What was your first computer?

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  1. briscoe

    briscoe New Member

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    Cyrix MII 233MHz
    32MB RAM
    S3 video 2MB
    1GB HDD
    15" CRT

    I remember the games I loved playing were The 11th Hour, Deer Hunter Avenger, Doom, and Quake 3. I remember when I upgraded to a Voodoo 3 3000 I would never have to worry about touching it again.
     
  2. tremmor

    tremmor Well-Known Member

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    Built a IMSAI 8008 and 8080 computer in the beginning.
    Had 8" disc drive only and think 4k of mem. Was no Internet
    and only dial up bulletin boards off the phone line during the day. then built a TRS80 from
    radio shack kit and 4k of mem. All had only black/white or green letter
    monitors. then bought first color computer Commodore Amiga.
     
  3. strollin

    strollin Well-Known Member

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    IBM PC - 1984
    4.77Mhz 8088 cpu
    CGA video card with 16KB
    2 360K 5.25" floppy drives
    DOS 2.1
     

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  4. Calin

    Calin Well-Known Member

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    My first PC was actually purchased by my parents before I was even born.
    It was a Windows 95 PC with 16MB of Ram and a Pentium 150Mhz. It did have a dedicated GPU but I don't remember exactly which one. I still have it somewhere in my house, maybe I'll find it one day and take some nice photos :)
     
  5. _Kyle_

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    You sure it wasn't a decomissioned NASA supercomputer or something? :p

    Anyways, my first PC was a Dell Dimension with a Pentium 4 and about 1GB of RAM. My grandma gave it to me a few years back and it still sits in my room.
     
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  6. AlienMenace

    AlienMenace Well-Known Member

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  7. strollin

    strollin Well-Known Member

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    I'm curious - At what age did you get your first PC? I was 31 when I got my first PC in 1984.
     
  8. Shlouski

    Shlouski VIP Member

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    Built my first pc when I was 12, would have been much easier to do if I had the internet instead of only a couple of manuals. I built the pc in 1997 and I just remember that it was a P200 MMX, and that I chose a terrible case with a hinged motherboard side panel and having to connect or disconnect cables with one hand every time I opened or closed the damn thing :D.
     
  9. Darren

    Darren Moderator Staff Member

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    4. I learned to read from an educational game that came in 50+ floppies.

    Some Compaq Presario my dad brought home from work running Windows 95, had a variety of cast off work machines growing up usually Dell Dimensions.
     
  10. _Kyle_

    _Kyle_ Well-Known Member

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    I think I was around 11 or 12.
     
  11. strollin

    strollin Well-Known Member

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    I did my first build in 1985. The internet might have existed in it's infancy then but I certainly didn't have access to it. No manuals or books, I just went to a computer show, bought all the parts and took them home and assembled them. My first build was a 4.77/8 Mhz 8088 cpu, 640K Ram, CGA video with 16K, a single 360 fdd and a 20 MB hdd. The mobo I bought came with a really early Taiwanese BIOS that wasn't very good so I actually copied the BIOS ROM chips from an IBM XT and put them in my home-built.
     
  12. Shane

    Shane Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I believe mine was a Cyrix 6x86 CPU based system,cant actually remember what happened to that system,I just remember i didn't have internet back then so word & paint it was :D
     
  13. Okedokey

    Okedokey Well-Known Member

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    C64, loved that old POS
     
  14. novicegeek

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    I think I had a Tandy 1000; it was definitely a Tandy. I remember it had the big 5 1/4" floppy drive and NO hard drive. You had to load the program onto RAM, then pull that disk out and load your storage media in the slot. Really, all I got done on that computer was play hangman, which is pretty much why I'm a novice geek today. I didn't take it too seriously back then. I mean who needed a computer when you had an electric typewriter! Sorry, I lost some of you guys at 5 1/4", didn't I?
     
  15. Shlouski

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    Damn you old, I think I saw one of those in a museum :D. I'm not so far behind, I remember using zip and floppy drives.
     
  16. C4C

    C4C Well-Known Member

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    When I was younger I used a Dell OptiPlex with a GeForce 8400GS.. Was the family computer.

    Built my first PC in late 2014 after coming to this forum for some help. Athlon X4 860K and a Sapphire R9 270X Toxic.

    Funny enough, bought back that same PC in 2017 to keep as a backup... and now I'm typing on it because my Z170 board took a dump :p
     
  17. beers

    beers Moderator Staff Member

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    Some old Acer Aspire was my first 'my' rig. I had to upgrade the RAM in order to play NASCAR 2 :p

    P1 120 MHz
    4 MB RAM
    800 MB HDD
    4x CDROM
    Winders nernderferve
     
  18. jevery

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    Remember the 2400 baud modem. Took like five minutes to download a low res gif line by line. Then I thought I'd reached the pinnacle with the 14,400 modem. We've come quite a way with data transmission.
     
  19. johnb35

    johnb35 Administrator Staff Member

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    The Laser 128 released in 1984. First windows computer was a Packard Bell 75 mhz cpu with 8mb of ram and 540mb hard drive. Slow as hell.
     
  20. strollin

    strollin Well-Known Member

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    My first modem was 1200 baud, it was a screamer compared to the 300 baud modem that came with my sister's computer.

    In my recollection, downloading text on these modems was like this: 300 baud - One word at a time would appear on the screen. 1200 baud - One line would appear at a time. 2400 baud - 1/2 page would appear at a time.
     

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