All I want for Christmassss. is... ? ..Well back in late '99, it was absolutely an Athlon, in all its awkward slot A glory.. and that's exactly what I shouted myself back in that memorably humid summer. (a ground up build!) I still remember reading, I think it was an Anandtech preview? in disbelieve at the numbers.. They were Intel defeating almost across the board , No weak FPU, higher IPC, higher top tier frequencies, with clear indication this uArch would have future frequency scaling to boot. Based on history, it didn't really make sense. But it was real. So yes , Happy 20th Birthday Athlon! - A birthday that's really flown under the radar IMO Doing a build on this platform is something I've been looking forward to getting into. At the time there were two games on my radar that I look forward to enjoying on this, as I did then. System Shock 2, and my pick of the two - Quake III arena. I don't think either need any more commentary. The later celebrates its 20th Birthday in a day or so , and I doubt that will go unnoticed So That's the core platform, but obviously a Video card choice has to be paramount here.. and to be honest I've struggled with this one. At the time the Nvidia Geforce (SDR) had just been launched 'officially'. So if just looking at it objectively / theoretically, this would be an obvious choice. My problem is, I saw this card as a bit before its time at release - I mean it was undeniably faster than it's predecessor , but it was expensive initially, and the DDR version , if my memory serves me correctly was the one to 'wait for' in 2000. So basically I find myself drawn to my old favorite, the TNT2 - In this case a TNT2 Ultra.. The one I actually wanted at the time, but even it was a bit out of my price range! The build thus far: CPU: AMD Athlon 600Mhz Slot A - untested This actually a 180nm Model I've pondered getting hold of a 250nm.. Still pondering I think. As these were 100% dumb shrinks , I'm not sure it's worth it. HSF From WES quite some time ago.. an Orb clone! Which is exactly what I had at the time.. They wern't great performers As far as I remmeber.. but how can you resist the orb? Motherboard: Epox EP-7KXA Another not quite period correct board- But i've had it for a while now, so I'd like to use it regardless. It's a solid board, so GPU one Diamond viper V770u TNT2 Ultra untested (and on it's way) RAM: 128GB Transend PC133 Was working!. I'll be running this at PC100 HDD: ___________? I have a lot of collecte HDD's. Just need to work out a typical size, performance level for this era Soundcard: _________? Another Aureal Vorex 2 ? (used the one I had in my last build) PSU:________? Probably another modern Seasonic 80mm fan model, with beefy 5V rail at this stage Case:__________? This I'd really like some help with.. What do you guys reckon of this It's from a late 2000 build I believe. But is the case still something relevant to late 99? I feel like it's a little bit too 2000s with the style of buttons, but not really in relation to your prebuilt compaq' and HP's at the time - more so in relation to DIY. Have been trawling some old 99 mags PS it has blue buttons (not pictured) I took them out so I can clean and retrobrite it if I go with it. Just not convinced yet. also feels a bit cheap / flimsy maybe.