Okay, got my BP6 out from storage, threw together some parts without a case (I need a spare ATX case that can hold an AWE32), and chucked in the V5 5500. It works!
But I still need to spend some time setting up Windows 98 SE again for some actual gameplay with it...
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$8 shipped. I got lucky on this one, all right.
Now I just need something to feed it that's faster than my BP6 with dual Celeron 533s; nothing else I have has a compatible AGP slot and Unreal Engine 1 games demand at least a 1 GHz CPU to keep the framerates up above 60 FPS.
You don't believe me on what I paid for the V5 5500, or my opinion on what it takes to keep Unreal Tournament and Deus Ex humming at 60 FPS constantly?
If the former, well, let me clarify by responding to the latter two:
Yikes... That's a deal!
How on earth did you manage that? Had to have been a yard sale or goodwill purchase.
Yard sales and Goodwill wouldn't necessitate a shipping cost, silly!
Long story short, forum buy/sell/trade sections are your friend - especially when they have some very generous members. This dude actually sold me a Thrustmaster FCS Mk. II and WCS Mk. II before, and even threw in a couple of Gravis GamePad Pros while he was as it.
I have gotten some pretty killer deals from thrift stores, though, like a pair of IBM Model Ms for less than $3 shipped - one of which was a tenkeyless Space-Saving Keyboard! Made the Geekhack crowd real envious with that one, I admit.
$8 including shipping!? or $8 plus shipping on top?
I doubt shipping alone in the UK would be as little as $8 nevermind anything else.
All the same, great find!
$8 shipped within the US. The seller just wanted to pass it on for the cost of shipping like the aforementioned TM FCS/WCS, would you believe that?