What was your first computer? When and how much did it cost?

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  1. Airbud

    Airbud Master Guru

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    Man I thought I was smart when I reinstalled Windows XP on a used HP in 2007...:D

    Kind of a throwback thread I guess but tell us some good stories about your younger computer days...

    I heard a computer was very expensive back in the day.

    Love y'all
     
  2. big ROBOT bill

    big ROBOT bill Master Guru

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    A Commodore 64
    We played Roland's Rat Race loaded from a small tape drive with a cassette that had a few programs and games on it. You would have to wind the cassette back to the start, reset the counter to 0 and then fast forward till you got to just before the new game and it would load up and play on the tv. Awesome! It used to crash out and we never did get to the end :(
    This is me and my Son and Daughter, we were glued to it, nothing has changed. I play Cold War quickplay most nights for an hour and do quite well, they'd be mortified to know an old fart wasted them :)

    Roland's Rat Race Longplay (C64) [50 FPS] - YouTube

    Spindizzy was another game that we had then Spindizzy (video game) - Wikipedia
     
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    WhiteLightning Don Illuminati Staff Member

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    For me a C64 as well. My dad brought it home as a birthday present since i loved playing at a friends place. No clue how it worked, so I had to ask my friend over to explain the commands LOL

    What followed was an addiction with me coding stuff in the end (Music , Demo's etc). And so many broken joysticks i might add. Damn those things were fragile. left / right , left / right , left / right , left / right , left / right , left / right ,
    LOL
     
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    TheDeeGee Ancient Guru

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  5. big ROBOT bill

    big ROBOT bill Master Guru

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    I was excited when we got a 36.6K modem!
     
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    Ryu5uzaku Ancient Guru

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    i486DX (P4) 33Mhz was the first. Hmmh after that I remember us paying like 1000 Finnish Markka for a really small harddrive. That is something like 100€ I guess. I think after this we got Pentium II that was amazing all the games I was playing darn it. My first own pc I got tad later Athlon 1300.

    I actually got two GeForce MX400 with both melted :D then 4200 Ti. But really I was such a nvidia fanboy back then. Even when ATi was making better gpus fuk it I bought a 5950 Ultra awwww yis such a frikkin disappointment that was.

    Had AMD CPU till core 2 duo / core quad then Intel till Zen 1. I think I had nvidia gpu till I changed from 7800 gtx to 1950 xtx. Then after that it's been mostly AMD some nvidia like 980 ti.
     
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    Passus Ancient Guru

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    Mine was a C64 also in the early 90s (91-92)

    we played afterburner mostly and a f1 title i cant remember the name of

    my first actual gaming pc was a athlon xp 2800 512mb ram and radeon pro 9800

    before that i had some old pentium systems just for text docs and no 3d LOL
     
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    zipper Maha Guru

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    I actually didnt get into PC's until late 90's. I was a still on PS1 when i saw my friends pc playing battlefield 1942 and UT99, Gothic 1 i jizzed and i got myself a first gaming pc.

    PIII 800mhz
    Nvidia MX440
    256mb ram
     
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    cucaulay malkin Ancient Guru

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    celeron 400,voodoo agp card and a 6GB barracuda drive.
    then a slew of all amd+ati rigs until I got a core 2 duo with 8600GTS
    I think athlon 2200+ w. 9700 pro is the single longest serving system I had.prolly 6-7 years.I kept it until it couldn't deal even with playing video files smoothly anymore.Had to upgrade to a dual core and a newer card for that.
     
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    486DX2, 66Mhz was first computer I had at home, and first started to learn on 386 at mother's work. It ran DOS ofc. Later had Windows 3.1 and Windows 95.
     
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    Brasky Ancient Guru

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    I don't remember the specifics, but it was a Gateway about 1998-1999 era. AOL and all the bells and whistles.
     
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    Bought my computer with a bank loan, it was expensive.
    Had a GeForce4 MX and an Athlon XP 3000+ Barton in it, I was able to play Diablo 1&2.
     
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    Dragondale13 Maha Guru

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    The year was 2000, PC was a Dell Dimension 8100, first line that started with the all black everything.
    It came with a Geforce 3, Intel Pentium 4, 256mb Rambus memory from Kingston, 18" Dell CRT monitor, cost $1000 USD.
    Really Loved that PC, it changed my life.
     
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    Sabbath Maha Guru

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    First Computer was a Intel i486DX2-66 640MB HD 5400rpm 8MB Ram sound blaster awe32 ati rage xl 8mb pci vga. And at the time
    i was playing the hell out of catacombs 3d then a got blood & Darkstone . :cool:
    All this for $850.00
     
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  16. The Laughing Ma

    The Laughing Ma Ancient Guru

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    Spectrum +2a bought for my fifth maybe sixth birthday by my parents. First tried my hand at computer programming with that piece of legendary kit, many man hours typing in Basic with the net result being a clock face with 4... count them 4 colours.

    [​IMG]
     
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    Hilbert Hagedoorn Don Vito Corleone Staff Member

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    Sinclair ZX Spectrum 48K ...


    The Sinclair ZX Spectrum was one of the most popular European computers of the 80's. Two models were launched: one with 16 KB RAM and one with 48 KB RAM, of course I had to have the 48K version. Yes, dear readers... KB and not MB or GB or TB.

    The monitor resolution was .... 256 x 192


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  18. insp1re2600

    insp1re2600 Ancient Guru

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    same for me, those rubber keys! chewed up tapes, got stolen in a burgalry, got the 128k after with the lightgun and played operation wolf, i do miss the dizzy games, ikari warriors, etc.
     
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  19. Barry J

    Barry J Ancient Guru

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    My first real PC was an Olivetti 486SX2- 50 it was the first PC i upgraded, I wanted better gaming performance so i upgraded the processor to 486DX2-66 i also upgraded to 4MB of ram
    i remember it was not cheap but it was the start of my years of PC upgrading.................................... This week i added 2 NVME drives to my current build when will i stop upgrading.

    Olivetti PCS42 (tripod.com)
     
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    DannyD Ancient Guru

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