First post, by phinix
Hi guys, I'm new here:)
I'm planning to build a PC to play some old DOS and Windows games.
First, I maybe better list some of those to show what kind of spec I may need. These are just few as an example:
Jazz Jackrabbit, Dune 2, all point&click adventure games like Kyrandia etc, Terminal Velocity, Under a Killing Moon, Swift, Doom 1/2, Quake 1/2, Duke, Delta Force, Incredible Machine (why not:)), Dizzy series, Baldurs Gate, Descent 1/2, Giants: Citizen Kabuto, Rainbow Six, Commandos, Warcraft 2 etc.
I would like to use some old babyAT case I have already modded to use ATX, so would like to use mATX socket370 mobo and Pentium 3, around 500-700MHz, not too fast as I don't think I would need any faster.
My thinking was that I will install Windows 98se on it and use it in general.
If I gonna need to play very old DOS games, I would use DOSbox (I know, its not very retro, but this solves a problem of really building two PCs - one with P3, one with 486 for example).
I have few questions, hoping you guys could help me here - its been a while since I built this kinda old PC, so cannot remember how I did it in 80-90s:)
- Can I install DOS 6.22 frst, then WIndows 98se as a second OS? I know I did that in the past, but cannot remember if it was 486 and W95 (it would boot to DOS, then I could go to Windows)
- If I wanted to have that DOS (as above), would I really need to have ISA sound card for pure DOS games? PCI card wouldn't work at all?
- Can I use modern sff PSU for socket370 mobo? I guess all modern PSUs have 20+4 pin plug, so it should work, right?
- Sorry, I cannot remember how this worked - how do I plug in 5.25 floppy to socket370 mobo? Do I use that one floppy IDE port, then use tape to plug in 5.25 and 3.5 on one tape? Or would 5.25 need separate controller, like in AT, so it would not be possible to use on ATX mobo? Reason for 5.25 is purely nostalgic, I just want to have it in and be able to slap a floppy disc in it and read something from it 😀
- I guess for all those games I loved when was a kid - like Jazz Jackrabbit - having Pentium 3 machine, Iw ould need to use DOSbox, as in pure DOS it wouldn't work, right?
- for some more power hungry windows games, I would like to use Voodoo3 - does it matter if I use PCI or AGP? Most of mATX s370 mobos I found do not have AGP, just PCI and that weird AMR short port. Could I just use PCI voodoo card? Would Or would I need to have AGP?
If I have any other questions, we can continue in the thread.
Apologies if any of those questions are silly - I was pretty good with this in 80-90s, but totally forgot how that stuff worked, so need help 😀
EDIT: got socket7 Pentium MMX 233, now trying to pick sound card...