First post, by SpectriaForce
I was wondering whether more folks here do or don't do the following things:
- I never put a motherboard without front USB headers in an enclosure with front USB ports. That's just unacceptable in my mind. Vice versa is acceptable though.
- I don't use old (>15 years) ATX power supplies anymore. I don't care if they are new old stock. Only exception are AT power supplies, but then only premium brands.
- Motherboards from the capacitor plague era will always get recapped before use if they have notoriously bad capacitors.
- Assembling hardware in a discolorated enclosure is a no go, unless it's some rare OEM case, but then I will thoroughly clean it. I don't 'retro bright' stuff.
- Black optical drives in a beige enclosure is a no go.
- All expansion slots in an enclosure need to be either equipped with a card or with a cover. The covers need to be of a matching set.
- I don't like socket 478. The pins on the CPU are too short. If you install a large third party CPU cooler on top of it, then it's quite easy to ruin the socket or the CPU can come off in a tower case. Bad design in my opinion. I also don't like the socket because many S478 CPU's run quite hot.
- I don't like large CPU coolers and if possible I will choose something compact. In my experience large CPU coolers are a pain in the ass to install and sometimes make it difficult to install or uninstall things like RAM modules.
- Graphics cards need to be Windows 98SE compatible otherwise I don't want them.
- Windows XP is out of the question because it can't be activated anymore. All OS for retro pc's need to be Win2K or older.
- I always clean dusty or dirty parts before assembly.
- Loose cables need to be tie wrapped.
- I prefer new old stock hardware and will buy it if available for a reasonable price. By the way I'm a sucker for original packagings!
- I don't buy expensive sound cards or related expansions, because I'm happy with low end stuff like the AWE64 Value, Ensoniq AudioPCI or just onboard audio.
- I like organizing my hardware. If I need a part, I want to be able to find it without much effort. That's why everything is stored and organized in plastic containers.
Maybe you have your own set of rules? Share them 🤣