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Retro Build Service

As hardware and software technologies advance over time, compatibility with older hardware and software technologies is lost. Although this isn't much of a problem for many people, how often do you see someone using a program designed for Windows 98 on Windows 7? But for gamers with a fondness for older titles, this can be a major problem. Video games tend to be among the most difficult programs to transition from one version of Windows to another, and the problem only gets worse as time goes on.

Currently, there are four different eras of gaming that are largely defined by the operating system used:

1. The DOS era, 2. The Windows 95/98 era, 3. The Windows XP era, and 4. The modern era

Although a well-appointed modern desktop PC can play current titles without issue, playing games from those earlier eras can be difficult, as several of the older games simply do not work on newer versions of Windows. Even if the games do work, the overall experience is not always the same. As a result, if you want to play these old titles, your best option might be for Tekhouse Computers to build you a retro gaming PC with vintage components that were optimized for the games in qustion.

 

Our Retro PC building service primarily focuses on the windows 95 / 98 era, though we can build Retro PC’s focusing on the DOS or Windows XP platforms.

When we are commisioned to build a custom retro gaming PC, we will where ever possible source new, sealed and un-used components to use in the build, however unfortunately with technology this old, finding new parts is not always possible, in cases where we can't find new parts we opt for refurbished and thoroughly tested parts.

If you would like your own Retro Gaming PC built by Tekhouse Computers, all you need to do is advise us on what era you would like your build to cover, along with some idea of what games you are wanting to play on your retro PC, we will then source the most appropriate parts from around the world based on your chosen era and gaming requirements, once you are happy with the configuration we can build with the parts we can get hold of, simply pay a deposit (non refundable) and we will order the parts in to complete your retro build, obviously our normal build times do not apply with retro builds, simply because vintage computer parts do not come from mainline trade suppliers and most components went out of production years ago, so finding them can take some time, we also have international shipping times to account for.

Once all of the components for your build have arrived we will build your vintage machine, install your chosen operating system, and if necessary we can patch certain O/S's to access higher amounts of installed RAM, and install device drivers, we will then thoroughly stress test your retro PC before handing it over to you. We do offer three months warranty on the retro builds, but do kindly ask customers to understand that this is old technology and by its very nature is difficult to guarantee, however we do our utmost to use the finest and most reliable components that we can get hold of.

 

Something to be mindful of when thinking about Retro Builds, faster is NOT better! Thinking like a modern PC enthusiast, you might want to opt for components that are faster than you ultimately need. We understand that you want to make the system as fast as possible using the technology from your chosen time period, but that will be a mistake.

Some video games become harder as the computer gets faster. This can occur in a variety of situations, from AIs that react far too fast to beat, to characters overreacting to input and running at lightning speed. Because hardware at the time was relatively slow and constrained, game designers didn't set limitations on how fast the game could run, and as a result, as the computer you use gets faster, the game gets harder.
To avoid this issue, we will work with you to ensure that your CPU and GPU are not too powerful for the system we build for you. If the games you want to play on this system are mostly from 1998 or later, getting a 1 GHz or faster Athlon or Pentium III processor is the best choice. From there we ideally drop 200 MHz for each year we go back.

For example, Warcraft II came out in 1995 and requires at least a 60 MHz Pentium processor. Warcraft II is one of those titles that suffers from having a CPU that performs too fast. Using a 1 GHz Pentium III processor, parts of the game run way too fast and the game becomes unplayable.
However using a 450 MHz Pentium III processor resolves this problem, and the game runs perfectly with that CPU installed. The key is balance, the minimum needed speed (60 MHz) is playable but performs too slowly, whereas a newer 1 GHz processor is much too fast, somewhere in between is where you'll find the optimal gaming experience.

 
 
 
 
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