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Wasn't sure where to start this thread.. hope here is OK... mean't in the spirit of fun and the theme of technological development over the past few decades.

Ok folks, pull out your big guns and show off your very first personal computer.

I will start with both a short story, and my first pc.

My father was a data processing manager for a Burroughs mainframe at a manufacturing company in the late 1960's. I bought some RAM for my computer recently, 6gb in three small sticks at a cost of about 70 dollars US. I handed him a stick, told him the price and he shook his head. He then told me that he purchased a set of RAM for the mainframe back in 1968.... 25k... came in a package the size of a shoebox... and cost aprx. 25,000 dollars US.... My have times have changed..:-)

My first PC was an Osborne Executive portable computer.... what a fun computer! Nothing beats an 8bit Zilog Z80A processor @ 4Mhz shooting data at you via a 7 inch amber display for ueber text games..hehe
Here is a photo from wikipedia.. the exact same pc I had back in 1982!

Remember this?
0010 print You have done it now!
0020 goto 0010


I remember spending hours and hours writing text games in basic on this thing!! Wish I still had it..:-)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osborne_Executive

Osborne_Executive_with_iPhone_in_2009.jpg

This was mine.... what was your first PC..?
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Mine was an old Gateway. I don't know anything about it. I'll try to find it and post it.

Edit: Found it! It was a Gateway Essential 450.

gateway%20Essential%20450.jpg
Edited by RileyD - 5/7/11 at 11:40am
    
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Dell Optiplex GX260, 2.0GHz P4 Northwood, 256mb DDR RAM, 40GB HDD, Integrated graphics. Also the 1st PC I overclocked. Used Clockgen, I remember how if you went above 2.2GHz the sound would die (No SB voltage control) but I didn't care so ran it at 2.6GHz. Played GTA 3 at 10 FPS biggrin.gif
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A 386 laptop. Although calling it a laptop is a bit of a stretch.
    
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IBM PC upgraded to an AT with a tape drive, 1981ish
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I took this one to college with me in the late 80's early 90's too.


IBM PC JR , with 512KB expansion, 1983(?)
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I remember spending hours and hours typing in Basic to play a text game, ah, the good old days.
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Custom PC.

733Mhz PIII
256mb of DDR memory
Some ASUS mobo
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You got me beat. Mine was a Pentium 133 from a company that no longer exists, Comptrade. It was broken from day 1 and their tech support line was always busy. So I had to take it apart and figure out what was wrong.

15 years later I work for Corsair making computer parts. Cause/effect. Heh.
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My first desktop was a custom build bargain... in 2002. 1.2GHz Duron, 16GB HDD, 98 SE. No pics as I've only got the front panel of the case left. Same with my 1.66GHz Sempron. They both got rehoused about a month ago.

My first laptop, however, was an Acer Aspire 1310
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HDD went about 4 years ago and it got binned in a clearout 2 years ago by mistake (thanks mum)
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lol, Saint, my buddy in the eighties had the same Osborne! We were just reminiscing about it a few weeks ago!
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Originally Posted by CorsairGeorge;13418711 
You got me beat. Mine was a Pentium 133 from a company that no longer exists, Comptrade. It was broken from day 1 and their tech support line was always busy. So I had to take it apart and figure out what was wrong.

15 years later I work for Corsair making computer parts. Cause/effect. Heh.

Nice!!! I recently finished my first custom build... had so much fun, I think I will build another just for the hell of it..:-)

Great products you all have there at Corsair... props to you mate!

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