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What were the specs of your first computer?

Discussion in 'Overclocking & Hardware' started by ckpsy, May 13, 2009.

  1. MWP

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    My first was a 386DX33 with a math co processor.
    It had 2MB of RAM and a 80MB HDD.
    Cant remember what the video card was.

    I overclocked that 386 from 33Mhz to a whole 45Mhz by using a different crystal :D
     
  2. magao

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    First computer the family had was an Apple IIe, then a Mac 512 (in 1985 or 86). I wanted to buy a Commodore 64 (with my own earned money) but my parents wouldn't let me.

    First one I bought myself was a second-hand Mac Plus in 1993 (bought it in a closed tender from Uni for $150). Then had a series of Macs (Colour Classic, a couple of PowerComputing Mac clones ...).

    First Windows machine I owned was a Gateway full-tower Pentium II 266MHz with 17" monitor, speakers with subwoofer, Riva TNT - this thing was loaded (or at least I thought so at the time). $5500 all up. I was still using it as a file server 10 years later ... called it "Old Faithful". When I think what I could get for $5500 these days ...

    I'd previously borrowed my brother's 386 (and when that died 486) for doing some contract database programming while at Uni. The difference in how "The Elder Scrolls: Arena" played on the 486 compared to the 386 was incredible ...
     
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  3. tht

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    First ever home computer was a Compaq Presario bought from Dick Smith. We even got 3 boxes of floppies for free for backup purposes. First thing I did when the thing was unboxed was play the bundled games, Chip's challenge was a blast back then. I think it ran Windows 3.1, had a 60MHz cpu, can't remember the rest as I was just starting to learn about computers.
     
  4. jboles

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    First computer (~1991): Toshiba 3100
    286 processor, 1mb RAM, 10mb hard drive, running DOS

    2nd computer (~1994): IBM PS/2 model 70
    386 processor, 3mb RAM, 40mb hard drive, running Windows 3.11

    These were machines that dad brought home from work


    First computer I bought myself (2003): Apple Powerbook G4 (aluminium)
    G4 867mhz processor, 640mb ram, 40gb hard drive, running OS 10.2
     
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  5. GSX-R

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    Commodore VIC 20 when Myer started selling 'em in 1982

    Switched to Commodore 64 in 85

    Then the dream system that I still admire and look up to this very day came along in 88, Amiga 500.

    Switched that over to an Amiga 600 (smaller chassis which included a hdd) in 1991

    Stupid fools at Commodore and their shitty marketing decisions spelt the demise of the Amiga's otherwise dominating stance and I strongly believe to this day that IBM compat. PCs would never have held a candle to Commodore to this very day had those marketing decisions on Commodore's part been wiser; it was evident they were far ahead of their time from a technical standpoint.
     
  6. TonyR

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    First computer I used was a PDP-8

    First computer I owned was an Amiga 1000. I paid the extra $100 for a 40Meg HDD rather than the 20Meg one :o
     
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  7. Az1

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    first computer i owned was a 286 cant remember the specs my next one was a 386 33 mhz with i think 1-2 meg ram and a 40 meg hdd, no sound card.

    i remember the first time i heard doom on a 16 bit sblaster.... I jizzed

    I almost miss the days of dos and xtree gold ......almost!
     
  8. vladdy76

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    Can't remember exactly when.. think it was 1985

    Some IBM Clone
    Intel 8086
    4.77Mhz
    640k Ram
    2x 360k 5 1/4" floppies
    320x200 CGA 4 colour 14" monitor
    No mouse
    No hard drive
    No sound
    Think it ran MS-DOS 3.3

    King's Quest was one of the first good games I remember playing on it :) Last game I played was Hero's Quest - had to keep swapping 10 disks.

    Next computer wasn't until 1988 which was a 12Mhz 286 with 40MB hard drive and 1MB ram. The best bit was the S3 VGA graphics and 14" Voltron monitor!
     
  9. Reaper

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    First computer was a dick smith machine, can't remember the model, had a tape drive and displayed through a TV. I used it just for basic programming as that was all it was really good for.

    My first PC was a 4/8mhz XT, 2x 360KB floppies, 640KB memory and EGA graphics.
     
  10. fad

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    Some thing that plugged into the TV, with a tape deck, and some memory carts.
    Amstrad?


    Then a 8086 4.77mhz Amstrad XT, 2x 5.25" LD ? 640kb,FDD, EGA, no sound, and a 9 pin dot matrix.
     
  11. c0de

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    Commodore PET

    CPU: 1.5Mhz 6502
    RAM: 16KB
    Storage: dual 360Kb Floppys. (PC hard drives didn't exist yet) + a 300baud cassette drive
    Monitor: 10" Green Screen
    Printer: Commodore 80 column tractor printer
    Mouse: Mouse? What mouse...
    Software: Book on 'how to write your own' supplied

    http://classof1985.org/classblog/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/commodore_pet_2001-321.jpg

    $6000.00

    Hmmmm The glorious seventies...:D:thumbup::leet:

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  12. Killing Time

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    hmm intel 486 dx(?) 25mhz
    8mb ram :leet:
    i remember getting a sound card and a cd-rom and being amazed by it :thumbup:
     
  13. koopz

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    I built it with my stepdad when I was 8. what a peice of shit that was :p

    I liked my Atari 2600 more :p
     
  14. ob1

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    Apple IIc with 128kb RAM and a low density floppy was my first.

    286 20MHz with 1MB RAM was my first IBM compatible. These were rare, as most 286's were 16MHz and 640kb. I even read a few articles on how you could O/C that CPU by replacing the Xstal on the mobo...overclocking at its earliest.
     
  15. SpaceFrog

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    First 'computer'
    Commodore 64 with nothing but cartridges, later upgraded to a tape drive. Had in total maybe 10 apps & games. Didn't use it much, and it was connected to the TV.

    First PC
    AMD 486 DX-4 100Mhz, 8mb ram, Quad Speed CD-ROM, SB Sound Card, Massive 850mb HDD!! (trust me i was king of the block), 2mb or 4mb Video card, 15" CRT. came with Windows 95 (got it a couple of months after its release). cost $2600
     
  16. Mongy

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    I think first family "computer" was an Aquarius. Can't remember much about it. Had a cartridge for games (played some clone game of Tron, think it was called Snark or Snafu). It also had tape, but there was pretty much nothing available for it.

    My first computer I bought was when I was at high school. 8086, think it was 4.77mhz, bugger all memory, and 10 meg hdd which had double space running on it. XTG was the best program. 5 1/4 floppy, green Hercules monochrome monitor, which I had to run a CGA/VGA emulator to run 16 shades of green (woo, California Games). Upgraded to CGA at a later date. This was about when everyone was buying brand new 386s.

    After leaving school and eventually getting a job, I bought a brand new 486 DX40, can't remember how much memory, 40 meg hard drive (couldnt afford a bigger drive), think it was a 128k video card (S3 Virge??), crap SB16 clone sound card with rom. I think I got it for around $2000.

    Had my mate get it thru him, who was working with Concorde Computers, and was in the old shop upstairs. And now still buying some stuff from Jason, although he now owns Computer Alliance
     
  17. terroristone

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    apple 2E $3400 new back in the day.
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    Microprocessor
    6502 or 65C02 running at 1.023 MHz
    8-bit data bus

    Memory
    64 KB RAM built-in
    16 KB ROM built-in

    40 and 80 columns text, white-on-black, with 24 lines¹
    Low-Resolution: 40×48 (16 colors)
    High-Resolution: 280×192 (6 colors) *
    Double-Low-Resolution: 80×48 (16 colors)
    Double-High-Resolution: 560×192 (16 colors) *

    Built-in speaker; 1-bit toggling
     
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  18. Turbine

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    Someone should make a poll with the various generation PC's, commodore, xt, 286 on and on to todays gen..... it'd be interesting to see how that matches up to the recent age poll.

    ;D

    (to add mine, it was a 386 with4mb ram and 40mb HDD...dblspaced for epic storage)
    (it was sad i used to try everything to get Doom to run on it, never any success)
     
  19. EclipZ

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    +1 , also had the US Doubler floppy upgrade and Supermon for memory address viewing/tweaking on the fly.

    Then an Atari 1040STE and an A500 with half meg upgrade+RTC, 2nd Floppy.

    Then an AMD DX4/100 followed by Pentiums etc : tried to avoid the PC for as long as possible until they reached worldwide domination...
     
  20. BitAddict

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    Started out with a 286 16MHz, then on to a 386SX-25MHz, 486DX2-66MHz and then my first Pentium (75MHz) after that.
     

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