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... ;)