Your First PC?

By Cucumber ยท 184 replies
Mar 19, 2002
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  1. ToRN

    ToRN TS Rookie Posts: 156

    386DX 40 MHz, 4 MB RAM, 40 MB HDD, SIS VGA with 512 KB, 14", no cdrom and no sound.
  2. boeingfixer

    boeingfixer TS Rookie Posts: 1,006

    Yeah Arris, I had forgotten about our first game console, I think we had an atari, on a black and white telle at the time, hey does anyone remember when TV's didn't have color ?? ;)
  3. setscrew

    setscrew TS Rookie Posts: 23

    I am still using my first computer.

    A lowly Dell PIII 600 that is showing its age with the current generation of games.

    I am slowly piecing together my next machine that I will build myself. Hopefully my new screamer will be running sometime in May.

    Looking forward to giving the the PIII 600 to my mother (perfect for email, IM, and browsing).
  4. SuperCheetah

    SuperCheetah TS Rookie Posts: 709

    It's funny to see you all posting your old specs. I personally just built my first computer (the one I'm using now) so I can't compete with your generation. I do remember playing on the families old 486 though. Those were the days of text and old school gaming :)

    One thing that made me laugh was a previous post about overclocking where a guy overclocked an 8mh processor to 10 mh!!! That's a 25% overclock! If I could only do that to my 1.4 Athlon! :) Crazy stuff ;)
  5. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    haha, yep. My Commodore 64 was going to a 13" black and white TV. I remember how excited I got when I got to hook it up to a color tv and play with those commmands that would change the background color and the font color and the border color. I have long since forgotten how to do that though.
  6. boeingfixer

    boeingfixer TS Rookie Posts: 1,006

    My last computer will still be an AMD one though. ;)
  7. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    POKE 53280,n
    POKE 53281,n
  8. Mac_Bug

    Mac_Bug TS Rookie Posts: 57

    486/33 DX
    210 MB harddrive
    8 bit speaker somewhere inside
    Trident 8900c (I think, forget now) vid
    8 MB RAM!
    5 and half plus 3 and half drives!
    I added a 56k modem later on.

    Lived on it from 1992 to 1999

    So you can see why I raid local library terminals after school to MUD. It's about the only thing I can run, after I discovered that Doom makes me sick.
  9. Spliffmeister

    Spliffmeister TechSpot Paladin Posts: 508

    my first PC was a 700 Athlon only 2 years ago, which has since burned in a horrible overclocking incident.

    My first computer was a Sinclair Spectrum (yes with the rubber keyboard) 48K ram and 64 colours!! Any1 remember the epileptic fit inducing load sequence? Those were the days, and I still have it - Manic Miner - still as playable as ever!!
  10. Supra

    Supra TS Enthusiast Posts: 190

    My first computer was an acer aspire. Got it from wal-mart in 1997 for christmas.:D
    Amd k-6 166mhz(later upgraded to 233mhz)
    16mb EDOram(later upgraded to 48mb)
    1mb ati onboard video:blackeye: (upgraded to a PCI voodoo3 2000 and 3000)
    33.6k modem(upgraded to 56k)
    2gb ata33 hdd(added 500mb hdd)
    14in monitor

    The only prob i had with it was in 2000 the fan in the powersupply died and i didnt catch it till the system locked up. Boy was it toasty in there:confused: Used it from then until last summer when I built my own PC that I use now. I still use the monitor. Hoping to use my tax return to buy a 21in monitor:grinthumb
  11. D-cibeL

    D-cibeL TS Rookie

    I got my first computer in grade 6. It was an AMD 486 SX 66MHZ w/ 8MB RAM, 1 MB cirrus logic video and a SB PRO sound. All this was hooked up to a 15" *cough* flatscreen *cough* monitor.

    I later upgraded to 16 MB RAM, Gravis UltraSound MAX w/ 1 MB RAM, and traded my CPU for the DX model. I couldn't stand not having a math co-processor. I still have the soundcard, and yes, it does sound better than any soundcard on the market today.
  12. p05ta1

    p05ta1 TS Rookie Posts: 25


    Yup... i took the bate

    800meg hd
    8meg ram
    floppy drive
    ms 2 button mouse
    14.4 modem
    12.5 monitor

    And a 2x cdrom upgrade was 200$
    then i upgraded with 16megs of ram for 400$

    Ack, those where the days
  13. SleeperDC

    SleeperDC TS Rookie Posts: 184

    my first computer was a IBM
    Pentium 166 - upgraded to Pentium 200MMX later
    32MB - upgraded to 64MB later
    SiS onboard video - added a voodoo1 later
    2.1G - added 2x 3.2G later
    USR 56K

    then i built my next computer
    2x celeron 366@550
    abit BP6
    voodoo 3
    SB live value

    now, i am using
    2x celeron 366@550
    abit BP6
    256 + 128MB
    IBM 40G + maxtor 60G
    radeon 8500
    SB live value
    3com 3CR990-TX-97 NIC

    i am going to upgrade my cpu + mb.
    but same story, no money~
  14. MYOB

    MYOB TS Rookie Posts: 492

    Thr first PC in my house (when i was 1) was an AST 286 that was really only used for the internets predessecors. ( i'm talking 1988 here!) . My first PC was an acorn Pentium 75. i use the chip from it as a paperweight now. I currently have a self-build AMD 850 running XP, and a Dell 266 running Win 98 and BeOS
  15. XYZ359

    XYZ359 TS Rookie Posts: 113

    I really don't remember what my first computer was but I knew I was using it.

    I'm dumb...I think it was a Tandy or something like that with DOS OS on it...

    We got rid of it.

  16. MrGaribaldi

    MrGaribaldi TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,512

    Hehe... Well, I didn't enter the oc scene before the pentium came along, but then it was fun...

    A friend of mine got a p120, when I had just bought a p100... Reading the mobo manual for 10 min, and I suddenly had a p133... Man, was he pissed when he found his mobo only supported 120 :D

    More or less the same oc I had with a duron... 750 -> 1ghz :)
  17. PHATMAN5050

    PHATMAN5050 TS Rookie Posts: 593

    Intel Pentium 166mhz w/ MMX
    64mb SDRam
    16x CDRom
    All of HP's AWESOME progs :lmao:
  18. Ravellidar

    Ravellidar TS Rookie Posts: 32

    Hehe, the first personal computer that I ever owned was an Apple IIc. Apple IIC. I got it way back in 1986. It had a whole 128k of ram too. And that 1mhz processor made Ultima 1 really fly. It was the first computer game I ever owned too. The monochrome graphics were stellar too on that 9 inch monitor it came with. I even had a 2400 baud modem to go with it. Those were the days.
  19. young&wild

    young&wild TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 993

    mine was a:

    166mhz pentium
    Intel Motherboard
    32 mb RAM
    S3 Trio 64 1 MB Video Card
    Aztech Washington Galaxy 16
    8 x creative CDROM
  20. dalex

    dalex TS Rookie

    8088, 4,77MHz, 640KB Ram, 5,25" Disk
    Later upgradet to: 8,66MHz, 1MB Ram 5,25" Disk, 3,5" Disk, 2x20MB HD
    30386 DX 33
    80486 DX 33
    80486 DX/4 100
    AMD Athlon XP1800
  21. Boogityboo04

    Boogityboo04 TS Rookie Posts: 302

    I may as well resurrect this thread again... It is about old stuff :p

    My first computer was a blazing fast Mac Plus:

    1 MB of RAM
    a new double-sided 800 KB floppy drive!
    System 3.2
    8 MHz 68000 CPU
    9" b&w screen
    60W PSU

    It weighed like 16 lbs, the only thing a I really remember was I had this little screen saver of a snowblower that cleared some white stuff and then the stuff reappeared and I used to sit and watch it. Hey, I was a 6 year old kid, what would you expect?

    EDIT: Lol, look at this page for the MULTISPEED ACCELERATOR, browsing the web pages and opening files were mere seconds away!
  22. greatman05

    greatman05 TS Maniac Posts: 429

    I used this PC when I was five:
    Pentium (NO MMX)166mHZ
    Trident Microsystems 9680 PCI Graphics card /w 1MB of memory
    80MB System RAM
    1.58HDD /w W95 (Later upgraded to W98SE)
    Soundblaster 16 ISA sound card
    8X Mitsumi CD-ROm drive

    I blew up the MOBO about 1-2 years ago by overclocking the processor...
    but, I still have the Graphics card, HDD, CD-ROM, and sound card...ahh, the memories of instability...
  23. TS | Thomas

    TS | Thomas TS Rookie Posts: 1,319

    Hmm, my first PC (Ignoring the Commodore 64 & some Amstrad system ;)) was an AST system;

    Pentium 166Mhz MMX
    16MB RAM
    2MB S3 Virge
    Soundblaster 16
    2GB (?) Hard drive
    8x (?) CD Drive
    Floppy Drive

    & here I am now 10 years later with;

    Athlon 64 3200+
    1GB RAM
    346GB Hard Drive space
    Soundblaster X-Fi
    Geforce 6150
    52x CD Writer
    16x DVD Drive
  24. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    Mine was bought way back in 1997 ;).

    Pentium 200MHz w/MMX Technology
    Sound Blaster Pro 2.0 sound card
    Creative Blaster Modem 56K
    S3 Trident 1MB video card
    32MB SDRAM
    24X CD-ROM
    1.44" floppy disk drive
    2GB Seagate HDD

    It still works like a charm though, which is absolutely amazing.
  25. MarcFOnline

    MarcFOnline TS Rookie Posts: 74

    My first computer was a Commodore 64, with the enormous 5.25" floppy drive (if you had a C64, you know what I'm talking about) and no hard drive. Gotta love those.

    Here are the stats on my first PC...
    (It was actually already somewhat below average when I got it in 1993. My friends had a 486DX2, and I was jealous. :))

    4MB RAM, which I later upgraded to 8MB
    I don't remember the video card... I think it was a Cirrus
    3.5" 1.44MB floppy drive
    5.25" 1.2MB (high-density! w00t!) floppy drive
    300MB hard disk
    13" 4-color CGA monitor
    No modem
    MS-DOS 5 with a very sloooooow installation of Windows 3.1
    I added a sound card later... it was a cheap one, I forget the brand :)

    Of course, the first PC I used was back in 1985, on my grandfather's Honeywell PC/XT. That thing actually ran like a charm until about 2001 or 2002, when it finally gave up the ghost. I miss that computer...

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