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September 17, 2007 4:55:54 AM

My history of upgrades:

2007: ATI Radeon 2900 XT @ Intel Q6600 (OC 3.0 GHz)

2006: NVidia GeForce 7800 GS Upgrade

2005: n/a

2004: ATI Radeon 9800 Pro @ AMD Athlon 64 3000+

2003: NVidia GeForce 4200 Ti @ AMD Athlon XP 1700+

2002: n/a

2001: ATI Radeon 7200 @ AMD Athlon K7 700 (OC 850 MHz)

2000: Nvidia GeForce 2 GTS Upgrade

1999: 3DFX Voodoo 3 @ Intel Celeron 300A (OC 450 MHz)

1998: 3DFX Voodoo 2 @ AMD K6 200 (OC 233 MHz)

1997: 3DFX Voodoo @ Intel Pentium 166 MMX


Ahhh... the original 3DFX Voodoo from ten years ago. I still remember it like it was just yesterday. A dedicated 3D graphics accelerator that required a separate 2D video card. First time I ever saw games rendered in "real" high-res 3D polygons instead of ugly low-res sprites.

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September 17, 2007 5:03:36 AM

Yeah - I remember buying my first card, a Voodoo 3 3000 from Babbage's (a store bought out by EB). I took it home, had a funny day installing it (a whole different story), and as a reward saw graphics that were so smooth and clear that my PS1-adjusted eyes almost freaked out. NFS:HP came bundled with that card; I played it all night thinking visuals just can't get better than this.
September 17, 2007 8:10:28 AM

Mine first graphic card was Nvidia Geforce 2MX, Geforce 4 MX4000, ATI 9600 Pro, and Nvidia Geforce 7600GS AGP8X.

I still remember the Vodoo graphic card.I know that card when I'm playing Counter Strike for the first time. :) 
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September 17, 2007 8:27:24 AM

I don't remember the timeframe too well but I'll see if I can remember the order:

1. SIS 8MB PCI
2. Riva TNT2 M64 PCI
3. Geforce 2 MX400 AGP
4. Geforce 4 Ti 4200 8x AGP
5. Geforce 6600GT AGP
6. Geforce 6800GT AGP
7. Geforce 7300GT PCI-E (added a 2nd one later and SLI'd)
8. Geforce 8800GTX
September 17, 2007 9:50:28 AM

my first Graphics card was in my first "Real" PC (had other like 8086-80386-and even an old Sinclair ZX Spectrum and an Amstrad). It was an Intel 486DX @66Mhz with an Nvidia Riva 128 with 8Mb of ram. I upgraded my system with an AMD K5 @ 166Mhz and bought an add-on Voodoo 2 at 12Mb ram. That system was fast and when later I upgraded to an AMD K6 @266Mhz it was flying!! Overclocking the Voodoo I was playing quake 2 at 90fps!!. After that I got a Voodoo 3500 with the TV tuner and the first Athlon (Slot A) at 700Mhz. What an amazing machine that was! Also had a TNT2 from Matrox (millenium series) if you guys remember them. Then along came a couple of GeForces (one Geforce 2 MX and a Geforce 4 Ti). Then a few Ati cards (a 9000 and a 9600Pro) and at the moment I got a 7800GTX. Waiting atm for the new gen of card (DX10,1) so I can get a Dx10 card.
Cheers!
September 17, 2007 9:54:44 AM

1993: 386dx 40mhz
1995: 486dx4 100mhz + s3 trio vesa
1998: Celeron 300A + intel 740
2001: Celeron 466 + Riva TNT2
2003: Pentnium 4 2.4 GHz + Riva TNT2
2004: Pentnium 4 2.4 GHz + GeForce FX 5500
2005: Centrino 1.7 + Radeon X300 [Laptop]

Now:

Intel e6750 + Nvidia 8800GTS

finally reasonable build without money/mobility[I needed laptop in 2005] constraints
September 17, 2007 12:12:18 PM

>2002 intel on board video
2002 ('discovered' agp) fx5600xt then 9800pro 128
2006 (PCI-e) 6800GS then 7900GT
2007 8800 GTS 640
September 17, 2007 12:45:50 PM

I don't remember when, but I purchased the Voodoo 2 PCI card and never noticed the graphics until I removed it 6 months later and sold it to a friend. Diablo 2 looked like crap!

I had that 166 MMX intel cpu the OP had as well, thought it was hardcore!

Bought the GeForce 2 64 mb for my 500 mhz celeron, then another one for my P4 2.0 Ghz (it came with it). Then bought the ati radeon 9250, then bought the x700 pro. That P4 system came with 256 MB of ram. I then added a 512MB chip to make it 768, then again added 512 and removed the 256 to put me to 1GB.

Finally have the 8800GTS 320MB for my Q6600. Finally have my first system that can handle everything on the highest settings. Took me a lifetime of having lower end computers, this time I spent the same amount of money as I would at Gateway, only I have a far better system. Thanks Tomshardware Forums!!!!
September 17, 2007 12:58:00 PM

Well, it all started with a TRS 80 16k... then a VIC 20... then an IBM PS/2 30-286... ok, you get the picture.

*edit* And yes, I had the original VooDoo as well as a Tseng 6000 for 2D video.
September 17, 2007 1:03:49 PM

Satrting in 1992...
286
386-33 w/1MB ISA Card
486-33 w/4 MB ATI Card
Pentium 66 w/ATI
Pentium 200MMX w/ATI
Pentium 2 333 /Nvidia
Pentium 3 1000 /Nvidia
Pentium 4 2.26 w/Nvidia 4400
Pentium 4 3.0 w/ 5900 Ultra and then 6800 GT
C2D 6850 w/8800GTX
September 17, 2007 1:26:17 PM

turtle1 said:
Satrting in 1992...
286
386-33 w/1MB ISA Card
486-33 w/4 MB ATI Card
Pentium 66 w/ATI
Pentium 200MMX w/ATI
Pentium 2 333 /Nvidia
Pentium 3 1000 /Nvidia
Pentium 4 2.26 w/Nvidia 4400
Pentium 4 3.0 w/ 5900 Ultra and then 6800 GT
C2D 6850 w/8800GTX



You sir, have spent a lot of money on computers of the last 15 years. In the time you had 10 computers, I had 5. Of course there were many many years when I was doing sub par computing on a sub par computer.
September 17, 2007 1:56:52 PM

Don't remember the exact dates but something like this ....

CPU
DX-4 100mhz
AMD 5X86 133mhz
Pentium 133
Pentium 166mmx
Pentium 200mmx oc 233
Pentium II 266
Celeron 300A oc 450
Pentium 3 450
AMD Athlon Thunderbird 900
Pentium 4 2.4 Northwood oc 2.6
AMD A64 3200+ oc 2.6
AMD A64 X2 3800+ oc 2.5

GPU
Cirrus Logic 1mb VLB
ATI Mach64 2mb
ATI 3dXpression+ 2mb
Voodoo 4mb
ATI 3dRageFury 8mb
Voodoo2 8mb
Nvidia RivaTNT 16mb
Nvidia TNT2 32mb
Nvidia Geforce2 TI 64mb
Nvidia Geforce 4 Ti 4200 128mb
ATI 9600XT 256mb
ATI X1600Pro 256mb
Nvidia 6800GS 256mb
Nvidia 7600GT 256mb
Nvidia 7900GS 256mb
Nvidia 8800GTS 320mb
September 17, 2007 2:29:20 PM

deuce271 said:

I had that 166 MMX intel cpu the OP had as well, thought it was hardcore!



Y'know, it's been 10 years... and I'm still waiting to see what Intel's "MMX" is supposed to do for me. I'm starting to suspect it's just all hype.


September 17, 2007 2:36:27 PM

486 dx2-66 (onboard) 1996
5x86 133 (onboard) 1997
pentium mmx 166 (onboard S3) 1998
pentium mmx 200 (ati rage 2 4mb) 1998
pentium 2 400? (I can't remember specifics about this one) 1999
pentium 3 450 (Ati Rage Maxx Fury) 1999
pentium 3 667 (Geforce 2 32mb) 2000
pentium 3 1000 (Geforce 2 32mb) 2001
pentium 4 1300 (Geforce 3 TI 4200 64mb) 2001
pentium 4 2533 (Geforce 3 TI 4200 64mb) 2002
pentium 4 HT 2600 (Geforce FX 5600 128mb) 2003
pentium M 1600 (Ati Radeon 9000 32mb) 2004
pentium D 2800 (Geforce 6800 258mb) 2006
core 2 duo 2130 (ATI Radeon X1950xt 512mb) 2007
September 17, 2007 2:55:35 PM

Here's mine:
1982-Timex Sinclair 1000 (took it back immediately upon discovering only 1K of RAM...lol couldn't even punch in most basic programs!)
1982- TI-99/4A-Much better
1986- Commodore 128/1541 Disk Drive
1988-286/12 (FULL VGA!!! woohoo!!!)
1992-486DX/33 W/ 1MB Video card (don't remember who's it was) and Gravis Ultrasound card (full 1mb memory)
1995-YUK-44/YUK-22 (8 bit and 16 bit modular computers onboard Navy Vessels.. had a punch card reader... no kidding)
2000-AMD Athlon 2000+ with ATI 9700pro 128
2006-AMD x2 3800 with x700xt 256mb PCI-E
2007-AMD x2 6000 with 8800 gts 640

September 17, 2007 6:00:41 PM

Can't remember time frames at all and went by old ebay links since 2000. Just wish I had half the money back. I could retire on a nice beach somewhere ..... :) 

Graphic Cards

ISA/PCI/AGP
Cirrus Logic (Chip?)
Diamond Stealth 64
Diamond Viper II Savage 2000
Diamond Viper V550
Diamond Viper TNT2 Ultra
Matrox Mystique3D (bad purchase)
STB Velocity 128
Hercules Stingray Vooodoo Rush (I think this was a decent card.....I think)
Creative Labs Annihilator Geforce 2
PNY Geforce 3
Hercules 3D Prophet (Original)(GPU?) (Prior to this card, it's all a blur)
ATI Radeon 9700 Pro 128MB (Dynamite card & 1st top of the line card for me)
EVGA FX 5900 Ultra (Got bored with the 9700 Pro, nice side-grade)
ATI Radeon X800XT-PE 256MB (Should have kept this one, was hard to find)
ATI Radeon X800 Pro 256MB (downgraded from PE,thought I spent too much)
EVGA 6800GT (excellent card, I believe it overclocked well)
ATI Radeon X850XT-PE 256MB (sweet card, glad I kept it for a while)
Visiontek X1950 Pro 256MB (No readable temp diode, no fan adjustment)
Sapphire X1950 Pro 512MB (sweet card, should have kept it)
HIS X1950 Pro ICEQ3 Turbo 512MB (received 2 bad Rev.1 Cards)
Gainward Bliss 7800GS+ Golden Sample (used it for 1 day so I could compare it to Gecube X1950XT)
Gecube X1950XT 512MB (Damned fast, but had it's issues)
XFX 7950 GT 512MB (excellent all around card,low power require.)

PCI-E
MSI HD 2900XT 512MB (My new favorite....for now)

Computers
(1986)
Toshiba T-1000 (The Terminator) Laptop / 8086 / 720K Floppy only/DOS 2.11 on 640k flash Drive
Zenith Supersport 286 Laptop / 20MB HD
No-Name Laptop 386 / 40MB HD
Pentium 133 Mhz.
Pentium 166 Mhz.
AMD K6 233 Mhz.
AMD K6-2 333 Mhz.
Athlon 800
AMD Athlon XP 1600+
AMD Athlon XP 2000+
AMD Athlon XP 2600+
AMD Athlon 64 3700+ (fastest socket 754 CPU you could own, too bad it was the last)
Intel Core2Duo E6600 (favorite processor of all time, absolutely effortless overclocking)

Not really sure, but I think I'm missing some. It's been a helluva long time.
September 17, 2007 7:23:26 PM

Quote:
Wow, shoulda wore my boots to this thread.....


Cyrix 133
P5 166mmx
P5 200mmx
P5 233mmx
P2 266
P2 350
P2 533
P2 733
Athlon 1ghz T-bird
Celeron 2ghz
P4 2.4ghz
Sempron64 2ghz
E6300

First VC was a Trident 1mb upgradeable to 2mb, 4mb diamond, 8mb diamond, sli'd voodoo's, TNT, TNT2, Voodoo3, ti4200, 5700, 6800, 7600



lol sli'd voodoos... didn't even know you could do that then, never would've thought to either
September 17, 2007 7:49:25 PM

8086
386
Pentium 90
Pentium 200
PIII 450 + TNT2 (first one that was mine)
PIII 733 + TNT2 (440BX board didn't officially support 133 FSB, screwed up the AGP and PCI speeds)
PIII 733 + Geforce2
Athlon 64 2800 + Geforce FX 5200 (BIG jump, first computer after I got a job)
Athlon 64 2800 + GeForce 6600GT
Athlon 64 3200 + GeForce 7900GT (Defective motherboard from Abit, replaced with below)
Core 2 4400 + GeForce 7900GT

Soon:

Core 2 Q6600 + nVidia refresh GTS equivalent
September 17, 2007 9:58:49 PM

fredgiblet said:
8086
386
Pentium 90
Pentium 200
PIII 450 + TNT2 (first one that was mine)
PIII 733 + TNT2 (440BX board didn't officially support 133 FSB, screwed up the AGP and PCI speeds)
PIII 733 + Geforce2
Athlon 64 2800 + Geforce FX 5200 (BIG jump, first computer after I got a job)
Athlon 64 2800 + GeForce 6600GT
Athlon 64 3200 + GeForce 7900GT (Defective motherboard from Abit, replaced with below)
Core 2 4400 + GeForce 7900GT

Soon:

Core 2 Q6600 + nVidia refresh GTS equivalent


You're are going to love the Q6600, overclocking potential on these is phenominal. When's the refresh coming? Anything definite yet?
September 17, 2007 10:33:49 PM

1999 - AMD K-6 300 / Cirrus Logic 4MB (?) PCI

2002 - Duron 1400 / SiS 8MB (?) PCI

2003 - 1800+ Palomino / Geforce 4 MX

2004 - 2600+ Barton / 6600 AGP
2006 - Same XP 2600; got a 22" LCD and replaced the 6600 with a 7600 AGP

2007 - AMD 5200 X2 / 8600 GT


Going to step up to a 8700 GTS soon, and I figure I'll be set until Nehalem/GF 9x or 10x in 2009.
September 17, 2007 11:13:05 PM

2000 - 450Mhz PIII/256Mb SD-RAM/TNT2 AGP (family comp)
2003 - AthlonXP 3200+/512Mb DDR/Radeon 9550 AGP (family computer for my dad's house)
2004 - P3 1.2Ghz/512Mb SDRAM/GeForce4 MX440 PCI(first comp entirely my own)
2004 - Athlon64 3400+/512Mb DDR/Radeon 9600 AGP (family comp again)
Early 2006 - AthlonXP 2800+/1GB DDR/X850XT AGP (2800+ was outdated, but picked up for about $10, and I based my first entirely built on my own computer around it and a mobo I got used for cheap)
2007 - Core2Duo E440/2GB DDR2/7900GS PCI-E (entirely my own)
February 16, 2008 1:21:49 AM

vanta lt
2000-geforce 2mx200
2002-geforce 2 ti
2004-geforce fx 5200
2004-ati 9600 :) 
2007-geforce 8600 gt
February 16, 2008 5:11:42 AM

1997 - P1 133Mhz + S3 Trio v6 1MB pci

2002-2004 (used my uncle's P4 2.4 GHz + Geforce Fx5200 )

current-
2005 - P4 3.0 GHz
2007 - x1950 pro
February 16, 2008 6:28:52 AM

1996-2001 Pentium 90, 32megs ram, Number Nine graphics card?
2001 Duron 700, TNT2 8Mb, 64mb ram
2001-2006 Duron 700, Geforce 2 Pro 64m, 320mb ram
2007 laptop
2008 Q6600@3 (hopefully 3.6 soon), 4 gigs, 8800GTS 512 (in 2 days :D )
a c 1363 U Graphics card
a c 330 À AMD
February 16, 2008 1:47:57 PM

1988 XT10Mhz EGA wonder 16colors out of pallet of 64.
1998 K6-2 400Mhz 8MB ATI on board later riva tnt 64MB pci
2001-02 Athlon XP 1800+ Gforce2ti later mx440 and 5900xt
2003-04 A64 3000 Asus A8V deluxe 5900xt
2003-04 A64 3200+ MSI NEO2 pl and 5600ultra later 6800vanilla
current:
Opty 170 MSI NEO4 pl and 1950pro
sempron 3100+ 1900gt over clocks on ECS s754 board
X2 4200+ MSI NEO4 SLI-F and 7900GS
a b U Graphics card
February 16, 2008 2:10:40 PM

2002: P1 120Mhz + S3 Trio v6 1MB pci
2004: 2.5Ghz Northwood Celeron with FX5200 PCI
2006: 3Ghz P4 with X300
Now: E2200 with 7300LE

Not a hardcore gamer and the Celeron was my first system I ever bought. Bad part about being poor.

Soon: The best card for $100. About to purchase a 24" monitor and waiting to see the system requirements for Spore. That game looks fun!


February 16, 2008 2:23:56 PM

1999: 3DFX Voodoo 3: First card i ever purchased so i could play Half Life on my Packard Bell since the intergrated graphics sucked @$$. Ahhh.... sweet memories
2002: Nvidia Geforce 3 TI 300: Card came installed in a Dell 8100. Old card but it's still ticking and working
2004: ATI 9800 Pro: Didn't h ave a choice since it came with the Dell i bought. Card worked good until.....
2005: Nvidia 6600GT: ... one year later the ATI died so i replaced it with this
2005: Nvidia 7800GT: Used it on my first custom built PC when i decided to burn my old Dell in my back yard
2007: Nvidia 8800GTX: Build my second and current gamer with this card.
February 16, 2008 2:33:23 PM

Wow lol , jus realized how things have changed.Ok here's mine i'm fuzzy on the time but i got the order.

CPU
Pentuim 166mhz (oc'd to 200mhz WooHoo)
pentuim 233Mhz
pentuim II 350 (hated the slot 1 boards)
Pentuim III 733 (OC'd to 867mhz or something)
Pentuim III 1 gig celly (nuked after a week :(  )
Amd Sempron 2200+
Amd Athalon 64 3200
Amd Athalon 64 3700
Amd Athalon 64 4000
Intel Core 2 Duo 6750 (OC'd to 3.0 ghz)

GPU
Ati rage sumthing or other
Nvidia riva 32mb
Nvidia riva 64mb
Ati 7000
Ati AIW 7000
Nvidia 4400 gx
Nvidia 5200 (crappy crap crap card)
Ati 9600 xt
Ati x800 XL (had this card for 4 years , actually still own it , very solid)
nvidia 8800 gt

Probably have had more video cards and Cpu's but i also build systems for friends and fun , whats listed is what i used as my system...and i think i may have had more video but things get hazzy that far back lol.

Cheers
February 16, 2008 3:12:18 PM

You guys upgrade way too much. ;)  These are the system that I actually owned:

Pentium III with some 16MB Voodoo card.
AMD 3000+ w/ 6800OC
Q6600 w/ 8800GTS 320MB

That's all my upgrades. One huge jump to the next.
February 16, 2008 3:36:29 PM

Oh ummm... my GPUs went something like this

VooDoo2 (Forget much more about it)
GeForce
GeForce 2 64MB
Radeon 9250 256MB
Radeon X700 Pro 256MB
X1650 Pro 512MB
8800GTS 320MB
8800GT 512MB
a b U Graphics card
February 16, 2008 3:37:58 PM

Northernheat said:
pentuim II 350 (hated the slot 1 boards)

Oh man are we opposite. I loved the good old 440BX slot one mobos. Rock solid stable chipset. I couldn't count how many of those I built and probably owned and ran at least 6 or 7 myself at home. They were the king in their day and nice little OC'ers like the celeron 300a let you get $1000 cpu performance (PII 450 at release) out of a $130 chip. I still have a few 440BX mobos and slot one Celerons, PII, and PIII's laying around.
February 16, 2008 4:25:59 PM

GPU
2007 - GF8800GTS 320MB
2006 - GF7600GT
2005 - GF6600GT
2004 - R9600PRO
2003 - GF4Ti440
2002 - GFMX440
2001 - GF256
2000 - Dual Riva TNT2 In SLI :p 
1999 - Dual Voodoo 3
1998 - Voodoo 2
1997 - Voodoo
Before this i have no idea

CPU
2007 - N/A
2006 - C2D E6300 @3ghz
2005 - AMD64X2 4400+
2004 - AMD64 3200+
2003 - AMD Athlon 2600+
2002 - N/A
2001 - AMD Athlon XP 1000+ ThunderBird
2000 - P3 @400mhz
1999 - N/A
1998 - Pentium II 350
1997 - N/A
1996 - 486
1995 - N/A
1994 - 286
February 16, 2008 5:10:15 PM

early 90's - intel 286
intel 386
intel 486
added creative soundblaster + CD drive + 1 GB hard drive
mid 90's
intel Pentium 200
1998- AMD K62 300
- 30 GB HD
- CDRW drive
- 256 ram
2000 +
2003 intel Pentium 4 2.4 Ghz
- DVD drive
- 1 GB ram
- New Case
- nvidia 5200
2005 - Asus MB
- nvidia 5750
- nvidia 6600
- nvidia 7900
- Tv tuner
- new PSU
- sound blaster zs2 audigy2
2007 - Core 2
- New Motherboard
- 2 GB ram
February 16, 2008 10:29:25 PM

Lol Pauldh , i actually didn't mind slot ones....jus hated the fact not all cpu's where overclockable (technically you could but it was complicated)My 350 mhz for example i was unable to overclock it (sigh) But my next board with a old socket 370 Asus kick arse , i got a very good OC on a board with 2 burst capacitors , go figure lol
February 17, 2008 8:07:18 AM

CPUs:
Pentium II 333
Athlon 900MHZ
Athlon XP 2000
Athlon XP 2800
Athlon64 3800
Opteron 180
GPUs:
ATI Rage
Nvidia TNT2 32MB
Nvidia MX420
Nvidia TI4200
Nvidia FX5700 Ultra
Nvidia 6600 GT
Nvidia 7900 GT
Nvidia 8800 GT
February 17, 2008 12:50:44 PM

2001 - AMD Duron 800Mhz with S3 pro Savage 32Mb
2004 - AMD Athlon64 3400+ with Geforce FX5500 256Mb
2005 - Upgraded GPU to Geforce 6800GT
2008 - Intel Q6600 with Geforce 8800GTS 512Mb
a b U Graphics card
February 17, 2008 1:57:58 PM

Man, you all have good memories.
I don't think I could even begin to remember all my builds and upgrades.
I know I started with a Commodore 64 in '83.
Since then at least a complete new system or new build every 2 years or so. Started my own builds from the ground up around 1994? (AMD, Intel, Cyrix, Trident, Matrox, ATI, Voodoo, Riva, TNT are only a few names that I remember having at 1 time or another) and lord only knows how many upgrades in between. I have given so many old complete systems and left over parts to friends and family, it almost makes sick to think of all the money I have spent on this crap over the years.
I guess I have slowed down a little in past few years.
Technology keeps marching on, but really, for the past few years upgrading often just does not seem worth it performance/$$ wise, not like it like it used to years back when an upgrade could really, really make a big difference across the board.
My parents are still using one of my old 450mhz Pentium II Slot 1 builds. lol.....still runs okay and does what they need. Surf the web and email.
February 17, 2008 3:05:35 PM

summer_of_alvin said:
My history of upgrades:

2007: ATI Radeon 2900 XT @ Intel Q6600 (OC 3.0 GHz)

2006: NVidia GeForce 7800 GS Upgrade

2005: n/a

2004: ATI Radeon 9800 Pro @ AMD Athlon 64 3000+

2003: NVidia GeForce 4200 Ti @ AMD Athlon XP 1700+

2002: n/a

2001: ATI Radeon 7200 @ AMD Athlon K7 700 (OC 850 MHz)

2000: Nvidia GeForce 2 GTS Upgrade

1999: 3DFX Voodoo 3 @ Intel Celeron 300A (OC 450 MHz)

1998: 3DFX Voodoo 2 @ AMD K6 200 (OC 233 MHz)

1997: 3DFX Voodoo @ Intel Pentium 166 MMX


Ahhh... the original 3DFX Voodoo from ten years ago. I still remember it like it was just yesterday. A dedicated 3D graphics accelerator that required a separate 2D video card. First time I ever saw games rendered in "real" high-res 3D polygons instead of ugly low-res sprites.


As close as I can remember from long ago to now:

1984: Atari 1200 home computer with 32k (I bought an external cartridge to have 64k)

1987: Commodore 128, because my software had Atari 800/1200 on one side of the 5 1/4 floppy and Commodore 64 on the other. The Atari ST basically abandoned the old software and I didn't want to have to repurchase the games I had.

1988: Laser 128 kept it along with the C128 to play a bunch of Apple II Wizardry games I'd been given.

1992: First barebones PC with one meg of RAM, a 512k VGA card and a 386SX-40 with a 40 meg Connor hard drive

1993: Cyrix 486DLC-40 on a 386 board with a 1 meg VGA card, kept the same hard drive and RAM.

1995: used 486DX2-50 with motherboard a friend begged me to buy so he could afford his upgrade. Also got a 120 meg hard drive at this time. Also, redwoodtreesprite moved in with me in late 1995 and I introduced her to PC gaming.

1996: 486DX2-80 to play Daggerfall, with Windows 95 and a proprietary Mitsumi CD-ROM drive (ie not IDE had it's own controller card).

1997: Pentium 75 with new board and an 800 meg hard drive, with an SIS 8 meg 2D card and a Diamond Monster Voodoo, and my first IDE CD-ROM.

That PC got the following upgrades:

Pentium 120 because it was a free gift, and then Pentium 166 so I could run Heroes of Might and Magic III.

I really forget what kind of RAM I had back then. I don't think I went over 4 megs, and I was stuck with one 800 meg and one 640 meg WD hard drives for the longest time, until I got a SCSI card for an NEC SCSI CD-ROM and 2 2.1 gig SCSI drives. Then I had all 4 drives for the longest time.

It was also the PC that got a Windows 98 upgrade.

1999: AMD K62-450 on an ASUS motherboard with the legacy SIS 8 meg 2D and a Voodoo 2 12 meg 3D. Went to Windows ME in 2000 to solve issues with the SCSI setup. Redwoodtreesprite was so happy that the system stopped crashing and she could play HOMM 2 (or 3?) without issues that she decided she'd marry me! Also upgraded to a Radeon 64 DDR from the SIS and Voodoo 2.

2002: P4 Williamette 1.6 for Morrowind, with an AIW Radeon 8500 128 and one gig SDRAM (it was an i845 chipset Soyo board). Kept the old K62 system for a year and put a Geforce MX2 in to replace the SIS and Voodoo 2. This was the year that redwoodtreesprite got addicted to Morrowind modding.

That motherboard got an upgrade to a 2.4 Northwood 400fsb.

2004: P4 Northwood 2.8 on an i865PERL with 2 gigs DDR and a 40 gig hard drive. Kept the upgraded 2.4 Northwood system for awhile. Used a Radeon 64 DDR on the old system and moved the AIW 8500 to the new one until I could afford an AIW 9800 Pro. Gradually added hard drives.

February 2007: Athlon X2 3800+ on MSI Nvidia 405 chipset board with 2 gigs Kingston DDR2 667 and a couple of legacy 160 gig WD Caviars, with a Geforce 7600gs. Antec True Power 500 watt.

I moved the X2 3800+ to a new PC for my redwoodtreesprite in Sept 2007, on an ASUS HDMI 690G board, with two gigs Kingston DDR2-667, and upgraded to a 4600+ for my system. She has a 1650 Pro. Also upgraded to an Antec Neo 550 PSU.

February 2008: moved the 4600+ to an MSI 690V board as a temporary solution so I can use the MSI 3870x2 (the Nvidia 405 board does not like ATI cards, it's in the documentation). It's not installed yet, because I'm waiting for the Antec Neo 650 to arrive from Newegg. Also will move everything out of the old RAIDMAX case to a new Antec Nine Hundred gaming case. My wife's PC will get the Antec Neo 550 when I have the 650 installed.

Future upgrades:

Redwoodtreesprite wants more power for modding and 3D graphics, so she'll either get a triple core or quad core, but I haven't decided on whether to wait for 45nm or go B3. She might get a Q6600 instead, as she doesn't have my social conscience vis a vis Intel's OEM rebates.

She was going to get a 3870, but with 4870 due in June, she trusts me and will wait for that. Me, I want a Crossfire board and will eventually have either a 4870 or a 4870x2 alongside the 3870x2 (which should be about as fast as one 4870). That will mean another board and an Antec TPQ 850 or 1000. To avoid CPU limits, I'll need a 3 gigahertz processor and have hopes for 45nm Phenom in late September.

We both have 17" Viewsonic CRT's right now. I'll get a 20" LCD in March and she'll get a 20" LCD when she gets the 4870. We will play musical power supplies again.

I'm still using two 160 gig WD Caviars and one 100 gig Maxtor, but she has several terabytes of storage:

In her X2 3800+/X1650 Pro:

1 500 gig Seagate SATA
2 400 gig Seagates (one SATA one IDE with a SATA adapter)
1 200 gig Maxtor SATA.

external:

1 250 gig WD
1 500 gig Lacie
1 400 gig IDE in a USB 2.0 case

She wants a couple of 1 terabyte Lacies and I want a 2 terabyte Lacie networked drive so we'll finally have enough storage that we all can use.

It's all because of Morrowind modding and unlicensed anime fansubs that never make it to the U.S. market. At least Bluray will have the U.S. and Japan in the same region.

I tolerate Vista because of DX10 gaming. She hates Vista and made me drop her dual boot for Windows Media Center Edition 2005 only. Now I have a copy of Vista Home Premium upgrade I'm not using yet, but it will work for an HTPC down the line.
February 18, 2008 6:46:24 AM

wow... let's see if i can remember that far back...

1. Commodore 64 - onboard (monochrome)
2. 286 - onboard (CGA)
3. 486-33/P1-100 - some PCI VGA
4. P2 - AGP Voodoo 2
5. AMD K7 - Elsa Erazor III (was it 4x or 8x AGP?)
6. AMD 2200+ - GeForce Ti 4200 (or was it 4600? either way that card was HUGE)
7. AMD 1500+ - GeForce 2 GS (GS? or some other denomination stating it's weaker... server/parents)
8. AMD64 x2 4200+ - ATi X1600 XT 256DDR3 PCI-E (S40 Sapphire)
x. AMD64 x2 4200+ - GeForce 8800GT 512DDR3 PCI-E (Asus) -- sometime this week
February 18, 2008 7:53:41 AM

Wang 286 10MHz first and only branded pc I have ever owned.
486sx25 with 4 MB ram... ran win95 in safe mode
upgraded it to a dx40 I think, and added ram to 20 megs...
Then I bought a p100 oc'd to 133. with a voodoo2 12mb card
p2 333MHz tnt2 m64 upgraded to a
p3 450 @ 504MHz 320MB ram
then, I made a huge leap:
p4 2.8@3.2 northwood 512MB ram + a 5700LE
I so regret buying that card...
Now I am on an AMD 64x2 4200+ @ 2.4 GHz with 3 gigs of ram and a 7800GTx

Paralell to the p3 I think it was, I got my hands on an AMD k5 100. oc'd to 133 also, I think...

I also own one of the best celerons out there; a 1.2GHz tualatin-core. It will be my linux-server..
February 20, 2008 5:20:05 PM

What's this? Nobody here owned an Amiga!? That's unpossible! :) 

The 80's
~'84 -- C64
~'88 -- D128, sold it quickly & bought an Amiga 500. Still wish I had that Amiga around...

The 90's
'94 -- Compaq Presario with an AMD SX2/66 w/ Dos 6.22/Win 3.1, to play Doom!
'95 -- HP Vectra VL3 P75@90, Win95 (1st o/c)
'96 -- Replaced P75 w/ an Overdrive P166. Bought Voodoo1 card in '97.
'98 -- Build 1st PC, Abit BH6, PII/350@392, Ati Rage Pro AGP, Win98

The 00's
'00 -- Abit BM6, Celery 466@525, Win98SE, TNT2 Ultra
'01 -- upgraded to Celery 566@850, 384MB RAM, GF3 Ti200
'03 -- Athlon 2500+@2.2, Shuttle AN35N Ultra, 2X512 GB Crucial, 9800Pro, then X800xl
'07 -- C2D 4300@2.85, Biostar TForce965PT, 4X1GB Kingston, eVGA 8800GTS 512 (G92)
'08 -- Q6600
'10 -- Nehalem ;) 
February 20, 2008 9:48:40 PM

Tseng Labs 4MB (VESA Bus) @ 486DX2-66
Riva TNT2 (PCI) @ Pentium-133
Integrated nForce2 Ultra (Yes, they match the Geforce2MXs) @ Athlon-550 (These things are so cool... runs without a heatsink=win)
Sapphire Radeon 9600XT @ Athlon XP 2500+
ECS Geforce 8600GTS @ Athlon X2 6000+ (picked up for $90 last summer=win)
...4850? This summer.
February 20, 2008 10:10:08 PM

Built my first PC not 2 long ago, about 3years.

AMD 2400x2
1650XT

All I can remember, I was bigger newb then lol...
February 20, 2008 10:45:41 PM

My computers in order
P3 550 MHZ/ Voodoo 3/ 128MB Ram
Athlon xp 2700+/ FX 5200/ 512MB Ram
Athlon 64 3200+ socket 754/ 9800 xt/ 1024 MB Ram
Athlon X2 3800+ OC 2.57/ 7800 gt/ 2048 MB Ram
Core 2 duo e4300 OC 3.22/ 8800 gtx/ 4096 MB Ram

A computer I made for my dad.
Athon x2 3600+ AM2/ 6100 onboard/ 1024 MB Ram

Computers I have made for friends and other relatives.
Sempron 2600+ socket 754/ FX5200/512 MB Ram
Core 2 duo e6300/8800 gts 640/ 2048 MB Ram (he didn’t want his cpu overclocked)
Core 2 duo e4300 OC 3.0/8800 gts 640/2048 MB Ram
Core 2 duo e4500 OC 3.0/8800 gt 512/2048 MB Ram
February 20, 2008 11:12:59 PM

1995: P1@75Mhz--16MB RAM
1997: P1@180Mhz--40MB RAM
2004: P4@2.6Ghz--512MB RAM and Geforce 5200
2007: same P4+Geforce 7600GT--1GB RAM

obviously i'm not much of an upgrader :) . (and yes i was using a P1 until 2004)
February 20, 2008 11:17:49 PM

Don't remember the timeframe but...

1. Atari 800
2. Apple II GS (with transwarp upgrade)
3. 386DX2
4. 486DX
5. Pentium 2, don't remember the speeds for either Pentiums
6. Pentium 3
7. AMD Athlon 1.4GHz
8. AMD Athlon 1700+
9. Pentium D 805
10. Core 2 Quad Q6600

1. 3DFX Voodoo, don't remember the model but I remember how awesome colored lighting was in Star Wars Dark Forces 2!
2. GeForce Ti4600
3. GeForce 6600 GT - AGP
4. GeForce 7600 GS - AGP
5. GeForce 8800 GTS

February 20, 2008 11:42:11 PM

1998. Cartridge PII 350 64MB RAM AGP Intel 740 Graphics 8MB
2004. Celeron D 2.66 GHz 256MB RAM Integrated Intel 3D Accelerator 64MB
Upgrade to:
2005. Celeron D 2.66 GHz 768MB RAM PCI ATI Radeon 9250 128MB
2006. Athlon 64 X2 4200+ 1GB RAM PCI-E 7600GT 256MB

Projected:
2008: Phenom 9150 4GB RAM PCI-E 2.0 HD4870 1GB
2009-2010: Bulldozer 8GB RAM ---- ---- ----
September 7, 2009 9:38:38 AM

Desktops

1. 286 16mhz 512KB Hercules ISA 2 MB Ram
2. 386 33mhz 1MB S3 Trio 4 Mb Ram
3. 486 dx2 100mhz 2MB S3 Trio 32 MB Ram
4. Pentium MMX 233mhz 4MB Ati Rage 2c + 12 MB Voodoo 12MB (STB Blackmagic) 128 Mb Ram
5. AMD K6-2 366Mhz
6. AMD K6-2 500Mhz 16MB Voodoo 3 2000 (OC @ 3500) 256MB Ram
7. AMD Athlon 800Mhz Geforce 2MX 512MB Ram
8. AMD Athlon XP 1800+ ATI Radeon 7200 DDR 1 Gbyte Ram
9. AMD Athlon XP 2800+ ATI Radeon 9800 Pro 1,5 Gbyte Ram
10. Pentium D 930 3000Mhz ATI Radeon x1900xt 512MB 2Gbyte Ram
11. Intel Core2Duo 6550 2333Mhz (OC@2755) Geforce 8800GTS 640MB 4 Gbyte Ram
12. Intel Core2Quad Q8200 2333Mhz (OC@3000) 2x ATI Radeon HD4850 in CF 8 Gbyte Ram
13. Intel Core i7 920 4x Ati Radeon HD4770 in CF 24 Gbyte Ram

Laptops

1. Intel Pentium 3 800 Mhz, Ati Rage M4 (Fujitsu-Siemens Lifebook e8565)
2. Intel Pentium M 770 2133Mhz, Geforce 6800go (Fujitsu Siemens Amilo M3438g)
3. Point of View Mobii Intel Atom N270, 2Gbyte RAM, Intel GMA950
a c 144 U Graphics card
a b À AMD
September 7, 2009 9:51:08 AM

lol
an old thread

CPU:
pentium III 1.0Ghz (2001)
pentium 4 3.0 Ghz (2007 until today)

GPU:
Nvidia TNT64 pro 32mb
GeForce 4 64mb
Radeon 9250 128mb
Radeon 9550 256mb
Radeon X1650 pro 512mb
Radeon HD4550 512mb
GeForce 9600 GSO 512mb

from p1ccoLo post:

13. Intel Core i7 920 4x Ati Radeon HD4770 in CF 24 Gbyte Ram

what app u ran using that many RAM?
September 7, 2009 1:05:58 PM

2002 - 800 Duron with some VIA piece of crap
2002 - 800 Duron with Gforce 2 GTS (for Battlefield 1942)

2004 - Athlon 64 3200+ with 9800XT

2006 - C2D E6600 with 7950GX2
2008 - C2D E6600 with 9800 GTX+ <--- currently running
!