First post, by slivercr
"I am very fond of the Celeron 300A, as I am sure a lot of people here are. I still have with me my CPU from back in the day and for a few years now I've wanted to build something around it."
—Me, 5 years ago. Then I went on ebay, bought a dual Slot1 motherboard that uses RDRAM, and built a Tualatin monstrosity.
So yeah, I still have my Celeron 300A and for quite a few years now I've wanted to build something with it. With this in mind I took to ebay once again earlier this month, only this time I managed to stay focused and actually found a couple of interesting deals for a computer featuring my beloved Celly.
If the non-descript names mean nothing to you, the video card is a Voodoo3 3000 and the motherboard is a SE440BX2 with the Yamaha XG sound chip—pretty cool! I was looking for this motherboard in particular, but the Voodoo3 was a lucky find. As the items arrived I put everything together, added 512 MB of RAM and thankfully everything works great.
I still need to make it functional: add storage, LAN, get a nice case and PSU for it, overclock the CPU (either tape or a mod to the MoBo); but as it stands, this is basically what I wanted to build for my Celly. As I add components or play around I will keep posting, but I just wanted to share right away because I'm excited for this build.
I also got a bit nostalgic. Since the Voodoo3 was such a lucky find, it sort of got me thinking "what would've been the best PC when the V3 came out in April of 1999? Well, as I gauge it, I'm not far off with these components! Half a GB of RAM would've been unheard of back then, and the fastest CPUs would've been either the 500 MHz Katmai released in Feb'99, an overclocked Celeron 333 released in Aug'98, or an overclocked 333 Deschutes from Jan'98—though I don't really recall P2 overclocking as something that really took off. We wouldn't see Athlons until Jun '99, its amazing to think that as 1999 came to an end we had 800 MHz CPUs available. I have a lot of fond memories of that time period.
Yeah, I don't know. I haven't posted in a while either, so I'm also happy to be back.