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Candles 486 aka THE86-486DX

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First off my normal naming scheme is The86 on all my machines

I present my 486

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SOYO 025D2
I486 DX 33
8MB 30PIN SIMM
Goldstar ISA Controller
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3.5in 1.44mb Floppy
5.25 1.2mb Floppy
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Ide and molex hanging out because I can't get my cf adapter to work, it doesn't like the drive, and I can't write disks as my other floppy drives are bad, so I'm leaving the HDD as able to quick disconnect until I can figure out networking.
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Before anyone asks I want it to run cooler and I'm out of 3pin fan adapters leaving that red 80mm as my only fan with a 4pin molex
 
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Before anyone asks I want it to run cooler and I'm out of 3pin fan adapters leaving that red 80mm as my only fan with a 4pin molex
I'd at least find a heatsink for that CPU. Nice setup though. Good cable management. Well done!
 
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I'd at least find a heatsink for that CPU. Nice setup though. Good cable management. Well done!
yea im ordering a 486 heatsink, the DX33 doesn't require one so im ok for now but ive got one on order
 
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I will say cable management is almost a lost cause in this generation.

Oh because some may be confused about the AA batteries boards of this vintage has an external battery option, the original cmos battery was a barrel battery that at some point was removed likely because it started to leak. The 3 batteries provide the cmos function. It's slot simpler than soldering a new battery onto the board, and the cmos calls for at least 3.6v so the 4.5v of AA is perfect for it.
 
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Get yourself the Evergreen upgrade CPU for just $199!

I actually recall doing that, upgrading a Cyrix 486DX2 66MHz to the Evergreen CPU at 133MHz. It was my first ever AMD chip, my first ever CPU upgrade, and my first experience with a ZIF socket.
 
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Get yourself the Evergreen upgrade CPU for just $199!

I actually recall doing that, upgrading a Cyrix 486DX2 66MHz to the Evergreen CPU at 133MHz. It was my first ever AMD chip, my first ever CPU upgrade, and my first experience with a ZIF socket.
Nah I'm looking for a dx2 though
 
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Nah I'm looking for a dx2 though
Ebay for the win;
$18, it's located in Texas not far from you and the seller has great feedback.
There's also this one for $25,
The seller calls it a "pentium" but it's an antique shop so that is forgivable. Still good seller ratings.

Here's the search I used to find them;
 
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Oh I'm waiting for payday then ordering one.
 
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Oh I'm waiting for payday then ordering one.
That is why I included the search itself, that way you can just click a link and find results at a later time.

Also found this;
It's $39 but is a drop in upgrade for that board you've got. You'll need to change the multiplier from 1 to 3(3x33mhz=100mhz), which should just be a set of jumpers, but otherwise you'd be good to go.
You will need a heatsink and fan for it but that CPU is the pinnacle of the 486 series(IMHO).

There's also this search;

Which included the following result;
ATI Mach32 2MB
 
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DX/SX ones doesn't indeed need a heatsink, so no problems there with that 33MHz CPU. I'd say that for a 486 build, you have pretty damn fine cable management there :toast:

The DVD drive looks funny though. :D
 
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I couldn't help myself, someone gave me a bucket of ram
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32MB! That would have cost a small fortune back in the day!
True, it did. Can you imagine 64MB? Oh yes, I had that in my 486DX4 100mhz. The motherboard had 4 72pin simm slots. I stuck 16MB SIMMs in. Windows 3.11 ran smooth as silk. When Win95 came out I was more than ready.
 
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True, it did. Can you imagine 64MB? Oh yes, I had that in my 486DX4 100mhz. The motherboard had 4 72pin simm slots. I stuck 16MB SIMMs in. Windows 3.11 ran smooth as silk. When Win95 came out I was more than ready.
I had a program called “MagnaRAM” that was supposed to give you more memory through the magic of compression. That’s how bad things were back then for this poor college student.
 
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I remember my family having to settle for 180mhz and 32MB back in the day. 64MB and 200mhz was a $900 upgrade.
 
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our first family computer i found out a few years later when i took it apart becuase i wanted to, it was an IBM Cyrix 6x86 166 and 32mb of 72pin Simms, we got it in 96 and my dad said it wasn't cheap
 
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