Hi guys, new member here, I've been using this site to help me out with my new project the past couple of weeks and figured I'd introduce myself. I'm working on building a few retro gaming PCs at the moment. I'm 19, and back when these systems were hot stuff I was pretty young, so I've gone through several different setup ideas while trying to figure out what hardware would work best. I'm trying to keep them more or less period-accurate, plus or minus a couple of years. Let me know what you think about my plans! This just my temporary setup as I build these by the way; I'm not normally this messy.
The first machine, named Galactica, is a dual Pentium III server that I got the board, ram, and CPUs for super cheap a year or 2 ago and got a cheap (and awesome) server case to go with. This system will be for higher-end Glide games, and it's very possible it will serve some sort of server duties down the road, maybe some Source servers for when my friends LAN at my place. By the way, that Banshee has a fan on it now. Not sure if it was missing or never had one (the heatsink has a circle in the middle?) but I screwed a tiny case fan onto the heatsink in any case. The current specs, as well as what my plans are:
2x1GHz Pentium III Coppermine
768MB ECC RAM
SuperMicro E-ATX server board (don't have the model number here with me atm)
*12MB PCI Diamond Monster 3D Fusion - I'm looking for a PCI Voodoo 3 or 5 to put in instead. 3 is cheaper, 5 is more powerful... I'm gonna try for a cheap Voodoo 3 first and see how that runs.
*Creative Audigy SE - Gonna swap this out for an Audigy 2 ZS that's wasting space in another box.
*20GB Seagate Barracuda - Gonna swap this out for a 120GB IDE drive I have laying around.
Generic DVD-ROM drive and 3.5" floppy drive
Rosewill RV350 and ARK SR20502 server case
Windows 2000 Pro
The next machine is Edgar, and the goal for him is to be Windows 98 machine for running 95 and 98 games and most Glide games. This is the PC I used the most while growing up, and until now he's been occupied by a PCI Radeon 7000 and a Sound Blaster PCI128. My dad actually upgraded to this motherboard and CPU because I couldn't play Lego Stunt Rally on the previous hardware, and I believe the Radeon and Sound Blaster were purchased so I could play realMYST. Lot of nostalgia with this machine for me, and I'm actually kind of sad to separate him from the Radeon 7000 and that crappy PCI128. I actually set this up with DOS 6.22 and Win3.1 even though it's overpowered because I really wanted to mess with them until I find a 486/Pentium machine, but now it will just have 98. Specs and plans:
600MHz Pentium III Coppermine
MSI Slot 1 ATX board (again I don't recall the model at the moment)
*4MB PCI Matrox Mystique 220 - I intend to get 2 12MB Voodoo 2 cards to go along with this.
Creative Sound Blaster Vibra 16 CT2940 ISA
*6GB Seagate Barracuda - Going to swap the 20GB drive out of the dually machine in, and set this drive aside for when I find a 486 or Pentium machine
*Acer CD Re-Writer - God this thing is old, probably going to change it since it doesn't read CD-R's and it's quite slow
Generic 3.5" Floppy Drive
Rosewill RV3500 and generic old beige ATX mid-tower - I saw someone else was building a dual Pentium 3 setup in this case 😀
Windows 98 SE
I also want to find a 486 or Pentium machine to run later DOS games and Windows 3.1 games, but since I'll need the CPU, mobo, ram, AT case, and power supply in addition to a VGA card and another Sound Blaster 16, I'm just waiting until I find the right system for a reasonable price. Also hope to eventually get a 2- or 386 for those early DOS games. So that's what I'm working on right now, hope you liked reading it. Lots of awesome machines in this thread, I have some catching up to do as far as collecting hardware goes 😁
PCs, Macs, old and new... too much stuff.