First post, by Shponglefan
MB: Soyo 025L2 w/ 256k cache
RAM: 8 MB 72-pin
Disk Drives: 3.5" and 5.25" Floppy drives
CD Drive: Mitsumi 6x CD-ROM
Fixed Storage: 512 MB Sandisk CompactFlash + CF-IDE Adapter
Video Card: Tseng ET4000/WP32 VLB w/ 1 MB of RAM
Sound Cards: GoldLib, Primax Soundstorm, Yamaha Audician 32, AWE64, MPU401-AT + Yucatan FX wavetable
Controller Card: Data Technology DTC2278E VLB EIDE controller
This system went through a number of configurations before eventually settling on its current build.
It started as a 486DX2-66. In using it, I consistently either wanted a faster system for 3D shooters or a slower system for early 90s adventure games. Since I already have multiple Pentium systems that can handle the former, I decided to downgrade this system to a 486DX-33 with a focus on adventure, RPG, and strategy games from 1990 to 1994.
Given the time period my biggest focus was on sound options. I tested various dual and even triple sound card setups. Eventually decided went for a full 5 sound card setup, similar to my previous 386 DX-40 build. Everything was built around accommodating the Goldlib (Adlib Gold clone), which meant using PnP cards with configurable FM port addresses such as the Yamaha Audician 32 and AWE64. The AWE64 is probably overkill for a system focused on the early 90s, but some games that use SB16 or AWE32 can be played on this setup. Alternatively, I may try swapping it for a Pro Audio Spectrum in the future.
For games that use MT-32 music, I have both an external MT-32 and Roland CM-32L, the latter for any games that take advantage of the extra sounds in the CM modules.
Performance-wise, I find the 33 MHz quite good for a lot of games of the period. At 66MHz the DX2 processor was too fast for some games and caused issues. For example, Rise of the Dragon and The Adventures of Willy Beamish had MT-32 initialization and playback issues. But with the 33MHz chip they work perfectly. Warcraft also runs nicely at this speed.
Benchmarks are as follows:
Based on how this system throttles it can achieve speeds approximating a 386 DX-33, 386 SX-25 or 286-8MHz.