Weekend Open Forum: What CPU powered your first computer?

By Shawn Knight · 122 replies
Oct 14, 2017
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  1. Years of begging and pleading with my parents finally paid off when I received my first computer as a Christmas gift. It was an entry-level machine powered by AMD’s K6-2 processor clocked at 333MHz and although it wasn’t quite as powerful as my friend’s Intel Pentium II 266MHz machine, it served me well.

    With this week’s open forum, we’re curious – what CPU was in your very first computer? AMD, Intel or maybe something else entirely? Chime in and let us know in the comments section below!

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  2. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,280

    Zilog Z80 running at a jaw dropping 3.5 Mhz on my Sinclair ZX Spectrum with 16 KB of RAM.
    andy06shake likes this.
  3. MarkHughes

    MarkHughes TS Addict Posts: 162   +82

    MOS Technology 6510 in my Commodore 64 I had an Atari 2600 prior to that but I consider the 64 my first real computer.
    TheBigT42 and mcborge like this.
  4. senketsu

    senketsu TS Guru Posts: 648   +421

    Intel Celeron 400 MHz cpu
  5. ll0stt

    ll0stt TS Rookie

    Intel Pentium 4 3.2GHz with 512MB DDR 266MHz RAM
  6. Carmaine

    Carmaine TS Enthusiast Posts: 46   +14

    An Intel Intelligent 7000.

    Ok seriously, I have no clue. I was maybe....around 14 years old with a new interest in computers at the time when I received a hand-me-down Toshiba branded computer back in the early 90's.
  7. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,996   +2,386

    Z80, then Intel Celeron 333Mhz
  8. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 7,907   +1,118

    Technically my first computer was an Atari 800 XL, so a MOS Technology 6502 CPU running at 1.79 MHz. However my first PC as we know them today ran an Intel 386 at 33MHz. I somewhat recall the 286 was the norm at the time, but my dad wanted to "future-proof" his purchase and went for the faster 386 with (I think) 2MB of RAM and a tiny hard drive, so you could boot to it instead of using diskettes. Wise man.
    gcarter likes this.
  9. Kenrick

    Kenrick TS Evangelist Posts: 629   +403

    Intel 80386.

    Ahhh I remember I was the king of command prompt in the neighborhood.
    gcarter likes this.
  10. Per Hansson

    Per Hansson TS Server Guru Posts: 1,963   +223

    Intel Pentium 100MHz
  11. Cycloid Torus

    Cycloid Torus Stone age computing. Posts: 3,532   +944

    Too long ago...as I recall there was no CPU - transistors, yes... but no "CPU" - it was a timeshare from MIT...IBM 7090 sticks in mind. My first personal computer had a Zilog Z80 (which is still available at Jameco for under $3).
    Reehahs likes this.
  12. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,929   +15

    Intel Pentium I 200MHz. Dad had a 133 or 90; he mentioned he got me the good stuff. When I say me, it was the family machine, but I'm pretty sure I commandeered it.
  13. ljcook

    ljcook TS Rookie

    Z80 running at 4.0 Mhz on my Osborne 1.
  14. pencea

    pencea TS Addict Posts: 141   +90

    First PC - Intel Pentium running at a blistering speed of 100mhz with 32mb of ram on Windows 98.

    Second PC - Intel Celeron 2ghz with 512mb of ram + ATI 9600 Pro.

    Third PC - AMD Sempron 64 3000+ 1.8ghz overclocked to 2.1ghz with 512mb + Nvidia Geforce 6200.

    Forth PC - AMD Athlon 64 3200+ 2ghz overclocked to 2.4ghz with 512mb + Nvidia Geforce 6800 16 pipeline unlocked.

    Fifth PC
    - Intel Core 2 Duo 4500 2.2ghz overclocked to 3ghz with 4GB of ram + Nvidia 8800 GT.

    Sixth PC
    - Intel Core 2 Duo 8400 3ghz overclocked to 4.2ghz with 4GB of ram + AMD 4870.

    Seventh PC
    - Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 Yorkfield 2.83ghz overclocked to 3.8ghz with 8GB of ram + Nvidia GTX 570.

    Eighth PC - Intel i7 2700k 3.5ghz overclocked to 4.8ghz with 16GB of ram ( cards I used with this setup were Nvidia GTX 570, Nvidia GTX 670, & Nvidia GTX 970.)

    Current PC - Intel i7 6700k overclocked to 4.7ghz with 32GB of ram + GTX 1080 G1 Gaming.

    And just for the heck of it. Consoles & handhelds I own

    Atari 2600
    Super Nintendo
    Gameboy Color
    Gameboy Advance
    Gameboy 3DS
    Nintendo Gamecube
    Nintendo 64
    Nintendo Wii
    Nintendo Wii U
    Sega Master System
    Sega Mega Drive aka Genesis
    Sega CD
    Sega Dreamcast
    Xbox 360
    Playstation 2
    Playstation 3
    Playstation 4
    Playstation 4 Pro

    While we're at it might as well with phones too

    Nokia 3310
    LG U8110
    iphone 3
    iphone 3gs
    iphone 4s
    iphone 5
    iphone 5s
    iphone 6s
    iphone 7

    That about covers it all :)
    Reehahs likes this.
  15. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,513   +407

    My first computer was a hand-me-down from my father, either with a 286 or 386SX, I can't remember anymore...
  16. winjer

    winjer TS Member

    My first PC had an AMD K6-III 450Mhz, at the time it was great value for the money.
    But looking back, I think that if going with a Celeron 300A would have been better, especially because of the overclocking.
  17. EEatGDL

    EEatGDL TS Evangelist Posts: 594   +275

    AMD K6, can't recall the frequency.
  18. bandit8623

    bandit8623 TS Booster Posts: 122   +30

    you would be a millionaire if you didn't upgrade so often :D
    but impressive list!
  19. namesrejected

    namesrejected TS Guru Posts: 398   +301

    Look at his name. He clearly is a bandit.
  20. andy06shake

    andy06shake TS Evangelist Posts: 480   +156

    That was my first computer also, before moving along to the Commodore 64.

    First real x86 PC I had thought had a 1Ghz Celeron CPU, 128Mb of RAM, and onboard GFX back in 2000 if memory serves.
    Skidmarksdeluxe likes this.
  21. WastedYouth

    WastedYouth TS Rookie

    I don’t want to brag, but mine was a 80486DX2 powering an all-in-one AST PC from Sam’s Club. I said DX2, not DX. Don’t lump me in with all the poors.

    The Sam's guy overhyped its power so much that my mom sat me down when we got home and warned me not to do anything dangerous with it...


    ...ok, Mom, no time travel or anything. I promise.
    senketsu likes this.
  22. mmd nmvr

    mmd nmvr TS Member Posts: 16   +11

    Impressive list and of course, impressive memory !
  23. gobbybobby

    gobbybobby TS Guru Posts: 555   +9

    I am only 24. The first computer I build had a intel Pentium 4.
  24. Carmaine

    Carmaine TS Enthusiast Posts: 46   +14

    What if.......he IS a millionaire??? :D:D:D
    bandit8623 likes this.
  25. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,905   +1,201

    Apple II back in 1977. Used a MOS Technology 6502 processor.
    Boilerhog146 likes this.

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