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  1. In an effort to keep this retro PC build video short, I've not gone into too many specifics so I've listed a lot below. Most of the parts were sourced from eBay due to the age and availability but some of the best scores came from private sales from a few guys in the retro building community and personal friends. This PC build is centred around a 450mhz PII MMX Slot 1 CPU and half a gig of RAM, which is insane for 1998. Games from 2000 were only asking for 128mb so it's a huge amount. In fact Windows 98 can only recognise 1gb in total - take that, 32-bit ceiling! The Soyo motherboard was shortlisted along with three others, one being a Chainfire board that I just could not track down. The choice was made due to PII support, a wide range of RAM compatibility and the large number of PCI slots, as well as an AGP slot for the GPU. Also, I had to have a beige case! The graphics are provided by an old Riva card that I pulled out of an old build but that's propped up by two 12mb Voodoo 2s running in SLI. These things are absolute BEAST MODE. I'll make a benchmark video but suffice to say I'm running Half Life in full HD at 60fps+ and it's the same for Q3A. Media drives are pennies, I just grabbed what I had lying around. I'm considering adding a Zip drive but I'm not sure I have any IRQ left - that's something I forgot to mention - IRQs! The HDD is a Seagate Barracuda and it has tons of space - the OS is a few hundred mb so there's space left for probably a thousand games. The SoundBlaster Live! sound card rules. One thing that I noticed after installing and playing for a while is that the SB16 emulation under windows is great - if your DOS game will run in the DOS virtual environment then everything will work perfectly, unfortunately if your games have to run in pure DOS then the card doesn't perform as well (LucasArts adventure games I'm looking at you!) so I had to install a second sound card for DOS - I went for an old SB AWE64 Gold which is the best ISA sound card of its type (IMO). Luckily my Soyo mobo had an ISA slot so that was a fairly painless - if heartbreaking - process. I chose Windows 98 Second Edition for my OS. SE was chosen for the full-featured compatibility with the hardware but crucially because it was the last true DOS-based OS, meaning reverse compatibility for DOS games would be as good as I could get on a Windows machine. The theory paid off, everything worked exactly as expected! Hardware compatibility was a runaway success, no driver issues and no conflicts (which is actually BETTER than my memories of the 90s) and software compatibility has been almost perfect too, although I still can't get Evolva running (remember that game?) All in all it was a blast building this retro PC. I've wanted a retro gaming rig for a while as a lot of my retro PC games don't work on new iterations of Windows so it was worth building a Retro Rig to play them on. I'll follow this up if it's well received and if you have any questions drop them in the comments. Many thanks to the guys over at www.vogons.org/ for pointers and for being an ace community I'm proud to be a member of. 3DFX Voodoo 2 SLI, Riva TNT, 450mhz Pentium II MMX, SoundBlaster Live! 512mb DDR RAM
  2. While other channels are off building multi-teraflop gaming PCs, we're going with something a little more 2003.
  3. Update 4/28/2017: After revisiting this computer, I realized that it was not running in turbo mode. So, it's running much slower than it should be in this video. This is a complete build video of a 386DX/40 MHz PC. I would say that this is a late 80s to early 90s era computer. There is also testing of games after the computer build. The games that are tested are Prince of Persia, LHX Attack Chopper, and Lemmings. Sometimes in the video, I use the term "Thick" threaded screws and "Thin" threaded screws. These refer to 6-32 and M3 screws respectively.
  4. Let's check out a Windows 98 Overkill machine. Featuring specs way beyond what was possible back in the day it's a fun way to experience a lot of retro games!
  5. Let's build a Pentium 3 Retro Gaming PC to relive the golden time of the late 90s.
  6. Building an all new computer from 20 year old parts for the Windows 98 20th Anniversary. Here are the specs of The New Windows 98 PC: OS: Windows 98 Second Edition CPU: 1GHz Tualatin Pentium III GPU: Voodoo 5 5500 64MB RAM: 512MB 133MHz SDRAM HDD: Western Digital 120GB 7200RPM EIDE PSU: EVGA 450BT 450W MOBO: Intel D815EEA2U(after using it, I don't recommend this board) CDD: Memorex 8xDVD+RW/+R 10xCD FDD3.5: Teac FD-235 FDD5.25: Teac FD-55 Sound: Creative Sound Blaster Live! 5.1 Case: Inwin Q500N (3rd revision I believe) Monitor: Hyundai ImageQuest V770+ Keyboard: Microsoft Natural Keyboard Joystick: Microsoft Sidewinder Force Feedback 2 Gamepad: Microsoft Sidewinder game pad Mouse: Microsoft Cordless Wheelmouse This was a wild ride of a video. The Voodoo 5 being DOA was alarming and nearly derailed the whole project...twice. The Motherboard doesn't seem to support two floppy drives as well. I never had both drives working in it. I still need to do some more testing to figure out if I can put a different BIOS on it to support that properly. I also wanted to show POD running instead of NFS but it has some problems running, especially in Glide mode with the Voodoo5. And another problem was that I couldn't get the gameport on the sound card to work. I need to try using the VXD drivers still to see if that makes a difference. All those problems aside this computer is really great. I was pushing its backwards compatibility a bit far with MS Flight Sim(only about the top half of the screen is meant to be shown) but a Win98 build like this is great for old games. Sure, you could buy most of these on GOG or use the original disks/discs in a VM. But those make for a pale imitation of the real deal. The struggle is part of the fun, although maybe not recapping a Voodoo 5 level of struggle. This is going to be the start of a series of videos that will showcase different aspects of building an running an old computer like this. The upcoming videos about the parts I chose will help explain why they are the ones I went with and how well they work. This video was meant to be a cathartic romp of 90's PC nostalgia. There will be a lot more in depth content from this later.
  7. RE-PC helped build a new (old) Dell Dimension XPS R400 Pentium II 400mhz, Voodoo3 3000 video card, Soundblaster 16 soundcard, 384MB ram, IBM P96 monitor and more!
  8. Celebrating SEVEN contiguous years of LGR by building the "Woodgrain 486!" The idea here is to build a PC piece by piece that would fit in around 1994, using spare parts and simulated wood.
  9. 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
  10. Oh... nostalgia... I'm finally building a 2003 Retro PC and play old games on it.
  11. 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.
  12. 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!