First post, by speeddemon
I’ve had a great time working on my first Socket 7 build in over a decade. This project started with me struggling to get certain retro games working on Windows 10. Source Ports, hacks, ScummVM, and DOSBox allowed Windows 10 to meet and even exceed my needs for a long time, but I was re-organizing and cleaning out my storage closet during the pandemic and realized I wanted to do something with many of my old/favorite parts I've held onto over the years.
I initially set out to solely assemble an overkill Pentium 4 Windows 98 system. I realized once I started posting here (thank you Joseph) that I would run into a number of issues playing older speed sensitive games. The Pentium 4 build was perfect for my late DOS and Windows early 3D accelerated games, but I now understood how I could assemble something better suited to early DOS.
After finishing my Pentium 4 build I went through my parts and found that I already had processors, memory, motherboards, graphics cards, sound cards, drives, cases, power supplies, fans, and more lying around so I figured I would probably be able to pull this off without purchasing anything new to me.
I originally was going to put together something with a Pentium MMX 233, 64MB RAM, S3 VirgeDX, Voodoo1, PCX2, and ESS ES1868F but decided to go in a different direction once I started researching things.
I eventually settled on the following:
- Asus TX97-X REV: 3.00 (Socket 7 Intel 430TX)
- K6-III+ 500 (6x83MHz)
- 256MB PC133 CL2 (2x128MB)
- 3dfx Voodoo3 3000 PCI (w/ Noctua NF-A9x14 slim case fan)
- Orpheus + PCMIDI + WP32
- 80GB Intel SSD 320 (w/ Startech IDE2SAT2 adapter)
- Startech FAN3701U CPU cooler
- EVGA 500 BQ power supply
- Fractal Core 2300 case
- LaCie Electron 22blue IV CRT
I also have the following but just haven't gotten around to installing them since I haven't needed them:
- Gotek SFR1M44-U100 floppy emulator
- Intel PRO/1000 GT NIC
The cool part to me was that I only ended up needing to purchase some adapters, cables, and the Orpheus + WP32 (which is really just an awesome product I wanted to support).
The most eye-opening part of this project was realizing I could use a K6-III+ on my Socket 7 motherboard. I was able to do this on my Intel 430TX chipset Asus TX97-X motherboard with the K6-III+ 500 running at 6x83 via the patched 0112X_J2 BIOS from The Unofficial AMD K6-2/3+ Page. I was surprised that I've had zero stability issues with an 83MHz FSB even though my memory timings are set as low as possible. Paired with SetMul, this has been an extremely versatile build that runs Quake II at 92fps (640x480) while also allowing me to slow the computer for some old Sierra and Lucas Arts games. The K6-III+ also allowed me to (unnecessarily) put 256MB in the computer.
The only area where I've ran into problems is with Tomb Raider 1 which doesn't seem to like the Voodoo3 even with the Voodoo Rush patch applied. I'll make a separate thread about this, but it's definitely had me considering adding the PCX2 or Voodoo1 card back into this system for early 3D accelerated stuff since I’ll probably play anything later on my Pentium 4 system.
Anyways, here are some pictures of how it turned out:
PC#1: K6-3+ 500 / Asus TX97-X / Voodoo3 / Orpheus + PCMIDI + WP32 / Win98
PC#2: P4 HT 670 / Asus P5P800 / FX5950U + V2 SLI / Audigy 2ZS + Vortex2 + X2GS / Win98
PC#3: i7-3770K / Asus P8Z77-V Pro / TITAN X / X-Fi / WinXP
PC#4: i9-9900K / Gigabyte Z390M / GTX 1070 / X-Fi Ti HD + SC-88 / Win10