De­pend­ing on your mo­ti­va­tion for coax­ing an old game back into op­er­a­tion, sim­ply get­ting it up and run­ning on your cur­rent ma­chine might not sat­isfy. A 4K HDR display might do won­ders for your Steam li­brary, but it only serves to high­light the short­com­ings of a game de­signed to run at 640x480. And there’s some­thing a bit strange about play­ing Quake with an RGB me­chan­i­cal key­board and a wire­less mouse, when all’s said and done. When you feel that the mod­ern tech­nol­ogy en­sconc­ing your old soft­ware is de­tract­ing from the ex­pe­ri­ence, there’s only one thing for it: a retro gam­ing PC build.

A word of warn­ing, though: This can be costly if you’re not smart about it. Per­haps it’s not a big sur­prise that gi­ant beige boxes with Pen­tium IIs and Voodoo 2s are a thriv­ing cot­tage in­dus­try on eBay—ev­ery­one has one in their at­tic or garage, and for some peo­ple, the only way to en­joy old games is in situ. But their ap­petite for to­bac­coyel­lowed Dell key­boards has driven prices well be­yond what one might rea­son­ably ex­pect, so avoid search­ing specif­i­cally for “retro gam­ing PC” items. If you in­stead search for “Win­dows 98 PC,” for ex­am­ple, you’ll find list­ings for near-iden­ti­cal ma­chines that don’t carry a pre­mium for their trendy vin­tage ap­peal.

It is worth buy­ing en­tire PCs in one pack­age, though, rather than try­ing to source ev­ery­thing com­po­nent by com­po­nent. Un­less you’ve been read­ing up on moth­er­board/CPU/ RAM/GPU com­pat­i­bil­ity of yes­ter­year in your spare time, it can be a night­mare to find parts that play nice with each other, or even func­tion at all. Lastly, if you’re buy­ing a CRT screen, look for pho­tos of it in op­er­a­tion to check it hasn’t de­mag­ne­tized over time.

You pay more for “retro PCs” than for old beige boxes peo­ple

don’t know what to do with.

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