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What made you get into Pc life?

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i had my 1st experience a with pc's in 1999 ..

a compaq pI 200mhz w/ 1.96GB HDD..

2001.. my grandmother bought a compaq amd k-6 533mhz w/40gb hdd,512mb ram and a tnt 2 pci vid card in it

2003..i had an amd 1.3 ghz w/768mb ram,40gb hdd, radion 9600 agp

2006..an amd 64 2.2 ghz emachine w/2gb ram,160gb hdd,nvidea 6600 PCIe then a 9800 vid card

2009.. my current setup albiet not modded then...

just need a faster card and all will be good with that setup.. still wont compete with 60% of the TPU croud but it will work for me

to answer the OP's question though.. I originally started messing with computers because of a game...Close Combat 3.. started writting scripts for the mod installer and got very good at it.. built up a good rep ...LOL...also started modding Close Combat 2,3,4,and 5....

decided i would get a degree in programming too.. took 3 years but I achieved that goal.. :twitch:
 
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I'm into the "PC life" for the women :cool:

Actually I'm into PCs because of games. When I was 5 I had a master system 2 and loved playing it. I then saw my cousin play dune on his computer when I was 6 and wanted that game sooo much.

Many years later in 2000 I got my first PC which was a packard bell POS (I loved it at the time - playing games like Sim City 2000 and Sim city 4). Had a 1024x768 CRT, a 700mhz celeron and 32MB of system RAM. It ran windows ME (at the time it didnt seem bad but looking back I do see how bad it was). I then got XP a year later as it was nice and colourful (I hate the damned old skool grey theme for windows).

I didn't get into computers properly until I went to uni - I had spotted that there was a lot of money in software development and so decided to do that for a degree, and while there I started upgrading my PC with a new graphics card and an athlon 64 x2. I then found TPU a couple of years later and havn't looked back...
 
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My story started 1.5 years ago. My dad bought me a Dell Studio XPS 435MT Core i7 920, 8GB DDR3 RAM, HD4850 GPU, 23" Monitor, it was brilliant.

But there was a problem, whilst my gf was playing the sims 3 it got very hot, loud and crashed every time. This resulted in many fits of wild woman rage, and I had to get it sorted.

There I enetered into the crazy expensive world of computer upgrades, mainly obsessing over my graphics cards because in my opinion that is the most exciting and fastest market.

In 1 year I have owned;
1) ATI HD 4850
2) ATI HD 5850
3) AMD HD 6870
4) AMD HD 6950

I was sooooo close to getting a gtx 580 I had one on preorder to go out the next day but decided last minute thats a bit too expensive lol. I wish my motherboard had 2 PCI-express slots for crossfire but you cant have everything. I am going to upgrade the motherboard and CPU when the next chips after Ivy Bridge get released.

Also to fix the overheating problem I took a circular saw and cut 2 extra fan holes out of the side panel and fixed Noctuas onto them, now its cool and quiet and very very fast.

I also changed out the measly 350W Dell power supply for an Antec TP-750 750W beast.

My next thing is I want to get more monitors for eyefinity!! it never stops lol
 
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TPU and money
 
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Basically wanted ppl to share there love passion and story in how they ended up loving in building pc gaming and etc?


My story began basically when I was 14 had I think a pentium 4 or less and just use too use kazaa for downloading. Pc was really slow had 512ram and about 40gb hard drive. Through the month I felt like downloading movies and music was the best thing on a pc. I felt like an upgrade would bring more too life with a lil faster ram and bigger hard drive space for more storage. never new I would now spend quite a lot of money years and years to come for gaming. I think my first game on a pc was age of empire. From there on there is nothing like gaming and building a gaming pc. What's your story ? Something I had in mind that water to share with TPU....


{another things it surprises me a lot when i see my friends parents still having windows NT/98 asking me "hey i know your good at computers is there a way to make my pc faster with out scarifying my current PC" i think to myself WOW when will they upgrade.}

(thanx for everyone participating in this thread.great stories keep em coming)
I knew it ! porn does have benefits :D

My story...hmmmm.......I think it started with Doom, I never played the game, I was watching my brother playing it since I was like 4 or 5. The first PC game I played I think it was Dark Reign. The second thing that influenced me was actually porn, still being caught twice is not a good feeling, but no worries, I'm a Master now, no body can catch me :pimp:
 
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I started pissing around with the manual for my Amstrad cpc 464 when i was about 7. I made a few programs that would make pretty lines on the screen, and of corse, i wold copy games via hi-speed dubbing on my parents hi-fi. Elite was the first game that i got truly hooked on, i would make (hand-written) spreadsheets of commodity prices on all the stations and forever be searching for the fabled cloaking device.

I then got a sega mega drive and loved the games on that. My next computer was actually a family 486 66mhz (damn we have come a long way since then). Me and my father started to upgrade that an i became hooked. I remember at my mum's old office they had a room full of old computers that were going to be thrown away. I begged her to let me come into the office and grab some pieces outta them, man i was sooo happy that day... i took all the ram and HDDs outta the computers and took them home only to realize that old 286 hardware wouldn't work with my latest model 486 :( but i wasn't too fussed, i think the hard disks were around 10mb ea and the ram was 256k.

I got hold of an old 386 some time around then too, and spent some evenings tinkering with it to see if i could get it back to life. I remember later, upgrading to a Cyrix 586 and later on an AMD version of the pentium, spray painting my computer case black, going to the local electronics shop to get blue LEDs to switch out on my power button and trying to save enough money to pick up an old radiator from a scrap yard to build a water cooling system (that never panned out). By that time i was a teenager tho, so my memory is a little fuzzy, i was too busy playing football, drinking beer and chasing tail along with 101 things in my spare time.

I also remember being into a lot of other random crap. I remember trying to make a custom fan controller, playing the first ever MMORPG (Worlds Away on Compuserve), 9600 bit modems, downloading porn via the news programs (forget what the hell they were called), Making my own BBS, getting my first hand-hold computer (3 lines of txt), dirty talk to random girls in chat rooms (although thinking about it now they were all prolly 50yr old men called Bob).
 

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my first Build was a AMD Socket-A Athlon Thunderbird 1.6GHZ, 80GB HDD, 256MB RAM, and a Powercolor 9600Pro with 256MB DDR1 RAM which was nice @that time
 
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I am into PC life, because of paint program
 

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wakeing up an old thread

I sit down at a commodore 64 & was instantly Addicted.....the rest is history, although it is a Love /Hate relationship ! ;-)

Glide
 

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i picked it up on my own.

mostly due to my gaming addiction which is no more.


also this thread should be in GN
 

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Was an avid video gamer as a kid throughout the 1990's, but i was most only interested in Consoles. It was when i started playing games on my moms Dell PC that i started developing an interest in hardware, i wanted my games to look and run better so i started researching online whats what and which parts do what and from that point on it stuck with me.
 
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I am into PC life, because of paint program
Lol, same ere ! That, and Doom and Solitaire.
My first true experience with PCs was late 90s. I started using them earlier at school. But it was my mother's laptop that I experienced a full -comparing to school's pc- control over a machine.

I didn't own a computer that I could call my personal computer till 2004. After acing a major exam, me grandmother paid for a machine -brought by my dear father- which had a Pentium 4 and a 512Mbs of RAM + an intel IGP. upgraded to a Club3D ATI all-in-wonder 9200se.
It was this machine that got me hooked up. I kept opening the case and admiring the PCBs. Then I mustered some courage and disassembled/reassembled it alone. I was 15 back then iirc.

Mind you, I would've started earlier, if I wasn't stuck in a third-world country :mad::shadedshu
 
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I got into PCs when I went into the basement and found a retired Apple G3 (Yeah, I know. Apple.) sitting on a shelf. I wondered, "How does it work?" I tore that thing open and here I am today. :p
 
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I became interested in PC's right after my PS1 broke, and I managed to figure out a keyboard and a mouse was more comfortable :). I cannot remember the specifications of my first pc lol, but it ended up burning, due to a thick layer of dust inside
 
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On and off been interested in this stuff more or less since long time ago. But it became the new drug after I quit drinking four years ago.
 
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I got into it because of Wolfenstein 3D. I learned about it because of Doom.
 
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My dad had one of those old toshiba "laptops" with the orange screen when we moved to the states in 91 that I think he got from his job. I dunno I was young. It played some old math game where you went through a castle and had to solve increasingly more difficult math problems (made the parents happy). It also played Chuck Yaeger's Air Combat and X-wing (X-wing was on like 12 floppys haha). Those got me into PCs as a kid. My bro was way more into them than I was though. I was more interested in the games. Him and my dad built one a few years later that eventually lead to my bro showing me a mod called counter-strike. My bro is a computer engineer now. The rest, as they say..is history.
 

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When i was 4 years old and found out about paint, best day ever. Offcourse i didn't play around with hardware back then :p
 
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When i was 4 years old and found out about paint, best day ever. Offcourse i didn't play around with hardware back then :p
Lol how could you? I was 4 years old too and found paint :)
I remember drawing the moon lol x)
 
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My dad had a Commodore 64/128, I can remember playing Army Moves, Alley Cat, Zodiac, Super Huey II, and a bunch more on that thing. The sound of a 1541 read operation still brings back fuzzy feelings. Or how about Load "*" 8, 1 RUN

The day the PSU for that thing died was a sad day indeed. If it was still around today I'm 100% sure I could have resurrected it :cry:

I also messed about on my dad's Vendex 286 with BASIC as that was the only interesting program on there ;)

My dad had a Sega Master System with about 20 games, and when my brother and I got a bit older we pooled our money and bought a Sega Genesis (That's Mega Drive to the Europeans)

As I got older, and my dad kept getting newer PCs to keep his buisiness records and print out contracts, I was the one who always got called when something wasn't working.

I played tech support on a Windows 95 Pentium machine, a PentiumIII WinME machine, and an XP Based Pentium 4 machine, all had been my dad's buisness machines. He'd buy those 18 shareware +1 full discs you could get at the supermarket. So I learned DOS that way, and from messing about with BASIC on the 286 way back when. At one point he bought me X-wing VS TIE Fighter, and as a testament to the effect that had on me, I'm STILL trying to get it running properly in a VM.

At about Grade 9, my dad bought me a Touch Systems S754 Athlon64 3400+ based system with a Radeon 9800 Pro. That was a badass computer for the time. The rest, as they say, is history.


I knew it ! porn does have benefits :D

My story...hmmmm.......I think it started with Doom, I never played the game, I was watching my brother playing it since I was like 4 or 5. The first PC game I played I think it was Dark Reign. The second thing that influenced me was actually porn, still being caught twice is not a good feeling, but no worries, I'm a Master now, no body can catch me :pimp:
Unless of course you post about it on the internet :rolleyes:


At least this isn't facebook with your real name right next to your staement.
 
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i think the very first program i used was on a mac at the elementary/primary school i went to when i was in 3rd grade or so. that program was called KidPix. looked something like this



later on in 4th grade i used to watch a lot of magic schoolbus and they had an episode about how computers work. later that year my sister had wanted a comp (she's a few years older than me) so she could play epic pinball so my parents got her a dos machine. later they got her the Sega Gens with the Sega Channel (which was EPIC!) so she no longer had use for the pc and i used it. started putting other dos games i found on it and that's pretty much where it started. she mostly had consloes while i tinkered with the old comps lol. i played a lot of the 2-player games with her though. from the nes, sega, snes, and n64. and so on.

oh and the movie Hackers helped a little bit lol

in 5th grade they had re-zoned the districts and i ended up going to another school that had all windows PCs instead of macs. i remember one pc in the room never did work right. it kepts saying somthing about a file missing. one day when the teacher wasn't around i reset the bastard and loaded it into safe mode. no it wasn't "fixed" but i was at least able to play math blaster (w/o sound) lol. my sister later got some more dos games and we finally got internet. I found a game called bomber and ultris that i took to school to play. i would have brought chips challenge too but i couldn't get it to fit on one floppy, at least not with the sound too. by this time i had my own pc as well, though it was much older than the school stuff but was enought to keep me busy. it was running win3.11. it survived the whole Y2K scare just fine, just had to re-set the time and date lol. my first real pc was a compaq deskpro with a 486 and what my dad called a skuzzy keyboard that had a built in sound system that kinda acted as a PA system in that you could record stuff by talking into the speaker and was running win95. we later got a Pentium 90 rig with 32mb ram and a 1mb onboard video card. it also had the pinball games, but had a few others as well. it had a 600mb hard drive with 95Plus! and making my own themes was sooo awesome! it had a few more dos games loaded on it, like jazz jackrabbit and raptor call of the shadows, with doom 1 and duke nukem 1. I think i was in 6th grade by the time we got all of that. that PC was the first one i had opened up. I had wanted to put a cd drive in it lol. also messed with the jumpers and got the cpu to run at 120mhz.

but yea that's where i started at :) i could list all my pcs from win 95 up till now but that'll be a very long read indeed lol
 
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A Long Time Ago.......

In an age where Commodore 64 ruled the world and many a game said cracked by Eaglesoft and a game called Bard's Tale was exposed to a child by an older brother. The denizens of this mystic place assault you without warning. What really was down in the wine cellar? Those are my earliest memories of PC gaming in general and that was my first favorite game. It all started there in the wine cellar. :toast:
 
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One company: 3Dfx.

I had a sad when I found out they went belly up.

:laugh: I still remember the day my dad got a computer from work that they threw out. Nothing like loading programs off of 5.25 floppy drives. Then we got a hard drive. That was unreal. :D