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Windows xp Retro build

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By seeing the build logs on our discord, I wanted to build a windows xp retro pc. Because I had some x58 hardware that has xp support it was a no brainer to use this platform to build on. I also had some parts already laying around for the upgrades I did to the system.

History of the PC:

This was my gaming pc from around 15 years ago, when the first i7 released I bought the 920 version of the cpu. It was paired with OCZ Gold Series 6GB ram kit and a sapphire 4870 GPU. Later this gpu was upgraded to a msi amd 270 GPU. The build was running a WD raptor drive that still works as of now.

I did upgrade the cpu to a 990x. The ram was upgraded to 24gb and for the gpu I replaced the 270 with A R7 250E single slot gpu. The reason for the gpu swap was because I wanted to add a better gpu for more modern games as I dual boot the pc with windows 10. For the more modern games with windows xp there is a 3060ti added to the setup. The old drives where replaced by new ssd’s and the old psu has also been replaced. As the pc used watercooling before I mounted a new cpu cooler on air. I didn’t want to deal with watercooling anymore for now.

The full specs of the pc as now are:

  • Motherboard: Asus P6T Deluxe OC Palm Edition
  • CPU: core i7 990x
  • Ram: 24gb Corsair Vengeance PC3-12800 DDR3 1600MHz
  • GPU for windows xp:  Sapphire Radeon R7 250E 1 GB GDDR5
  • GPU for windows 10: EVGA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti
  • CPU Cooler: be quiet! Dark Rock TF
  • Sound card: creative sound blaster x-fi titanium fatal1ty champion
  • HDD windows xp: 500gb samsung ssd
  • HDD windows 10: 2tb samsung ssd
  • PSU: Cooler Master V750 Gold-V2
  • Thermaltake xaser iii case
  • Extras:
  1. Usb 3.0 pci-e x1 card
  2. Asus DRW-24D5MT OEM
  3. Alphacool LCD screen

I know, way overkill for windows xp haha




By searching for parts at my parents home to do this build, I found this motherboard with a pentium 4 2.53 GHz on it. Also found an ati 9000 AGP GPU. A nice candidate to build a windows 98 retro gaming pc.


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