Computers

Specific Purpose Builds

The following PCs were assembled for the purpose of experimenting with specific hardware or hardware combinations.

Firestorm: Warp Speed (Not-)486[Build In Progress]

Specifications

  • PSU: Chen Guang 230W AT

  • Mainboard: Biostar MB-8433UUD-A

  • CPU: IBM/Cyrix 5x86-3V3100GF

  • RAM: 32MB (2x16MB EDO72)

  • Floppy Drive: TEAC 3.5" DS-HD

  • Hard Drive: Sandisk 2GB CF/IDE (Internal)

  • Optical Drive: AOpen 56x CD-ROM IDE

  • Graphics: Matrox Millennium PCI

  • Sound: Acer Magic S23A (CX4236B) ISA

  • Network: 3Com 3c905 10/100 PCI

  • Operating Systems:

    • MS-DOS 6.22

    • OS/2 Warp 3

Lightning: (Digital) Retro-Streaming

Specifications

  • PSU: Linkworld 200W ATX

  • Mainboard: FIC FR33E

  • CPU: Intel Celeron 1300MHz

  • RAM: 256MB (1x256MB SDRAM)

  • Floppy Drive: Neowin 3.5" DS-HD

  • Hard Drive 1: Seagate 80GB IDE (32GB)

  • Hard Drive 2: Kingston 4GB CF/IDE (Internal)

  • Optical Drive: HP 16x DVD/CD-RW IDE

  • Graphics: Matrox G450 Dualhead DVI PCI

  • Sound: Formosa MPB-000074 (ES1868) ISA

  • Network: Realtek RTL8100L 10/100 O/B

  • Operating Systems:

    • MS-DOS 6.22

    • Windows 98SE

Avenger: (Absurdly) Overkill Voodoo 3 [Build In Progress]

Specifications

  • PSU: FSP 300W ATX

  • Mainboard: MSI KT3 Ultra2

  • CPU: AMD AthlonXP 2500+

  • RAM: 1GB (2x512MB DDR)

  • Floppy Drive: Mitsumi 3.5" DS-HD

  • Hard Drive: Maxtor 80GB IDE

  • Optical Drive: Pioneer 16x DVD-RW

  • Graphics: 3dfx Voodoo 3 3000 AGP

  • Sound: Turtle Beach Santa Cruz (CS4630) PCI

  • Network: 3Com 3c905 10/100 PCI

  • Operating System: Windows 2000

Period Gaming Builds

The following PCs were assembled for the purpose of preserving the experience of playing games of a specific 3-year era with (mostly) period correct hardware

i386 (1987 - 1989) Build

Specifications

  • PSU: TASK 230W AT

  • Mainboard: Scamp 386SX

  • CPU: AMD Am386SX/SXL-25

  • RAM: 4MB (4x1MB FPM30)

  • Floppy Drive: Mitsumi 3.5" DS-HD

  • Hard Drive 1: Generic 512MB CF/IDE (Internal)

  • Hard Drive 2: CF/IDE (External)

  • Graphics: Cirrus Logic CL-GD5402 ISA

  • Sound: TubeTime Snark Barker ISA

  • Operating System: MS-DOS 5.0

i486 (1990 - 1992) Build

Specifications

  • PSU: TASK 230W AT

  • Mainboard: Chicony CH-471A

  • CPU: Intel i486DX-33

  • RAM: 8MB (8x1MB FPM72)

  • Floppy Drive: Alps 3.5" DS-HD

  • Hard Drive: Sandisk 2GB CF/IDE (Internal)

  • Optical Drive: LG 52x CD-ROM IDE

  • Graphics: Cirrus Logic CL-GD5428 VLB

  • Sound 1: Best Union MF-719 (YMF719) ISA

  • Sound 2: PCMIDI MPU Interface

  • Operating System: MS-DOS 6.22

i586 (1993 - 1995) Build

Specifications

  • PSU: AEL 200W AT

  • Mainboard: QDI Explorer I P5I430VX

  • CPU: Intel Pentium 133

  • RAM: 32MB (2x16MB EDO72)

  • Floppy Drive: Mitsumi 3.5" DS-HD

  • Hard Drive 1: Quantum Fireball 4.3GB IDE

  • Optical Drive: LG 52x CD-ROM IDE

  • Graphics: Data Expert MPG3365P (Trio64V+) PCI

  • 3D Accelerator: 3dfx Voodoo PCI

  • Sound: Sound Blaster AWE32 CT3980/32MB ISA

  • Network: 3Com 3C905 PCI

  • Other: S3 Scenic/MX2 MPEG-1

  • Operating System: Windows 95C

i686 (1996 - 1998) Build

Specifications

  • PSU: Channel Well 230W ATX

  • Mainboard: Gigabyte GA-BX2000+

  • CPU: Intel Petium III 450

  • RAM: 128MB (1x128MB SDRAM)

  • Floppy Drive: Mitsumi 3.5" DS-HD

  • Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint 40GB IDE

  • Optical Drive: LG 52x CD-RW IDE

  • Graphics: 3dfx Voodoo Banshee AGP

  • Sound: Sound Blaster AWE64 CT4500/32MB ISA

  • Network: 3Com 3C905 PCI

  • Operating System: Windows 98SE

Socket 370 (1999 - 2001) Build

Specifications

  • PSU: Pegasus 350W ATX

  • Mainboard: Gigabyte GA-6OXT

  • CPU: Intel Pentium III 1200

  • RAM: 386MB (3x128MB DDR)

  • Floppy Drive: Alps 3.5" DS-HD

  • Hard Drive: Seagate 80GB IDE

  • Optical Drive: Philips 52x CD-RW IDE

  • Graphics: ABIT Siluro GeForce 4 Ti4200 AGP

  • Sound: Diamond MS MX300 (AU8830) PCI

  • Network: TP-Link TF-3200 PCI

  • Operating System: Windows Me

Socket 754 (2002 - 2004) Build

Specifications

  • PSU: High Power 500W ATX

  • Mainboard: ASUS K8V Deluxe

  • CPU: AMD Athlon64 3700+

  • RAM: 2GB (2x1GB DDR)

  • Floppy Drive: Mitsumi 3.5" DS-HD

  • Hard Drive: Samsung 120GB IDE

  • Optical Drive: Samsung 20x DVD-RW IDE

  • Graphics: Sapphire Radeon X800XT PE AGP

  • Sound: Creative Audigy 2 ZS (SB0350) PCI

  • Operating System: Windows XP SP3

OEM Systems

The following OEM PCs were obtained, restored and retained over the years for being representative of hardware trends of their time

IBM PS/1 2155-593 (1993)

Specifications

  • PSU: IBM 145W AT

  • Mainboard: IBM 73G3846

  • CPU: Intel 486DX2-66

  • RAM: 16MB (4x4MB FPM72)

  • Floppy Drive: Gotek 3.5" (Flash-Floppy)

  • Hard Drive: TwinMos 512MB CF/IDE (Internal)

  • Optical Drive: Samsung 40x CD-ROM

  • Graphics: Cirrus Logic CL-GD5428 1MB O/B

  • Sound: Sound Blaster 16 CT2290

  • Operating System: MS-DOS 6.21

Dell Dimension XPS D333 (1997)

Specifications

  • PSU: Dell 200W Proprietary

  • Mainboard: Dell 7207C (i440LX)

  • CPU: Intel Pentium II 333

  • RAM: 192MB (3x64MB SDRAM)

  • Floppy Drive: Mitsumi 3.5" DS-HD

  • Hard Drive 1: IBM 8,4GB IDE

  • Hard Drive 2: Maxtor 80GB IDE

  • Optical Drive: Samsung 16x DVD/CD-RW IDE

  • Graphics: STB Velocity 128 AGP

  • 3D Accelerator: 3dfx Voodoo 2 PCI

  • Sound 1: Turtle Beach Montego (AU8820) PCI

  • Sound 2: SB AWE64 Value CT4520

  • Network: 3Com 3c905 10/100 PCI

  • Other: QI Cinemaster C 1.2 MPEG-1 PCI

  • Operating System: Windows 98SE

Dell Optiplex GX110 (2000)

Specifications

  • PSU: DELL 145W Proprietary

  • Mainboard: Dell 36XMT (i810E)

  • CPU: Intel Pentium III 733

  • RAM: 256MB (2x128MB SDRAM)

  • Floppy Drive: NEC 3.5" DS-HD

  • Hard Drive: Seagate 20GB IDE

  • Optical Drive: Lite-On 48x CD-ROM

  • Graphics: nVidia Riva TNT2 M64 PCI

  • Sound: Sound Blaster Live! CT4780

  • Network: 3Com 3c905c 10/100 O/B

  • Operating System: Windows 98SE

Compaq Deskpro EN-SFF (2001)

Specifications

  • PSU: COMPAQ 120W Proprietary

  • Mainboard: Compaq 239117-001 (i815E B0)

  • CPU: Intel Pentium III 1000B

  • RAM: 256MB (2x64MB + 128MB SDRAM)

  • Floppy Drive: Mitsumi 3.5" DS-HD

  • Hard Drive: Seagate 20GB IDE

  • Optical Drive: LG 16x DVD-RW IDE

  • Graphics: Sapphire Radeon 7000 PCI

  • Sound: Guillemot Maxi Sound Fortissimo PCI

  • Network: Intel 10/100 O/B

  • Operating System: Windows 98SE