First post, by filurkatten
I have been lurking around this forum on and off the last couple of weeks and i must say I really love it!
So, I have quite alot of questions and in need of suggestions/advice.
I recently helped my parents go throu a bunch of old stuff, this is when I found my and my family's old computers and some hardware.
I collected video games for a hobby so I thought maybe there is enough stuff to build an versitile late DOS win9x machine.
I dont really want to put alot of money into this project but I'm willing to make some upgrades if they would improve the setup.
My goal with the machine is;
Playing late DOS games
Playing win9x games
Play 2000-2002 games if possible
Have a fun and interesting build
This is some of the components I have to build with:
Mobo and CPU:
Intel CA 639893-001
M6TBA V 1.2
Pentium II 450Mhz
Geforce4 MX 460
Monster II 12MB
Righteous 3D II 12MB
Trident - TGUI9440-1
Rage Pro Turbo AGP
Geforce3 TI 200
Sound Blaster CT4170
Sound Blaster Live! CT4670
From my research It seems like I have two options;
The Athlon or the Pentium II for a base.
Operating system I would like to go for Windows ME, I really like that OS when it came out.
I got good memories from it and only bad ones from Win98 (from what I have read I seems to be in the minority on this one!).
The Pentium seems like the more fun build to go for but I have some questions about the motherboard.
It seems to only support a cpu ratio of 5.5, and a 550MHz CPU.
But do this matter? I read that the intel CPU's ratio are locked into the chip.
There is a V 1.3 of this motherboard that supports ratio up to 8.0 and 800MHz CPU.
The FSB seems to be 100.
Also, it has 3x RAM slots supporting max 128mb per slot. Is this locked in BIOS, if so can this be changed?
If I go the Athlon route, will this affect DOS gaming?
My motherboard has 1x ISA slot.
For GPU I'm leaning towards the Geforce3 TI 200 and Voodoo2 for the Glide support.
I've read that you can put the Voodoo2 cards in SLI, this seems like a fun thing to try.
Will it matter that they are two different brands?
Is Geforce3 TI 200 and Voodoo2 SLI overkill and kinda pointless? (will they bottleneck)
Should I upgrade the CPU? (Pentium 3 550MHz or more if possible)
Is Voodoo2 SLI redundant if I pick a beefier GPU?
I'm sorry if it's to many questions but I hope that I can get answer to atleast a few!
The build itself is in it's planning stages, I need to make some room in my house first. 😜
Hopefully I can start putting everything together later this year and I will ofcourse try to
update everyone how it goes!
Thanks in advance!