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First post, by Anaxagoras

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Hi.

This is my main retro-PC.

The initial target was to use one of the latest Pentium 4 to play games under Windows XP 32 bits. This is the short description, in more detail I was want to use the last hardware with the combination of Pentium 4, AGP bus (no PCI-E), IDE (no SATA), floppy connector, BIOS (no EFI), etc...

I think that this architecture represents the final of 32 bits era.

Although finally some of these aspects are not fully faithful, for example, the CPU use Hyper-Threading or the mainboard supplies SATA connectors.

CPU: Intel Pentium 4 @ 3.4GHz. [2004]
Mainboard: ASRock P4i65G
RAM: 2GB (2x1GB Kingston DIMM).
SOUND: Sound Blaster Live!
FDD: NEC 3,5"
IDE 1: Samsung 250GB 7200 RPM IDE Samsung.
IDE 2: Western Digital 500GB 7200 RPM.
NET: Gigabit Realtek PCI adapter.
DVD: Samsung DVDRW.
GPU: GeForce 7950 GT. [2006] It needs a fully cap replacement
PSU: New Corsair VS550.
Chassis: New Nox CoolBay MX2
CPU Fan: Cooler Master.
OS: Windows XP 32 bits.

This PC was built in 2017.

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Reply 1 of 4, by Garrett W

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Nice! I have something similar, same motherboard but with a Northwood 3.2GHz instead, 1GB of RAM and an FX 5900 Ultra. I also use SATA for all the drives just because, I should perhaps consider getting a modular PSU for this system, the case is quite cramped. I like the motherboard because it's mATX and not many of these were around back then, the only thing that annoys me about it is that my board has been very picky about RAM, thankfully I found a pair of corsair dimms from the era and they work just dandy.

Overall, I know exactly what you're after, for me it's a period correct time machine, I can just grab whichever game came out at the time and see how it performs on a system from that era and perhaps poke fun at the SM2 performance of the FX cards 🤣 .

Reply 2 of 4, by chinny22

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Have a similar system with similar representation of 32 bit, only also aimed it as final Win9x build duel boot. It rarely boots into 98 if I'm honest though
Also cheated and went with a 3.40 HT as it was free and sata drives as I have more of them. I went with red fans to match the "presshot"
P4P800 End of Win98 Support Build

Reply 3 of 4, by Anaxagoras

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Thanks for the comments. 😊

The specs of this PC are not amazing but it is the most versatile I have had (about Windows and DOS games).

32bit rules!!! 😎

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Reply 4 of 4, by Anaxagoras

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chinny22 wrote:

Also cheated and went with a 3.40 HT as it was free and sata drives as I have more of them. I went with red fans to match the "presshot"
P4P800 End of Win98 Support Build

😳 😳 😳

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