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  1. Build a cheap retro gaming PC for £3. It is extremely cheap to build a retro PC. A lot of the comments we get on the old retro PC build videos are disbelief about how cheap I get parts for these gaming PCs. I build this 2000-2002(ish) retro gaming PC for less than £5 budget and I’ll show you how. Evesham case from eBay £0.99, marked as not working. I used the motherboard and CPU cooler too but replaced everything else. Gigabyte GA-7VTXH+ motherboard is a pretty decent entry level gaming PC motherboard from 2002 with the KT266A Chipset. It's Socket A so I needed an AMD CPU. I fully intended for this retro PC budget build to be a Pentium 4 PC. P4s are so so cheap and you can get them anywhere. I picked up 26 retro CPUs from Shpock for £8 and most of them were P4. There were some Athlons in there though so I used a 1.7gb AMD Athlon XP 2100+. Cost averages out at 23p. CHEAP! I got a PSU from Freecycle for nothing, a guy was getting rid of a bunch of old PC stuff, perfect for my cheapest retro gaming PC build. From the same lot I got loads of old PC RAM. I used two 256mb sticks of PC2100 / DDR266 DDR. I installed WinME, and it acts up above 512mb. I know there's unofficial patches, but this is fine. I found a 40GB single-platter Maxtor in a drawer. You can get old PC hard drives for cheap or free if you know PC people. I pulled my Sound Blaster Live! from my 1998 retro PC. Great sound card. I originally bought it cheap from eBay for 99p. The GPU is a GeForce FX 5200. A 2003 GPU, budget-level but totally fine for our cheap gaming PC. FX5200s support DirectX9 and T&L, which is great for old retro PC games. Nvidia made loads of FX 5200s, they're so unbelievably cheap today and they work fine in budget gaming PCs. You really don’t need a GF4 Ti or a Radeon 9700. A cheap, entry level GPU from 2004 will perform fine. Mine was in a cheap job lot from a car boot sale, the cost averages out to 79p. I just built a fantastic retro gaming PC for £3. I can't think of a cheaper gaming PC, and for retro PC gaming this thing will smash it. I installed Windows ME and against all protestations, I installed the OS absolutely fine. To upgrade this old retro gaming PC to peak performance I’d get a PCI SATA controller to SSD. I could bang in the Geforce 7 series or Radeon HD 4670 as these are pretty much the best GPU cards for AGP but crucially I really need a better mobo. This one is fine for a quid, but something like the GA-7DXR+ would let me use a faster Athlon like my 2GHz 2600+ Is this the best retro gaming PC ever? No, of course not. But it's cheap and you know it’ll work. I wasn’t trying to build the best retro PC here, I just wanted to show you that if you want to get into retro PC gaming but you’re on a budget, something like this PC is a great cheap entry into the hobby of retro PC gaming. I’d love to hear about any retro PC bargains you’ve picked up so please tell me all about them in the comments, or tell me on our social media. I'm putting together a guide for sourcing cheap parts and putting together retro PCs so hit subscribe to get that cheap retro PC video right to your inbox. And if you want a Pentium 4 then DM me on twitter and I’ll post you one, I’ve got bloody loads of them! The games: Quake 3: 1280x1024, everything on Full Unreal Tournament: 1280x1024 everything on High (D3D) Severance: Blade of Darkness: 1080p OpenGL, on High Evolva: 1280x1024 all Max
  2. Oh... nostalgia... I'm finally building a 2003 Retro PC and play old games on it.
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    Last version of Opera to work with Windows 98se (Includes MSIMG32.DLL FIX).
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    Although this version of Firefox requires the KernelEx patch, it is by far the best browser available for Windows 98.
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    Must have add-on for Windows 98 to really make it look good.
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    The prefered PDF reader for Windows 98.
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    A great PDF reader back in the day.
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    One of the best ever graphics viewers (Includes Plugins).
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    One of the best ever graphics viewers.
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    Upcoming shooters

    The updated version of the Thalamus classic Hunter's Moon has recently seen a digital release over on itch.io. This is a game that I have fond memories of playing back in the day. From the site: Memlog Hunter.10/thmw1: ‘Lost in space. Surrounded. Strange structures that build themselves – hive-like. And at their core, alien starcells... Must get home. Back to Hunter’s Moon. Must... survive! Am attacking now – full thrust – cannons locked in – FIRE!’ Little do you know what you face: over 180 levels of galactic mayhem. Hope you are a CLEVER psychoblaster – or else...' Introduction: Originally released in 1987, Hunter's Moon is a strategic shoot 'em up set in deep space. Beautifully presented and thoughtfully designed, the game became an instant classic thanks to its measured balance of strategic planning and psychotic blasting. Boasting one of the earliest uses of procedurally-generated content in a computer game, Hunter's Moon pushed the boundaries of the genre and helped redefine what a shoot 'em up could be. Hunter’s Moon Remastered is a fully remastered, overhauled, and updated version of the seminal C64 shoot ‘em up. The game has been remastered for C64 cartridge and boasts a host of amazing new features including over 50 new levels, 5 new star systems, new level types, new music, new playing modes, stunning intro and outro sequences, built-in level editor, and enhanced presentation including foreign language support. Gameplay: After flying your trusty ship Hunter too close to a black hole, you find yourself lost in space on the wrong side of the galaxy, surrounded by sprawling, hive-like cities. At the core of each city lie mysterious alien Starcells – these contain valuable navigational data and must be collected to plot a course back home. The aim of each level is to blast through the hive and grab the Starcells, a task made more challenging by the invincible Worker cells which patrol the cities repairing any damage inflicted. These Workers also bring the hive's defenses to life, causing them to spew deadly spores that can only be resisted by using your ship's trusty Perma-Shields. The game features over 180 levels spread across 21 star systems. When all the Starcells on a level have been collected you'll enter the Bonus Game where you can earn a Perma-Shield and an extra life. You must complete every level within each star system to advance to the next; however, should you manage to collect four flashing Starcells you'll automatically jump to the next system. As you progress through the different star systems you'll encounter an array of diverse and challenging hive types, including Attackers that throw out deadly spores, Darkcells which are only visible on radar, Switchers that change direction without warning, Jumpgates which jump to random locations, and Blackouts which plunge the hives into darkness. Do you have the dexterity, precision timing and psychopathic blasting skills to find your way home to Hunter's Moon...? Key Features: Over 180 levels spread across 21 Star Systems. New level types including Jumpgates and Blackouts. Trainer Version designed for novice players. All-new Random Mode to test seasoned veterans. Save your game progress direct to the cartridge. Stunning new intro and outro sequences. New in-game music and enhanced parallax starfield. Built-in Level Editor to craft your own cunning creations. Multi-language support for French, German, Italian, and Spanish. Bonus: Original 1987 version also included on the cartridge!. Full PAL & NTSC compatibility (Remastered Version only)
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    Upcoming shooters

    Gematsu is reporting Taito's announcement of next years release of the Darius Cozmic Collection for the Nintendo Switch. The Standard edition will be ¥5,200 and have four arcade entries. Darius (Arcade) Darius II (Arade) Sagaia (Arcade) Darius Gaiden (Arcade) The Special edition will be ¥16,800 and also include five console ports. Darius Twin (Super Famicom) Darius Force (Super Famicom) Sagaia (Sega Master System) Darius II (Mega Drive) Darius Alpha (PC Engine) The Special edition also includes the following items. Darius Arrange CD Darius Official Materials Book Miniature Acrylic Marquee This looks like a really nice release. Makes me wish I'd hopped on the Switch bandwagon when it was first released. It's turning into quite the console for shmups. Hope this gets a physical release state-side.. or that it's, at the very least, region free.
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    Great open source digital photo/art/paint software. Needs GTK+ 2 runtimes available here also.
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    This INF update is for several older chipsets, but in particular the 440BX.
  14. There really is no rational reason to restore a late 90s NEC-manufactured Packard Bell computer. Which is exactly why I'm doing it. Join me in getting this unloved machine back to factory fresh condition!
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    Windows 98 drivers for D-Link DWL-G510 PCI Wireless NIC.
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    Windows 98se/2000/xp drivers for TP-Link TL-WN610G PCMCIA Cardbus Wireless 802.11 b/g ethernet adapter.
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    Last version of NVidia drivers to support Windows 98. Works with most NVidia cards up to the Nvidia 6800 Ultra.
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    Display Driver and Catalyst Control Center (Feb. 9, 2005) - Works with pretty much all ATI Cards up to the Radeon 9800 Pro/XT.
  19. This is a little project I've been wanting to work on for quite some time, the idea of a Windows 98 era build using high end components from the time period has always peaked my interest, so today that's what we'll be doing, we'll be building what I consider to be the ultimate Windows 98 retro gaming PC.
  20. 3dfx Voodoo 3, Aureal Vortex 2, Windows 98 SE. Ahh, now that's a combination for some prime late 90s gaming. Too bad the rest of the computer needs a ton of work. Let's get to it and build a fresh LGR PC!
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    Redistributable runtimes for Visual C++ 5.0.
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    Redistributable runtimes for Visual C++ 6.0.
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    The Microsoft foundation class library (version 4.21.7303)
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    Adaptec ASPI Drivers 4.71 (Needed for CDex).
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    Needed for many programs such as X-Setup Pro.
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