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What was your first PC?

Feb 23, 2019
5,269 (3.02/day)
Processor Ryzen 7 5800X
Motherboard Gigabyte X570 Aorus Elite
Cooling BeQuiet Dark Rock 4
Memory 2x16 GB Crucial Ballistix 3600 CL16 Rev E @ 3800 CL16
Video Card(s) RTX3080 Ti FE
Storage SX8200 Pro 1 TB, Plextor M6Pro 256 GB, WD Blue 2TB
Display(s) LG 34GN850B
Case SilverStone Primera PM01 RGB
Audio Device(s) SoundBlaster G6 | Fidelio X2 | Sennheiser 6XX
Power Supply SeaSonic Focus Plus Gold 750W
Mouse Endgame Gear XM1R
Keyboard Wooting Two HE
I'll cheat because this was my brother's first PC:
486 SX 25 Mhz with Trident VGA card and SB 16 (upgraded to DX4/100 in early 2000s)

The actual "my" first PC, the one I purchased with my own money, was E5200, GB P35 DS3L and PowerColor 4850.
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Sep 21, 2020
1,381 (1.18/day)
Processor 5800X3D -30 CO
Motherboard MSI B550 Tomahawk
Cooling DeepCool Assassin III
Memory 32GB G.SKILL Ripjaws V @ 3800 CL14
Video Card(s) ASRock MBA 7900XTX
Storage 1TB WD SN850X + 1TB ADATA SX8200 Pro
Display(s) Dell S2721QS 4K60
Case Cooler Master CM690 II Advanced USB 3.0
Audio Device(s) Audiotrak Prodigy Cube Black (JRC MUSES 8820D) + CAL (recabled)
Power Supply Seasonic Prime TX-750
Mouse Logitech Cordless Desktop Wave
Keyboard Logitech Cordless Desktop Wave
Software Windows 10 Pro
A 1992ish Packard Bell 486 abomination. I remember little of it other than it was 66mhz, but at least the DX variant. 4MBs of ram. ... The thing never could properly run Tie Fighter...
Wow, I finished Tie Fighter on my 386DX using a mouse. That was some good workout :roll:
Also, beat Doom and Doom 2 on the same machine. Must've been around 10-15 fps :)
Nov 13, 2021
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Avalon Hill games !
Jan 25, 2019
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Pentium 110(?) w/W95. The only browsers then were Explorer and Netscape. Netscape was not free. Most of my games were on 5.25" flippies.
Not much later I gave it to my father when I built my own. Multistar, dBase IV, Wordperfect, Multimate, etc.
Feb 4, 2014
342 (0.10/day)
Oztralia down under
System Name K9
Processor i9 9900K @ 5.1Ghz and 32deg C - delid + Grizzly Conductonaught LM
Motherboard Gigabyte Aorus Z390 Gaming X
Cooling Custom water cooling loop - GPU + mobo (+VRM's) + CPU
Memory G Skill - Trident Z RGB DDR4 - 3866Mhz x 32Gb @ 3800Mhz
Video Card(s) Gigabyte Aorus 11Gb GTX 1080 Ti Waterforce Extreme @ 2250Mhz
Storage Samsung 500Gb M2 970 EVO + Samsung 850 Pro SSD + ADATA 512Gb SSD + Samsung 1Tb & 3T + WD 1Tb + 3Tb
Display(s) ASUS 27" ROG Swift 1440p @ 165Hz & BenQ 27" LED
Case Thermaltake Core P7 - Open frame
Audio Device(s) Logitech Z906 - 5.1ch
Power Supply EVGA 1200W
Mouse Roccat LeadR + Razer Nagar V2 Pro
Keyboard Corsair K70 LUX with Cherry Red switches
Software Win 10 Pro 64bit
Benchmark Scores v/fast
This was my 1st pc in 1986 - Amstrad CPC 464.

It was powered by a Zilog Z80 cpu running @ 4Mhz with 64k memory = LOL by today's standards.

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Feb 22, 2022
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My dad gave me an SFF Dell OptiPlex GX280 (came from a PC recycle shop I think) when I was like twelve. 3GHz Pentium 4 and 4GB ram, I mainly used it for schoolwork but definitely spent many hours in Doom, StarCraft, and Quake II - I believe it also ran Portal and HL2 without much issue either. It wasn't until I tried to play the PC version of Guitar Hero 3 on it that I realized integrated graphics was a limitation. At some point I managed to convince my dad that I needed something called a "graphics card" in order to do video editing (which wasn't a lie, I did spend a lot of time back using the family video camera to make little videos and stop-motion films - but I mainly wanted it for Guitar Hero), and I ended up with a 1GB Radeon HD 4670 from Best Buy. The GX280 was actually one of the few OptiPlex models that had a PCIe 2.0 slot (even the SFF version!), but I could only fit it in if I kept the chassis permanently open at like a 45 degree angle. Was horrible for keeping the computer free of dust, but I could play GH finally!

My family definitely had much older PCs when I was growing up, but this was the first one that I could call my own and actually play games on without getting scolded or blamed for virus infections.
Aug 21, 2015
1,581 (0.52/day)
North Dakota
System Name Office
Processor Ryzen 5600G
Motherboard ASUS B450M-A II
Cooling be quiet! Shadow Rock LP
Memory 16GB Patriot Viper Steel DDR4-3200
Video Card(s) Gigabyte RX 5600 XT
Storage PNY CS1030 250GB, Crucial MX500 2TB
Display(s) Dell S2719DGF
Case Fractal Define 7 Compact
Power Supply EVGA 550 G3
Mouse Logitech M705 Marthon
Keyboard Logitech G410
Software Windows 10 Pro 22H2
Homebuilt (with a large debt to the assistance of a college classmate) K6-2/400 on a GA-5AX (ALi Aladdin V) with 128MB RAM. 13GB Maxtor HDD, Creative PC-DVD DXR-3, LS-120. Diamond Monster Fusion (16MB Voodoo Banshee), SBLive! Value and SMC 10-base NIC. Innumerable other components have passed through the still-in-use Superpower Zephyr chassis. One 3.5 cover is missing in the pic, but I somehow have all the original case parts 2.5 decades later, including slot covers (but not screws). Can't say the same for the OG componentry, though. Never did figure out what happened to that hard drive.

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A lineup with a couple of modern cases.
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Oct 17, 2021
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Not sure if this one counts: ZX81 with 1 kB shared Memory, '80ies.
Else: 386 with 4 MB Memory and 256 colour graphics, came with MS-DOS 5.0. '92
Feb 1, 2019
2,228 (1.26/day)
UK, Leicester
System Name Main PC
Processor 13700k
Motherboard Asrock Z690 Steel Legend D4 - Bios 13.02
Cooling Noctua NH-D15S
Memory 32 Gig 3200CL14
Video Card(s) 3080 RTX FE 10G
Storage 1TB 980 PRO (OS, games), 2TB SN850X (games), 2TB DC P4600 (work), 2x 3TB WD Red, 2x 4TB WD Red
Display(s) LG 27GL850
Case Fractal Define R4
Audio Device(s) Asus Xonar D2X
Power Supply Antec HCG 750 Gold
Software Windows 10 21H2 LTSC
Pre built my dad got me for 16th birthday (I kind of think was 18th, but I had it when I was doing my IT training after leaving school so must have been 16th).

It came with the monitor as well, was a 486 DX2-66 and SVGA monitor, most of my friends had a DX-33 or even SX chip and VGA screens, so had the envy PC.

Was very surprised as previously to this my dad would typically say no to everything I asked for and had never spent anything like this on any present before, I went in the shop with him in tow, and he said yes out of the blue.

As a family we did have the green screened cpc 464, which was mostly used by me in the living room, I cannot remember why it was brought and who it was supposed to be used by. But I had good fun on it.
Jan 3, 2021
2,227 (2.09/day)
Processor i5-6600K
Motherboard Asus Z170A
Cooling some cheap Cooler Master Hyper 103 or similar
Memory 16GB DDR4-2400
Video Card(s) IGP
Storage Samsung 850 EVO 250GB
Display(s) 2x Oldell 24" 1920x1200
Case Bitfenix Nova white windowless non-mesh
Audio Device(s) E-mu 1212m PCI
Power Supply Seasonic G-360
Mouse Logitech Marble trackball, never had a mouse
Keyboard Key Tronic KT2000, no Win key because 1994
Software Oldwin
Not sure if this one counts: ZX81 with 1 kB shared Memory, '80ies.
Else: 386 with 4 MB Memory and 256 colour graphics, came with MS-DOS 5.0. '92
Sure it counts, it's reasonably personal and it's a computer. I'm less sure that this one counts, though:

I bought one in 1989 I think, that's when I went to the university and needed a programmable calculator. Oh no, it wasn't able to http://.
Oct 17, 2021
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Have been using very the same unit and a HP 28C as it came with a 'graphic' display.