Hmmm we let me see. My first "intro" to PC world was in 1996, when my friend's older brother installed DOOM 2 and Duke Nukem 3d on his pc ( and me, being a 6 year old naturally enjoyed killing countless monsters and demons lol), then some obscure strategy came up, and then HOMM. Aaaanyway till year 2001 I was hanning out with my buddies that had their Pentiums with 100 mhz speed, 32 mb ram, and 1 mb video... yeah... fun times. At 2001 I got my first PC... it was Athlon Thoubird 1.0ghz, 256mb ram, 40 gb IDE hdd, a generic cd-rom and a 32mb Geforce 2. If I remember it correctly I was bitching about the system, because I wanted a Pentium III or a Pentium IV at that time ( 1.5 ghz was it ?) and I didn't like the fact that my parents spend 1k on that rig, while I calculated that it only costed 700ish dollors to build it. And so with my own PC my so called advanture begun. first I went only through cards - Geforce 4 MX 440SE, Sapphire ati 9200 256 mb ( at that point my love with ATI begun, since this card pulled me through Doom 3, Half Life 2 and many other games), then I got Sempron 1800+ ( I think it was 1800+ ?). Then in 2005 I've worked my ass off during summer to muster some money for AMD Athlon 64 3000+, and some random Biostar mobo, paired with ddr2 512 mb of ram ( increased to 1 gig later in life), and gigabyte x600. The era of PCI-E kicked it pretty hard. Then in 2006 I bought x1900xt which blew my mind at that time in 2007 my mobo died. So I went with ANOTHER biostar mobo and an Athlon x2 2600+ as I recall, and 2 gigs of ddr2 800 ram. Actually my system handeled Crysis at 1024x768 on high with around 40 fps lol. 2008 - x1900xt died. Got 3870 Toxic 2009 - Phenom 9600, subbed for Phenom 9950 later on. M4A32 MVP deluxe mobo ( correct me if I'm wrong with the name, that was a AM2+ mobo). 4x1 gb mushkin ddr2 800, 4850 + 4850 from MSI, + a new PSU and a monitor. 2009 fall - Q9550, Foxconn BlakcOps x48, TWO 4870x2, a new case, ddr3 1600 g-skill ram 2x2 gb, later patriot viper ddr3 1600 4x2gb. 2010 - 4870x2 went away in favor of two 5870. Summer 2010 - changed 5870. for the frst time in 5 years I went with nvidia - gtx 480s in SLI. To accomodate sli I went with Phenom II x6 1090t, and MSI NF980-G65 mobo. Actually despite all that critisizm about 480, with the right price the cards weren't half way bad. 2011 - GTX 480s changed for 580s with minimal xtra payment. Also had 5970 for a month, before putting another 580 in my second rig ( it's quiet, drains less energy and it's still powerful as hell) ATM my Q9550 system is going to it's rest, and will be salvaged for $$ in favor of i7 2600k based system.