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lol well thanks for all the replies. Yes I know I have a very vurrent pc and I know I could just run dos box. But to be honest I'm bored, and this gives me something to do. Theres not really a practicl point in it.
And thanks for the input on the parts by the way biggrin.gif

LOL i know that "itch" you have. I'd build a computer every day if i had the money to and people to give or sell them off to, i just find it fun and i know what you mean.
Computers are a hobby to people around here and it's fun to play with old hardware sometimes, right?
Maybe you know someone or have an old computer laying around that is no longer needed or used, practice some case modding on it? Play around with overclocking, cooling experiments and hardware.

Better than sinking money into building something out of boredom, which you'll get bored of and probably wont be able to get your cash back on.
I've got an old Dell Pentium 4 system at home, ive sprayed the case, chucked in a faster CPU, moved things around, added lights and extra cooling, all fun, didnt cost me over $20 either. 2cents.gif

But the way i see it, you can get a H61 Intel Motherboard for as little as $41 some places these days, and a dual core CPU with cooler and integrated graphics for like $50 too, grab an old ATX psu and 2nd hand ram off ebay, slap ubuntu on a stick and you've got a working pc, probably less than $130 all up. thinking.gif

Whereas if you were to buy a Core 2 Duo + Mobo off ebay, people are looking to sell their old, used stuff for around $70.
Lol, i have that same boredom sometimes too, and i lurk around ebay to see if i can snatch a bargain for something to keep me busy. Im doing that Desk Mod thing with the PC inside the desk as a school project so that's keeping me somewhat busy.
I was going to convert that old Dell i've got to a HTPC or Retro Gaming Rig with a NES or PS1 to USB remote, then i thought what's the point, not worth the money to do so, know what i mean?
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Yeah I already have the case, hard drives, CD Rom, floppy, and case fans I just need to scavenge a motherboard and such right now. Haha and yeah if I had the ability to build a computers daily I would never be bored biggrin.gif
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Yeah I already have the case, hard drives, CD Rom, floppy, and case fans I just need to scavenge a motherboard and such right now. Haha and yeah if I had the ability to build a computers daily I would never be bored biggrin.gif
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Yeah I already have the case, hard drives, CD Rom, floppy, and case fans I just need to scavenge a motherboard and such right now. Haha and yeah if I had the ability to build a computers daily I would never be bored biggrin.gif

Oh, you've got a lot of it already?
I reckon if you can pull a cheap motherboard+CPU off ebay or local ads or a computer swapmeet if they have them where you are then by all means it'd be fun to do so.

Im guessing you have IDE, Pentium 3 or 4 era stuff? You can even go as far as getting an LGA775 mobo that will support a quad core cpu if you really wanted it to and whatever old stuff you want to put there like a CD-R or Floppy drive. If you got a cheaper, newer mobo you'll miss out on using your old gen stuff like optical drives and such.
   
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If DOS gaming is the primary goal, I'd highly recommend getting a board that has an ISA slot.

There are very few PCI sound cards that do well in DOS.
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post #16 of 16
Best thing you can do is ask people or scavenge for an actual old rig, doesn't matter too much but anything from a 486DX2 to a Pentium MMX would do fine. Much faster and DOS can get iffy with processor rate throttling, making some older DOS games run at stupidly fast rates.

Myself, I use a 486DX2 with 16MB of SIMM memory modules, 256MB Connor hard drive, 3.5" and 5" diskette drives present, ISA Creative SoundBlaster 16 (CT1750, YMF262-M chip a.k.a. OPL3) and a good old Focus FK-5001 mechanical keyboard. Works fine for all nostalgic purposes xD
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