First post, by appiah4
Hi, first post here, was hoping some fine folks of this board could help me with a retro PC build.. I set out to rebuild my favorite gaming PC of all time; a 486 DX4-100 with a Cirrus Logic VLB graphics card, a Sound Blaster 16 and a CD-ROM drive, running MS-DOS 6.22/Windows 3.11. This quickly turned out to be impossible. Although I managed to source the CPU, the board was elusive or prohibitively expensive. So instead I set out to try my second target, a Pentium MS-DOS/Windows 95/8SE computer.. I've been collecting parts for a while but I got stuck at this point and have some questions I hope someone could answer:
First off, here are what I managed to find or already had:
Sparkle AT PSU
Baby AT Socket 7 intel mainboard (not sure of the brand and model, it's in the mail - it has 4 PCI and 3 ISA slots)
Pentium 166 Socket 7 CPU
Pentium MMX 166 Socket 7 CPU (I'll be using this)
2x 4MB EDO RAM, 2x8MB
2GB Seagate IDE Hard Drive
Gotek FDD Emulator (HxC Firmware)
Matrox Mystique 220 PCI
Diamond Voodoo 2 12MB PCI
Sound Blaster 16 Clone (Not sure the make or model yet, it's in the mail, but it's an ESS clone..)
I have quite a few questions but I thought I'd ask them a couple at a time.. So:
1. My chances of finding an AT case are next to none. Now, I'm reading online that most mATX cases can house a Baby-AT mainboard. If this is true, would a simple mATX mini-tower or horizontal case be good enough for this build? I realize ATX power switches won't work, but I can remove that and replace it with an AT power switch mod somewhere on the case..
2. The board I have is unmarked and I can't figure out what it is other than that it's a 437VX.. Could anyone help me identify this? http://i.hizliresim.com/aX5N8O.jpg
3. Is the Mystique 220 + Voodoo 2 combination good enough for 2D/3D?
4. Is 24MB too little for a P166MMX build, especially for Win95/98SE?
Thanks a lot 😀
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