Okay ya'll, I bit the bullet and am now purchacing the parts to replace my faithful 300MHz PII. So now, I'm getting the parts in the mail over the next couple days. I'm gonna list what I got, you guys tell me what you think, and how I should go about building the little bugger.
Parts, all going into Antec SX830:
-AMD Athlon 1.2GHz, 266MHz FSB (Retail)
-Asus A7A266, w/o sound (Retail)
-2 Crucial 256MB PC2100 sticks
-IBM Deskstar 60GXP 40GB Hard Drive (Retail)
-Voodoo2 (for now, until I get my next paycheck to get a GeForce3)
-various other items
So, now that I've got it all coming to me, I just need to wait till it gets here before I can put it together. I really can't wait. I've already downloaded the BIOS update for the A7A266 and SBLive, and, if I get the GeForce3, I'll get those drivers too. Other than that, is there anything else I can do to prepare for building? Adios!
Just out of curiousity.... did you get the Live! Platinum 5.1, or just the Live! Platinum? If you just got the regular one, I would suggest returning it and getting the 5.1 since I comes with a plethera of additional features, and a much updated Live! Drive.
Well, I don't have the original LiveDrive, since I got this card from a friend who had it (for free too). I s'pose that I would be better to call it just a SBLive!, rather than Platinum. Otherwise, it's been a good card for me... no problems yet.
windows 98se is optimized for 128 megs of ram. If your running win2kpro sometimes its hard to make it use more than 180 megs of ram, you have to run TONS of programs at once.
But still 98se really doesn't use much over 128, but some programs will use it, just not the OS.
I guess you could force it to, the more ram you have the smaller you can make your page file thus making everything stay in ram.
With ref to the voodoo2, I seem to remember you need "special" drivers to make it work with an athlon, maybe someone can post you a link.
I also have 256 meg of ram (pc150 cas2 corsair) in my 98 system and that is more than enough for my needs, and often have quite a lot open at once, start with 256, if you find your accessing the swap file a lot (lot of HDD activity) then stick some more in!
Sooounds great SammyBoy. It's almost the same system I'm running, you'll love the speed. I just have a Soundblaster Value & it's fine. I only run 256 megs of sd 133 ram (cause they only had that & 200 fsb when I built). The last machine I built was the almost exactly the same as your building excepth I put a Geforce 3 in that SCREAMER. Fastest dam game machine I've ever played with.