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The first computer you used & your Current PC

May 28, 2010 at 05:47:52
Specs: Windows 7, E7500 @ 3.2Ghz / 4GB
OK, I'm interested to hear about the first computer you ever used, about YOUR first computer, and then the computer you use today (Main rig)

The first PC I ever used was my parents one. Running Windows 3.1 on a 386 @ 16MHz with 8MB of ram and an 85MB Hard drive (still have the HDD as a momento). Dont remember if it was a 386SX or DX. Had a Osbourne 12" CRT

I remember using MS paint and playing games like doom, Supaplex and Scorched Earth. Later on (probably 1992?) we had it upgraded with a soundcard and CD-ROM!

My first computer that I ever got was a 566MHz Celeron, 64MB, 15GB HDD running windows 98SE all complimented with a 14" CRT. I used that computer for hours on end, and to be honest I have no Idea what I did on it, didnt even have the internet at the time. However it was the first PC I had on the net. Using 56K Dialup with download speeds usually at 3.5Kbps It was also the first PC I did my own upgrade on. I eventually upgraded it to 192MB of RAM. It intorduced me to MP3's and Win XP which was on it for 6 months before I moved on.

Now after only 2 other PC's (both AMD actually) Im on this one. Its introduced me to the wonderfull world of HD content, dual screens, watching and recording TV on PC. It also lead me to dispise Vista and LOVE 7. For the sake of it: It has a C2D E7500, 4GB DDR2, total of 1.1TB of storage and a 9800GT. With a 24" 16:9 LED screen and a 19" 4:3 sceen (same height actually).

Been a great ride so far, and wondering what I'll go to next. I think I'll be sitting on this PC for at least another year or more.

Tell me about your eperiances!

4GB DDR800

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May 28, 2010 at 08:58:55
TRS-80 ---> Athlon XP2800+.

May have to build something new next year... :-)


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May 28, 2010 at 13:15:34
IBM 350 (school)
DEC Time Share (rented time)
Alpha Micro (DEC mini clone)
Commodore PET`
e- machine Athlon 64
Dell Intel Core 2 Duo
Acer Atom
Compaq Athlon X2

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May 28, 2010 at 15:14:37
The first computer I used was my dad's Apple II+. I was nine years old.

I purchased my first computer--a used Mac 512e--in 1987.

Yeah, I was a Machead, but Windows 95 changed all of that. The first time I saw a Pentium system with accelerated graphics and MPEG, I had to pick my jaw off the floor. Multimedia, man!

There are seven computers in use around my home (five desktops, a laptop, a server, and a partridge in a pair tree). My main machine:
Dual core Opteron 185 at 3.2GHz, Asus A8N32-SLI deluxe mobo, 4GB of RAM, two 8800GTS video cards in SLI, a 1.0TB hard drive, X-Fi Titanium Pro soundcard in a PCIe x4 slot, and Win7 x64. All in an Antec P182 tower. Being Socket 939-based, it is getting a little old, but it still handles everything I throw at it extremely well. And Windows 7 seems to have given it some extra vrooom.

The Super PIII in the signature actually belongs to my boys now, but I like to pretend it's still mine on CN. :-)

Super PIII | Unlocked ES Tualatin @ 1.8GHz (150x12, 1.65v), 512K L2
2GB PC2700 | 500GB | Radeon x1950Pro | Apollo Pro 266T | Win7 Pro

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May 28, 2010 at 20:05:11
Like Skip

TRS-80 Model I (Tech school, 1978--still have some programs on cassette, somewhere) ----->Sempron 1.8GHz (2006-Present)

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."

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May 28, 2010 at 20:16:14
The Commodore 64, taught myself Basic on it.


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May 28, 2010 at 22:51:19
Awseome jackbomb, Super PIII runing Windows 7. Heh.

I got a commodore 64 about a month ago with the datasette drive and everything. But cant get it to work, the image comes up garbled. I'm assuming the board is wrecked.

4GB DDR800

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May 28, 2010 at 23:33:25
First: Packard Bell, Pentuim 166, 16MB RAM, 1.6GB HD, Windows 95

Second: Compaq Deskpro, P3 600, 256MB RAM, 20GB HD, Windows 98 later upgraded to XP

Third: Custom built, Athlon 3000 upgraded to X2 3800. 2GB RAM, 250GB HD, X800 XL, Windows XP

Current: Custom built, C2D E8500, 3GB RAM, 640GB HD, 8800GT, Windows 7.

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May 29, 2010 at 01:58:52
IBM PC-XT, 8088 CPU@4.77 MHz, 10MB Winchester and 360kB floppy. What memories :)


Mobo: Asus P7P55D LE
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional OEM
CPU: Core i5 750 @ 2.67 GHz
RAM: Corsair Dominator DHX+ DDR3 1600MH 4GB
GPU: Sapphire 4870 D

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May 29, 2010 at 04:00:05
I 've got an old IBM 5100 I found in someones garage about 6 years ago. They said they were throwing it away so I brought it home. I have several tapes that came with it, an extra aux. tape drive. I looked for a printer I could hook up to it but haven't found one that works yet. Not for free anyway. I got one with it but the outdoor conditions had froze it up. The computer still works although I have no clue what to do with it. It has both APL and Basic on it. Like I know how to use either.

The first computer I actually used was an Apple Macintosh.
The first computer I owned was an IBM that I was trying to learn Lous on. Lotta good it does me now. I don't remember what model it was. I got it used in the early 90s.

My main system now is a C2D 2.8ghz. 6gbs ram in an Asus board and 2 1tbs hdds. With a radeon hd 4670 vid card. The vid card is fairly new the rest I put together about 4 years ago. I have no need to build anything newer yet.

I have 2 Commodore 64s 1 works and 1 doesn't. A friend gave them to me for building him a computer to get online and play some really old game. He was online with 1 of the 64s as little as 5 months ago. Somewhere around here is an old commodore vic 20. Do you see a pattern forming here. Yeah I throw nothing away. I probably have enough parts from computers I found at yard sales and stuff to build like maybe 25 complete computers. Shame very few of the parts are compatible. Maybe in five years I can start a compuetr junk yard like the auto junk yards around town. Bet mine won't be as dirty. Doubt it will sell as much either though. Hmmmmmm thinking if I strip all the printed circuit boards I have maybe I can get together enough gold to buy a cheap sound card for my daughters computer. lol

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May 29, 2010 at 07:55:08
First computer I used & bought: Tandy from Radio Shack-no mouse-had to enter everything with the keyboard in DOS.

The second was a Compaq with Windows 3.1 from Micro Center-486 cpu.

Currently I have several self built desktops. Two I use regularly are:
(1) Asus P5K mboard,
Core 2 Duo E6550
RAM: 4 GB Corsair PC6400 DDR2
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 4670
(2) Abit IP35 Pro mboard, Core 2 Duo E8400
RAM: 4 GB Corsair PC6400 DDR2
Video Card: EVGA 9600GT

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May 29, 2010 at 08:55:42
I was 40 years old the first time I touched a computer and it was on the job. I was a cabinet maker my whole life when I decided to try something different. I Walked into a Jackson Hewitt, and 2 weeks later I was working on a computer (W98) doing tax returns. I now audit returns for the IRS.
I have never bought a computer, I always used others cast offs. My current rig is a XP2000, 1gb ram running mint 9.


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May 29, 2010 at 23:04:42

My first was a HeathKit computer that my brother built. No monitor, just a...well, look here.

I was lucky enough to be in school at the tail end of card punch programming on huge IBM systems, although they made us write one program, in FORTRAN, on cards, as a history lesson. It was like a hundred cards to do something simple like add a few numbers.

My high school actually had a lab with terminals connected to some kind of mainframe which I used when I took an Assembly Language course.

I installed hundreds of TRS-80's as replacements for IBM terminals for a company I worked for. Those systems were so bad that we had to open every keyboard and install a ground wire from the plastic case to the circuit board. They were so susceptible to static that you could destroy a 8" floppy or get the daisy wheel printer to print a character just by touching the keyboard. Some users hung a ground wire from the sprinkler system and clipped it to a wristband before sitting down to use the Trash-80's.

We used to punch an extra index hole on the 8" floppies so we could use them as double sided disks before they came out with "certified" DSSD disks. 160K of storage just wasn't enough. We needed all of that 320K you'd get with a double sided floppy. ;-)

Those were the days!

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May 31, 2010 at 07:11:26
1st used (at work): 486, 8MB, Win 3.1

1st owned: P166, Gigabyte 430HX board, 32MB, Matrox Mystique video, Quantum Bigfoot 2.5GB, Win95

1st build: P233MMX, FIC VA-503+, 64MB EDO SIMMs, Voodoo3 16MB AGP, WDC 4.3GB, Win98SE. Upgraded to K6-2/500, 256MB PC100, Geforce2 MX 32MB, Maxtor 15GB.


1. A64 3000+ @ 2.5GHz, Asus nForce3, 2GB DDR400, Radeon X1650Pro, Seagate 160GB, XP Pro

2. A64 3200+, ECS nForce3, 2GB DDR400, Geforce Ti4800SE (replaced noisy Radeon X800), WDC 80GB, XP Pro

3. AXP-M @ 2.2GHz, Shuttle nForce2, 2GB DDR400, Radeon 9550, WDC 60GB, Ubuntu 10.04 LTS

On the bench: Sempron 140 Sargas, Asus 770, 3GB DDR2-800, Radeon HD 4350, Samsung 1TB, OS to be determined. Wasn't able to unlock the 2nd core :( Will probably upgrade to an Athlon II & build another system using the Sempron.

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May 31, 2010 at 14:45:27
Hmmm....the very first computer I ever played with was an Apple (I believe - those days are a wee bit hazy for me!) my dad brought home in 1979. I left home in the spring of 1980 at the tender age of 17 so I didn't get too learn much about it except for how to load a game or two.

The next time I touched a computer was 1992 and I bought my first in 1993 - it was a 486 SX-33 (yeah, I knew nothing about computers then) with 4 MB RAM and a 212 MB HDD.

The first PC I ever built was the next one I owned....a PII 450. I don't remember all the spec's on it but it was a killer rig for it's time and I still have the 2' tall tower I bought for it and use it to this day. I managed to avoid Windows 95 by going from my 486 and DOS/Windows 3.1 to the PII and Windows 98.

Presently I own too many to bother listing them all in here but I have one old PIII and the rest are all PIV class. Mostly AMD CPU's. I only really have 5 in actual use though, the rest sit shut off unless I need to use one for testing something out. Mostly I keep them for parts....LOL

My main "workhorse" PC at home is an AMD 4000+ on an ASUS A8N SLI Deluxe mobo with 4 GB of RAM, an adaptec RAID controller card with 6 - 250 GB HDD's in a RAID 10 with one hotspare per side. It has dual 8800 GTS PCIe video cards in SLI mode.

Just purchased a new gaming rig for the wife and I (still haven't run into anything I can run on my AMD 4000+ so I haven't had to use it yet) with an ASUS P6T mobo and an Intel i7-930 CPU, 8 GB's RAM, 1 TB HDD, dual ASUS EAH5850 PCIe video cards in SLI mode.

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June 9, 2010 at 15:02:51
My first was a "Dragon 32" (from UK). It plugged into the antenna socket of a TV. On starting it produced a green DOS screen, from which you could write a program or read in one from a tape cassette player. Games could be purchased on tape and took about 5 mins to run in (Pacman, Space Invaders, Donkey Kong etc). If the tape misread you had to start loading it again. Last time I took it out of the loft it was still working but it uses an analog TV.

My next was a desktop DOS machine with a 20M HD and a floppy drive which took large bendy floppies. I had menu driven WP progs.

Then I got all modern and went to W31 with 270M HD.

After that it was W95, then W98SE, then XP, then Vista. The last three are still available for use and online (wireless), although I rarely use the W98SE these days. I also have a Wii on the wireless - if you'll excuse the expression.

Google is NOT the only Search Engine!

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June 10, 2010 at 12:32:31
Oh man... I would say the Xerox Star. Very early 80's

But the first computer that I really enjoyed using was the NBI ubang, I have been searching for one for.... 20 years?

Yes, thats only the mouse, good luck finding an actual picture of an intact NBI system. Beautiful machine thou.

Currently, a generic 2.66ghz Core2 PC with 2gb's running XP SP3 with a 9600GT-1gb. more than enough.

I purchased my first computer--a used Mac 512e--in 1987.

Yeah, I was a Machead, but Windows 95 changed all of that. The first time I saw a Pentium system with accelerated graphics and MPEG, I had to pick my jaw off the floor. Multimedia, man!

lol, the first time I ever saw a true multimedia machine, it was a quadra 950, and it took a high class pentium machine to equal the macs 33mhz 68040. In all fairness, I had full access to the machines back in the early 90's when they cost well over $10,000 a piece. Still, it took until the mid 90's for PC's to catch up to a macintosh from '91, and by that time the current PPC macs were far ahead of any PC, back when macs were MACS!

To be even more fair, Macintosh's were not the end-all-be-all. I also had access to SGI machines back then, Iris's, crimsons, indigo's, and they were the machines that made my jaw drop!

PowerMac 9600(1 ghz G4)
512mb RAM
50gb SCSI
ATi 9200 PCI

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June 11, 2010 at 11:43:34
Lisa II, then a Tandy 1000 now all custom built by me.

Of men who have a sense of honor, more come through alive than are slain, but from those who flee comes neither glory nor any help.


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June 18, 2010 at 13:03:02
The first computer I Used: Compaq Presario 5202. Is was a display model from Radio Shack. My mom used this computer from 1998-2006. It had an AMD K6-2-3D-Now! Processor with a 256 Kb Pipe line burst running ar 350 MHz. It had a 4 Gb. HDD & 384 Mb. Ram running Windows 98 FE.

My first computer I owned was a Gateway 2000 P5-100. It had an Intel Pentium 100 MHz, 32 Mb. Ram? A graphics card with a huge 1 Mb. memory, and a 940 Mb. HDD. It ram Windows 95 OSR 2. (Oem Service Release 2)

My first laptop was an Apple Powerbook 1400cs\133. It had a 1.2 Gb. HDD, 133 MHz Power PC 603e, and, 64 Mb. Ram. It ran Mac OS 8.6,

Through the years...

E-Machines E-Tower 600ix,
Custom AMD Athlon XP 1800,
Sony VAIO PCV-LX 800,
Dell Optiplex GX 150,
Dell Latitiude C600,
Bull SX-L,
IBM Thinkpad 560x,
AST Adventure! 400,
Dell Optiplex GX 00,
Compaq Presario, SNX Something,
Powermac 6100\60,
Supermadc C500e\180,
iMac G3,
Dell Optiplex SX 260
E-Machines E-Tower 633id.

Now: Custom

Intel Pentium 4, HT, SSE 1,2 3D Now Pro,
1.5 Gb. DDR 400 Ram,
380 Gb. HDD, 1x 300 Gb. Sata, 1x 80 Gb. IDE,
DVD RW, Sony DRU-V200A
PNY Verto FX 5200, 256 Mb,
8 USB 2.0 Ports,
Soundblaster CT 4780.

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June 18, 2010 at 13:03:31
Sorry, Pentium 4 2.8 GHz

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June 24, 2010 at 20:12:22
1st, Tandy 1000 - 8086 4Mhz dual 51/4's for DOS and programs.......

Through the years - home builts using what I could scrounge beg borrow steal or buy ...... 8088's 286's 386's a 486dx4 that I was able to convince that it was a pentium (it even ran a couple of P2 programs for a year and a half before smoking itself!) various P1's Pmmx's P2's etc.

Now .... a GX620 Optiplex 3.4 Ghz currently 1GB ram (fixin to go up) w/ a 160GB hdd

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