cyberdyne

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Yep, bunch on AT 486 computer. And i have a surplus bunch of Video and Sound cards.

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.

Reply 25 of 32, by brostenen

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Except for the case, then I have all the parts I need for building a SocketA or Socket478 machine, for some sweet Win98 gaming. As for AT stuff, then I do not have any motherboard or case.

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Reply 26 of 32, by BinaryDemon

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Easily yes, I have boxes I never opened and projects that got pushed into the background.

Check out DOSBox Distro:

https://sites.google.com/site/dosboxdistro/ [*]

a lightweight Linux distro (tinycore) which boots off a usb flash drive and goes straight to DOSBox.

Make your dos retrogaming experience portable!

Reply 27 of 32, by kolderman

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Yes yes and yes. In fact the only really limiting factors is cases and psus, but even then I could still probably put together around 5 fresh builds. Other limiting factors would be small stuff like cables, adapter cards, etc, but I think I have enough of them as well.

Reply 28 of 32, by mR_Slug

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Could probably build between 5 and 10. I don't know how many spare cases i have, some have motherboard in them. Without cases i have no idea. I am including ATX stuff in that as well though.

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Reply 29 of 32, by comp_ed82

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Right now, I could build:

3 Socket 478 machines for use from Win9x-Win7
2 Socket 775 machines for use from Win2k-Win10
I also have some odd Geode boards (not Geode NX) that I'd bought for use as routers that could be pressed into use for running some DOS or Win9x apps (but driver support is around XP level).
I don't have *any* pre-PCI hardware in the house, though I could dig out some 486 boards from my storage unit 25 mi away, or perhaps the 386sx board as well.

Reply 30 of 32, by gerry

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comp_ed82 wrote on 2020-09-02, 03:48:

Right now, I could build:

3 Socket 478 machines for use from Win9x-Win7
2 Socket 775 machines for use from Win2k-Win10

I'm impressed but perhaps shouldn't be surprised that a number of regulars could put together several fully working PCs based on current stock 😀 It also, perhaps, says something about our stock preferences, I have every case filled - but that leaves quite a few relatively unused PCs, possibly more fun to leave as parts and then when inspiration strikes build something with a new configuration without having to take anything apart

Reply 31 of 32, by pan069

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When building older machines, 286, 386, early 486, I always seem to run into a shortage of multi IO cards, a.k.a. the least sexiest hardware component. I guess from late 486 onward it became integrated and less of a problem..

I've stopped using real hard drives (period '85 to '95), just too noisy, can't stand it anymore. So these days I just use Compact Flash, preferably in a front loading tray form factor for easy file transfer.

Reply 32 of 32, by creepingnet

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No, I just have just enough spares in case something goes awry with the 7 or so Retro Computers I already have working...these parts include....
- a dead dead PC Chips M919 Socket 3 motherboard
- one Intel 486 DX2-66 CPU (from my 486 desktop when it was a DX2)
- a big antistatic bag full of 72 and 30 pin SIMMS + some 168 pin DIMMS I don't even need, most in smaller capacities ie 4MB>
- a pile of Soundcards including one or two SoundBlasters, a Crystal card I suspect is a WSS Card, a couple Aztec cards
- a bigger pile of NICs, including one sealed LInksys PnP ISA N.I.B.
- 2-3 extra 4MB Memory cards for my NEC Versa 486 laptops (M/75, 40EC), which I'll probably sell and restock in 16MB and 32MB sizes
- some Serial, Parallel, Multi I/O, FDD, and HDD controller cards, including a Future Domain Dual IDE ISA card with it's own BIOS
- maybe a graphics card or two, most likely WDPVGA1A or WD 512K non VESA Compliant SVGA cards, or Oak Technologies

I have no spare hard disks left - they all are either in something, or able to be swapped into something at will. I am planning to order 2 PATA caddies for mSATA drives so I can put 128GB SSD in my 486 systems, including both Laptops (FreeDOS with my full music collection and all CD-ROM games run off virtual drives).

I have a couple floppy drives left - I think a 360K DSDD that is the 2nd out of my Tandy 1000A and maybe 1 1.44MB 3.5" Floppy Drive for a desktop, plus a USB 2.0 Media Bay in Beige, the rest is all just random case hardware stuff (screws, standoffs, fans, heatsinks, drive rails, etc...). I just keep it all in a pin feed printer paper box in the closet with some diagnostic tools and pull it out when I need it.

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