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 Post subject: Windows 98se Dream Machine
PostPosted: Thu Dec 23, 2004 7:53 am 
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Hello, I need help on a project, My Son wants a PC to run all of the his old games on and I have alot of parts to build it. What I don't have is:

Motherboard
Ram
CPU

The meat and potatoes part, and I need some suggestion on what to get, How much or how little to look for.

Thank you
Jim


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 23, 2004 1:30 pm 
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How old are the games?


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 23, 2004 8:06 pm 
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I'd suggest buying an old motherboard on ebay for the following reason:

Most new motherboards don't come with DOS drivers for onboard sound, etc, and this may be a factor in playing old games. (but I guess if you're using your own soundcard not onboard, it doesn't make a difference)


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Don't restrict yourself to ancient parts just because you plan on using an older OS. After hunting down this stuff (most are discontinued models, if not all), it's questionable weather it'll even last.

The last PC I had that ran these older games (and still have it running around here) is a P3 500, Abit BE-6, Crucial PC-133, an Asus GF2mx200 (the Voodoo3 2000PCI it replaced was just as good IMO) and the first line of the Creative SB Live! Platinum cards (has a daughter card and not a live-drive) that still emulated older SB cards. An alternate to this board that may be more available is the Asus P3B. They're both slot1, which may be available at a nice price.

And they are dirt cheap on eBay!

Perhaps the most important part may be the soundcard. If it's games like dukenukem3d or redneck rampage, a Soundblaster32 PCI would be a safe bet as far as compatability goes.


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