First post, by 0kool
For now I've no plans to go beyond 80486 and all the newer Win9x+ stuff is covered with practically finished 233MMX+Voodoo1 (Win95 only), P3 800+ti200/ti4200 (98/ME?) and hopefully soon to be reborn PII 450+TNT2/Voodoo3 (98).
While I understand that a few games are too speed sensitive, for the most part it doesn't bother me, especially since I'll probably get both DX 33 (25?) and DX2 66.
Currently I'm using HP Vectra VL5 downgraded to P133 (lower clock and heat comparing to stock MMX) as a dedicated DOS/3.11 machine and for the most part (some sound issues) enjoying the ride quite a lot. So I'm pretty sure that the DX build will be the crown jewel of my little collection! Who would have thought, it started just a year ago with DOSfreakingBox..
Mostly I have it all lined up (in my mind, at least):
- good VLB board with CR2032, zero insertion force socket, SiS/U(S 😈)MC/OPTi chipsets and AMI BIOS
- some average Cirrus Logic graphics card or ATI mach (probably can live without TSENG), ideally VLB one
- Sound Blaster PRO2 (got lucky recently - local pickup just under $10) and I've already been offered GUS Classic for about $130 (locally as well)
If you see that this configuration could use some adjustments or have anything to add at all, like your personal experience with a similar machine - I'll be more than happy to absorb it all.
But the main question here is this - is it the best all-around dedicated DOS/3.11 machine or early Pentium/DX4 could still do better?