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June 11, 2010 5:34:33 PM

Just wondering what people had as a CPU in their first x86 computer. If your first computer wasn't an x86, then state what your first computer's CPU was and then state what your first x86 CPU was. Also state what computer it was in (Game consoles don't count). Add what the most powerful CPU is that you own today and just marvel at how far we've come.

For me:

First CPU: Motorola 6809E in a Radio Shack TRS-80 Color Computer - 1982
First x86 CPU: Intel 8088 4.77MHz in an IBM Model 5150 (Original IBM PC) - 1984
Most powerful CPU/Current CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 940 3.0GHz - 2009

This should be fun. :sol: 

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June 11, 2010 5:38:08 PM

Pentium 90, before that I had one but I took the PC apart to see what was inside all the neat looking chips before I knew what I was pulling apart

i7, ready for something faster now. Let's face it, scientists have us spoiled. We're used to huge jumps every year! If I don't have a CPU atleast twice that of the i7 in 2 years I'm mailing hate letters
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June 11, 2010 5:47:45 PM

Blckhaze said:
Pentium 90, before that I had one but I took the PC apart to see what was inside all the neat looking chips before I knew what I was pulling apart

i7, ready for something faster now. Let's face it, scientists have us spoiled. We're used to huge jumps every year! If I don't have a CPU atleast twice that of the i7 in 2 years I'm mailing hate letters

I'm pretty sure the AMD Bulldozer will be that fast and if the i7-980X wasn't called an i7, the same could be said for that chip as well. :sol: 
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June 11, 2010 5:52:46 PM

I don't recall exactly, It had to be somewhere from 94'-96' ish. But the first one I can recall was an AMD K6-2 350Mhz. It was some Compaq Presario, I remember it having 128MB and it being AWESOME. I remember playing some game it come with where you had to defend a government base (from aliens spacecraft no less) and from level to level you would either control a helicopter or ground turret.
June 11, 2010 5:53:45 PM

Z-80, then an M68000, then an 8088.
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June 11, 2010 5:58:23 PM

I did have one of those radio shack computers I think it was around 1984

EDITED:

I had a Commadore 64 briefly

First personal build was an X2 7750 BE

Second personal build X4 940 BE

My current gaming rig is an X4 965@4.2GHz/1.53v

As of late, I have been refurbishing old Socket 478 and 775's
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June 11, 2010 6:13:45 PM

Don't remember what processor it was, but it ran at 533mhz and the machine ran Windows 98. First processor I bought for a build was an Athlon 64 3400 Clawhammer. Current fastest is a Phenom II X4 940 @ 3.6Ghz
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June 11, 2010 6:28:53 PM

First one was when i was really young, it was a 486 going at a whopping 66MHz.
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June 11, 2010 8:07:18 PM

Ah the 486DX2-66, I remember it well. Man, I feel OLD! :sol: 
June 11, 2010 10:51:37 PM

I remember we had some intel 200mhz cpu. But the oldest cpu i owned was and Intel Pentium 3 1ghz
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June 11, 2010 11:05:56 PM

First CPU: Pentium II 400(mhz) *flex :) 

Current CPU: Q9550 @ 4ghz

Wee-bit of a difference there.
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June 12, 2010 12:22:46 AM

I had a 8088 in a XT with turbo it ran at whupping 10Mhz. Even had a huge HDD 30Mb and EGA (16 colors out of pallet of 64) wonder video card.
June 12, 2010 12:42:56 AM

I had an AMD K6-II, wasnt my first but its the one I remember. Had it in a system with 64 megs of RAM and a SIS graphics card. That *** played the Sims! Well this was probs about '99 - '00 for me. Was a handmedown from my dad =D.

What am I running now?
Intel E7200 with 4Gigs of RAM. Does the trick for me. Will run it into the ground before I upgrade again, probs in about 3 -4 years time!
Got a 9800 GT graphics card.
June 12, 2010 12:47:06 AM

Not including the C64 of course (1Mhz!), an IBM 80268 8Mhz. Bumped up then to a new 80386 Fujitsu after that with a DX 25 mhz and then the DX2 66mhz, needed that to run anything with a CDROM (I think it was something to do with the microcoprocessor architecture which is why I upgraded at the time... to play worms)! Fun times! Until I took the chip out one day and when I tried to put it back in I bent one of the pins... and back to the DX 25 it was for me until I eventually got that all important MMX 166.
June 12, 2010 1:00:50 AM

286-16 with a whopping 1 meg of ram!

The next one was a killer:

AMD386-40, Tseng Labs ET 4000 video card and maybe 2megs ram and a 40mb harddrive.
June 12, 2010 11:24:13 AM

Just joking
Pentium III @ 550mhz.
Today I own Phenom II X6 1090T @ 4.0 GHZ.
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June 13, 2010 2:35:18 PM

First system was 286-10 turbo to 12mhz 640 ram, it was the hottest thing at the time and very expensive 20 meg hdd and ega video. It was almost as much as a new toyota, actually I bought that toyota when it was on AD.
Today PII-720 unlocked core, does everything I need and more.
June 14, 2010 3:15:56 AM

Avro Arrow said:
Just wondering what people had as a CPU in their first x86 computer. If your first computer wasn't an x86, then state what your first computer's CPU was and then state what your first x86 CPU was.


Commodore 64
Amiga 500
Amiga 2000
Pentium 90 (paid $4000 for it!!)

etc
...
etc..

Intel Core i7 930
June 14, 2010 3:33:42 AM

Went downstairs to my basement and found an old Dell with a pentium pro.
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June 14, 2010 3:37:25 AM

The oldest computer that I've used and has been in my family's possession would be a Pentium II 233 MHz in an old Twinhead laptop running relatively modern compared to the majority of you, Windows 98. The first desktop CPU that I've had/used would be the Pentium III. Currently running an i7 930.
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June 14, 2010 1:54:48 PM

Commodore 64 was the first, currently running i7 860 and i3 530 on Win 7 64
and a couple of Pentium 4's on XP Pro
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June 14, 2010 2:10:25 PM

INTEL 8086 in a AMSTRAD PC1512 (1987). Amazing machine. [:henry chinaski:9]

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June 14, 2010 3:01:57 PM

Originally got introduced to computers by my friend, he had one of them popular DX2's
at 66Mhz

My first pc was a pile of crap, Dad spent 3200$ for a futureshop Compaq Presario with a Pentium 133Mhz using Windows 95... I would always shut down to Dos as dos was far faster... My buddy's DX2 "Clone" was also performing better...

My first Build was a year later, sold the 3200$ compaq for 600$, added 400$ and built myself a K6-233Mhz with 64Mb Ram, 4mb ati + Diamond Monster. Also had some noname motherboard (no clue what chipset anymore... with 1024KB of L2 Cash)

It Was amazing... and UNREAL :D 



Current is a Phenom9950 On M3A78-EM 4gigsram + gtx260...
Being patient, waiting for some newer X4's
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June 13, 2012 11:28:31 AM

Henry Chinaski said:
INTEL 8086 in a AMSTRAD PC1512 (1987). Amazing machine. [:henry chinaski:9]

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_PrjCuGZWyvw/R7BcWJ-bAjI/AAAAAAAAAEg/UJQT3E7yk50/s1600/amstrad_pc1512sd.jpg

The AMSTRAD! I remember it well! At the time, two of my friends and I were obsessed with Starflight (I still think that it is one of the greatest games ever made). I had my IBM PC, Paul had a Tandy 1000 RL and Jeff had the Amstrad PC1512 (so named for the 512k RAM). Ah those were the days, what fun we used to have. Then we all became BBS SysOps. I actually found my anme and BBS on the historic 416 BBS list the other day, it really made me feel like I was an actual, docmented part of computer history. It sounds funny just saying it now but it sure makes me feel nostalgic. :sol: 
June 13, 2012 11:31:57 AM

First CPU : AMD athlon 64 x2 4200+ 2.20 ghz

Current CPU: AMD Phenom 1100t
June 13, 2012 12:27:44 PM

First was a 386 sx 25Mhz !!

Current is i7 930 @ 4Ghz.

Not much difference tbh ;) 
June 13, 2012 8:45:22 PM

First CPU: 1MHz MOS 6510 in a Commodore 64
First x86: 386SX-16 in an Epson something-or-other
Current: Core 2 Quad Q6600 @ 2.4GHz

First "build" was an AMD 386DX-40 that I dropped into the Epson chassis with all new components. Talk about an upgrade...
June 13, 2012 9:07:40 PM

I don't remember..but I got the shaft from a local builder. He charged me $1300 for it. When I decided to build my next one and learned a little about it, I found out it had just enough components to turn on. Probably cost him about $300 to build.
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June 13, 2012 11:11:45 PM

I just remembered what the name of that Radio Shack computer was....It was the TRS80 a real POS...I call it the trash 80
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June 13, 2012 11:17:56 PM

Mine was a 386SX at the blazing speed of 16Mhz.
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June 13, 2012 11:53:45 PM

I think that TRS-80 was running at 100 Hz....LOL
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June 13, 2012 11:55:18 PM

3.0GHz P4
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June 14, 2012 12:15:32 AM

Apple IIe And Apple IIc don't count...

IBM Clone 386/33
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June 14, 2012 12:23:00 AM

Many similarities:
First CPU: Motorola 6809E in a Radio Shack TRS-80 Color Computer
First x86 CPU: Intel 8088 4.77MHz
Most powerful CPU/Current CPU: Intel 2500K 4.5GHZ
June 14, 2012 12:30:22 AM

my 1st up kept me happy for a long time

Amiga 1000
CPU Motorola 68000 @ 7.09 MHz
512KB memory

oh so many good games and memories...
I later opened up the case and moulded into it are the signatures of the members of the company - including Mitch's paw print ;) 


i486DX @ 33 MHz
hmm... no sound
but soon Wolfenstein and Doom and Dune came to keep my interest
Space Hulk actually made Good sounds through the PC speaker, I could even recognise the ventilation fans slow shoof shoof - was really impressed with that lol
Years behind the Amiga in some ways + Too expensive

was soon dreaming of the DX2 66 and before getting that the DX4 100... I think we can see where this PC things is heading xD

And Now... Intel Q6600 @ 3.4GHz
Still dreaming of the next best thing as soon as I can afford/need it
June 14, 2012 1:22:45 AM

Sinclair ZX Spectrum 48
C=64 (very briefly)
AMIGA 500!!!

1st PC Intel 75Mhz w/win 95 (Packard Bell)

currently 4 PCs + 2 Laptops highest i5 2500k

first search engine altavista, oh wait that's another thread!
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June 14, 2012 1:59:12 AM

lowjack989 said:
I think that TRS-80 was running at 100 Hz....LOL

1.7 mhz, it's in the garage some where :) 
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June 14, 2012 2:08:33 AM

I started on a 4.77MHz 'turbo' 8088.
June 14, 2012 4:50:30 AM

Intel core i3 2120

current intel core i3 2120

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June 14, 2012 8:22:54 AM

1st computer I worked on was called MARDAN and it ran a Nav System. Didn't really have a CPU, just an assortment of logic cards and flip flop registers, HDD was only 480K (Bits!) and it maintained a gyro stabilised platform to provide current position...
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June 14, 2012 9:57:55 AM

It is interesting that this thread was revived by the OP a day before the 2nd year anniversary of the last post. :)  I opened similar thread like this in another forum asking for what is your first PC.

On topic:
First X86 processor in 2008 was Amd 64 X2 5200+ @ 2.7Mhz.
Upgraded to an AMD Phenom II X3 720BE unlocked & OC to 3.6. Slowly replaced the parts of the original PC one by one until the time everything was new & I was able to put the old PC parts back together again & sold it.

Current is i5-2500K. Dreaming about the i7-3930K to see 12 threads in task manager but I don't know what to use it for apart from playing Zuma in Facebook (currently being done on the 720BE).
June 14, 2012 1:45:28 PM

First Zilog Z80 @ 4.7Mhz
First x86 Intel 286 @ 8Mhz
Current i5 2500K @ 3.4Ghz
Also have Dual Xeon E5530@2.4Ghz. individual chips are not as fast as the i5 but both together are way faster.
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