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What was your 1st computer and your current computer?

LunaticMoth

Conscientious Disaster
My first computer...my oh my...

My first computer was an Atari 800. With a honkin' 5 1/4" floppy drive attachment, a tape drive, and--fancy--a 500baud modem! Like the kind you put a telephone receiver on top of.

First thing I learned to do was type. Then I played games. I was...5?

The computer i have now is aging and I need to replace it. It's a home-built PC, Athlon 64 3800+ with 1.5GB of RAM, about 1TB of total HDD space (I have like four of them in there...), 256MB Radeon X800 All-In_Wonder card, a Sound Blaster Audigy 4 Platinum plus a Yamaha SW1000XG card for MIDI...24" LG Flatron that I just bought recently...running XP x64. It was pretty sweet in its day but it's so loaded up now, it really needs its guts replaced.
 

Anonymous1157

Chargin' lazor, brb
Too lazy to edit my earlier post, but I recently got a hold of:

- Sony Vaio PCG-731
- 192MB RAM
- 6GB Fujitsu HDD
- Windows 98 SE

My dad had that lappy running Win2K for the past year, which it really couldn't run well. It was like running Vista on a "Decent for XP" computer.

Also, LunaticMoth, whadya mean it needs its guts replaced? I don't know much about AMD/ATI, but I looked up your hardware and it sounds like a pretty good machine.
 

Wontoon Kangaroo

That Cartoon Kangaroo
My first computer...was an old Apple Macintosh. Nothing but educational games.

My current one? An old (and dying) custom built PC (extracted from DELL hardware), How old? The board's all PCI slots (And not PCI-e). Windows XP, 1 GB RAM (DDR 333mhz), 1.6 Ghz Athlon processor, NVIDIA Geforce 5200 video card. Won't run Doom 3 or Spore or Team Fortress 2 because of the outdated hardware, but runs older 3D games kinda well (On average, 14-20 FPS).

Not what you'd call a gaming PC, but hey! It still works!

And someday, it'll be replaced! >.>
 

An Theris

New Member
My first computer was a Commodore C116 (I think...), later I moved on to an Amiga 500...
First PC was a 90Mhz / 8MB Ram / 1GB HDD Windows95 Miditower.
After several other "stationary" PCs; I now use a 1.7Ghz (single core), 1024MB Ram Laptop with WinXP (Professional, 32Bit). It's like 2.5 years old now and doesn't sound like it will survive much longer :/

But hey, as long as Baldur's Gate II and Diablo II are running fine I'm ok ^^

Edith: Other than that, I also have 2 PCs with ~1.3Ghz / 512~768MB Ram, both running with Linux. One is used for testing software like forums or wikis before I upload them to a "real" webserver; while the other one is used to program stuff for university
 
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AlexInsane

I does what I says on the box.
That's the beauty of a laptop. You can just close it and go wherever you need to when you need to. It also comes with the added risk of quicker overheating, due to the parts being so closely manufactured together. :p

I'm not fussed about it. I have everything backed up on an external harddrive, so if this computer craps out, I'll just have to use the ones the school provides. Of course, I won't be able to surf for porn like I used to.....oh well.

I might want to get a Mac next time, though. Dell's customer service is great and all, but their computers are rather plain looking. >>

Anyway, what's the life expectancy for a laptop anyway? Three years? Four?
 

Jonas-Shifu

Satire writer
My first computer...WAS A ROOM!!!!!! Seriously, I'm that old.
It had a diesel engine and pistons and stuff and could calculate 2+2 in fifteen minutes flat.

Nowadays. I have a lapdancerthingy with an Intel Celery M inside, with 1.6 Gigglybits and a 40 Gigglybits hard drive. It also allows me to burn off porn for my friends and can connect to the internet using air.
 

nrr

Member
Anyway, what's the life expectancy for a laptop anyway? Three years? Four?
The support cycle for any computer should actually be three years, but sometimes, if you're lucky, you can squeeze a couple of more years out of it.
 

Ash-Fox

It's a trap!
My first computer was a Amiga 500 with 2MB of RAM. I could do advanced video editing in real time on it that I still can't do on modern Macs and Windows machines without expensive hardware additions.

My current computer is a HP DV6000 which costs less than a Mac Mini (don't how Apple can claim their stuff is competitively priced).

Specs of my system:
OS: Kubuntu Linux Hardy
15.4 inch laptop screen - TFT matrix, max resolution: 1280x800 pixels
2GB RAM
Usual fax-modem, ethernet, wireless, firewire, 3usb ports
Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU T5450 @ 1.66GHz, CPU flags: fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm pbe nx lm constant_tsc arch_perfmon pebs bts pni monitor ds_cpl est tm2 ssse3 cx16 xtpr lahf_lm

Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) HD Audio Controller (rev 03)
VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation GeForce 8400M GS (rev a1) with 768MB dedicated RAM on the card
Built in SD card reader/writer
Bluetooth
Webcam (seems quite good quality, but I don't use it)
Built in microphones in the monitor (seems good quality, but I use a external mic)

She's called Vigil and makes for a great gaming and development machine.
 

Sova_13

DJ Boyo
My first own computer was MTX Pentium 200 MHz processor, 32 MB of ram, 1 MB graphic card, few GB HDisk

Now I have intel quad core q6600 clocked 2.4 > 3.0 GHz (motherboard sucks, it works unstable, so i mostly have it stock), 2 GB of ram, 512 MB nVidia 8800 GT clocked (planning on buying one more for SLI), almost 1 TB total disk space
 

Sova_13

DJ Boyo
Well... it depend of what you wanna do with your computer. I think the best computer you can have is a hand builded computer by yourself. If you want a Gaming computer, but dont really know wich brand take, I recommand to you to take an AlienWare computer. They are very poweful for gaming and they have very nice laptops for gaming too, like a laptop with 2 Nvidia Geforce 8600gts SLI...yes.... 2 video card in a laptop... hehe....
But.... if you want a normal computer for little games, videos, movies, chatting, etc... I think Gateway is not so bad. A little bit like HP or Compaq.... also, the DELL XPS series are very good for gaming! Dell is a good brand too..... but any brand is better than a hand builded computer.... Sure its most expensive, but you know exactly what is in your computer. My computer cost me around 500-600$. Its a computer that I builded myself. All parts are brand new exept the video card. I got a Geforce 8800GTS for 100$.. hehe I have a AMD dual-core processor (150$....now maybe 100$...very less expensive than Intel and have good performances)... my memory are OCZ Gold Gamer Extreme (90$ at the shop...now around 60$)... MSI motherboard (80$)..... SoundBlaster Audigy SE (35$).... LG DVD-RW (25$).........-------...... So, a hand builded computer is not very expensive. Sometimes its less expensive than a computer from a company. And with my "cheap" computer, I can run Crysis at High (1280*1024) with around 30fps.... and Bioshock at Max (1280*1024) with around 60 to 70fps....
Anyway... I think you can get better than Gateway because sometimes, the parts are "No Name", except if you take the High-end products...
I hope I helped you...

*****Btw, sorry for my bad english.... im a french canadian... hehe ****

I run Crysis on very high 1280x1024 with 30 fps, like i said i'm planning on buying one more graphic card (SLI), so I can run Crysis on very high 1280x1024 with 4xAA with 40 Fps (already tested it in SLI with friends card)
 

Keowolf

You can't win 'em all.
My very first computer was a Macintosh Plus. Its RAM was upgraded to 2 MB, and sat on a large, 40 MB external hard disk.

My current computer is a Gateway MT3423 laptop that I bought about a year ago; Turion 64 X2 TL-56 processor, 2 GB DDR2 667 MHz RAM, 160 GB hard drive.
 

da-fox

Member
I run Crysis on very high 1280x1024 with 30 fps, like i said i'm planning on buying one more graphic card (SLI), so I can run Crysis on very high 1280x1024 with 4xAA with 40 Fps (already tested it in SLI with friends card)

Well... maybe you can run it at Very High because you have Vista, or because you have 512Mb on your card. I think the Very High parameter is locked with XP because I have a 8800GTS 320Mb OC... So..im sure I can run it at Very High....but maybe with a better processor because I have an Athlon64 X2 4800+ 2.5Ghz not overclocked.
 

Arkolyte

Your Face
Hmm....first computer my family had was this old IBM that's sitting beside my chair. The first one I had is an old Compaq laptop that's sitting downstairs with a bummed up screen.

My current computer:
Gigabyte GA-M57SLI-S4 Motherboard
AMD Athlon 64 X2 6400+
OCZ Vindicator 150x150x90mm Heatsink w/120mm fan
Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit
4GB (1GBx4) DDR2-800 PC2-6400 G-Skill RAM
2x MSI nVidia 8800 GTS 320MB running in SLI
Samsung 250GB HDD
Western Digital Caviar SE 250GB HDD
Apevia X-Cruiser Case
KINGWIN ABT-600MA1S 600W ATX 12V Ver.2.2 Power Supply
Some HP DVD-R Combo Drive
And shitloads of glowy blue fans, LEDs and cold cathodes.
 

Mr_Marcooler

New Member
my first:

37.2 gb hard drive space

512 mb ram

nvidia GeForce 420 Go 32m

and thats all to say about that laptop fu****

The one that comes te nearest days:

8gb ram

asus en9800gx2

intel core duo 3000 mhz

500 gb hardrive with 7200 rpm

benq g244w 22"

logitech g15 keyboard

razer diamondback 3g

(ive not really written down specs before, tell me if i forgot something important)
 

marmelmm

Hat...'Stache...Legend.
First machine:
--Coleco Adam, Expansion Module version. 320K RAM, 6 drives (2 tape, 2 5.25", 2 3.5"), dot matrix and daisywheel printers, 1200bps modem.

Ooo! Me, too, 'cept I only had one tape drive and the daisywheel printer.

First REAL computer: Mac SE, 4 megs, 20 meg HD.

Current computers: Mac Mini G4 1.42 ghz, 256MB, 80 GB and G3 Lombard PB, 312 MB, 40 GB.

Inbetween: One helluva lot of hand-me-down Macs. :)

-MMM-
 

Sova_13

DJ Boyo
Well... maybe you can run it at Very High because you have Vista, or because you have 512Mb on your card. I think the Very High parameter is locked with XP because I have a 8800GTS 320Mb OC... So..im sure I can run it at Very High....but maybe with a better processor because I have an Athlon64 X2 4800+ 2.5Ghz not overclocked.

I run it under xp but i have tweak that unlocks very high and it even makes the game more realistic then dx10 very high settings on vista, becouse colors and tones of game are much more realistic, but only stupid thing that crysis is optimised to run only with 2 cores so 2 are lazy :p
 

da-fox

Member
I run it under xp but i have tweak that unlocks very high and it even makes the game more realistic then dx10 very high settings on vista, becouse colors and tones of game are much more realistic, but only stupid thing that crysis is optimised to run only with 2 cores so 2 are lazy :p

Oh yeah.. I heard about that tricks. I think you just need to go in a folder, open a Text folder and change some 1 and 0 or something like that to unlock the performances of DX10 even if you have DX9 and XP
 

sablelieger

WIDOWMAKER 6
FIRST - Homebuilt (this was back int he early 90s, when building your own PC was in its infancy)

Processor - Intel Pentium II with MMX Support
Memory - 256 Mb
Hard Drive - Western Digital 8 Mb
Operating System - Windows 3.11

CURRENT - HP S3500t Slimline

Processor - Intel(R) Core(TM) 2 Duo processor E4700 (2.6GHz)
Memory - 2GB DDR2-800MHz dual channel SDRAM (2x1024)
Hard Drive - 320GB 7200 rpm SATA 3Gb/s hard drive
DVD - LightScribe 16X max. DVD+/-R/RW SuperMulti drive
Ports - 15-in-1 memory card reader, 2 USB, headphone port

Plus, a whole bunch of assorted software and accesories that I have yet to use. I run COD4 and Photoshop CS2 through it without a hitch, though my Internet connection tends to get idgety on me in the middle of me serving chumps and n00bs on COD 4.
 

Pikachuninetails

#1 Chu fan on the net
My first PC wasa frankenstine....lol no joke...a friend of mine just threw a bunch of PC parts in there from what he had hit the power button and said: "Don't hold your breath..i doubt it will work" but it did....and ironically was the best PC i ever owned... worked ten times better than my sister's pc was factory bought and only a few months old...and my was better than hers...but alas it got fried from a powersurge...i never bought a surge protector...stupid me...so i am using a very sucky one currently...
 

scruffywolf

i is fuzzelworthy
my first pc was a 33/66 mhz thing.. with windows 95..
2 mb ram.. 100 megs hard drive space

one i have now..
2.7ghz p4
2.5gigs of ram
128 meg ati vid card..
soundblaster audigy sound card.. (witch im actualy using the digital out ;) )
and *cough* 100 gigs hard drive space :(
 

Pi

Member
My first was a win95... god the good old days.

I have a win XP now.

my first car was a gasoline... god the good old days.

i have a diesel now.
 
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