Computers

Specific Purpose Builds

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

Firestorm: Ultimate 486

Specifications

  • Case: AT Mid Tower (MSI)
  • PSU: Chen Guang 230W AT
  • Mainboard: Biostar MB-8433UUD-A
  • CPU: IBM/Cyrix 5x86-3V3100GF (@120MHz)
  • RAM: 16MB (2x8MB EDO72)
  • Floppy Drive: TEAC 3.5" DS-HD
  • Hard Drive 1: Kingston 4GB CF/IDE (Internal)
  • Hard Drive 2: CF/IDE (External)
  • Optical Drive: AOpen 56x CD-ROM IDE
  • Graphics: Octek Hercules ARK1000PV PCI
  • Sound: Acer Magic S23A (CX4236B) ISA
  • Network: Surecom EP-312-V
  • Operating Systems: MS-DOS 6.22

Lightning: Budget 1997 Gaming

Specifications

  • Case: AT Mid Tower (ST)
  • PSU: Chen Guang 230W AT
  • Mainboard: ZIDA 5STX
  • CPU: Intel Pentium MMX 200
  • RAM: 64MB (1x64MB SDRAM)
  • Floppy Drive: Mitsumi 3.5" DS-HD
  • Hard Drive 1: Seagate 80GB (32GB) IDE
  • Hard Drive 2: Sandisk 2GB CF/IDE (Internal)
  • Optical Drive: LG 52x CD-ROM IDE
  • Graphics: ATI All-In-Wonder Pro PCI
  • Sound: Formosa MPB-000074 (ES1868) ISA
  • Network: 3Com 3c905 10/100 PCI
  • Operating Systems:
    • MS-DOS 6.22
    • Windows 98SE

Avenger: Totally Overkill Voodoo 3

Specifications

  • Case: ATX Mid Tower (Frisby)
  • 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

  • Case: AT Mid Tower (No-Name)
  • 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)
  • Optical Drive: ASUS 50x CD-ROM IDE
  • Graphics: Cirrus Logic CL-GD5402 ISA
  • Sound: Edison Gold-16 (ES688) ISA
  • Operating System: MS-DOS 5.0

i486 (1990 - 1992) Build

Specifications

  • Case: AT Mid Tower (Tekkom)
  • 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

  • Case: AT Mid Tower (Aidata)
  • 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 PCI
  • MPEG Decoder: S3 Scenic/MX2
  • 3D Accelerator: 3dfx Voodoo PCI
  • Sound: Sound Blaster AWE32 CT3980/32MB ISA
  • Network: 3Com 3C905 PCI
  • Operating System: Windows 95C

i686 (1996 - 1998) Build

Specifications

  • Case: ATX Mid Tower (Generic)
  • PSU: Channel Well 230W ATX
  • Mainboard: FIC PA-2013
  • CPU: AMD K6-2/500
  • RAM: 128MB (1x128MB)
  • 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

  • Case: ATX Mid Tower (Generic)
  • 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

  • Case: ATX Mid Tower (Codegen)
  • 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

  • Case: LPX PS/1 (IBM)
  • PSU: IBM 145W AT
  • Mainboard: IBM 73G3846
  • CPU: Intel 486DX2-66
  • RAM: 24MB (2x8MB, 2x4MB FPM72)
  • Floppy Drive: Gotek 3.5" (Flash-Floppy)
  • Hard Drive 1: TwinMos 512MB CF/IDE (Internal)
  • Hard Drive 2: CF/IDE (External)
  • Optical Drive: Samsung 40x CD-ROM
  • Graphics: Cirrus Logic CL-GD5428 1MB O/B
  • Sound: Sound Blaster 16 CT2290
  • Operating Systems:
    • PC-DOS 7.0
    • OS/2 Warp 3

Dell Dimension XPS D333 (1997)

Specifications

  • Case: ATX Full Tower (Dell)
  • 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
  • MPEG Decoder: QI Cinemaster C 1.2 PCI
  • Sound 1: Turtle Beach Montego (AU8820)
  • Sound 2: SB AWE64 Value CT4520
  • Network: 3Com 3c905 10/100 PCI
  • Operating System: Windows 98SE

Dell Optiplex GX110 (2000)

Specifications

  • Case: ATX LP Desktop (Dell)
  • 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: SB AudioPCI 64V CT4810
  • Network: 3Com 3c905c 10/100 O/B
  • Operating System: Windows 98SE

Compaq Deskpro EN-SFF (2001)

Specifications

  • Case: ATX SFF Desktop (Compaq)
  • 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