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After more than two years of contemplation, part selection, and vigorous testing, re-testing, and having to learn about an operating system released only two years after I was born, my Windows 98 machine is finally finished!

This is probably my fourth or fifth build, but plans for it started immediately after I finished my second, when I ran into an awesome community of retro enthusiasts on Discord back in 2016. Before long, I was thrown into a world where plug-and-play was in its infancy, clock multipliers were controlled with physical switches and jumpers, and into the world of vintage troubleshooting that I'm sure we all know and love.

I wanted this to be a 1998 gamer's dream, with hardware most people would drool over for the time, and with the ability to swap between the Sound Blaster Live and AWE32 on the fly, it's got compatibility with games from a nearly twenty year span!

Overall, I'm very satisfied with the system. The Voodoo2's deliver performance that most companies struggled to match at the time. The crisp highs and bassy lows the two sound cards are able to put out would throw any retro enthusiasts into nostalgic hysteria.

Now on to the next project: The 486 Dream Machine... ;)

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  • 13 months ago
  • 7 points

This deserves a feature tbh... don’t see many of these

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree.

  • 13 months ago
  • 3 points

This is amazing. I love retro builds. Voodoo2 cards in SLI were the equivalent to having a pair of 2080s in Nvlink today. What games do you run on this? I'm guessing somewhere between Halo CE, The Sims, Unreal Tournament, Doom 2, and Half-Life are up there.

Can it run Crysis?

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I plan on playing a lot of Half-Life, and when the gldsrc remake of Half-Life 2 is finished, I'll try getting it working. Forsaken, the Descent series, and some of the older Need For Speed games! My buddy hosts an old server with tons of games you just can't get anywhere else anymore. I plan on having a day dedicated to just seeing what this old beast can do!

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

I actually checked, I don't think Halo CE will be able to run, surprisingly.

  • 13 months ago
  • 3 points

This makes me want to play Wing Commander III and IV again.

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

I dig this a lot - well done! Compatibility on that system must be really great. Were it not for the cost of older parts like this, I would've probably gone a similar route for my own retro build.

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Way to go. Props for doing something unique and original. Love it!

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Love a good retro build, keep it up!

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

nice old voodoo cards +1

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Now fill it with RGB...

Like how all the parts are custom

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

I love this build. 450MHz? That was smokin fast. I remember the first home computer I had was a Pentium 100MHz with 8MB RAM (I think it was running 95). I was jealous cause my buddy had a Pentium 133 with TURBO button and 16MB RAM :(

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Are those "hand made" rounded IDE cables? Nice

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

As a wise pewds once said "very nice"

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

nice retro build!

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

I love this

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Whoa, a lot of PCI cards.

And your part list is full of custom parts, a very rare sight.

Love your build man

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol. IDK what to say.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Are these kinds of builds for nostalgia, preservation, posterity, or all of the above?

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

For me, having built a retro system of roughly the same type, I say all of the above.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Righteous. I like it.

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  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

I never got to experience this stuff when it was new, so it's not really nostalgic, for me, but it is fun to tinker with. I collect processors and graphics card, mostly for preservation, and to keep them out of the hands of people who would break them down for precious metals. I wanna keep this stuff alive, letting a new generation of enthusiasts tinker with the hardware that got us where we are.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

What's the huge pcb on the bottom of the case?

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

That's the AWE32, model number CT3990. It's a great sound card from 1995, and as the longest card I currently own. Lol

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you mind telling what each card does? Thats a heck of a lot of cards

  • 13 months ago
  • 3 points

Sure! The Riva 128 is an AGP video card, and handles the 2D tasks, like the desktop for Windows 98. The Voodoo2's are 3D-only cards, and handle 3D tasks, lier video games. 3dfx is the company that msde them. They're the ones who introduced SLI technology, so I grabbed two to run them in tandem. Below that is a 3com 10/100 ethernet card. Next is the Sound Blaster Live! It's a sound. The model number is CT4620, and is one of the medals with gold plated contacts. Attached to that is an add-in board that connects to the SBL, and does MIDI in and out, SPDIF in and out, and can handle difital sound. Lastly, the AWE32, another sound card with better DOS compatibility. It also has expandable memory, taking standard SIMMs for things like laptops from the early and mid 90's!

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow. Thanks! Glad motherboards now have most of that integrated!

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Holy crap I typed that on my phone and I just realized how many typos it had in it.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

lol its all good. :D

  • 13 months ago
  • -3 points

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  • 13 months ago
  • 4 points

was that really necessary?

  • 13 months ago
  • 4 points

Agreed, that could've definitely been worded better to be less offensive

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

And that's how you get drowned in negative karma

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

F to his Karma

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

cmon bro can u be anymore offensive skyrise serioulsly!

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