First post, by zecahue
A couple months ago I have decided to build my teen's era PC without spending much money. The idea was to search locally in FB groups. After a few weeks I got my desired 486 DX2 66 VLB with a SBP2. I could stop there as this is my sweet period for computer gaming. But I was possessed by the retro-spirit and kept searching and picking up tons of basement-forgot stuff I could find. Many for free.
Now I will try to stop, because I have got computers enough also for my extended sweet period (end 80s to early 2k) and I can't walk inside my little apartment anymore.
After a good triage, I have decided to keep the following machines, which I believe each of them represents a period.
386 dx16, 10mb, trident 512kb. This MB has no RAM slots but an extra board. ISA 8 bit and 16 bit.
486 dx2 66, 8mb, cirrus logic VLB 1mb. VLB and ISA.
Pentium 166, 64mb. PCI and ISA. (pure DOS)
Pentium 2 350, 64mb. AGP, PCI and ISA. (pure DOS)
Pentium 3 1ghz, 256mb. AGP, PCI and ISA. (win 9x era)
Duron 1.2, 256mb(onboard) with AGP and only one PCI. (win 9x era).
Sempron 3400+, 3gb, PCIe. (probably a mid 2000 win XP machine)
Generic Crystal 4235
2 SB PCI
GeForce 2 mx400
Radeon 9800 pro
Geforce 7600 GS
Geforce 8500 GT
Right now the RA-50 and the Crystal (for PCM) is in the 386.
I want to put the SC-155 in the 486 with the SBpro2.
But I would need another card to deal with MPU401 to be bugfree I guess.
The P166 is sadly with a SB PCI (GM emulation sounds not bad in this card). Also tried the Virge DX here.
The P2 has the Awe, Millennium and V1. Kind of DOS killer machine 👹.
In the P3 are the mx400 and the live. This machine is actually redundant, but I like it ☺️.
The Duron has the Audigy and the 9800 pro. This machine is the win9x killer 🤓.
The Sempron machine I see no fun right now, maybe lack something? An Audigy 4 or X-fi? A better GPU? But the cpu isn't greate to make a good XP machine anyway. Or maybe it is just not old enough to be fun.
I am struggling with the sound department, trying to maxime without buying new cards (budget reach my limit). Maybe I could use the P166 instead of the dx2 to have PCI, and use one of the SB PCI only as MPU401 adapter, could I do that? Doing that I could have both SC155 and SBpro in the same machine. The 486 would be useless though, which is sad. Or I retire the beloved grampa 386 until I get an Adlib or SB 1 and transfer the ra50 to the 486? While I give a shit and use a 9800 pro for win9x, on the other hand I fell I am raping the RA50 if use it on a 90s machine 😂 I am more period sensitive around 80s and early 90s. But I know there are a few games that still sounds delicious on LA and requires a more beefy cpu. More computer we get, more confusing gets. I could actually use the P166 with both rolands and both SBs and run anything I like, since I care more for DOS era, but, but .... if it is not to messi with many computers, no fun at all! 🤓
Any suggestion is appreciated!