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LeR

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Hey,

I'm looking to buy a new computer in the near future and need some help choosing parts. I'll be using this for pretty much gaming. If anyone could help me through msn or something that would be great. Thanks in advance.

-Skyler.
 

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Sorry, Skyler, but this is a vintage computing site. We're interested in stuff over 10 years old, at least.

While most of us use newer machines, of course, they are off-topic for this site.
 

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Furthermore, the state-of-the-art (or at least state-of-the-trade) in modern computer components changes so quickly that it is almost impossible to keep up with it unless you build computers for a living or have an unhealthy (he he) interest in the latest computer news. Try Tom's Hardware or any of the dozens of other forums specifically targetted at gaming and bleeding edge computing.

Perhaps we could help you pick which vintage components, about 15 years or older, would give you the ultimate gaming experience, but somehow I doubt that you're looking to build a computer aimed to play computer games of the 1992 vintage.
 

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Perhaps they wanna "new" Vintage Computer! :-D

Games wise DOS is pretty good, though CP/M takes no back seat - the best CP/M based machine with Games would have to be an Amstrad PCW based machine which has some cool Arcade style games (as opposed to your standard CP/M which has dull boring adventures - unless you like them!). Gamehippo is a good freeware based site where you can get some pretty good DOS based games (though you'd have to watch out for the Dodgy 'alf baked DOS stuff which requires Windows in the background to run - the test is to run them in Native DOS - no Windows).

That's about all I can add if you want games! :-D
 

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Perhaps they wanna "new" Vintage Computer!
Sure, in that case the poster has come to the right place as both Vince and Grant, as well as other modders and hardware developers post here regularly about their new replicas and similar projects. However, I'm unsure how much a gaming computer either the Apple 1, Altair 8800, Kenbak-1 or KIM-1 are. I can imagine a bit of games for the Apple and probably Altair, but it is not what they are famous for.;)
 

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carlsson wrote:

Sure, in that case the poster has come to the right place as both Vince and Grant, as well as other modders and hardware developers post here regularly about their new replicas and similar projects. However, I'm unsure how much a gaming computer either the Apple 1, Altair 8800, Kenbak-1 or KIM-1 are. I can imagine a bit of games for the Apple and probably Altair, but it is not what they are famous for.;)

There's practically many examples where vintage computers have had new technologies added to them and new software (or Operating Systems) to go along and support them as well. Machines in the league of your C64s, IBM PC Jnrs, Jupiter Aces, Amstrad CPCs and ZX81s can all be included as machines which all include a bit of the new with a bit of the old. Though I wouldn't be suprised if TI's 99/4A, Oric and perhaps later 8bit Apples have had some extra hardware added for them.

The people who do these projects are dedicated volunteers who wanna put their machine back on the map, there maybe a little bit of money exchange going on, though I can't say those people wouldn't have a second job! :-(
 

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Oh yes, hardware extentions of various kinds. Hard drives, memory expansions, CPU upgrades, networking, external keyboards, possibly even video and sound upgrades. But it would require the OP to own or buy one of these old computers to begin with, and then immediately get the upgrades he wants. Not quite the same thing as buying a new (old) computer that is preconfigured as he wish. Maybe something along the line XGameStation, C-1 and all other reconfigurable hobbyist projects would be interesting as well. They are not vintage in terms of age, but at least "off-topic related" in terms of capacity and heritage.
 

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carlsson wrote:

Oh yes, hardware extentions of various kinds. Hard drives, memory expansions, CPU upgrades, networking, external keyboards, possibly even video and sound upgrades. But it would require the OP to own or buy one of these old computers to begin with, and then immediately get the upgrades he wants. Not quite the same thing as buying a new (old) computer that is preconfigured as he wish. Maybe something along the line XGameStation, C-1 and all other reconfigurable hobbyist projects would be interesting as well. They are not vintage in terms of age, but at least "off-topic related" in terms of capacity and heritage.

Or you can build a whole new Jupiter Ace from Scratch (using Schematics from enthusiasts websites), and then proceed to looking into getting a Jump drive working on it! :-D
 
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