First post, by Bancho
I thought I would share with a rig I've been working on for a good while now. It is at a stage now that I'm happy with it and covers a good range of games. I've still to map all the speeds available on this and is something I plan to carry out in the very near future. I've seen this build done a few times now and this is my take on it.
Spec wise the machine is currently configured as follows.
VIA C3 1.2ghz Nehamiah CPU
MSI MS-6905 2.0 Master Sloket
Gigabyte GA-6BXC Rev 2.0 Intel BX, Powerleap BIOS
3DFX Voodoo 3 3500TV (With Fan Attached)
Matrox M3D Power VR
USB 2.0 Card for easy transfers
Keropi Music Quest MPU-401 Card with Dreamblaster X2 - Connected Externally MT-32 and a number of Midi Modules
Turtle Beach Malibu Surround 64
Creative Labs AWE32 CT3900 With 8MB Ram and a Trust Korg Sound Module
Pioneer Slot Loading DVD ROM
80Gig Hitachi HDD
Floppy Disk Drive
As with most of my builds I try my best to manage the cables which makes it easy to work on the system. I'm hoping now that I don't have to mess to much with the innards!
As for the Software side of things it is running Win98 SE and I have set it to boot directly to DOS. UNISOUND is used to initialise both cards. I use kolohimal's CPUSPD program to manipulate the CPU multi's and cache options and Rayers SMB for FSB change on the fly. In my brief testing I have got the CPU to 266mhz and 1400mhz at the top end. The board has a 50fsb option but it seems unstable and won't work with all multipliers. I plan to do a full map along with the throttle optioned offered in CPUSPD.
On the sound front I think it offers a good selection of sound and a great number of MIDI options. I need to test but I intend to connect my MT-32 to the 3.5mm jack Midi out on the MPU-401 and use the DB9 for GM Devices. I mix all this using a Maker Heart Just Mixer 5. Its a great mixer and is the perfect size due to not having too much space!
Hope some of you like my build