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A dedicated 32bit Windows XP build for maximum performance and compatibility in DirectX7/8/9 era games. Please also check out my Windows 98 build

EDIT (26 Oct 2019): Changed the PSU to a non-exploding model. Added inside photo (this case sucks, extremely cramped and no cable management routes, don't say I didnt warn you)

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  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

My gaming pc has worse specs than this

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

My laptop has dedicated GPU that performs around the same as your 750 Ti

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

I have a dell inspiron with an i7 and a GTX 1050 that I am really regretting

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  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

If I wasn't forced to get a laptop I would've gotten this PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 7 1700 3 GHz 8-Core Processor $195.99 @ SuperBiiz
CPU Cooler Noctua - NH-L9a-AM4 33.84 CFM CPU Cooler $39.90 @ Amazon
Motherboard ASRock - AB350M Pro4 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $64.99 @ Newegg Business
Memory G.Skill - Aegis 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $104.99 @ Newegg
Storage Patriot - Burst 120 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $22.99 @ Amazon
Storage Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $44.85 @ OutletPC
Video Card Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4 GB OC Low Profile Video Card $169.99 @ Amazon
Case Antec - VSK2000-U3 HTPC Case $48.98 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply SeaSonic - 300 W 80+ Bronze Certified TFX Power Supply $69.00 @ Amazon
Optical Drive LG - WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer $59.89 @ OutletPC
Operating System Microsoft - Windows 10 Home Full 32/64-bit $119.99 @ Dell
Wireless Network Adapter Asus - PCE-AC51 PCI-Express x1 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi Adapter $29.99 @ B&H
Keyboard Logitech - K400 Plus Wireless Mini Keyboard w/Touchpad $25.99 @ B&H
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $997.54
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-12-11 08:43 EST-0500
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  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Oof

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

what did you actually pay for all this?

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

It has been a while I don't remember the exact prices. But not much. The CPU, GPU and sound card was used. I already had the keyboard/mouse and DVD drive.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

I can hear that image. Man I need to set some custom sounds on windows 10

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

retro!! In a matter of a few seconds you convinced me to install a 32bits OS on my Atom 230 build. It seems to be 64 bits capable but with such low performance and only 2gb of ram I think 32 is the way to go.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

I think you should go for 64bit always if you don't need native 32bit compatibility like in my case.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

I might play Starcraft and GTA2 on that weak computer, both games existed in a time of 32bits. I'll sleep on that tonight!

Edit: and since it's a low power (and low heat) pc I may put it inside a NES body.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Are there any BF2:SF servers still out there? OMG!

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

CERTIFIED UNIQUE

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

OMG ! Just realized I didn't install Morrowind GOTY. Correcting now.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you do that?

I tried to install Windows XP on an old PC about 2 years ago, but I just couldn't make XP work normally.

Mostly getting the service packs was a pain, but they were installed all right. What I couldn't do is install the graphics driver. I know it's an older GPU (NVidia 6600 GT), but the official driver from the NVidia site just did not install, no matter what.

Did you have any similar problems?

For the record (not like it would matter) the OS came from a legitimate source (from the company I worked for), so that couldn't be why the driver was unable to install.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Well I ahem..."acquired" a Windows XP disc image with SP3, all updates till November 2013 & SATA drivers preinstalled and just used it. The final official drivers from nvidia (368.81) installed fine also. I have just a single problem and it's the sound card's DTS Connect & Dolby Digital Live pack. There is no way to unlock it since Creative doesn't give a damn about it anymore. I gave 65 US dollars for a working PCI X-Fi Platinum just for EAX & Directsound. And it really sucks that I can't get 6ch sound from my AV receiver. Some USB 3.0 and 3.1 flash drives do not work no matter what file system I use. It's maybe related to the USB 3.0 to 2.0 motherboard lead adapter I used for the Silverstone case. No other issues whatsoever.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Interesting.

What's wrong with the onboard audio? Does it work? Why did you go for an expensive sound card?

The motherboard does not support USB 3.0 or USB 3.1, so I'm not surprised they do not work. This old boy only supports USB 2.0.

Good job on the build. Well done.

Thanks for the extra info. :)

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Like I said, I specifically wanted EAX. That's why I bought that sound card. Right now I get accelerated directsound but only at 2 channels stereo. I know that this motherboard only has USB 2.0 headers so that's why I used an adapter to use the 3.0 ports on the front of the case. USB 2.0 drives work perfectly. But 3.0 & 3.1 drives don't which is weird because they should be backwards compatible.

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm not an audiophile. I didn't know EAX it's a Sound Blaster thing only.

USB ports are backward compatible, that is a 3.0 USB port can operate USB 2.0 devices.

But the devices are not backward compatible. They have USB 3.0 interface because they need the extra bandwidth. And although the case supports USB 3.0 for you, the motherboard does not, os the USB 3.0 requirements of the devices are not fulfilled.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

I thought this was 2018? LOL. I've seen computer's with worse specs than this BTW.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Im digging the retro. Got any more pictures? Specifically of the PC and insides.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Well since cable management is impossible in this cramped case, the inside of it is a cringe-worthy disaster. All fan slots are full, the PSU is non-modular and there is a fan controller inside. I also taped the SSD on top of the DVD drive. Do you really wanna see that? :D

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Hmmm. Na that would run the mystique. I'll just imagine it's a beauty inside and out.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

I like wise have an old Core duo just for these games running XP pro.... Good show!

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  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Can it run Roblox though?

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

2009 YouTube intensifies

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

lol a 4k thousand dollar monitor and your powering it with this?...

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

It is shared with my main 4K gaming rig

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