So, I thought July was "Video card month" for me, but I was wrong... it was "Loosing Control Month"...
I finally found someone selling _and shipping_ not only a 486 board but actually a whole system with pretty much everything I wanted when I set off for this quest:
A Socket 3 PCI board, with an AMD 5x86-P75 and a PCI S3 Trio64 VGA!!
There's also the case obviously, a working PSU, floppy, 3Com ISA Nic, 1.7 GB drive booting Caldera OpenDos 7.
On top of that, it was a great price too at U$ 40 (although prices are a very relative reference)
Yeah, I know its a PCChips and what that implies, but I still think it is great getting a board with so many options. In this market that was by far the most popular brand so they're pretty much all there is.
This was the kind of situation I figured was my best chance to get something like this at a good price:
An old store shotting down or cleaning up its warehouse, o the guy was putting up quite a bunch of stuff at a good price...
...and I was happy about finding the system I was longing for...
...and, I don't know, "I was young and needed to spend the money" Is that a valid excuse anymore?...:
Because I ended up getting all of these too:
-> two sealed joysticks (plus a third sent for free as a bonus)
-> and the icing on the cake: waaay more Socket 3 CPUs than time will allow me to play with 🤣 🤣
But, hey, the *good news* is that I know whats coming up: it is "I'm Broke August" followed by "She Kicked Me Out September" 😜