First post, by retroboy87
Greetings retro PC gamers.
I am going to build my first Windows XP machine; this will be my first time using XP since 2009.
The parts I will use are
Motherboard: MSI MS-6590 (3x 400Mhz RAM Slots, 1x AGP8x slot, 5x PCI slots, SATA 150, ATA 133)
CPU: AMD Athlon XP 3000+ @2.1GHz with 400Mhz FSB
GPU: Nvidia Geforce 6600 256MBAGP8x (for compatibility with Windows 9x)
GPU: ATI Radeon x1600 Pro 256MB AGP 8x
GPU: ATI Radeon HD 2400 Pro 512MB AGP 8x
RAM: 3GB (3x 1GB) PC3200 DDR 184-pin
PSU: Gigabyte GP-P450B (80 Plus Bronze Certified, 450w)
Case: Rosewill ATX Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case
Display: Daewoo 19'' Shadow Mask CRT (Max H-Sync: 97kHz, Max V-Sync: 160Hz)
I haven't decided whether or not I will use an optical drive are use a virtual optical drive/disc image mounter.
I also haven't decided what I'm going to do for storage, since XP supports a maximum drive size of 2TB I was thinking about buying one of Seagate's 2TB SSHDs, I doubt I would actually use that much space in XP though.
How is SSD support in XP and 98SE/ME?
I was thinking about dual booting XP with either 98SE or ME; I don't care about DOS that much so I'm leaning more towards ME.
I read that 98SE and ME will have problems if you have more than 512MB installed though, so I don't know if it would be worth the hassle.
I know that a 775 Pentium 4 and a PCIe (7950 GT/x1950 or higher) GPU would be better suited toward later XP era games, but I'm aiming for toward the late 9x and early to mid XP era games, around 1998-2004 or so.
Oblivion is the newest game I'd ever consider playing on this computer.
Speaking of Windows 9x, are there any 98SE/ME era games that won't run in 2000 or 32-bit XP?
If not, then there really is no reason to run 98SE or ME on this computer.
Wish me luck.
Edit: I just realized that my 6600 is PCIe, so I'll be downgrading to an AGP 6200.
Edit: The ebay seller realized that he didn't have that 6200 anymore, so I just went with the cheapest 256MB AGP 8x card I could find, an ATI Radeon X1600 Pro for $32.
Edit: I cancelled the X1600 Pro order, because I won a $35 offer on a 512MB HD 2400 Pro AGP with an asking price of $50. I am not going to install Windows 9x because this card doesn't have drivers for anything older than XP.