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What made you get into Pc life?

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Atari 520st playing blood money, dungeons and dragons and dungeon master.

Loved that machine shame all its ports died.
 
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#52
Well mine started when I bought a brand new P4 and thought it was the best there was not knowing anything else of cause.
I had some ex-army and biking buddies that played Black hawk down and found out they would go on TS and land up playing this game to all hours and playing matches against other people.

So I went to the local game shop tried to install the game to find out my PC was not good enough.
So i went to the store I bought the PC from and they told me I would have buy a total new PC again. So I was not happy thinking I had an awesome PC only to find out it was a load of c..p.

So i let one of my mates know and he then gave me a list of things to buy which I did and instructed me how to put it to together and ever since I have been upgrading my PC's about every 6 months, as well as spending about 4 hours everyday gaming. Played in two different squads since then and played games like Joint Operations Call of Duty 4 etc.
 
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#53
I have been pulling apart electronics since before computers just to see how they work and then it was a natural progression into computers.

This site and the people involved have also reinvigorated my love of technology.
 

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#54
I have been pulling apart electronics since before computers just to see how they work and then it was a natural progression into computers.

This site and the people involved have also reinvigorated my love of technology.
Yeah same here always taking things about and being only 4-5 at the time things did not allways go back right lol. Still today i take every thing and any thing apart just that they go back together right now.

With that and having some black and white ping pong hand controllers that pluged in to the TV in the 70's then going on though Zx81 the atari 2600 and ZX128K for flight sims.

Around 1993 was when i really got into them as my parents got my brother a DX66 system and of course i could not resist taking shit apart me and my bother did so and being in the DOS days i messed up windows 3 badly and would not boot. So my father told me that if i did not fix it i be grounded for life. With in 2 days i found some one who had DOS and windows 3.11 get home and fixed the system and ever since then been highly in to them.

Building a system was so much fun back then..
 
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#55
My Mum - she's been an avid gamer for as long as I can remember. Atari, Amiga, NES, SNES (w/ Super Wild Card), SEGA's, Nintendo's etc. etc.

You know I'm evidence of evolution? I've got something I call "Playstation Thumbs". My Mum used to game so much when she was younger, that my thumbs are double-jointed :roll:

 
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#56
no one's mentioned pron and boobies :slap::laugh::roll::laugh::D
 

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#57
My Mum - she's been an avid gamer for as long as I can remember. Atari, Amiga, NES, SNES (w/ Super Wild Card), SEGA's, Nintendo's etc. etc.

You know I'm evidence of evolution? I've got something I call "Playstation Thumbs". My Mum used to game so much when she was younger, that my thumbs are double-jointed :roll:

http://img.techpowerup.org/110210/SAM_0165.jpg
lol good one. thumbs up/side ways.
 

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#59
omg,i'm older than all of you?¿:eek:
 
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#60
when i got my old IBM and it had a nice Pentium 2(or was it a pentium:confused:) in it:D and started asking around how to oc it.

but one day I had some soda and put it on it, it was a flat tabletop type not a tower(thats what was mainly made then) and pushed it over and it spilled all in it and it burned up into flames and I was just like damn that was awesome and I got into PC's like that lol:rockout:

I not a Pyro freak or anything(I think:confused:)
 
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when i got my old IBM and it had a nice Pentium 2(or was it a pentium:confused:) in it:D and started asking around how to oc it.

but one day I had some soda and put it on it, it was a flat tabletop type not a tower(thats what was mainly made then) and pushed it over and it spilled all in it and it burned up into flames and I was just like damn that was awesome and I got into PC's like that lol:rockout:
i had a PC i purchase from circuit city back in the days and at of nowhere it caught on fire. never open it and mess with it, lol when i open it found out there was a screw lose from the motherboard that came like that. scary scene that was. friend the CPU and almost everything else. except for CD drive/hard drives .
 
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#62
ME and my friend alec used to play Halo combat evolved ( I dont play it any more)
and my computer started messing up so I goggled all my issues until i started to learn more about computers. Before i did that I thought that a computer case was filled with random wires and shyt. That isnt entirely it thought, my friends found out i was learning more stuff about computers and they started to ask me about how to fix there broked computers and i helped them. Since then i started to like computers and learn about them :wtf:
 

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I don't need to really say much than these 2 phrases 2 words each: tape drive & commodore 64. LOL

Stuff since I was 5 years old. I had gotten more involved when i introduced myself into overclocking about 15 years ago.
 
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#64
I called tech help for a laptop I purchased many a year ago and ended up with someone I couldn't understand that had me do a bunch of needless stuff that didn't fix the issue..

I then said to my self " self thats the last time I am going to rely on someones else ignorance just because I am ignorant."

So then I discovered Forums and I would test everything I read in a computer lab I constructed in one of extra rooms. I would download all kinds of application VIA kazza at the time and test them out in my computer lab. Doing that helped me understand the nature of software. I then was reading about benching PC against others. Which lead me to a fast understanding of hardware and configurations which finally lead me to a career! Thats the short and sweet of it...I have been absorbing the IT technology information ever since and still love it some 10 plus years later.
 
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#65
what made me get into Pc life?

PC games. Didnt even have a hardisk that time for my 286. Had to boot dos from the floppy drive.. started from playing pacman, prince of persia, wings of fury, or test drive in monochrome monitor. And everything was like copied from friends.. thought pc games were free back then lol.

I even had the game boot up whenever dos boots up through autoexec.bat lol. Learned that from a friend, and I felt 1337 back then.
 

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#66
When i was younger (from probably around ages 3-12) i was a huge Console gamer, but i wasn't into computer hardware much. My love for hardware and upgrading came from my growing interest in PC gaming, Unreal Tournament 2003 was really the only game i got into on PC, i played it on my moms crappy Dell machine through dial up so it naturally wasn't a good experience, i think that's really when i decided to open it up and see what was out there that i could throw in it to gain more performance and better gaming. And from then on i just started learning and growing with PC hardware and these days it's definitely switched around, now im much more of a PC gamer then a Console gamer like i was when i was little.
 
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#67
For me, I didn't really get into computer hardware much until high school when I started messing with my original Xbox. As the device was basically a PC, I learned how to do all kinds of cool things. I upgraded hard drives, replaced DVD ROM drive, replaced fan, upgraded heatsinks, added RAM, and did a ton of software stuff to it. I was even modding Halo 2 maps with a hex editor (not for Live, but for offline hijinx).

Later in high school, as I was really focused on my automotive classes, I came to an (apparently unique) situation; I was unable to sign up for both the double block Auto-tech class, and AP Calculus/AP French. So, working with the counselor, I told her I'd like to fix something, and she suggested computer repair. As I was already taking computer science and enjoying it, I thought I'd give it a try. Fast forward, and I was the only student in the class to take and pass the A+ hardware/software examinations.

My first PC I built was a bunch of scraps centered around an old s478 Shuttle matx motherboard. But my first from scratch build was s939! Good old Tforce939-6100.
 
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#68
Ah, I remember My SEGA Gamegear, Gameboy Color etc :p

My 1st Computer was some 200MHZ Athlon, and I didn't know much about anything except games... I did assemble a PC when I was 7, I think that was a 400MHz one. But was wasn't into PC HARDWARE until TPU. Wanted to build myself some awesome Computer wthout paying to much... that dream came to an end unexpectedly until recently, but TPU sucked me in :D

I remember, my 1st thread was like, Phenom II X4 940 vs i7 920
 
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#69
got into computers because i l;iked electronics and tweaking. Plus i jsut could never get into console gaming.
 
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well, when i was 10 or 11, that godzilla movie with mathew broderick came out. i really like godzilla lol. my family had a dell computer with a 333mhz intel processor and 3 2GB harddrives. my mom found a godzilla online game at Gamestorm(does anyone remember Gamestorm? good memories there). that got me into gaming, and i gamed with my gamestorm friends for quite a while. then when i was 15 a friend of mine got me going to a local isp to hang out, made new friends, and that got me into the hardware side of computers, and is where i learned the basics of building computers and such. we had CS tournaments every weekend lol...and partied. and partied. and partied...lol. and since then i've taken my passion into my own hands, and joined tpu a few years ago.
 
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#71
my brother, he used to work with pc's back in the days, i always wathed him working on those things, and on one day i had to do it, because my brother had to go.., and i liked it , so made it my hobby, and now i am a noob xd
 

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#72
Back in the day of Windows 3.11 and Lemmings, I started to get into it but hit a lull. It wasn't until my friend got my into Medal of Honor Allied Assault that I got again into the PC world. Learning how to download using mIRC change things forth better. First PC I built was like '03 was like an Athlon XP 2600+ single core and a 5400GT, or there abouts. Things have changed!
 
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#73
the first PC my mom bought was a pentium 133, I was 13. at one point I upgraded it with a voodoo banshee which came with the first three chapters of half-life. needless to say I forgot about my n64 and ps1 rather quickly, especially when I started playing quake, unreal tournament and tribes soon after. later I got a p3 500 with a voodoo3 and friends would come over to marvel at need for speed: high stakes with the view distance at maximum.

good times.
 
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#74
Really what brought me into the world of computer hardware was Team Fortress 2.

I rented it for the PS3 twice in the fall of 2007, it was a lot of fun to me. Christmas time '07 came and I wanted it for the PS3, but I saw in the paper that The Orange Box was $20 less for the PC. Before then I'd only used computers as a "noob user" and my game were always on consoles. I knew a little bit about using them but wasn't a PC gamer and couldn't tell a video card from a sound card. Long story short, I got T.O.B. and it ran like shit on the family computer at the time (P4 HT, 2GB, X300 256MB), so I bought a $350 small form factor Acer in mid 2008. That was a mistake as it also sucked for gaming (integrated NV 8200 graphics). I started looking into how to actually be a PC gamer and found out about custom computers. Late May 2009 I started ordering the things for my first build, and am currently still using a lot of that stuff now in Feburary 2011.

Luckily I had the good people here at TPU and some other forums to help me get the right gear, so it has all lasted well for the 1.5 years and was a good choice at the time. Now, I know the basics of hardware like the back of my hand and can really do just about anything with computers. I've made some stupid decisions here and there but I think it has all turned out for the best. The End.
 

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#75
if a PC company actually released decent gaming computers without apple worthy price tags, this whole console gamer thing would drop off pretty fast...

and what i mean by that, is stop cheaping out on the F'ing graphics cards