Thanks for the quick responses! 🤣
Perhaps I need to rethink my game plan and project entirely. I originally did not want to build two systems but I could since I have the parts laying around 🤣.
Perhaps some suggestions would be in order since I suck at flat out decision making without a year of research beforehand (I know, I'm a dork, geek, call me what you will). I have access to the following equipment, could anyone toss me some ideas?
Dell Dimension 4100 Tower
PIII Coppermine 1000Mhz / Socket 370
Dell Mobo - Intel 815E Chipset
2x 128mb PC133 SDRAM
Rage - ATI 128PRO AGP
SB 16 PCI - CT5807
Dell Dimension XPS D300 Tower
PII Klamath 300Mhz / Slot 1
Dell Mobo - Intel 440LX Chipset
2x 32mb & 1x 64mb PC66/100 SDRAM
Nvidia Riva 128 AGP
integrated Yamaha OPL3-SA3 Enhanced 3D Audio Controller / Wavetable MIDI Yamaha OPL4-ML2 (I keep wondering if this integrated stuff is any good)
Dell Dimension XPS R400
PII Deschutes 400Mhz / Slot 1
Dell Mobo - Intel 440BX Chipset
128mb PC100 SDRAM
Nvidia Riva 128 AGP
Gigabyte GA-5AX Socket 7 Motherboard (untested pulls)
AMD K6-2+ /550 /570
Vibra 16 Sound Blaster CT4180
A-Trend ATC-5200 Motherboard (VIA MVP3 Chipset)
S3 ViRGE/DX 4MB PCI
I do not have any Voodoo equipment and was going to make my mind up before buying. I may be wrong but I think I remember Voodoo being the major video card up until 2002 when the Nvidia GeForce 4 Ti4200/4400/4600 series was released. I was going to go with either a Voodoo 2 SLI Setup or perhaps one of the Ti4xxx cards if I ended up building multiple systems, in which case I thought about pairing them with a 1.4 Tualatin PIII.
Given the circumstances, I have no problems sourcing out more parts as everything listed above was sourced for no more than $50. I'm curious as to what any of you would do if you were in my position, I need some inspiration please...
As far as using a CF card, they suck. In VERY early systems they are fine, but anything after Pentium, just use an old quiet hard drive. That being said, it is possible to use multiple cards as a raid. IF you get a GENUINE raid card,like this one : http://www.ebay.com/itm/251046661080 Then add a few CF-IDE adapters (buy extras) and some cf cards then you are set. I actually have such a setup in my Pentium 2, but I haven't gotten around to actually testing it yet.
Are you suggesting to use 4 CF cards in raid0? I wonder what the transfer rates would be ... Ultra DMA ATA 33/66/100, hmm. Would it be possible to test your setup when you have time? I'm interested to see if there is a viable application for this with Pentium II and up. I remember the old days and the clicking of hard drives working and shudder 🤣.