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I would say that would be the better choice. A 'real' microprocessor is equipped to drive a bus and it's up to you what you want to hook up to that bus and how much of it. More parts, bigger boards and more soldering, but also more freedom to do whatever you are up to. You will have to stay with stone age tech anyway because getting yourself the equipment to develop any hardware more advanced than, let's say a MC68000, can quickly become very expensive. Even worse, you will have a hard time finding suitable periphery chips, because computers depended more and more on custom chipsets and not general purpose devices. Where would be the point to rebuild an Amiga or Atari ST? Simply get one on Ebay if you really want one, but even they are slowly becoming more rare.

But microcontrollers are also very useful. Even cheap little PIC microcontrollers can easily emulate periphery chips that are long out of production. In my new Elf I want to use them as PS/2 ports, bootloader, hex keyboard encoder, hex display driver and interrupt encoder, just to name a few. Most of these tasks could only inadequately be done with simple logic gates because they would take up far more space on your board and quickly cost more than that simple microcontroller.
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