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1992 : First PC purchased.
Intel 486 DX2 66 (was the envy of all my friends)
4 MEGS (not gigs) of RAM
Floppy
420 MEG (not gig) hard drive (I was awesome at the time)
1 Meg Video Card (don't remember which)

Around 1993 or maybe 1994, it was time for my first upgrade, I paid $250 for a 4 x CDROM (thats right not a writer but just a CDROM, and I thought I was the shiznit)

Sometime in this general time I got another 9 megs of ram (8 gig + 1 gig + 4 I already had) and all my friends running 4 were thinking I had ungodly ram! (and when the highest game was Full Throttle from Lucas Arts which required 8 megs)
Sold it for $650 (yeah I ripped them off, but they deserved it)

In 1995 or 1996 I ordered my first "parts build"
AMD K62 350 mhz
16 megs Ram
4 gig hd
8 ATI video card (don't know which)

I kept this one for a few years (not sure about any of these years except the first one and thats cause I remember the Pentium 60 was the shiz, new released, when I got my DX2)

Gradually over the next few years I moved up to a Athlon XP 1800, then a Athlon XP 2600, then a Athlon 64 3200. I acquired my celeron laptop about 3 years ago, between the XP 2600 and the 64-3200 and recently got the Sempron 2600 Laptop.

I currently own 4 AMDs (since my brother has yet to pay me for the 2600) adn the Intel.

The only reason i've shied away from intel is their cost. For a equivalent CPU (starting back in the K62 Error) the Intel's were generally 50-75% more expensive. Granted now AMD's cost is alot closer, but I feel thier performance is greater (I game alot, just recently getting into video editing and DVD copying)

SO thats how I became AMD, even though I'm not opposed to Intel and that DX2 served me fine for several years.
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My first computer was 66MHz, 4MB ram, 200MB HDD, Trident 512KB VGA(still working, slow as hell)...

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commodore 64 was my first , the Amiga 500, then the 1000, also a dx2 66 aswell.
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Nice story hehe. I also have had quite some systems, technology goes so fast!

- 386 and 486
- P1 90 Mhz
- P1 166 Mhz
- P1 MMX 200 Mhz
- P3 450 Mhz
- P3 666 Mhz (strange, I bought it at that speed and oc-ed it to 800 Mhz with ease)
- P2 266 with Voodoo 2 card (I was broke so I sold the P3 @ 800 Mhz and got this)
- P4 1,8 Ghz (this thing was total crap...so I deceided to buy an AMD instead)
- AMD 2400+ (awesome!)

And now my 3000+ is serving me nicely.
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Heh, the first computer in my life was a IBM PC/AT. My dad overclocked it from 8MHz to 10. 12MHz made the chip overheat. I was one or two at the time, so I never used it. The first computer I ever used was an IBM PS/ValuePoint. 33MHz 486 DX, 4MB of RAM stock, 400MB hard disk I think, and a 2MB onboard graphics card. My dad eventually got a 4X CD-ROM for it and a SoundBlaster 16. Currently it's gutted, sitting out in the garage. Something's broken on it, giving it a **** load of memory errors. The SoundBlaster, however, still works perfectly, and I use it in my DOS gaming machine. From there I moved up to IBM Aptiva with a PII 300. My parents had a 90MHz AMD X5 system that my dad built which was replaced by the Aptiva. He tried sticking the X5 in the ValuePoint and let's just say that the X5 hasn't been the same since . Finally my dad got my sister and I a HP Pavillion with a PII 400, seeing as we were still using the ValuePoint for ourselves. We were only allowed to use the Aptiva for Roller Coaster Tycoon and Need For Speed III: Hot Pursuit. The HP's hard disk cracked, and Best Buy couldn't find a replacement, so he paid another $100 and got us a Compaq Presario with a 500MHz K6. That thing's gone to Salvation Army now, and the Aptiva has been upgraded to 340MB of RAM, a 60GB and a 15GB hard drive on an ATA100 controller, a CD-RW to go with the DVD-ROM, a Radeon 7000 32MB, and most recently a PIII 500MHz. Should last my sister until she goes to college. As for me, I spent $450 and got the basis of my system that you see here. I then spent another $150 on a new monitor, a DVD-RW, and a NTSC/PAL/SECAM TV tuner card. And now I've spent another $180 on my 6600LE, a new sound card, and another 512MB of RAM. My mom recently got a Compaq with a Sempron 3000+, 512MB of RAM, an 80GB SATA drive to which my dad added her 80GB Seagate IDE drive, and integrated graphics. My dad recently bought a DVD-RW for her, and bought my FX5200 off of me for $30.
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Originally Posted by tuchan
commodore 64 was my first , the Amiga 500, then the 1000, also a dx2 66 aswell.
Hehehehe COMMODORE64 with that WOOP ARSE tape drive...aaaah hours of Blue Max as I recall...
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First computer i had was some really outdaded (even when i got it) computer that had i thin 6mhz, it idnt even have dos on it it was just a program that selected what other programs to run. Also had a 40mb hdd. 2mb of ram and i think my dad told me it had a 70kb thats right kb graphics card.

Edit: But the first computer i ever OWNED was a blazing fast 386 laptop running at 33mhz (i think) and had 8mb of ram with a 2mb video card. Also it had a 600mb hard drive.
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celeron 433mhz@541mhz , 64mb ram , nvidia vanta ( 16mb ) was my first computer . I thought i get a SUPER COMPUTER
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I was talking about x86 PC's

My first computer was a commodore 64

Time I got done with it it had 2 of the 1541 5.25" drives and the expansion card (the one that sped up the 64 and allowed one button running of programs), got this one in the mid 80's, and its still in my parent's garage. Still worked (when it was put away in the early 90's) save for I'd used it so much I'd burnt the sound chip out!
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Hmm... trying to remember... ooh, found the original paperwork...
1993: 486-33SX, 4MB RAM, 1 or 2MB-shared onboard video???, 3.5" floppy, Sony 2X CD-ROM, Cardinal 2400 bps modem, Aztech 16bit sound, Windows 3.1, DOS 6.0
1995: added 4MB RAM (upgraded to 486-33DX or was it a 66?)
1997: added WD 2GB UATA HDD and 16MB RAM
1998: RMA'd 2GB HDD
1999: P2 400MHz, 128MB RAM, 3.5" floppy, CDRW drive, 4.8X DVD, 56k modem, 16MB nVidia TNT video, Onboard sound, 22GB 7200rpm Ultra66 HDD, Win 98
2003: Current Rig but with MSI 648Max, Deer 400W PSU, 48X LiteOn CDRW, 16X DVD, and WD 80GB 7200rpm 8MB HDD and only NEC FE991SB monitor
2004: RMA'd MSI mobo, got Abit IS7-E while waiting for it to come back
2005: RMA'd NEC monitor and got Samsung 990DF while waiting for it to come back. Also upgraded to OCZ520ADJ, 16X LiteOn DVDRW, and WD 160GB SATAII 7200rpm 8MB HDD (400W and 80GB went in the PC I built for my Dad with a Celeron D 315 and 512MB ram)

Feb or March 2006: AMD dual-core water-cooled system... at least that's the plan

So after 13 yrs with Intel, I'll be switching to AMD. I'm sure most of you will be saying "What the hell took you so long???"
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