I'm not 100% sure what my motivation was for this project - I suspect that I just like building PCs. I do consider my existing PIII to be my most versatile and useful retro PC so it's good to have a backup I suppose. I had all of the parts on hand except for a motherboard, so I put the word out and was kindly gifted 2 DFI CA-64TC's by the most excellent BuuBox. The CA-64TC is a VIA Apollo Pro 133A based board that a) can handle a 133MHz FSB and b) has an ISA slot. One of the boards had bad caps so it was a good opportunity to dive in and practice my re-capping skills: I've done a fair bit of entry level soldering in my time and I have a decent soldering iron to work with, but desoldering ~20 caps (using braid) wasn't much fun at all and it would have been easy to burn a trace. Replacing the caps in my other systems is probably inevitable as they age so I think it's time I invested in a desoldering station - soldering caps back into this board was relatively quick and easy when I finally had clean holes to work with. Anyway, I got there in the end, and after a good wash and sporting nice new Rubycons the motherboard was ready to rock. The CPU is a PIII Tualatin 1400-S with a FCPGA mod, bought from this Korean dude a couple of years ago. He seemed to have an unlimited supply but only has 10 left at the time of writing, and he's jacked up the price accordingly. I think it was more like $30AUD delivered when I bought mine. It's very neat work and has worked like a charm for me: For a GPU I went with a Geforce 2 Ultra, which is a lovely card for this era IMHO. The VGA / SVGA output is beautiful and it's of course an impressive 3D card too. I have 2 of these and ended up using the other one - I switched them when I was trying to track down the source of a buzzing noise when moving the mouse (via PS2 only, serial was OK). It turned out that having the mouse cord run over my little SRS processor (which sits b/w the PC and the speakers) was introducing the noise, so I just moved the mouse cable For sound I went with a NOS Live! "X-Gamer" that I've had sitting around for years. It's a nice card and installed relatively easily (for a Live!), but I must admit that I find them as dull as dishwater. I use a Vortex2 based "SuperQuad" in my other PIII and I really dig that card - maybe I just prefer an underdog. Anyway the Live! sounds great and having EAX is nice for late Windows 98 games so it can stay there for now - its SB16 emulation is pretty aweful but I'm not planning on using this machine for DOS games anyway. Windows 98 SE installed without a hitch - I'm sticking with 512MB of RAM to keep it happy - and it's proving to be a quiet, quick, and very stable machine so far. The only instability I've seen was during the Live! installation process but of course a Live! can lock up a PC from the other side of the room. Plans for the future are some benchmarking, and maybe finding an ISA sound card to fill that slot.