Dominator

Posted 1999-01-01 ‐ 2 min read

Specifications

ItemValuePlanned upgrades
Originally Built1999
Rebuilt2022-07-22
ConditionWorking
NameDominator
CaseNone...In flight
MotherboardAopen AX3S Pro
ChipsetIntel i815E
Socket370
ProcessorIntel Pentium 3 Coppermine
Speed600 MHz / 1000 MHz1
RAM384 MB SDRAM
Storage80 GB IDE Western Digial Caviar WD800BB18GB 10k RPM SCSI-U160
GPUMSI GeForce 2 TI AGP
Expansion SlotAdaptec SCSI Controller ASC-19160

Notes:

  1. I also have a 1 GHz (Coppermine Celeron) for this machine but that is not faithful to the era.

Pictures to follow shortly

The year is 1999, Unreal Tournament has just hit the shelves, the GPU market just exploded and CPU clocks were ramping up fast.

This build is a top-spec machine that would've been very expensive in the late '90s

Just one year after BetterVoodoo the CPU clocks are more than double what we previously had available, that is, if you had the cash.

I appreciate that the current hard drive is nearly four times the capacity of what would've been around at that time, but unfortunately, many drives from that era have already succumbed to their demise, it seems drive quality was pretty poor around the millennium for some reason. I'm on the lookup for a more appropriate drive.

Update: 2022-11-21

I have a new case coming for this machine, it should be here in a few days, then I can get it fully built out.

Not only that, I have sourced an Ultra3 (U160) 18GB hard drive, controller card and appropriate cabling. At present, I'm currently negotiating with the owner for a fair price.

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