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    i am looking to relive my history with computers, over the years i started collecting old video games, mainly consoles and handhelds from the nes/gameboy, to current, i enjoy reliving the classic games, but there is one system that i do not have yet, and that is a 98se box, yes i am aware of dos box and other 3rd party programs, that will allow you to run old programs and games, currently i have a box, that has windows 7 and covers everything from, xp- current, now i want something to cover dos-98se/me that is authentic and whats considered top of the line back in 99-01 era before xp hit the market, i already have an idea what 98se can handle
    back in the day i ran a
    600mhz amd cpu
    64mb geforce pci video card
    sound blaster live 2 audio card
    512mb of sd ram
    20gb ide 5200 rpm hdd

    and i remember having troubles making games run maxed out and for most games i had to run them at medium settings, but of course it had norton anti virus, which took alot of resources back in the day, and it prob didn't help i was downloading music from napster alot back in that day either lol,

    im lookng to be running at

    800mhz-1ghz cpu
    768mb-1gb ram
    128mb agp card
    and a awesome mother board to plug all this into :)

    i already have a good sound card that will work with 98
    and i have a 120gb ide 7200 rpm seagate drive


    i just need to know exactley what i should be looking for as far as cpu motherboard ram and gpu brand names and model numbers would make things so much easier.

    and i already know you have to make some tweaks to run 98 with higher components and thats no problem:)

    thanks
     
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    why not just run emulators on modern hardware?
     
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    because im a purist, i don't emulate my other retro games, and i don't want to emulate old pc games :)
     
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    Oh man, gotta get a ATI Rage 128 pro card.

    Or maybe early Radeon?
     
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    hasn't worked on all titles. Klingon Academy for instance won't run on anything newer than win 2000 pro and it's not like interplay is around to help out lol. i wish it were as simple as running vmware workstation and picking out virtual components. Someone needs to work on that.
     
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    Dragon Lore was a good favorite of mine.
     
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    My Win 98 retro gaming rig is running a Msi 6167 Slot A mobo with a 800 mhz Athlon, A rage 128 pro, and a Aureal Vortex 2 SQ 2500 sound card with 128 mb of mem. Screams with old ass games. And of coruse with 98se you don't need more then 128 mb of mem and a 800 mhz cpu is plenty.
     
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    My retro machine is a Dell Inspiron 8100 laptop. Pentium III-m 1.2GHz, 512MB RAM, 32MB GeForce2 Go, 1600x1200 LCD panel. Runs like a dream. Any GeForce2 series card would probably do you well, maybe a GeForce3 if you want shaders.

    With regards to RAM, I thought 95/98/ME wouldn't boot on anything higher than 512MB.
     
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    My win98 retro gaming rig.


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    i call that the dark ages of PC games, the gpu accelerated titles are too demanding for emulators & too incompatible with modern cards & drivers :ohwell:

    at one point i may have had one of the most powerful win98se machines in the world... pentium 4 2.3ghz northwood, 1gb ddr333, 128mb 9800pro

    why limit yourself? you can use decent hardware that's beyond 98's time, maybe dual boot linux with it for fun (better yet, 2k & XP for games that require those that are broken on newer hardware)
     

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