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January 8, 2008 8:33:49 PM

Again, this is just for fun. I've done something similar in the past but I know there are some new members in this forum.

Basically name the specs of your first gaming PC.

Mine:

AMD Athlon XP 2400+
Asus A7N8X Deluxe
512 DDR Dual Channel
120GB HDD
Geforce 4 Ti 4600
350W PSU

More about : fun gaming

January 8, 2008 8:48:22 PM

Pentium 4 - 2.8Ghz
Via P4B400 (I think)
512MB DDR 400
60GB + 40GB HDD's (Old slow ones that I pulled from an HP and Emachines... lol)
Geforce 6600
350W Raid Max PSU
$5 Discount Case (PSU was included in the price... lol) *This is also when I learned that cheap PSU's are the most annoying, noisy pieces of crap on the planet.

My first REAL gaming rig with more than a $300-400 budget is in my sig though. :p 
January 8, 2008 8:57:35 PM

I played text based games loaded from a cassette on a TRS-80 w/ 16K of RAM. Does that count?
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January 8, 2008 9:02:23 PM

P1 120Mhz
32MB of RAM

Played DOOM and Worms on it.
January 8, 2008 9:23:06 PM

It was a server that i used, a Pentium III with two processors at 800 MHz
1.5 GHz of SDRAM (I had access to a lot of these computers so I was able to scrounge up a lot of RAM sticks)
Radeon 9200
The PSU was huge, had this handle to move it away so you could see the motherboard. Had two 40 GB hard drives at 7200 RPM. All of these were scrounged except for the graphics card.
January 8, 2008 9:24:50 PM

Macintosh 128k:
Motorola 68000 @ 8mhz
128 kb ram (built in)
'classic' mac operating system 1.0
DMA video controller
a b B Homebuilt system
a b 4 Gaming
January 8, 2008 9:36:10 PM

Amiga 500
1 Meg of RAM
Specs

-Wolf sends
January 8, 2008 10:11:55 PM

Commodor VIC-20!
January 8, 2008 10:13:47 PM

First computer I gamed on was my friend's ZX-81 with 1 K (not a misprint) of memory. Later, my family got a ZX Spectrum; mine came with 16 K which we later upgraded to 48 K. Games were loaded from cassette tape but at a comparatively speedy (compared to the ZX81 or Commodore 64) 1200 bps.

First PC was an 8088 running at 4.77 Mhz. I think it came with 128 K of memory but I could be wrong on that, it may have had more. The 360 K floppy disk seemed quite roomy by comparison and it was quite some time before I got my first 30 meg hard drive.
a b B Homebuilt system
January 8, 2008 10:14:50 PM

Commodore 64....5 1/4 inch floppies....

Used to play Gunsmoke, Wheel of Fortune and various other games on it. Lol.
January 8, 2008 10:48:11 PM

I got you all beat.






Ha just kidding. We had Pong. About as primitive as you can get.

Prior to that people used this thing called imagination..........WOW! Imagination................ :D 

I used to draw space ships on a piece of paper and then made them battle each other............wow......
January 8, 2008 10:48:34 PM

ohiou_grad_06 said:
Commodore 64....5 1/4 inch floppies....

Used to play Gunsmoke, Wheel of Fortune and various other games on it. Lol.


HAHA! Same thing. The disk drive itself was like 800 bucks, but before that I had the tape drive.
You could put a tape in, and hope it loaded successfully by the time you were done eating dinner.
The once the keyboard died out of warranty. We went to toys r us, bought another one, swapped the guts, and brought the one with the bad guts back.

The PSUs were potted and used to fail too.

But of course back then it was all "state of the art".


January 8, 2008 10:50:21 PM

caamsa said:
I got you all beat.


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Ha just kidding. We had Pong. About as primitive as you can get.

Prior to that people used this thing called imagination..........WOW! Imagination................ :D 

I used to draw space ships on a piece of paper and then made them battle each other............wow......



I still have pong, and it still works!

Did you go through the army men drawing phase too?
January 8, 2008 10:56:52 PM

First PC gamed on was used from '98 to '03.
PII 350, Cartridge Type Processor, one of the gayest ideas ever
8MB Video
64MB RAM
6GB HDD'
56kbps Dial-Up which I used until '04
The power supply sucked so bad on this PC that it actually blew out in '00 because the computer was turned off and on lot of the time accidentally- it was connected to a wall switch.
Then came my e<achines which I used from '04-'06
This was back when I was a complete hardware noob, thinking that the 2.66 Celeron would be "BLAZING". I realized I was wrong when the computer booted for the first time.
The System also came with 256MB RAM and a Intel chipset for graphics.
When I tried to run Command and Conquer Generals, the game just absolutely choked on the graphics.
I later upgraded this system to 768MB RAM and a PCI Radeon 9250-yes, not PCI-E.
After this upgrade, I could actually run CS:S at 40FPS. Amazing for me.

My next PC is in my sig, built in summer '06
January 8, 2008 10:57:45 PM

I was a late bloomer to PC gaming

AMD Athlon xp 2000+
VIA km400 micro-atx
512MB DDR333
ATI Sapphire 9600se 128MB
Samsung 80GB IDE HDD
CD burner
Soundblaster live 24-bit
January 8, 2008 11:04:55 PM

righteous said:
I still have pong, and it still works!

Did you go through the army men drawing phase too?


Naaa we had those plastic army guys that came in a bag. We would set them up and then shoot them with our pellet guns in my friends basement. Talk about entertainment.

Those were the days when boys could be boys and you could still have fun and not end up in juvenile hall and then diagnosed a serial killer and put on medication and sent for therapy.



January 9, 2008 2:45:45 AM

i had a 486 with 32mg of ram bout 300 mb of hard drive used to play doom and old stuff like that
January 9, 2008 3:01:35 AM

The topic says PC, but the first two computers we had in the house when I was younger were a Mac Classic and a Performa 550(also Apple). The first PC we got was also the first computer I really played games on.

Specs:

Pentium III 450MHz
128MB SDRAM
nVidia Riva TNT2 32MB
12.6GB hard-drive
48x CD-ROM drive
January 9, 2008 3:05:37 AM

My first gaming computer was a commodor 64 as well, but it wasn't mine as I was still a kid. My first very own computer was a 486dx enhanced 80MHz, with 8MB of RAM, 1MB of video RAM, a 500MB HDD, and a 4x CD-ROM. Ran DOS 6 and Windows 3.11. Cost about $2000. I used to stay up all night playing Doom and Doom 2, Mechwarrior 2, Simcity 2000 and Civilization 2. I still have that computer in a closet somewhere I think... I'll have to pull it out sometime....
January 9, 2008 3:08:50 AM

Mine was a P4 on a socket 478 Biostar with a 64mb trident graphics card (pci) 256 or 512 meg of RAM, this was circa 2002 or 2003 played cs 1.6 with 40 fps in smoke it would be like watching a slideshow...that's the worst it got for me. i was only 12 at the time.
January 9, 2008 3:37:43 AM

The first proper PC that wasn't built out of scrounged/used parts I had was a Pentium 3 866 Mhz on an Asus mobo, 512 mb RAM, 15 gb hard drive (originally, now 60) and a GeForce 2 MX420 (later "upgraded" to an FX5200. That machine still runs, now it's overclocked to 1 Ghz, and it makes for a decent system to play pre-2002 games on.
a b B Homebuilt system
a b 4 Gaming
January 9, 2008 3:45:38 AM

Z80-based Spectrum, 48K of RAM. I still remember Bomb Jack and Rygar, great games :)  Then 80386SX with 20 MB of hard disk...
January 9, 2008 3:54:27 AM

ya i started playing doom on a 386 i also used it for music trackers ie: mod files and .itfiles

the VERY first exposure to computer gaming was on some sort of computer (i dont remember what) was the cassete tape one and an adventure type rpg game, after that i graduated to using aschii sp? typing in 10 go get run
20 run
30 if run
40 go
or something to that effect.......hahahahah


o god, bbs's and dos boot disk's
January 9, 2008 3:57:56 AM

Wow... I feel so much younger now lol.

My family did not own a pc when I was growing up, so I never played around with some of the older systems you guys mention.

I got my first pc when I was 16, I actually bought it with my own money I earned from my first job.
It was a piece of ****. However it gave me access to the wonderful wealth of knowledge on the web.
Before I knew it, I was planning my first pc build(which wouldn't happen for another 2 years).

I had the terrible luck of having my mobo arrive doa, which sucked. Had to wait like 2 weeks for it to get back to me after RMAing it. I had alot of fun with it though, and it served me well until I upgraded years later.

The specs where as follows:

Chassis: Thermaltake Xaser III.............(came with a Tt 420watt Psu)
CPU: P4 530.....................................(OC'd this to 3.9Ghz, and it's still running strong on a friend's pc at 4Ghz)
CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Big Thyphoon..(added a year after the initial build)
Mobo:Asus p5p800
Gfx: ATI Radeon 9800 pro....................(I kept this from an upgrade to my first pc)
Ram: 1 Gig 2x512MB Corsair DDR400
HDD: 120 GB Maxtor Diamondmax
Optical Drive: Sony 50x CD burner.........(died within a year, added to blacklist)
Monitor: Sceptre 19inch LCD................(added 6months after build, can't remember the model lol,and I still use this)

Due to an unfortunate incident*, I'm actually using this system right now(with a few downgrades, like an older processor I had laying around since I gave the P4 530 away, and a pos s3 savage4 that only outputs in shades of blue).

*Burned out my A8N SLI mobo with a power-happy CPU Vmod. I suspect the vregs blew, they where running hot and I fell asleep while running a benchmark. Woke up to tragic bsod and an unbootable mobo.
a b B Homebuilt system
a b 4 Gaming
January 9, 2008 4:15:37 AM

Lets see if I can name them, hopefully in chronological order, as best as I can.....

Heathkit from 1981-ish
Trash80 (TRS-80) w/tape drive and then with dual floppies!!!
TI-99 w/16k memory upgrade!!!
Apple
Apple II
Apple II+
Apple IIc
Vic 20 w/tape drive
C 64 w/tape drive and then w/5 1/4" floppy in 1986ish
than a 10 yr break before getting back into PC's, since I could actually afford them :( 
January 9, 2008 4:18:41 AM

486 DX 33 Mhz.....130 meg HD had 4 megs of ram....upgraded to 8 megs of ram (cost me about 240 dollars back then) but man 8 megs back in DOS days was uber.

Next PC was a Pentium Pro 200 Mhz 128 megs of EDO ram...good ole windows 95/98.
January 9, 2008 5:01:03 AM

rodney_ws said:
I played text based games loaded from a cassette on a TRS-80 w/ 16K of RAM. Does that count?


LOL, I remember my dad had a VIC20 with a tape drive and also some games were just a sheet of code which I had to type in to play.
a b B Homebuilt system
January 9, 2008 5:03:07 AM

Commodore 64 with John Elway's Quarterback on 5 1/4" floppies.

First computer was a Timex Sinclair, but no games. Only programming in Basic.

First built from scratch gaming computer was AMD 386dx40 running DOS 5.0. Cannot remember the other components.
January 9, 2008 5:46:26 AM

My first computer (1982) was an Atari 800 1.79 MHz, 48k. I got it for only $200 brand new. I added an Indus GT Floppy Drive (180k storage) for $450 just to play Infocom games.

My first PC (1989) was a 386 DX 25MHz, 4MB RAM 160 MB ESDI Hard Drive, Orchid 512k video card. I popped an original sound blaster card in it. It had a 14" Sony 1304 1024x768 Trinitron CRT. I think the whole thing was about $3500.

My current system literally has 1000 times (4 GB vs 4 MB) the system and video memory (512 MB Vs 512 kb), over 9,000 times the hard drive space (2x 750 GB=1500 GB vs 160 MB) and if you count all four overclocked cores (4x 3.333GHz=13.333GHz vs 25 MHz) over 530 times the processing power (probably much more in actual power, I'm just looking at raw MHz/GHz). With a 24" LCD it was less than half the price of my first pc.

Wow, how things change.
January 9, 2008 7:03:23 AM

ahh the good old days.... i had a 486 with 16mb ram and a 250meg hard disk, with no vid card... played doom 2 network really well.... had to chuck it out the window though, it took half a day to load win98 lolz
January 9, 2008 7:24:08 AM

tlmck said:
Commodore 64 with John Elway's Quarterback on 5 1/4" floppies.

First computer was a Timex Sinclair, but no games. Only programming in Basic.

First built from scratch gaming computer was AMD 386dx40 running DOS 5.0. Cannot remember the other components.


didnt intel/ibm make the first 386?
January 9, 2008 7:26:21 AM

Apple II+
6502 processor
64k RAM
Dual 5.25" floppy disk drives
Zenith 12" color tv for a monitor.
circa 1981

Applesoft BASIC was the OS
Most played games ever:
Zork
Zork II
Zork III
Wizardry
Ultima
Kampfgruppe
a b B Homebuilt system
January 9, 2008 8:13:01 AM

colonelblake said:
didnt intel/ibm make the first 386?

Yes. I was referring to "my" first build from scratch gaming machine using all new components. I picked the AMD because I knew from a machine at work that it was faster than most Intel 486's.

My actual first build was for a college class project. An IBM 8088 kit back in 1986. These were used to teach machine code thereafter.

My first home build was actually a rebuild of a Packard Bell 286. Bought a used PB desktop case/MB combo and added piece parts from the used piles at a local computer shop. HDD already had DOS 3.3! Don't recall playing any games on it. Paid like $200 for eveything and sold it for $400 to finance the 386dx40. Cannot recall the final sticker for that.
January 9, 2008 8:36:20 AM

pchoi04 said:
Again, this is just for fun. I've done something similar in the past but I know there are some new members in this forum.

Basically name the specs of your first gaming PC.



My first true PC circa 1992:

386SX 25
1 meg of RAM
512k VGA card
40 meg Connor IDE hard drive
5 1/4 floppy drive
14" VGA monitor

Back then, I didn't know about brands, I just bought a barebones and added the RAM, hard drive, and VGA card. The processor was soldered on to the motherboard and if you upgraded, you just bought a new processor/motherboard. It took a few years for LIF sockets to filter down to my price range, then I had a Cyrix 486DLC 40. I upgraded to a 486DX2-80 to play Daggerfall in 1996. That, and Betrayal at Krondor, are my favorite CRPGs of all time.

My biggest shock in early computer gaming was installing Star Control II on that 40 meg drive, it was a whole 9 megs and I thought: "If this keeps up, I'll need a bigger hard drive". Star Control II is tied with XCOM: UFO Defense as my favorite SF games of all time.

Before the PC, I had an Atari 1200XL, a Commodore 128, and a Laser 28 Apple II clone. So I experienced the early Ultimas, the early Gold Box and the original Bard's Tale trilogy on a 13" color TV. Home computers were a sort of like consoles back then, but with 5 1/4 floppies and slow hard drives.

rodney_ws said:
I played text based games loaded from a cassette on a TRS-80 w/ 16K of RAM. Does that count?


Why not? Before my first home computer in 1984, I played Advent on a mainframe at school back in 1979-1980. Still love that game. But he said PC, which is why I listed the barebones first.
January 9, 2008 8:59:48 AM

i had a 486 dx2 with integrated video, and about 4 megs of ram, my first ever gaming kick ass upgrade was a

CYrix pr-120Mhz with via motherboard, it had 64megs of ram and pci ports, i put in a 2mb accelerator card, dont remeber the brand or name, 9740 series or something , THEN

upgraded to K-5 200 ithink, which had agp and i used an Intel 740,i coudl play quake!! omgods!

then i added in a 3DFX voodoo, omg what a rush!!..

then i think a K-6 3dnow.. with s3virge 128mb

then Slot A 600mhz athlon, with the geforce 2 gtspro 64

then atlhon 1500 and ti4400


good times, good times ;tear;
January 9, 2008 10:34:36 AM

It was X-Com on: a 386 at I think 40 Mhz and a 120 MB HD? I remember it cost $1200 and it was smokin hot. I couldn't afford the 486's they were to expensive. And X Com was a great game.
January 9, 2008 10:56:28 AM

pentium 1 85mhz
8mb ram
cant remember video lol..
32mb HDD (woot!!)

Fully sick beast used to lag simfarm OMG im going to play that again....
a b B Homebuilt system
a b 4 Gaming
January 9, 2008 11:32:55 AM

Hmmm, I wrote simple games on my TI-59, a programmable calculator I got in...1979?
Played Wizardry for hours on an Apple ][+ beginning in 1981 or '82. I wrote a D&D-style adventure game (only graphics was the map it kept for you as you played) in Turbo Pascal on my first PC beginning in late 1984. I haven't done any notable programming for almost 20 years though, not counting batch jobs and other simple stuff I've done for work.
I used to play NSNIPES (or NCSNIPES) on a Novell LAN back in '89 or '90.
First FPS was Unreal Tournament G.O.T.Y. (still have it) that I got in 2001. I think I also got Diablo II that year. I still play that sometimes too. I first played them on a 2200+ with MX440 graphics. When the mobo fried, I got a 2.4GHz P4 and a 9250SE.
a b B Homebuilt system
January 9, 2008 11:33:13 AM

486SX
312MB HDD
VESA Graphics card
16 MB memory
14 inch monitor
January 9, 2008 11:37:49 AM

I bought a Falcon Northwest back in the late 90's... P2 300, 64mb Ram, 6.4gb hard drive, First gen voodoo card with Diamond Stealth video for 2d, Soundblaster with Yamaha daughter card, ext. US robotics 56k modem,...all for the low low price of $4,000. What was I thinking....
Now I own a computer store so I upgade every 6 months or so..currently running a Phenom 9600 w/ 2gb Crucial Ballistix ddr2-1066 ram, Asus motherboard with 2 3870 512mb pci-ex video (still won't run crysis in Crossfire), and a 500gb sata drive.
January 9, 2008 11:59:49 AM

Processor - Intel 486 Dx2 66
Memory - 32 Mb (2x 16Mb)
HD - 100Mb
Monitor - Samsung Syncmaster 3e

Thats all I can remember about it, it wat great to play games like Myst, The Seventh Guest, Full Trottle, The Digg, Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis, etc.
January 9, 2008 12:06:53 PM

I had many PC's in my lifetime, the first being a Sinclair ZX Spectrum 128ZX which i used to hook up on my tape recorder to load the games. After that I had 8086, 80286, 80386 etc. My first true gaming PC (a monster for its time) was an intel based 486DX @ 66Mhz with an add on 487 math Co-processor, 16Mb of RAM, an Nvidia Riva 128 with 8Mb of VRAM (I got this baby the day it came out, it was the fastest card on the market) in SLI with a voodoo2 with 12Mb of ram. That system could tackle ANY game at that time. I remember I installed quake 2 when it came out, with max details at 1280x960 (i think) and the voodoo card overclocked (with riva tuner, yes it's THAT old) i'd get around 100fps!! Ah... the glory days...
a b B Homebuilt system
a b 4 Gaming
January 9, 2008 12:30:26 PM

486 DX33 --later dropped in a 486 DX-100 overdrive CPU clocked at 3x33 the day they became available...man that thing was smoking fast! Here is where I learned by accident about overclocking when I set my front side buss to 40mhz and ended up with a CPU seed of 120mhz! Everyone was amazed to see my CPU running at 120mhz...careful, you'll fry your whole system! was the usual reaction.
8 megs of RAM
512k on-board cache
ATI Mach 64 Video card 2 meg- I think.
Sound Blaster 16
320 meg hard drive
3 1/2 and 5 1/4 floppy drives!
14" monitor

Played Wolfenstein, Doom, Links 386.
January 9, 2008 12:32:55 PM

Commodore VIC-20 with tape drive. Played games like Gorf, Omega race, Pac Man.
January 9, 2008 12:43:16 PM

P3 600Mhz
256MB RAM
Nvidia 32MB graphics card...think it was a TNT or something?

That computer was what first taught me how PCs go together. Never really touched a computer before that. Never even took a typing class in HS...they didnt have computers back then :p 
January 9, 2008 1:48:07 PM

486 DX2 33MHZ with 4MB ram and a 120MB HDD. YAY. AND BOTH A: and B:!
January 9, 2008 2:12:13 PM

First...hmmm
1-Socket 7 Pentium 1 MMX
96 MB Ram Pc 100
Fujitsu 8Gb HDD
Sis 4mb IGP lol
Win98 Se
Good old DOS Days...
But truly gaming i think because it had my firsts video cards was a:

2- s370 Celeron 1.2 GHZ lol!
512Mb Sdram PC 133
Machspeed mobo 694tas sumthing
40 GB WD hard drive ,worst HD i ever bought
250GB Maxtor Hd still using it
16 mb nvidia vanta Pci video card but i upgraded to a BFG tech 256 mb
Fx5200 (wich i technically shoplifted) i was poor ,young and reckless.
Sound Blaster live 5.1 sound card
It played most of my games i thought i was badas playing vice city at 1152x864 on high with high poly modded cars lol .
I only bought the mobo,sound card and the HDDs,everything else was either "borrowed" or salvaged
January 9, 2008 2:19:34 PM

my first computer (i was a late comer to computers too, bought in Q2 1999) was:

PentiumIII
64MB RAM
8MB ATI card
10GB HDD
15" monitor

It played Half-life, outcast, Quake3, Unreal tournament, Soldier of fortune and many other games with ease at 1024x768, although my favorite game was Re-volt.
January 9, 2008 2:25:02 PM

oh by the way my first 'true' gaming machine (beast at the time Q2 2004 and still in use)
AMD Athlon64 3200+
1024 MB DDR400
250Gb HDD
Gigabyte k8 mobo
256MB radeon 9500
17" CRT 1280x1024
it rocked and it played doom3, far cry and other technology intense games at maximum settings without breaking a sweat (not in literal sense tho :p )
I still play NFS series on it but its showing its age and soon i will be getting another beast to last me good 3-4 years :D  surely i will come and get advice from all of you on here
January 9, 2008 2:36:53 PM

The first PC that I played games on was an ACER from 1996, lol
I think it was something like:
PII 333Mhz
32MB RAM
8MB video
10GB HDD
Intel mobo
15" 1024x768 CRT
Windows 98se

The rig that I use now is in my sig.
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