View Full Version : Building the Perfect 1993-2001 Gaming PC

05-22-2011, 09:38 AM
Computer gaming... In the mid to late 90s, we saw some of the best games ever created. The birth of Online play, and innovative technology that has since then, only been imitated and improved on.

Through countless hours of research, trial and error, and a massive amount of old tech now at my disposal (because of the errors, lol) I have finally assembled the perfect gaming PC for computer games ranging from the early 90's to 2001.

So, lets get started!

Intel Pentium II @ 450mHz
512 MB PC 133 RAM
3DFX Voodoo 5 5500 AGP Graphics Card
Sound Blaster Live! 5.1 PCI Sound card
16x DVD-ROM Drive

So... Why a Voodoo 5 card? 1 word: Glide. 3DFX Glide is a technology unique to 3DFX cards only, and with the Voodoo5 card being 3DFX's only 32-bit GPU card ever made ( and last card ever made ) its the best way to go. Not only that, but it also fully supports OpenGL and Direct3D.

What kind of games have 3DFX Glide support? See my other Post.

The down-side of a Voodoo 5 is finding one cheaper than $100.00, but due to a huge cult following, Drivers will not be a problem on locating, and there are many aftermaket Drivers available as well.

Next, Sound blaster Live!: Why a Live! Card... DOS-Legacy support. SB Live 5.1 SB0060 supports Dos Legacy, it comes with drivers that emulate Sound Blaster, Sound Blaster 16, and Sound Blaster AWE. As well as more than enough power to play audio on Windows PC Games as well.

Other than that, Games...

Well... You can figure that one out on your own!

EDIT: I thought this may be important. I recently bought the Sound Blaster Live! 5.1 for 2 reasons. I had a SB Ensoniq PCI AudioPCI64V, but there were some flaws with several games that I now no longer have. Age of Empires II, the audio sputtered off or trailed off when you would click like "putupupupupp..." lol... Also Warcraft and Warcraft II, in Warcraft, the music worked, but no unit audio, and the audio settings would not hold after a restart on the PC, with War2, the same issue occurred as it did in Age of Empires II.

05-22-2011, 10:02 AM
Which operating system are you using for your setup?

05-22-2011, 10:23 AM
Windows 98 SE

05-22-2011, 10:39 AM
Needs more beige CRT - black monitor just doesn't work ;)

Suggestion: Panasonic P90.

05-22-2011, 10:50 AM
Needs more beige CRT - black monitor just doesn't work ;)

Suggestion: Panasonic P90.

I would like to find a beige LCD Monitor. CRT puts out 40 times the radiation lol.