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What made you get into Pc life?

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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.
 
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That was also one of the first games I played. Scared the living shit out of me, I cant remember exactly but I was very young when I played it.
 

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That was also one of the first games I played. Scared the living shit out of me, I cant remember exactly but I was very young when I played it.
quake got to me. those spike traps that insta gibbed me in SP scared the shit out of me and into my pants as a kid.
 
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Gonna make it short: When I was tired of hearing my mother telling me to leave the computer to my whinny brother to play the freaking Solitaire on Windows 98. Decided to savemoney and build my own first computer with a PC-chips mobo with soldered onboard AMD cpu of 1.something gig.
 
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Wow... My first computer belonged to my dad. Those were the days of 286s and whatnots. I remembered inserting 3 disks to install MS-DOS (they were in the IT industry back when it was called the computer industry), another 3 disks to install Windows 3.1.1, and 30 disks to install the entire Lotus SmartSuite. Yeah... those were the 1.44 MB not-so-floppy disks. Oh, and we (that is, my brother and I) had to install all those on 30 computers. Nice way to spend a Saturday when you're 10.
Try Windows 95, on THIRTEEN (13) disks :D
 
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Read the part on Lotus SmartSuite, buddy... I'm still having nightmares...
Yea I read over that :) Maybe Dos, Win 95, and then SmartSuite?:D
 
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Yea I read over that :) Maybe Dos, Win 95, and then SmartSuite?:D
Yeah still remember that when people were still using Win95 on floppy in their old rigs and I came with a copy of 98 on CD and a flashy red Pc-Chips mobo with a "new" cpu company they never heard of before (AMD) since all people were used to get 486, 200mmx and 233mmx . Fascination in their eyes lmao :p
 

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It all started from when my Pentium 4 died! :(
i bought a core 2 duo e6600 and then i was like hey! why not make a computer with all those led's and stuff :D and then i started playing shooting games and then i started to like putting my settings on max lol and then i started buying good parts for my pc and then I BECAME A PC GAMER :p
 

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Well...Back when I was a kid, my pappy used to work for BARCLAYS BANK. and back then in the 80's security was generally a lot lot more relaxed then it is today. So a lot of the time my dad would take me with him into work -- he used to work in one of their data centers running scheduled backups and monitoring all sorts of processes. He used to show me around his workplace and one of the places i loved to hang out was on the tech support floor. partly because my dads friend that worked there had a huge room packed full of tools, pc parts, dead/parted out pc's and other shit waiting to get repaired. and i think seeing all the pc stuff laid out all over the place sorta inspired me a little.

a few years after that my dad bought 2 Pentium SX/DX II machines back from work that i could use for school and play around with. not exactly state of the art tech. probably 50mhz, 60-80mb ram 300mb hdd running windows 3.1

I ran that machine ragged. but i was never allowed to have my way with it due to it being the only family pc.

I used to play Doom, Wolfenstein 3D, lemmings, Jungle strike and a few other games on it.
we had that system way into the 90's until the point i started highschool as my pappy was a bit tight fisted and said so long as we were able to run stuff like Word, Excel and spreadsheets it was fine. by that time i think Pentium 3's just started to appear. so after much beggin from me and my sister about horrendous boot and program load up times (used to take 1-2mins just to load up word) he very reluctantly got us a P3 system.

500mhz, 128mb ram, 20gb hdd, Riva TNT2. used it all through school and through most of college and my pappy refused to get a more powerful just so i could play games. So i was still grinding along with a 500mhz rig when most of my college friends were running with 1-2Ghz AMD Athlons and 3D Prophet I/II/III's and Nvidia Geforce 2/3 Ti series GPUs.

So i couldnt play the games they played and spent most of my days playing U.T99 offline against bots on godlike mode. my sister eventually had to go to uni and pappy bought her a new pc so that opened the flood gates on what i could do on the P3 machine -- so i did a lot to it. put new ram. new GPU (Sapphire 9200) and new soundcard (5.1 soundcard made by Genius bought for £15) and this was all while i was studying how to break pcs up and rebuild them back in college.

I ran the same P3 system all the way though college life until i left and got my first job. pappy still wouldnt get me a new rig despite me doing most of the freaking house work for a year, so i told him to shove it and do the goddamn house work himself and used my first big paycheque to build my first pc back in 2001.

By that time I had really raped the P3 rig and pappy didnt want to use it anymore cuz it was so shit slow.

but i was happy because I built my own rig dubbed 'Angel Of Death' after my UT99 tag in my college UT fragfests/tournys (I always came 1st or 2nd but there was only 1 or 2 kills difference when i came 2nd). it was an amazing rig. AMD64 3500+, 1Gb DDR, 2x80gb HDDs. Heavily Oc'd ATi 9600|9700 which was later upgraded to a X850XTPE and i put in a Creative Audigy 2 ZS.

stickin it to the man in style :pimp::pimp:

.:edit:.

Oh and i studied pc engineering in college for 3years before studying 1 year in IT/Telecommunications.
 

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My first pc was a ast advantage 828, a pentium 166(no mmx), 16mb ram and a 2gb hdd, it may have had some sort of video card but i dont remember what it was. I went and bought 2x8mb sticks of ram for it that cost £50 each. It cost me £1899 for the pc.
 
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you had high end. i ran some DOS based OS which was really nothing more than a GUI with shortcuts and a mouse cursor at 320x240
Windows 3.1 and MS DOS in the background.. The days we remember - Quake 1, Descent and so on..
 
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Dad snuck it into communist east germany. I bet we were the only people in our city with something like that. He brought tons of games seeing as they were nearly impossible to get (1987 i think in east germany the only electronic people had were TVs and radios made out of wood.) 1991 Siemens hired my dad to come to USA and it started from there. Scorched earth, Oregon Trail, NES, x386 to PII 400MHz the list goes on. In 2007 I built my first ground up custom PC mainly for crysis since I was a huge far cry fan and joined TPU, never looked back.

Fantastic Hobby/People/Industry.
Love you guys!!!:)
 
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I got into it because the PC is the universal platform.
One can play, study, work, watch, listen, build a hobby around & relax, all on the PC.
As I got into it, I realised that using it meant needing to know a degree of it, and well... my knowledge deepend until people were asking me for advice/help, and eventually, after the airline industry crash post 9/11, I decided it's not worth still persuing a career in commercial piloting, so I turned fully to IT.

The rest is history...
 
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That was also one of the first games I played. Scared the living shit out of me, I cant remember exactly but I was very young when I played it.

Doom, Duke Nukem, Quake, Where stunning in there Time and still are now i think. I reccon most who got into Pc life played those games in that Era.
My dad asked me to install them back on his pc the other day .........Lol.
 
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I loved the whole concept from my first experience - even though that was somewhat underwhelming by todays standards. As a class at school, we filled out these cards in lead pencil so that they wrote a program in basic. It took about 30 cards to do a simple program. Those got mailed to another school in the city and 2 weeks later I got a print out saying " syntax error" . FFFFFFUUUUUUU!

Anyway, I got over that and got entraced by the new apple II the school had - it had a floppy drive and could play space invaders!!!!

Soon after I bought a Z80 rig and was hooked.

At uni in 85 I got to use instant messaging via some sort of intranet run by Vax computers and linux, it was soo cool to beep on someone elses screen to tell them to FO.

Then I got to know a friend who could buld "clones" woohoo - that was the start of the rot and i've had an interest ever since. fast forward 20 odd years - I never did get into IT as a career but I'm still on the fringes, playin away:D
 
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This thread is sooooooooooo win!!! I love reading all these.:rockout:
 
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The masses of 1080p porn out there. Realised i needed a better CPU to get 1080p playback, so i built a new machine. Got a decent card in there aswell.

After i got bored of 'watching' the movies, i decided to try afew games. Whatcha know, i preferred it over consoles :)
 
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Still have DOS 6.0 on 5 1/4" floppies in my parents' basement, along with Windows 3.1 (on 3 1/2"). Have the computer it went with as well, but the 130 meg hard drive is long dead unfortunately. Grew up with an Apple IIe. It sucked. Built a 386 while in junior high so I could play games like Commander Keen, Wolfenstein 3D, Scorched Earth, and eventually Doom (in low detail). Pressed the parental units for funds so I could get a double speed CD-ROM and a Sound Blaster 16, which together cost more than a lot of computers sold today.

Times sure have gotten good for the computer nerd. 14" CRT monitors don't cost over $400 now. A meg of RAM cost over a hundred dollars (US) when I built that computer. Even a 14.4k fax modem cost me a lot (most computers didn't even have modems yet).
 
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I got into pc's when we got our first pc back in '95...Was 10 at that time. It was a 386 and came out with windows 3.1 but replaced it with windows 95 later. From there on i got into gaming...well was mostly dos games back then...badass graphics. Now I custom build my own pc, friends, clients...And have put alot of money into my rig these past years. Playing major titles today. And then you think back and you found a very oooold dos game...and think...damn these graphics are hurting my eyes. We had dial up back then...now i use 3G...How technology has advanced in the few years.
 
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two hours on the phone with them for a jumper setting on an ide hard drive and a wipe and reformat later, made me want to learn
 
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dell tech support

two hours on the phone with them for a jumper setting on an ide hard drive and a wipe and reformat later, made me want to learn
I love reading this thread, and this one is an EXCELLENT example of why people should want to learn :)
 

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I love reading this thread, and this one is an EXCELLENT example of why people should want to learn :)
If everyone learnt -- half of us here at TPU would be out of a job. I provide a lot of software & hardware support for a lot of friends and family. Id starve if they all suddenly knew how to fix their own PC's
 
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Well, to make a long story short I built my first PC when I was 8 years old (circa 1994) because my father owned a computer shop and taught me A LOT. I started self-teaching myself shortly after and started getting more serious about building PCs. I'm not sure if many people remember this brand, but I was a huge fan of Cyrix CPU's. Then once AMD came out with the XP series I switched to those, then I went Pentium D and never looked back and have been on Intel since.
 
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If everyone learnt -- half of us here at TPU would be out of a job. I provide a lot of software & hardware support for a lot of friends and family. Id starve if they all suddenly knew how to fix their own PC's
Not everyone, just anyone who has the slightest capacity. That should leave TONS of stupid people :rolleyes: