---- On Sat, 23 Jan 2016 16:40:23 -0800 Stephen S. Lee wrote ----
>It's just about time for me to buy a new computer. I will still have a
>486, etc. around to actually play games on if needed, but I'd like to make
>a new computer that I buy as retro-friendly as I can reasonably make it.
>I actually don't know that much about recent desktop hardware. The
>intention is a triple-boot setup (Windows 10, some kind of Linux, 32-bit
>The main questions I'd like to know are:
>(1) Would it be practical to look for a motherboard that still would be
>able to read a 5.25" floppy drive? Or even 3.5"? I'm not sure if modern
>motherboards/hardware still support that kind of thing. I have a large
>enough floppy supply I'd like to archive that doing this on an older
>computer isn't terribly practical (there would be no good way of actually
>transferring any images I make to the modern computer), so this is worth
>spending a fair bit of cash on to get this to work if need be.
I recently repurposed a cast-off machine as a retro machine, though mostly with the intention of investigating the legacy of 16- and 32-bit Windows software. By running 32-bit Windows XP on this machine, I expect it to be able to natively run games designed to run even on Windows 3.1. It's also able to smoothly run such games as Tomb Raider Underworld, released in late 2008.
Installing XP can be a bit of a challenge nowadays. I documented my adventure in this blog post:
Perhaps you would like to look into the motherboard I used for the project, the ASUS P5N32-SLI Premium (seems to be about $130 on eBay right now):
Apparently released in 2006 according to the Newegg reviews. While it has 6 SATA connectors, it also has a classic 40-pin PATA connector (which I''m using for an Xbox hacking project) and it also appears to have a floppy connector (which I'm not using). Thus, it's a good mix of the old and the new.