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    QOTW: What was the first PC you built/purchased?

    Can you still remember the full spec?
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    Re: QOTW: What was the first PC you built/purchased?

    A 386, I think it was made by Acorn, it was so long a go I can't quite remember, but I do remember I used to have a quality football manager game on it!

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    A Celeron 300A - but I can't remember the rest.
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    Re: QOTW: What was the first PC you built/purchased?

    AMD 200 mhz K6 I built as up till then I had an Amiga A4000/060 system. Was built with brand new copy of Win 98 as well
    Old puter - still good enuff till I save some pennies!

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    My very first PC was a Duron 700Mhz with 128Mb ram and I had a TNT 2 graphics card (with S-Video TV Out as I didn't have a screen) and my hard drive was a whopping 60 Gb and it was a Quantum Bigfoot


    However my first home computer which essentially is where the PC originated was a Commodore 16 and that was 1984 then November 85 we were bought a Commodore 64 (Breadbin model which I still own and have the receipt for). The afternoon we got the C64 started out with a Spectrum 48k just after lunchtime and we spent a good 4 hours trying to get it to load. We got the 10 pack of games with it which included Pedro and a few other early Imagine games that Dixons bundled with it. In that fateful 4 hours we only managed to get said Pedro to load and we couldn't play it on joystick as interface was faulty, none of the other games would load in at all (I think that the tape recorder must have been faulty given the low success rate) so it was taken back and exchanged for the C64. Then when I started working after leaving school 89 I bought the Amiga 500 from a friends mothers catalogue.

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    Re: QOTW: What was the first PC you built/purchased?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ferral View Post
    My very first PC was a Duron 700Mhz with 128Mb ram and I had a TNT 2 graphics card (with S-Video TV Out as I didn't have a screen) and my hard drive was a whopping 60 Gb and it was a Quantum Bigfoot
    awesome name for a frankly awful part the bigfoot
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    The first computer I got was actually a Sinclair ZX81 way back in 1981(less powerful than a modern calculator).

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    My first IBM “compatible” computer, if you exclude all the 8 bit computers, was an utterly terrible machine purchased second hand from a police auction around 1992.
    It was made by RM Nimbus with, if memory serves me well, an Intel 186 CPU and 512KB of RAM. The hard drive was 20MB in size and the graphics was handled by a CGA or EGA card with a proprietarily output. It has a non-Microsoft version of DOS and instead of windows a product called GeoWorks.
    Needless to say I did not keep the machine for long and managed to grab a second hand ICL 386 PC a few months later.

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    Re: QOTW: What was the first PC you built/purchased?

    386SX Portable with Black and White screen. Used to play Minesweeper on it. And keep my feet on it. Because the serious stuff, you ran on Amiga that had everything. Also a real Operating System. And even if you would run PC. You could just start a PC Emulator on the Amiga. And run the terrible software available for pc.

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    Re: QOTW: What was the first PC you built/purchased?

    Quote Originally Posted by Potbellieddwarf View Post
    The first computer I got was actually a Sinclair ZX81 way back in 1981(less powerful than a modern calculator).
    My first computer was also a ZX81, but in the mid 90's I also purchased a TI-85 calculator which used the same Zilog Z80 CPU from the ZX81. So it was about as powerful as a 25 year old calculator.

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    Bought a Spectrum 48K with all the trimmings.
    Then bought a 128K +3 with built-in disk drive - Woohoo, no more tapes!!

    Then got a 286, 386 and a 486 through a work purchase scheme. No idea what they were, as I wasn't into hardware back then. I just wanted to play games. Picked up some other ex-work machines along the way, but Eventually bought an Acer Aspire netbook, before ending up with a Q6600 on an LGA775 board and been upgrading ever since.
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    Re: QOTW: What was the first PC you built/purchased?

    If you mean 'pc' in the current sense then it would a sx2/50, however commodore 64 and atari 1040 ste came before it... all courtesy of the parents along with a 100mhz pentium and a pentium 3 500mhz (iirc).

    The first pc that I purchased (had it built by 'professionals) with my own money... a dual socket AMD MP1900+, with eventually 1GB of ram (this was actually higher spec than the pc's the uni had for the students used lol...) just after starting uni and lasted all the way through apart from the psu killing the motherboard (melted the 24 pin socket and why I don't skimp on psu's these days), the p3 wasn't going to cut it for 3D work etc lol. Funny thing is it just shows how 'bloated' things have become because the same software, albeit a newer version, that I ran on the AMD machine now needs a minimum of 16GB+ ram lol
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    Was a nice 486 sx 33, early-mid 90's but i cant remember that far back.

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    Re: QOTW: What was the first PC you built/purchased?

    Quote Originally Posted by Potbellieddwarf View Post
    The first computer I got was actually a Sinclair ZX81 way back in 1981(less powerful than a modern calculator).
    VIC-20 - C-64 - Amiga A500, A2000, A1200, A4000/060 but hey....
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    My first was a Dell, but can't recall anything more as it bought in 1997, when many internet sites were just lists of pages or files.

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    Actually , I do know it was an intel machine. I've still got it in the loft somewhere....

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