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What age where you when you learned how to build a computer?

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Age that you learned how to build a computer.

Total: 32 votes (1 blank vote)

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February 5, 2012 6:52:51 AM

I personally learned how to build a computer last year when I was 13. How about you guys?
February 5, 2012 7:48:27 AM

i got my 1st pc when i was 16
February 5, 2012 12:50:51 PM

:)  6th Standard... so that must be when I was 14... working with BBC Micro and and an IBM Massive Table sized Computer with those 5.x inch floppy drives....
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February 5, 2012 12:59:06 PM

Going to look for a pic of that IBM right now.... Can't find it, but it was this Blue and red colored massive table with the Grey Mono chrome monitor built into the table top at an angle itself. The Floppy Drives used to be vertically mounted inside that table....
So after the BBC micro this was the next rig that I dis-assembled and reassembled...
Of course to the delight of all the teachers at school since the rig had never been used since the day it has been bought.... or it just never came on...
February 5, 2012 1:00:05 PM

If I remember correctly I was about 13, I remember that PC! :) 

Been with this hobby for quite a while now, still loving it!!
February 5, 2012 1:06:29 PM

My first OC when I was 12 and at the age of 13 I build a PC. That feeling was so amazing!
February 5, 2012 1:08:37 PM

First computer build is when my father and I pulled a 286 board and put in a 386 board. I was probably around 6, maybe 7. 2MB ram, a 20MB and 80MB HDD. (yes, MB, not GB.) I can't remember the size of the EGA card we had. I don't think we had VGA until we got our 486. Ancient times.
February 5, 2012 1:27:46 PM

After all this searching I finally had to get to a museum online for rigs and that's where I found something that was my first re-assembled and repaired experiment....:) 
My God!!! I feel Ancient....

this is what it looked like....

The specs are interesting
Date Introduced
Richards, Mark
overall: 37 3/4 in x 70 3/8 in x 34 1/4 in
International Business Machines Corporation (IBM)
Credit Line
Gift of Bernice Seimas, Ferrara Enterprises LLC
Copyright Owner
© Mark Richards
Object ID
~10,000 adds/sec
Memory Type
Memory Size
16K bytes
Memory Width

And this was in 1986....when I was fooling with that
Here is where I found it
February 5, 2012 1:30:20 PM


It wasn't long before that, when people actually started building there own computers.
February 5, 2012 1:39:06 PM

I don't remember if people then built there own rigs, but, I do know it wasn't easy to get your hands on a computer then.
I remember being this eager kid, cycling 25kms to a bunch of bachelor teachers who had a few BBC Micro Computers on them , with B/W Teles attached to them, and they'd allow me to work on them every Sunday the whole day, sitting and programming in BASIC then....
From then, I can't remember a single one of my classmates who had a computer, forget a PC..... PC's came here in 87-88.... that was the IBM PC, I think it was called the the peanut or something. They had..... WOW green Mono Chromes on them... and that was worth ogling at, I guess. then....

My mistake....I was 11 then.... in 1986... not 14
February 8, 2012 9:57:44 AM

pc builder , less than 10 year old
February 8, 2012 10:23:56 AM

Wow this is what they looked like

Specs: :) 
Motherboard----223,000 Issue 1
CPU---------------Rockwell R6502AP
CPU Clock------- 2MHz
ROM---------------32MB (16KB + 16KB sideway ROM)
OS-----------------1.20 (GOS Iss.1)
February 8, 2012 10:28:58 AM

Just this year (15), My brother has been oding it for a few years and after saving up about £100 i purchased a mobo and cpu then for christmas i got the gpu ram and psu. Still have a bit of trouble with cable managment, but i see myself as a pc builder :L
February 8, 2012 2:16:18 PM

I built 10+ servers at 19, first PC at 20.
February 8, 2012 3:34:40 PM

First computer build in high school at the age of 17, that was with an Athlon 64 socket 754.
February 8, 2012 6:21:13 PM

I believe i was nine, tearing apart some "desktops" with two 5.25 floppys. One for boot the other for the rest. Still worked with 8 Inches "floppy". Ah, the good old days. 1987-88 if i recall correctly. Summer of 88. Really cool. Learn DOS and batch scripting. A bit :)  I know alot more now !!
February 8, 2012 8:44:39 PM

First learned how to do it about 15 months ago, at the age of 22.