First post, by dada
Hey all, I've been thinking lately about building a new retro gaming pc. I haven't had a properly working one in some time, and I last looked into retro stuff was some years ago.
I've been looking through the System Specs forum and it seems there's just tons of options and I guess I could use a bit of a starting point.
My primary focus is running Windows 98 (probably with 98lite installed since I'm a fan of the lightweight 95 explorer) and playing DOS games. Something that's still compatible with earlier DOS games as well as later ones. Running later Windows games/XP is not a big requirement if it makes the former more difficult.
I'd be fine with something a bit later (like Pentium 3 or 4) but as I understand it there's a point where it gets less easy to get pure DOS games going on it, right? Also I'm not sure if there's a particular era where it's easier to obtain hardware.
I don't have much, but I do have the following:
- Radeon 7000 64MB
- 64MB RAM
- ISA SB16 card from my o.g. computer in the mid 90s
- A PicoGUS (this was actually the trigger for me to become interested again)
- A nice beige ATX case with PSU
- CRT display, CD/floppy drives/PC speaker
Any advice would be really appreciated, especially what I might be looking for in a motherboard as that's one area in particular where I don't really know anything. Maybe one that also lets me easily replace the battery if needed.
Also, I'm curious, what's used for flash storage these days? Do we still use CF-IDE?
Thanks for any thoughts!