Reply 200 of 217, by smtkr
I'd also hazard to say that a lot of people here are not playing games at the same resolution we did back in the day. I had a P3 800EB in 2000 paired with a Voodoo 5. I had a 17" CRT that was pretty common at the time. It could do 1280x1024, but I played most games at 1024x768 or 800x600 depending on what I needed. I didn't have a frame counter up and I wasn't measuring the minimums (that wasn't really something that people did until HardOCP switched its review method to graph FPS with FRAPS). I just played the game and if it felt too slow, then I would change settings (including screen res) until I had a smooth experience.
Deus Ex, which people seem to be singling out in this thread, ran great on my system (admittedly, Unreal games all ran well on the Voodoo 5). I never felt like I needed a faster CPU. I knew plenty of people playing it on lessor hardware.
So I would recommend speccing your system based on what you're trying to do. If you ask Vogons, we're going to tell you to overspec because we're buying 25-year-old hardware that is basically trash and doesn't cost that much. But if you want to play a game the way it would have been played back in the day, you can just build a period correct system and play it the way it was played. Enjoy playing your games from an era before micro-transactions, online-authentication, and grind-to-keep-you-adjacent-to-micro-transactions.