Reply 60 of 78, by bloodem
To answer the question in the title, based on my experience, no, there's no point in having a separate 486 machine, if you already own a (Super) Socket 7 PC.
Now, there is a lot of nuance to this: not all (Super) Socket 7 PCs are equal: some are much better than others, some have all sorts of small quirks (i.e. Lion King stutters on all the Ali Aladdin V boards that I've tried), but this is still nothing compared to the issues that you can face with 486 motherboards.
Now... if we're going down that rabbit hole, I should mention that, for most people, a Socket A KT400/KT600/KT880 PC & Athlon XP Thoroughbred with an unlocked multiplier (or even a late Barton with a locked multiplier, which is surprisingly flexible) is probably the only PC they will ever need for both DOS & Windows 98 gaming. Pair that with a SB Live/Audigy/Audigy 2 for Windows and a Yamaha YMF724 for DOS and you've got yourself an awesome PC that can play perfectly most games that were released between 1985 - 2001. As always, there will be a few that won't work (the Yamaha YMF724 DSDMA TSR requires an expanded memory manager, and a few titles don't work with it), but 98% of games will work just fine (some much better than on period correct hardware).
Of course, if you're one of the (few) people that really want to have all the period-correct bells and whistles (which, for DOS, requires at least 2 - 3 ISA slots), you probably need to stick to Socket 7.
2 x PGA132 / 5 x Socket 3 / 9 x Socket 7 / 8 x SS7 / 12 x Socket 8 / 11 x Slot 1 / 3 x Slot A
5 x Socket 370 / 8 x Socket A / 2 x Socket 478 / 2 x Socket 754 / 3 x Socket 939 / 4 x LGA775 / 1 x LGA1155
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