Super old budget build!

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  1. Flamin-roids

    Flamin-roids Maha Guru

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    So I was making my usual rounds through the thrift store when I came across a $7 computer. I didn't know what was in it but it did have a DVD drive and a Lite-on CD-burner so I figured the drives alone were worth $7 so I bought it and took it home. I didn't exactly strike gold when I opened it up to find a Celeron 800 processor but it did have a nice ASUS board and it was a socket 370 so I could swap it with a P3 pretty easily. And it booted too.

    Now the 20GB IBM deathstar drive was dead (if anybody remembers those horrible drives) and the video card was an old Elsa so I was about to pull the drives and dump the rest in to the donation bin before i came up with an idea. I got on ebay and found a 1.4ghz Pentium III (Tualatin) for $6. I bought it and snagged a 60GB WD hard drive for $10 as well. I received the parts and put it together. I installed windows xp and it runs super smooth.

    At this point I am trying to decide what is a reasonable amount to spend on a video card. I'm into this system $23 and I would like to keep it under $35 total. Any suggestions on what card would go best with this build? And at what point would you stop spending money on such a computer?
     
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    I would have thought you could get a GF4 Ti 4200 or 4600 for next to nothing which would fit that era quite well

    You could probably even get a agp 6600GT for about £20, but that is probably overkill
     
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    Flamin-roids Maha Guru

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    So far I have been looking on ebay and I have yet to find a TI4600 for under $20. I would like to get a 9800 pro or XT but people are asking way too much for those. I've seen FX5200's for around $15 but those are crap.
     
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    My god whats the point, a phone is more usefull than that old stuff!
     
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    micketh Ancient Guru

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    Because it's enjoyable!
     
  7. fxmercenary

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    I did the same thing, but put a Voodoo 5 card and windows 98 in it. The computer is a top-of-the-line 2001 power house!

    I use it to play all my old games.

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    File server?
     
  9. Flamin-roids

    Flamin-roids Maha Guru

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    My son already has a DSi and a PS3 so he isn't being denied any new technologies. He really loves my old computer games (Warcraft 3 etc) and I want him to get into computers now that he's at an age where he can sorta understand them. My first computer was a PII 350 with a Voodoo 3 video card and I loved the hell out of that thing. Besides, a 1.4ghz PIII is fast enough. If I could snag a 9800pro or a TI4600, it could be a pretty fun computer. I've been on it more than my Quad core system the past week because I can't believe how useful it still is.
     
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    Dude, you're freaking me out. First you have the Tie Fighter CD collectors edition, then you have the same exact Joystick I used to have to control it; and then you have my exact keyboard as well. :banana:

    Check out X-Wing Alliance. :)
     

  11. aircool

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    Because a smart phone doesn't have a nostalgia factor?

    Still got a laptop with a P3 working adequatley ;)
     
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    This is awesome.
     
  13. Flamin-roids

    Flamin-roids Maha Guru

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    Well I picked up a TI4600 for $17 and snagged 1GB of PC133 memory for $10 so it looks like my super old budget build came to about $50. Here's what I ended up with:

    CPU: Pentium 3 1.4ghz Tualatin
    Mobo: ASUS CUV4X
    Memory: 1024mb PC133 sdram
    Video: NVidia TI4600 128mb agp 4x
    HDD: Western Digital 60GB 7200rpm IDE
    PSU: Antec smart power 350 watt

    It's ten years old but I think it will still prove to be a fun machine.
     
  14. The Chubu

    The Chubu Ancient Guru

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    Thats full tower? I SO want one right now.
     
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    There's a lot of older games that just don't like to work on newer systems, even with the help of the likes of dos-box and other programs. Even some more recent games from the 2000-2005 era, and all the tweaking in the world wont help at times.

    I'm a huge Thief fan, for example. Thief 3 refuses to work for me on more modern platforms no matter what I do, and trust me I've tried 'everything' with no joy. There are other games I have similar issues with, that are a pain to get working properly for various reasons. Half the time whether you get some games working or not even with known 'fixes' it's down to luck.

    For this reason I've got a bit of an older single core system sitting around (which also doubles as a file server).

    Athlon XP 2000
    MSI K7N2-L
    1024mb PC3200
    Geforce 6200

    I can still max the older games I play out on that system, but without the hassle of trying to make some of them work on my main rig. Plus, as I mentioned it has other uses.
     

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    Hmmm...DOS-Box? I can´t believe that there are games that will not run on todays hardware and OS like Windows 7 64 bit. Maybe checking out the VOGON website will also help with that.
     
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    One of the problems with the Thief games is the engine disliking multiple cores, the funny thing is I can get the origional two games working fine. Thief 3 is another story entirely, as is Deus Ex 2 which uses the same engine. Setting the game to run with only one core allows me to start but the games still periodically crash. I literally tried everything possible before throwing that rig together from old parts.

    Another game that comes to mind his VTM: Redemption, which is a royal pain in the arse to get running at times. The worst of it is, some of these games will work fine for you, then after a format they'll take some unknown issue even if the reinstall is identical to the last.

    Being a retro fan and in need of a bit of a server anyway it just made more sense for me to go the route I did rather than spend inordinate amounts of time farting about with settings and and fixes whenever I felt like playing something a bit on the aged side. Besides, it's fun throwing the old hardware together for the nostalgia factor.
     
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    What is with those speakers? They look like floor fans.
     
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    12 years ago....=$5000.00 setup...Ill bet media player still sounds Good!!!
     
  20. fxmercenary

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    they are Altec Lansing ACS 450 surround sound speakers.

    I have X-wing alliance! it rocks on the voodoo 5!

    Old computers are awesome!
     

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