I want to build a PC; not like a gaming rig, but instead, a computer from scratch.

There's a great set of videos here), but instead of the MOS 6502, a clone processor to make computing history, a 486-based processor. I automatically assume it would be easier if I used a processor with a DIP 40 socket instead of something with a ton of pins. It both just has less pins, which would be easier, and would be much easier for prototyping. I also need something power-efficient, because I plan to eventually put it into a laptop form factor.

Not related to my processor question, but also, if there is a better site to post this question, please tell me. I barely ever ask questions on Stack Exchange. Anyways, suggestions are greatly appreciated.


This list of CPUs and their sockets shows you would be limited to two very historical CPUs indeed, the 8088 and 8086, if you use a DIP40 socket.

Neither of those are 486-based, nor will they will execute the full 486 instruction set. To run the full 486 instruction set, you'd need a PGA socket (of which there are many, listed in the first link in the first sentence) or a slot (op cit.).

I was repairing PCs, and teaching dealers how to repair them, back when CPUs came in slots, and I will tell you PGA sockets gave us a lot less trouble than slot-based CPUs.

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