Found a Voodoo 5 5500 in a scrap lot and went “all things dual” from there.

The Story

Usually I like my retro builds to be more or less period correct, but this time I decided to use some modern parts, too.

I don’t think that this system will see regular use, but building it was fun and I finally fell like I have found an adequate way of accommodating the Voodoo 5.

The build could still use some beefier CPUs (the board officially supports up to 850 MHz) but these are rather difficult and expensive to obtain, so I’ll probably leave it like this for now.

The Specs

  • Motherboard: Tyan Tiger 100 (S1832DL), dual Slot 1, 440BX chipset
  • CPUs: Dual Pentium III 600 MHz
  • RAM: 1024 MB SD-RAM (only 512 MB shown in the photos), looking to upgrade it to registered ECC RAM
  • Graphics: 3dfx Voodoo 5 5500 AGP
  • Sound 1: Yamaha Waveforce XG192 (PCI)
  • Sound 2: Creative AWE64 Value (ISA)
  • Network: Compaq Dual Port Fast Ethernet Card
  • Storage Controller: 3ware Escalade 7000-2 dual-port IDE RAID controller
  • Hard Disks: 2x 40 GB Samsung Spinpoint 40GB ATA133
  • Optical Drive: NEC DVD
  • Floppy Disk Drive: yes, it does have one
  • Power Supply: BeQuiet! 430W
  • Case: Sharkoon M25-W
  • Operating System: Windows 98 SE / Windows 2000 dual-boot

The Pictures