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First computer I got for myself (I was a teen) was a 486 DX4 based machine which ran Doom. I traded some stuff for it, I think it had like a 48mb hdd and a 3.5" floppy drive, I don't remember ram or gpu. It ran windows 3.1 and had a dial up modem.

 
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My first pc was a Sharp MZ 80
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I got second hand in the late 80s, it was a tank and had a virus when I bought it probably from playing a bootleg copy of pacman or space invaders came with alot of bootleg cassette games. No matter what you were doing on it a little pacman/space invaders monster would randomly pop up on the screen, I moved over to a sega master system console after that for my gaming needs and eventually got a dell some time in the mid to late 90s.
 
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1983 IBM PC XT 8088 4.77 MHz with stunning CGA graphics and 10 MB HDD.
 

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Wow, some amazing first PC's in this thread!!!!!!!!

First thing I used was an original Atari and I think it just had Pong on it?

First official "PC" was an 8088........Can't even remember the MHz or memory. I had to load the operating system from a floppy disk. Then I upgraded it and installed some huuuuuuuuge hard drive. I think it was a 4 megabyte drive. LOL

I then wrote a hard drive parking program to keep from damaging the hard drive when I would have to transport the system.

Of course the monitor was monochrome. :p
 
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IBM PC 8088 16 color monitor, 16 k Ram, 10 Mb hard drive
80286 (this PC is were I really learned DOS and some coding) I would download porn from a BBS at a very slow rate. I pic took like 5 minutes
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486 DX4 120 640 Mb Hard Drive (I thought I would never fill that HD up) I bought a 56K hardware modem for $100 I still have
 
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Very first PC was a 286 or 386 based computer, I can't for the life of me recall exactly which though. The first rig I'd build for myself (with a little help from my nephew) was an Intel Pentium 3 933MHz + Riva TNT2 back in 2000 (IIRC).
 
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first, mmmhhh 91 a tower with a 486DX2 33, a SIS 410 chipset mobo, ISA SB16 soundcard and an ISA ATI Mach 8 graphic card ran 3.1 till 95 was out

oldest ... well i had a commodore PC10-II with a 4.77mhz 8088 CPU, ATI CW16800-A card (i still kept the user manual and GW-BASIC manual somewhere :laugh: ) but in 1984 i was 3 :oops:
so the first i effectively used was the 486DX2
 
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I got an old -97 IBM Aptiva from my relative in 2003..

-Pentium MMX 166
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-2MB ATI integrated graphics
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-16x CD-ROM
-Crystal ISA soundcard
-Win95, upgraded to 98

But I kinda don't count that as my first gaming PC... it was actually from my aunt's boyfriend too, though I made some upgrades for the initial setup.

-Pentium II 400 @ 450MHz
-160MB PC100 SDRAM
-GeForce2 MX 32MB
-10GB HDD
-52x CD-RW
-Sound Blaster Live! 5.1 Digital
-Win98 SE

edit: It actually got more upgrades later on.. the same setup, but fully loaded:

-Pentium III 500 @ 575MHz
-512MB PC133 SDRAM
-GeForce4 MX 440-8x 128MB
-10GB HDD
-2x DVD-RAM/RW
-Sound Blaster Live! 5.1 Digital
-WinXP SP2

I used that until I upgraded it to an Athlon 1GHz system, but that's a whole different story.. :)
 
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My first computer that wasn't my father's computer was a Shuttle XPC SB61G2 with Pentium 4 3200 (SKT478) and a Chaintech 5900XT (AGP) running Windows XP. I believe the ram was Mushkin Enhanced DDR1 2x512MB. The HDD was a Hitachi Deskstar (Deathstar). The computer came as a barebones kit with just a case, motherboard, SFF power supply, and a heatpipe system that clamped to the CPU. I built this machine around 2004.

It was a cute small form factor computer. I ran it for two years but it had some really bad overheating issues that impacted performance greatly so I went to a full tower A64 939 setup instead. That A64 machine brought me to this forum when I purchased a second hand ATI X800XL with a failed bios flash. Techpowerup in those days was the place to discuss X8xx series bios mods.
 
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My first computer that wasn't my father's computer was a Shuttle XPC SB61G2 with Pentium 4 3200 (SKT478) and a Chaintech 5900XT (AGP) running Windows XP. I believe the ram was Mushkin Enhanced DDR2 2x512MB. The HDD was a Hitachi Deskstar (Deathstar). The computer came as a barebones kit with just a case, motherboard, SFF power supply, and a heatpipe system that clamped to the CPU. I built this machine around 2004.

It was a cute small form factor computer. I ran it for two years but it had some really bad overheating issues that impacted performance greatly so I went to a full tower A64 939 setup instead.
Most 478 boards had DDR1 unless you had a newer one, some did support DDR2 though.
 
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Most 478 boards had DDR1 unless you had a newer one, some did support DDR2 though.
Yes I believe you are correct it was DDR1. Nice catch. I haven't had this computer in 16 years. It was a neat little box but it had a lot of heat problems.
 

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Yes I believe you are correct it was DDR1.
Though there was some Frankenstein boards back then, Asus had a 478 board with PCIe etc.
 
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Though there was some Frankenstein boards back then, Asus had a 478 board with PCIe etc.
The fact that it supported AGP strongly suggests it was DDR1 as does the compatibility list on Shuttle's website. You are likely correct that it was DDR1, actually I remember being impressed about the "Double Data Rate" thing at the time.
 

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My first 'Proper' computer was an IBM PS/1 486 that my old man had nabbed from work.

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His company was rolling out a big overhaul and they were giving away old machines to employees who wanted them. He put his name down for 3 of as he didnt think anyone would want them as the computer itself was way out of date and pretty obsolete by the time they were being given away in the early to mid 90s.

He was only given one due to everyone wanting one but that was ok.... because he had a bunch of broken ones stacked outside of his office waiting to be picked up by tech support that he stole a bunch of ram & display cards out of :laugh: :laugh:

We ended up with a pretty pimped out i486DX.
 
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2001...A Sony Vaio Pentium MMX 233 Mhz. I don't know the other specs but it had a TV out so it could have been an ATI all-in-wonder card.
Windows 98. The first game that got me excited? Max Payne! & Quake II...I was hooked.
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First computer I got for myself (I was a teen) was a 486 DX4 based machine which ran Doom. I traded some stuff for it, I think it had like a 48mb hdd and a 3.5" floppy drive, I don't remember ram or gpu. It ran windows 3.1 and had a dial up modem.

This one
it looks cool with that door :)
 
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all that i can recall it's pentium mmx 166mhz with 12 inch crt with win 98SE
 

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Oh man, this really got me thinkin....

Apple II... the fruity one ! :D

how far we have come since then.....
 
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