First post, by God Of Gaming
As I alrerady mentioned in my "1999 Dream PC project" thread, I've decided to do a few of these <year> dream PC builds since I find them cool, and this one is gonna have pretty much the best 2001 parts and dualboot WinME + Win2000. I'm still collecting all the needed parts, but I already have acquired a few so I decided its time to post a build log of sorts about it.
I have 2 options for mobo+cpu:
One is Asus TUSL2-C motherboard (i815E) with PIII 1266S Tualatin, other is Abit KT7A-Raid (Via KT133A) with Athlon 1400 Thunderbird. I haven't benched them against each other yet to check which is the better performer, but I would guess the Thunderbird will be a bit faster, it also allows 1.5gb ram vs 512mb for the tualatin board, and has ISA as well which is nice.
Then, my graphics card choices, are actually not too great so far:
I have here Hercules 3D Prophet 4500XT (PowerVR Kyro II), then Ati All-In-Wonder 8500DV (that I've tied 80mm fan to, because the original fan fails to keep it cool) and also an Ati Radeon 7500. I'm currently on the lookout for the full phat 275mhz radeon 8500, but these things are tricky to find.
For sound I have Audigy SB0090 with panel:
And most recent acquisition for this build is this Cooler Master ATCS-201 case, seems like this was the ultimate pc case in 2001, and had a price tag of over $500 back then.
It's made out of thick sheets of aluminium so its pretty sturdy, and has decent airflow (four 80mm fans) and even dust filtration. Even a variant with a side window exists, but sadly I only found this one. Might try to mod a side window onto it myself, how hard could it be?
Finally, storage, it's currently mounted in a PC and I'm too lazy to pull it out for a photo, but I have WD Caviar SE 120gb, I believe these were the best HDDs in 2001. I have a lead on where I can buy a 2nd one of these as well. No idea what to use for a boot drive tho, perhaps a 15k rpm seagate cheetah or something.
This is what I have so far, and I will need to find a few more things, but I think you get the idea where this is heading 😉