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Classic Systems (2020-06-27)

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After I assembled the first iteration of PC5014, I decided to grab some older hardware and see what I could do with it. One fun project that soon led to another.


The first of these projects was a Windows 98 PC.

Initial Build

Motherboard: ASUS P5A-B (Baby AT)
Super Socket 7 with 3 DIMM slots
PSU: Cooler Master Elite (460w)
CPU: AMD K6-2 (300 MHz)
RAM: 320MB (256+32+32) PC100 SDRAM
GPU1: Diamond Stealth 3D 2000 PRO (4MB S3 Virge/DX)
GPU2: Diamond Viper V770 (16MB Riva TNT2)
APU: Creative SoundBlaster 16
Net: 3Com EtherLink 10/100
OS: Windows 98 SE (with MS-DOS 7.1)
A: 3.5" 1.44MB FDD
C: 32GB 266x CompactFlash card in IDE adapter
D: Sony 4X CD-ROM (connected to sound card)

The keyboard was shared with PC5014 via a KVM switch. The motherboard doesn't have a PS/2 port without its USB/MIR card, so I picked up a dedicated serial mouse for it.

I used a CompactFlash solution for the hard drive as it was cheaper than getting a full-fat IDE drive. For internet connectivity, there's a WiFi bridge connected to the ethernet card.

KernelEx is installed to be able to run later browsers and other software for fun. I have Opera 11.64, but am trying to track down 12.50 Build 1497, which is supposedly the latest version that will run.

2020 Redesign (planned)

Since I've decided to build a seperate PC for DOS gaming (more on that below), 5004 will be upgraded to be able to play some more demanding games.

CPU: AMD K6-2 (475 MHz)
RAM: 352MB (256+64+32) PC100 SDRAM
GPU: ATi Radeon 9000 64MB
APU: SoundBlaster Live! CT4870 (EAX2)
A: 3.5" 1.44MB FDD
B: USB LS-120 SuperDisk (Shared via KVM)
C: 32GB 266x CompactFlash card in IDE adapter
D: Sony 16x/40x DVD-ROM


For a while, I was putting something together to run an oldschool BBS on. I was then reminded that thin clients exist, so I decided to turn this system into a dedicated DOS gaming rig.

Planned Build

Motherboard: PC-Chips M525 1.1 (Baby AT?)
Socket 7 with 1 DIMM and 4 SIMM slots
PSU: StarTech AT (230w)
CPU: Pentium MMX (200 MHz)
GPU: S3 Trio/64V+ (2MB)
APU: SoundBlaster Vibra16 PNP (ISA)
OS: MS-DOS 7.1
A: 3.5" 1.44MB FDD
D: Sony 4x CD-ROM
E: Swappable CF card bay

As stated on the Tech Wishlist, I'd love to have a 3Dfx Voodoo (4MB) and Gravis UltraSound in here someday.


After upgrading 5014's CPU to an FX-8320, I decided to see if I could use the older processor for something, and looked up AM2+ motherboards.

Planned Build

Motherboard: kesoto MCP78S 2.3 (microATX)
Socket AM2+ with 1 DDR2 and 1 DDR3 slot
PSU: Corsair CX600M (600w, 80+Bronze)
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 (3.4GHz)
RAM: 4GB DDR3-1600
GPU: XFX nVidia GeForce 9600GSO (512MB)
APU: SoundBlaster X-Fi XtremeMusic SB0460 (EAX5)
OS: Windows XP (microXP 0.82)
A: USB LS-120 SuperDisk (Shared via KVM)
C: 32GB CompactFlash card in IDE adapter
D: Pioneer 16x/40x DVD-ROM (ATAPI)
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