First post, by fromage
Hello, I've been fiddling with my system for a few years now - replacing parts and re-installing Windows - and I finally think it's worth sharing.
It runs Windows 98 SE, and I use it to play mid-late 90's software. The hardware is an amalgamation of what I've seen other Vogons posters recommend.
My build as of this post:
- Intel SE440BX-2 motherboard
- Pentium III SL5QV (1ghz) + MSI 6905 Master Slot 1/Socket 370 adapter
- 120gb Western Digital Caviar SE
- 512mb Micron RAM
- Leadtek WinFast GeForce 4 Ti 4200
- Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS
- 3Com 3C905B-TX network card
- Belkin USB 2.0 PCI Adapter
- Plextor PX-W1210TA CD drive
- Teac FD-235HF floppy drive
- AOpen ATX-300GU power supply
1ghz S370 P3's were much easier to find than 1ghz Slot 1's, so I have an SL5QV plugged into a Slot 1 adapter, with a Startech copper heatsink sitting on top of it.
The Ti 4200 has VGA+DVI output, which is very convenient because I can hook up the VGA to a monitor and the DVI to a capture box.
My current Windows installation has been very stable 🤞. I installed the Shutdown Supplement patches (4756US8 and Q246817) immediately, and that's it other than drivers.
There are USB ports hidden in the front bezel, but there are no USB headers on the motherboard, so it's good that they're hidden.
Also, FYI to anybody cleaning their stuff, be careful with isopropyl alcohol - I rubbed a patch of cheap paint right off the bezel and spent an hour blending out the color. I think it looks pretty good now, but only because I covered the really bad spots up with stickers.
Yes, that's the Internet Explorer icon embossed on the side of the case. Even better, the manufacturer used the same plate for both sides, so on the opposite side, the IE icon is upside down. 😁Fantastic!