Price aside. Yeah. Cases are notorious difficult to get a hold of. I found a case this year, wich was the first AT case for sale nationally during the last 2 years. 486 boards are easier to find locally. They pop up some 2 or 3 times a year.
That said. There is always eBay. Yet nearly all AT cases are from the outside the EU, and if I had to import one for the price of 100 US Dollars, the final price after import charges and vatt, would be 150 US Dollars.
VLB systems are really nice machines. Just be aware that some TFT/LCD monitors have a hard time displaying the image correctly. The biggest issue are those vertical grey/whitegrey lines. There are issues with aspect ratio as well. Yet once you notice those lines, then they are a pain, and you will stop enjoying the game. The cards that I have seen, that produces most lines, are Cirrus logic cards. S3 cards are decent cards, and I really have to look hard, in order to notice spaghetti lines on my Samsung flatscreen, when using my S3-805 VLB card.
Yet a VLB system with a DX4-120 is a really interresting system. Nobody here really talk about using that CPU. Most of the times it is just DX4-100's people overclock, in order to get a 120/40 system. Yet the real deal, seems to not gain interrest here.
Personally I am collecting hardware for my DX4-120 system. I have this FIC 486 VIP board. It is running with the onboard controller. For that I have bought an VLB SCSI controller. And the next piece of hardware that I will buy for it, are an S3-805 VLB card. It has 16mb of Ram, and it is running with an Audician32-Plus soundcard. Right now it is running with an CL-5446 PCI card, yet the PCI implementation is a bit weak on this board, so I will need to get that S3 VLB card in the future. They are faster than CL-5428 anyway.
Don't eat stuff off a 15 year old never cleaned cpu cooler.
Those cakes make you sick....
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