Does anyone else have a 'classic' rig? ie one that is of little use today other than perhaps nostalgia? Someone lent me phantasmagoria at work the other day and I couldn't get some of the video sequences running satisfactorily on my system with dosbox (Which probably means there is something wrong with it) but it was enough of an excuse to fire up my 'classic rig'
The story behind it is I first built it in around 1997 from 2nd hand parts on the cheap because new PCs were still retailing for around the £1,000 mark with early Pentium II processors. It was my first and the house's first PC. I think I put the whole thing together for about £250.
Here was the spec of it when I'd finished:
Full Yes Intel 82430VX motherboard
Intel Pentium 75
32MB PC66 SD RAM
2.1Gb WD Caviar HDD
'Audio Excel' Sound card (SB16 compatible CM8330)
Cirrus Logic 5446 2MB PCI video card
15" Compaq monitor.
Desktop case complete with turbo button
Pretty poor even then, but I o/c'd it straight away to 100MHz.
I upgraded it a bit here and there before moving over to a couple of super socket 7 mobos the following year and finally a socket A at which point I'd caught up with the times! Most of the other setups are long gone but I kept the fullyes board and a few years ago I decided to put it back together. The main reason I kept it is the board seems to be fully legacy compatable and everything dos runs perfectly on it (on newer boards I had many compatability issues playing games like first encounters, usually from the sound/video card not being ISA/PCI.)
Specs for it now are:
Intel Pentium 200 MMX (it's actually a 233 but board multiplier doesn't go higher than 3x)
64MB EDO ram. Had to choose between 32MB SD and 64MB EDO, so went for the latter as it has win98 SE installed on it.
Sound Blaster AWE32 with 2mb on board
S3 Virge DX 375 4mb
Voodoo 2 12mb
(bought new in 1998, still working)
6gb Maxtor HD.
19" Compaq CRT.
It currently lives on a desk in the loft out of the way. It would offend the laptop generation with the amount of space it takes up.
I'm thinking I might upgrade the graphics card to a radeon 7000 or Geforce 2 MX PCI, and maybe splash out on an AWE64 gold.
Could do with a usb card too.
Well I hope I'm not the only one with a soft spot for 'old' PCs. I'd say in the grand scheme of things it's not that old, but in computer terms it's definitely an OAP.