First post, by mpe
Let's build an unusual mid-90 DOS system 😊
First the case:
Yes, It is an ATX case, but it is new, roomy and IMHO it is quite tasteful for a retro system.
Now the motherboard. AFAIK there are only two possible motherboard types and this Alaris NxVL is the one I have. So it was an easy choice:
The Nx586-P90 is the most common NexGen CPU model. Clearly better than almost any 486, but not quite at Pentium level. But no FPU 😲 And again the only option for me.
Given by the VL-Bus architecture and focus on DOS, the VGA is a clear choice. Hercules made Tseng ET4000/w32p is my favourite VLB card ever made. It is 32bit, but 2MB of interleaved memory gives it effective 64bit speed. With 45ns RAM chips It performs just as well as it looks: