Weekend Open Forum: What CPU powered your first computer?

Shawn Knight

TechSpot Staff
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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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Carmaine

TS Booster
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.
 

Julio Franco

TechSpot Editor
Staff member
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.
 
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Cycloid Torus

Stone age computing - click on the rock below..
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).
 
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---agissi---

TechSpot Paladin
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.
 

pencea

TS Maniac
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
Nintendo
Super Nintendo
Gameboy
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
Xbox 360
Playstation
Playstation 2
Playstation 3
Playstation 4
Playstation 4 Pro
PSP

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 :)
 
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madboyv1

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

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.
 

bandit8623

TS Addict
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
Nintendo
Super Nintendo
Gameboy
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
Xbox 360
Playstation
Playstation 2
Playstation 3
Playstation 4
Playstation 4 Pro
PSP

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 :)
you would be a millionaire if you didn't upgrade so often :D
but impressive list!
 
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
Nintendo
Super Nintendo
Gameboy
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
Xbox 360
Playstation
Playstation 2
Playstation 3
Playstation 4
Playstation 4 Pro
PSP

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 :)
you would be a millionaire if you didn't upgrade so often :D
but impressive list!
Look at his name. He clearly is a bandit.
 

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.
 
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mmd nmvr

TS Member
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
Nintendo
Super Nintendo
Gameboy
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
Xbox 360
Playstation
Playstation 2
Playstation 3
Playstation 4
Playstation 4 Pro
PSP

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 :)
Impressive list and of course, impressive memory !