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 Post subject: Simple system, for old things
PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 8:44 pm 
Smithfield
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I have an itch to build something... this time a really simple system, mostly for playing old games that Windows 7 won't run for some reason (and I'm too lazy to try 20 different Google search fixes). So here's what I have:

Case: Antec ISK 110 VESA with 90W external power supply ($85)
System Board: ASRock E350M1/USB3 AMD E-350 APU ($100)
RAM: Corsair 2GBx1 DDR3-1333 ($12)
HDD: Western Digital Scorpio Blue 250GB 5400RPM ($60)
Total: $256

I already have Windows XP that I'll load up into this puppy, and an external DVD drive. I chose the chassis because I can put it on a monitor, and I have one just sitting around.

I'm still curious about the E-350's performance in pre-2006 games. So far I heard it performs pretty well (like a midrange machine from the era).


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 Post subject: Re: Simple system, for old things
PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2012 4:52 pm 
Little Foot
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So out of curiosity why not take your current machine (assume you have an average to great current machine) and load Win98 or XP (or whatever it is you want) in a VM such as Hyper-V and go on that way? You can even RDP into the VM from a laptop or such. Just a thought.


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 Post subject: Re: Simple system, for old things
PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2012 6:32 pm 
Smithfield
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I need a VM that virtualizes graphics cards in that case. I have games that will complain that a non-supported adapter is on the system.


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 Post subject: Re: Simple system, for old things
PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2012 9:32 pm 
Klamath
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Itching to build is a good enough reason to build imho :mrgreen:

Nice and thoughtful build imho. I'm sure you've read reviews and articles for the AMD E-350 APU, but just in case, this one reads pretty good:
http://www.anandtech.com/show/4134/the- ... -miniitx/5

I'd guess 2006-ish games would work well enough. What games might I ask? But in any case, you must be bored :lol:

Interesting VESA mountable case. Have you built any or will this be your first? That case could be prettier though.


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