First post, by Intel486dx33
These PCI/ISA slot, socket 3 motherboards were very abundant back in 1995/96
They were manufactured when Win95 was released.
Prices for components was still very high.
1mb of ram costs $100
1mb of harddrive space costs $1
CPU’s were still very expensive.
The 1st gen. Pentium had just been released and was selling for about $200 and up.
The 486 CPU’s were no longer in high demand so computer stores were selling them for cheap.
AMD and Intel released these Budget friendly high end 486 and 586 CPU’s
Also Cyrix and IBM, Texas Instruments, UMC, and ITS.
So if you were on a tight budget and wanted to build a Win95 computer this is what you had available to you at the time.
Computer stores would sell these Motherboard / CPU combo’s for about $100
The components I used worked out of the box. ( Plug-N-Play ).
Windows 95b install CD discovered all the components and installed the correct drivers.
Everything worked fine.
Motherboard - PM486PU-S3 PCI / ISA
* Manual link - https://www.elhvb.com/webhq/models/486pci/pm486pu.txt.html
CPU - ( Intel 486dx4-100 ) and ( AMD 486dx4-100 ) and ( AMD 486dx2-66 ).
Cache - 256kb.
RAM - 32mb. ( 8 or 16mb might have been more common in 1995 )
Hard drive - 300 to 425mb. IDE
CDROM Drive - Mitsumi 4x IDE
Sound Card - Sound Blaster 16, Turtle Beach Monte Carlo, Media Vision PAS16, Edison Gold ( ESS-688 ).
Video Card - S3 trio64 ( an inexpensive S3 or Trident would have been more common in 1995 )
Floppy drives - 3.5 and 5.25
Network card - 3com 3c509b ( Inexpensive 3com 3c509tx or Netgear FA310tx was very popular with home networks. )
PSU - 300 watt.
AT Case - Beige Mini tower.
OS - DOS 6.22 / Win95.