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I am building a computer to run on Windows 98. What would be an inexpensive yet reliable processor for 98?

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From memory we ran 98 on 486's.

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Given such a wide open question, I bet you could something for free to do this.

Can you tell a bit more?


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I thinking of building a new computer with 98. I am trying to get an inexpensive processor for an inexpensive home-built computer

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Let me try this. DVD playback?

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Somewhere about the P3-500 MHz we began to be able to play DVDs without a hardware card. Does that help you pick the bottom end?


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Re: building a new computer for Windows 98

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The processor is not the only thing to think about. As Bob indicated, any processor that was current in 1997 will work. My machine I'm now on is from 2000, and runs perfectly with a Celeron MMX 333 Mhz and 192 Mb RAM (that was a lot!). And it will still run on the latest 64 bit quad core CPU, although it won't use it to its full potential.

The other things are a Windows 98 compatible motherboard (note the motherboard drivers) and generally all devices. I'm sure you can still buy a lot of new hardware working with Windows 98 SE (that's for the USB devices, don't go back to FE), it's a question to ask with everything you buy: "Does it work with Windows 98 SE"?

With current prices of second hand Windows 98 PC's on eBay, it might be a better idea to buy a few of those. That will probably take you well into 2012 for less money than buying everything new.

Hope this helps.


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