First post, by Iris030380
HI ALL 😈
Can I just say this is a very interesting forum, and I had no idea something like this existed. At least, Im glad I found it and am sure I'll have many hours interesting reading going over old posts and digging out information.
Im trying to build a couple of PC's. My first PC was an Olivetti 286 which my parents bought me in 1993 when i asked for a PC. It had about 512k ram and a green screen. It wouldn't play Doom, so I binned it. After lots of moaning I got my Dad to buy another, but he came back with a 486slc33 with 2 meg ram. THIS wouldn't play doom either (well it did, but only after serious tweaking and on low detail in a screen the size of a stamp).
Getting games to work on that shed of a 486 taught me how to use DOS. My beef is, I never owned a good 486. In about 1996 (I think, the year Blizzard released the Diablo demo) I spent a handown on a new AMD K5 100, which I soon pimped out with a vanilla Pentium 200 and a Mystique/Voodoo combo. After that, I somehow managed to always own mid to top end gear, and my current rig is pretty much ok, but I have been away for a while. I had a break from PC's for a good 4 years, and have never touched Vista or Windows 7.
I have given up all hope of building a working 486DX2-66, the PC I always wanted back in the day. DOSBOX seems to work better now, and after reading some posts here I don't think I'd know where to start or have the money so never mind. I am going to build a super socket 7 though, and I would like some advice.
It has to be a super socket 7 as I don't have money or room to build a full range of retro PC's yet, so I figure with an SS7 I can go from a P75 through to a k6-2 550 (maybe?), and aquire a few cards off ebay to switch about. I was thinking an ATI Rage XL AGP and a VooDoo 2 (although I prefer the compatability of the original VooDoo's). I figure I only need 2 CPU's, a vanilla P200 and a k6-2 550. Do I need 2 different fans? Also, what soundcard should I get for good windows 95 and dos compatability? I don't think I'll do much gaming in DOS itself (though I will do some). Can anyone give me some pointers or ideas on what to look for and why?
I am currently working on my girlfriends old PC I found in her attic. It's an Athlon 1GHz on a board that takes SD-Ram. I bought a Geforce 3-Ti 500 from Ebay and an extra 256MB (to give 512) and was thinking of making it a decent windows98 gaming machine. Maybe a couple of VooDoo 2's if I can find them. Anything later than an Athlon 1GHz is pretty much covered by my current machine (e6300, ATi 4770, 2gig DDR2 533, Windows XP). As it's christmas Im buying a G9650 with an overclockable board and 2 gig DDR3 and selling my old parts to a friend, but after that this PC will be modernised and then I'm all about the retro machines.
Sorry about the long post. Any recomendations or ideas would be welcome. I've built a lot of PC's over the years but I'm sure I'll need advice along the way.