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looking to get into retro pc gaming

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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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Oh man, gotta get a ATI Rage 128 pro card.

Or maybe early Radeon?
 
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why not just run emulators on modern hardware?
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)