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May 10, 2001 8:18:05 PM

First Home PC:"custom built and i had no clue what to do, it was fun"
IDT Winchip 200
Aopen AX5TC(430tx)
32mb PC66 SDRAM
2.1gb PIO4
1mb s3 trio PCI

Second Home PC "Need alittle bit more power and got some too!"
K6-2 300
Aopen AX5TC (430tx)
64mb PC66 SDRAM
6.4gb ATA33
4mb sis PCI

First Work PC "Well needed some to wordprocessor, programming, etc."
K6-2 400
Aopen AX59 Pro(MPV3)
128mb PC133 sdram
13gb ATA33
32mb sav4 PCI
sb 128

Third Home PC " My first Intel Box :*) "
Cel 533
Abit BP6 (440bx)
256 mb PC133 sdram
20gb ata66
32mb sav4 PCI
sb 512


current home PC "Love this machine to death, very stable":
P3 733
Chaintech CT-6OJA3(i815ep)
386mb PC133 SDRAM
40gb ata100
ATi Radeon 32mb ddr 4x AGP
Cmedia 8738

current work: "Get to show this off to my co-workers stuck with a P2 400's"
Athlon 850
Asus A7A266(ALi magik1)
256mb PC1600 DDR-SDRAM
30gb ata100
32mb Sav4 PCI
sb 512

The only nice Intel guy.

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May 10, 2001 8:30:34 PM

1st PC ever owned (Compaq Presario 975CDS):

Pentium 75MHz
40MB RAM (SIMM's, but Don't know what type)
2 4.3GB Hard Drives
Cirrus Logic 1MB Video

2nd PC (Gateway Select 475):

AMD K6-2 475MHz, MSI ALi Aladdin5 Motherboard
13GB ATA/66 Hard Drive
On-Board ATI Rage Pro 8MB Video

3rd. PC (Just built 2 weeks ago):

ECS KM133 Motherboard w/ External AGP Port, and ATA/100 Controller
Duron 800
128MB PC133 CAS2 Crucial SDRAM
30GB ATA/100 7200 RPM HD (It won't recignoize the ATA/100 cable, on every boot up it says 80-c cable not found, Any suggestions?)
On-Board ProSavage Graphics (Will upgrade to a GeForce2 MX in the near future)
May 10, 2001 8:37:42 PM




286 12MHz
I had about 5 or 6 60MB hard drives


486 with the standard 486 crap

Intel Pentium 233
32MB SDRAM (PC100)
4GB Samsung Hard drive
24x CD-ROM
Sound Blaster 16
Trident 2MB SVGA (1 more than ;you hahaha)
17" monitor


Intel Pentium 333
128MB SDRAM (PC100)
20GB Samsung Hard drive
40x CD-ROM
Sound Blaster 16
TNT2 Ultra
17" monitor


Athlon 750 Slot A
128MB PC133
20GB Maxtor Hard drive
TNT2 Ultra


K6II 450
32mb SDRAM
6GB Hard drive
some crap 4MB video
24x cdrom

8th (current):

AMD Thunderbird 1.05GHz
50x CD-ROM
40GB Maxtor HD
GeForce2 GTS 32MB DDR
X-Gamer soundcard
19" monitor

I am the first and only one with a 16MB GeForce2 GTS graphics card! :smile:
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May 10, 2001 8:42:42 PM

1st -------------
AMD 386 40 - no idea on mobo make
4 Meg of ram
100 Meg HD
512K Boca Video Card
Sound Blaster
1.44/1.2 floppy

2nd ------------------
Pentium 100, Evergreen mobo
16 Meg of ram
1 gig HD + old 100 Meg HD
2 Meg ATI video card
4X CD Rom
Sound Blaster
1.44/1.2 floppy

Current -------------------------
Pentium 133, out of a Gateway PC
128 Meg of ram
2 gig HD, 1 gig HD, old 100 Meg HD
4 Meg Matrox Millinum II video card
1.44 floppy
Ess 16 Sound card

* 4X CD ROM destroyed….

Same generic case and PS for all 3. My system has run pretty much 24*7 for the last 7+ years so I’m real happy with life of my PS, but I'll be damned if I can keep a HD, other than my trusty 100 megger, or Modem longer than a year...

<font color=blue>The #1 reason to upgrade your PC - to run faster benchmarks...</font color=blue>
May 10, 2001 8:49:02 PM

Ok, in order of obselence...

5.25" floppy
3.5" floppy
vid card = ?

120MB HD
5.25" Floppy
3.5" Floppy

Pentium 120
1.2GB HD
5.25" Floppy
3.5" Floppy
2MB Vid Card
(later upgraded with CDROM and Sound Card :) 

Pentium II 266
4.3GB HD
Intel i740 Vid Card
SoundBlaster AWE64 OEM
3.5" floppy
(later upgraded with 12x CDROM and 128MB mem,
added 10GB HD, swapped 16MB TNT and later G400 and 9.1GB

AMD Athlon 1000Mhz (What a jump eh?)
256MB PC133 (doubling that tomorrow)
G400 Vid Card (carry over from old computer)
All HDs still there..

Hmm.. still building the last one though,

Intel Components, AMD Components... all made in Taiwan!
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May 10, 2001 8:50:14 PM

Here it goes:

First Home PC
Headstart III
Intel 286 8/12 Turbo
1mb RAM
40 MB HD
5.25 drive
3.5 drive
VGA card

Second Home PC, traded in and upgraded 286 for:
AMD 386 SX 25 w/ math co-processor (added later)
240 MB HD
Sound Blaster Pro Basic
1x caddy CD-ROM
256k SVGA card
Same disk drives as 286

Third Home PC
AMD 486 DX-40 (I later gave this system to my cousin)
420MB HD
Sound Blaster 16
Paradise 1mb SVGA
Same disk drives as 286

My PC after graduating high school, class of 1996
Intel Pentium 133
1.2 GB HD
1mb Trident SVGA
3.5" 1.44 MB

My second personal PC
Intel Pentium 200MMX
24x CD-ROM
32mb RAM
3.2 GB HD
4mb Trident SVGA
Voodoo II 12mb PCI
AWE 64 Value

Third personal PC (later sold to buy Les Paul guitar)
Celeron 433
Abit BH6 BX Mobo
160 MB RAM
8.4 GB HD
Hercules TNT2 Ultra 32MB AGP w/tv out
32x CD-ROM
Hauppague Win TV tuner w/fm tuner
External 56k modem

Current System:
AMD Duron 600
MSI KT133 6340M mobo
192MB PC-133 RAM
30 GB HD
GeForce 2MX 32MB SDR
Yamaha 6x4x16 SCSI CD-RW
Adaptec 2906 SCSI
Linksys 10BaseT Ethernet
786k/128k Verizon ADSL
a b à CPUs
May 10, 2001 9:37:24 PM

TRS80 Color
No permanent storage, but I got a tape recorder to work intermittently.

2 x 3.25 floppies, no HD
This was in undergrad. Had to swap floppies like hell to run the CAD program we used (CADKey). It was a huge step up over the previous class that had a single 5.25 floppy.

486 33MHz (later upgraded to 66 MHz)
120 MB HD (begged for a smaller one cuz I was a dirt poor grad student and couldn't imagine needing that much space after surviving on 3.5" floppies. Got a 400 MB 2 yrs later :-)
POS Trident video card that caused no end of trouble.
DOS & Win3.1

200 MHz PPro
32 MB (original, now 128)
2 MB video (original, now upgraded to 8)
12x CD
NT 3.51, NT 4.0, Win95, Win98, various flavors & versions of Linux (currently runs a RedHat 6.2 base)

Cyrix P133+ (later got a real chip, 233 MHz Pentium)
32 MB ram
Video: Trident POS from the 486
HD: 120 MB & 400 MB from 486 + 6 GB much later
Iwill MB
Win95, Win98
This was the first PC I've built. Used all the leftovers ater the 486 gave up the ghost. The powersupply died recently & took the MB with it.

1.2 GHz TBird-C
Iwill KK266 MB
384 MB ram
2 x 20 GB HD on a 3ware RAID card
GeForceMX video
50x CD
8/4/32 burner
Linux Mandrake 8.0 for the moment

In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice.
In practice, there is.<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by ergeorge on 05/10/01 07:08 PM.</EM></FONT></P>
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May 10, 2001 9:49:34 PM

386 25mhz
32mb DRAM !!!
100mb HD
1x cd-rom
1mb Trident
Sound blaster PRO

Pentium 75mhz
64mb EDO !!!
1.2gb hd
8x cd-rom
2mb S3
Sound blaster 16

K6 233
64mb PC66 SDRAM
6.4gb HD !!!
16x cd-rom
4mb S3 Trio
sound blaster 16

Dual p3 700/256kb
Supermicro P6DGE (440gx)
256mb PC133 cl2 SDRAM (4 x 64mb)
(2)20gb ATA33
32x cd-rom
ATi radeon VE "Got it today"
Sound blaster 512

I only steal the princess cause she is hot ;*)
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May 10, 2001 10:26:32 PM

AMD 486
8 mb ram
500 mb hd
2x cd rom drive

AMD 486
16 mb ram
1 gig hd
4x cd-rom

pentium 75mhz
16 mb ram
2 gig hd
8x cd rom
14400 modem

AMD k6-2 300mhz
32mb ram
5 gig hd
24x cd rom

celeron 433
96 megs ram
voodoo 3 3000
8 gig hd
32x cd rom
4x burner

celeron 433
96 megs ram
10 gig
TNT 16mb
8x burner
250 zip

celeron 500
128 megs ram
45 gig hd
16x cd burner

celeron 500
256 megs ram
13 gig hd
geforce 2mx
8x burner
May 10, 2001 10:55:00 PM

1st: 133mhz upgraded with evergreen 133 upgrade
64mb ram
1.5gb hd
8x cdrom

2. I dont remember the mobo
4mb s3 vid. card
12mb voodoo2
SB awe64

3. K6-III 400
ASUS p5a
ati expert 98
voodoo2 this is when i bought my 2nd one i used it in SLI

4. Current
Athlon Classic 500mhz
Fic sd-11
15 gb 7200rpm
kenwood 72x true-x
3com 905b nic
4x4x24 burner
3dfx voodoo3 1000
17" monitor

BAN Tbirdinside, and AMDmeltdown
a b à CPUs
May 10, 2001 10:57:53 PM

Damn, I own 23 of them right now! I have owned somewhere around a thousand! Of those, I have used at least 50!

Cast not thine pearls before the swine
May 10, 2001 11:13:12 PM

Timex sinclair 1000a from magazine ad "build your own computer" It came in 3 pieces, 2 clam-shell top/bottom and a membrane keyboard/motherboard. SNAP! and your computer was built =P

Moved up to a TI 99/4A most useless piece of crap

Atari 400 and 800, doing killer player/miscle graphics

Tandy COCO 16k ram, was a little over 500 bucks new! learned basic overnight and was off and writing state of the art hack software. this line of code is originally writtten by me and is still used today.
10 for x = 1 to 1000000: print char$(peek(x));:next x
This program will dump your memory in ascii to the monitor. this was great for adventure games snagging passwords in the old days.

Comodore 64 and lots games! never did get a amiga

after comodore I got my first IBM 5150 @ 4.77Mhz and a 10 meg hard drive, 640k RAM

had many many IBM compatables
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May 10, 2001 11:38:50 PM

fugger your making less sense then spudmuffin.

I only steal the princess cause she is hot ;*)
May 11, 2001 12:10:29 AM

to an experienced user it made perfect sense :wink:

I am the first and only one with a 16MB GeForce2 GTS graphics card! :smile:
May 11, 2001 12:11:39 AM


The only nice Intel guy.
May 11, 2001 12:15:35 AM

1. Macintosh 512K ... my college computer. I still love it.
No internal hard drive, just a floppy.

2. CompuAdd 286/12.5 MHz ... what a screamer
2 MB of RAM (the second 1 MB stick cost $100)
20 MB hard drive doubled with Stacker

3. Tandy 486SX/33 (got two castoffs from friends and ended up with a 486DX/66)
upgraded to 850 MB hard drive for only $250

4. Compaq Pentium 166 MMX ... no level 2 cache (sloooooow)
3.2 GB hard drive
24 MB of memory

5. Pentium II 300
6.4 GB hard drive

6. Athlon 600 classic (my first self-built system)
Epox mb with KX-133 chipset
30 GB Maxtor hard drive
WinFast GeForce 256 32MB DDR

7. current system ...
Athlon 1200/266
Asus A7M266 mb
256 MB PC2100 RAM
2 x 40 GB W. Digital hard drives in RAID 0
TDK 16/10/40 CD-Writer
Hercules 3D Prophet II GTS Pro
Philips Acoustic Edge sound card
Lian-Li PC60 case
May 11, 2001 1:27:51 AM

you are soooo young!

1st comp
BBC Micro model B
32K ram (16k system, 16k usable)
plugged into tv
had a very advanced sound for the time!
1 180k floppy disk drive

2nd comp
Real IBM PS2 xt 4.77Mhz
1 720k 2.5 floppy
640k ram
20 meg hdd
14" monitor
MCGA graphics (thats 320x200x256 color!) or 640x480x16

3rd comp
generic 386-25 sx
4 meg ram
81 meg hdd
1.44 mb 2.5 floppy
1.2 mb 3.25 floppy
256k graphics card... capable of 640x480x256

4th comp
intel pentium 166
32meg edo ram
4 meg diamond stealth 46 graphics
2 gig seagate drive
8 speed cd
17" monitor

5th comp
partial upgrade of no.4
lx mobo
2 gig drive
16.8 gig ibm later on
ati 4mb pci rage pro
32 speed cd
17" monitor

6th comp
more upgrades of 5 (is my current computer)
p2-300 on lx mobo
256mb ram (196mb of it is PC133 standard)
40 gig ibm GXP60
16.8 gig ibm
gigabyte tnt ultra
sb live sound

and in a few weeks im gonna go up to a Athlon something...
maybe even a 1200C if the prices in oz keep getting lower,
and transfering as much stuff as i can from the old system
eg. drives, soundcard, mem, graphics etc

see? i dont replace compueters, they EVOLVE for me *grin*

"Don't be too proud of this technological terror you have created"~Darth Vader, Star wars
a b à CPUs
May 11, 2001 1:45:08 AM

cmon man,

TI 99/4A could play chords! and white noise too! Very useful! (hehehehe)

Actually, mine broke early on and I never did get much use out of it.

My very first was called an Aquarius. Had a dead-flesh keyboard and a mini-expander, and even a couple games with controllers. I wrote my first program in BASIC on it.

After that it was the TI-99 4A, then a TRS 80 COCO, then umm a 286 (with a 287!!!), and just downhill from there :) 


<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by Zila on 05/10/01 09:47 PM.</EM></FONT></P>
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May 11, 2001 4:33:57 AM

I had a TI-99/4A, my parents bought it when I was like 4 years old, and would only get me education (reading/math) software for it. They would never get Space Invaders! :( 
Those were the days when arcades were very popular as well,
I used to play Donkey Kong and Zaxxon quite a bit.

Although they did get an Intellivision, which was cool, and later the Sears Telegames (Sears label stamped on Atari 2600). I still have a D&D game for the Intellivision, to count the number of arrows you have in your inventory, you pressed a button that produced a clicking noise, and you had to count the clicks to ascertain your inventory.

Primitive, but it was fun as hell.
May 11, 2001 4:50:19 AM

Tandy 1000
640K RAM
No hard drive
2 floppy drives

Acer 486 DX2/66mhz
8 megs of RAM

Packard Bell Pentium 133mhz
64 megs of RAM
3dfx Voodoo (first one) made by cardex

Self Built AMD K6/233
64 megs of RAM
nVidia RIVA 128
Voodoo 2 (12 megs of RAM)

Self Built K6-2/400
nVidia TNT2
128 megs of RAM

Self Built AMD Athlon (classic) 700mhz
256 megs of RAM
GeForce 2 MX

The 2 current working systems:

Self Built AMD Athlon (thunderbird) 800mhz OC'd to 1Ghz
GeForce 2 Pro
256 megs of DDR SDRAM

Self Built AMD Duron 800mhz OC'd to 1Ghz
GeForce 2 MX
256 megs of SDRAM (PC150)

Working on:
Dual Athlon 1Ghz

-MP JEsse

"Signatures Still Suck"
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May 11, 2001 5:39:45 AM

1. Atari 800xl
2. Atari 1040st
3. Pentium 166, 32MB ram, Awe 32, Matrox millenium
4. Dual PII 450 Mhz, tnt2, 256Mb ram, scsi cheetah h/d
5. Dual PIII 733Mhz, vx1, 512MB ram, scsi cheetah h/d

"Cock-a-doodle-do" is what I say to my girl when I wake her UP in the morning!!
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May 11, 2001 6:16:10 AM

#1: TRS-80 Model 1 (from Radio Shack)

16K memory, cassette tape

#2: Commodore 64

64K memory, 2 1541 disk drives, lots of software

#3: Commodore 128

128K memory, 1590? disk drive, daisy wheel printer

#4: IBM clone 8086 8 Mhz
512K memory, 2 floppy drives

#5: IBM clone (ACER) 80386SX 33 Mhz
1M memory, 40MB hard drive

#6: IBM clone (AMD 386-40DX)
8M memory, 400 MB hard drive

#7: IBM Pentium 120
32M memory, 1G hard drive

#8: Cyrix P166+
32M memory, 2G hard drive

#9: IBM 166MMX

#10: IBM Pentium 233MMX

#11: AMD K6-2 300 Mhz
64MB memory, 4G hard drive

#12: AMD K6-2 350 Mhz

#13: AMD K6-2 450 Mhz

#14: AMD K6-III 400 Mhz

#15: AMD K6-2 500 Mhz
256M, 40G hard drive

#16: Intel Pentium 3 933 Mhz
a b à CPUs
May 11, 2001 6:29:54 AM

Not sure whats the point of this thread, but anyway:

1) Tandy TRS-80
64 Kb RAM
tape recorder

1,5) Tandy TRS-80 model 4
128 Kb RAM
2x floppy

2) 286 12 Mhz
512 Kb RAM
10 Mb harddisk
EGA videocard

3) 486-33
8 Mb Ram
120 Mb harddisk
Paradise windows accelerator

3) AMD 486 DX-66
16 MB ram
450 Mb harddisk
CD Rom (2x ?)

4) AMD 5x86-133 (486 compatible)
16 Mb
450 Mb harddisk
Tseng Lab ET4000 video (wooow)

5) Pentium 133
dont remember the other specs.. was a bit of a disapointment, my 5x86 was nearly as fast

6) Pentium II 266 wow ! this was a fast machine
64 Mb RAM
850 Mb Harddisk
nvidia riva 128 video card (upgraded to TNT later on)

7) Pentium III- 500 (Dell, got it from my work)
256 Mb RAM
20 Gb harddisk
19" montitor
TNT1, then TNT2 Ultra, then geforce MX

9) Celeron 500 laptop (work)
128 Mb ram
ATI Rage crap video
6 Gb harddisk

9) AMD Duron 600@933
256 Mb RAM
Geforce MX
2x 20 Gb harddisk RAID

<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by bbaeyens on 05/11/01 02:34 AM.</EM></FONT></P>
May 11, 2001 6:58:39 AM

Hmmm, this really does put us in generation categories:
Mac Plus 8 Mhz
1 MB Ram upgraded to 4 Mb a couple years later for ($120)
400 kb disk drive
Ext 20 MB SCSI HD (cost $600 or $3000 for the whole system)
B/W 8" Screen
1200 Baud ext Modem (I was the cool kid on the block)
Quadra 610 25 Mhz
250 MB Harddrive
Can't remember the memory (I think it was 8 MB)
500 Kb video ram (16 Bit on my 14" trinitron, way cool back then)
28.8 Modem ext
Dell P2 400 (still using)
19" monitor
128 MB pc-100
Voodoo3 3000 16 MB
27.3 GB HD
8x HP Burner
56K modem
10/100 NIC

<font color=red>Did you ever wonder WHY aliens only abduct idiots?</font color=red>
May 11, 2001 7:02:44 AM

1st PC
XT computer used by my dad and big bro. Too young too understand the specs so didn't bother trying.
2nd PC
286 computer. Don't remember specs.
3rd PC
386 computer. Again don't remember specs.
4th PC
Pentium 133 (upgraded to 200 MMX)
8 MB RAM (upgraded to 32 MB)
S3 Trio64 vid card (upgraded to S3 3D Virge)
1.2 GB HDD (plus another 2.4 GB HDD 2 years ago)
4X Creative CD-ROM (upgraded to Wearnes 24X then Philips40X)
Creative Vibra16 soundcard
5th PC
T-bird 850
A7V rev 1.02 bios 1007
128 MB PC133
30 GB Maxtor HDD ata100
Creative 32MB GeForce2MX
SBLive Value

I still own the 4th and 5th PCs the rest were traded-in.

:smile: Cheese anyone? :smile:
May 11, 2001 7:13:32 AM

- the hell if i know what was in that thing, all i know is that all the good games pluged into the back of the keyboard.

- 386, i swear the thing ran on diesel and coal. managed to run borland c/c++ 3.0 though. took five minutes to compile a text based

3rd (current)
- athlon classic 550
- sd11
- 192mb pc 133
- 8.4 gb wd 7200
- 3d prophet gforce 1 sdr
- sb 512
- crap modem and nic

4th (also current)
- duron 850
- 128 mb pc 133
- crap sound/modem/vid

At the core of every system: "I'm sorry dave, i'm afraid i can't do that."
May 11, 2001 11:00:19 AM

1.) Commodore 64.

Where I learned to hate BASIC that came misprinted in computer magazines. Some of those games never would run, no matter how carefully I typed!

2.) 468DX-2
(2) hard drives, one 250MB, the other 350MB
50MHz clock speed ... with Win3.1.1 and AOL.
14.4 modem I eventually upgraded to 28.8.
Huge full tower.

I didn't know diddly-squat about computers, and it showed. I learned how to fall asleep in a computer chair with one eye open in front of this machine. The monitor was 14", and curved as a fishbowl. Thirty minutes of staring at that thing and your brain tried to implode.

3.) Pentium 200MHz (Slot 1)
(2) Western Digital 2GB hard drives
16bit SoundBlaster
Mid-Tower w/200-Watt power supply
15" generic monitor
U.S. Robotics 33.3K modem
Labtec speakers (Man, the worst!)
Some kind of low-end 8MB video card

In the beginning of 1987, this was a pretty hot machine!

4.) Pentium II 266MHz w/440BX chipset
64MB SDRAM (66MHz)
(2) 8GB hard drives (Maxtor)
AWE32 SoundBlaster
16MB SDRAM ATI All-In-Wonder
ATX mid-tower w/200-watt power supply
17" KDS monitor
U.S. Robotics 56K Modem
Yamaha speakers
Win 95-B (OS-2)

This system is still running, and has been since April of 1998 ... my mother uses it everyday. The hard drive has never been formatted, and the OS seems fine. I've since replaced the video card, added more RAM, upgraded the mouse and keyboard. I don't think you can kill it ... we call it Fred, because her boyfriend's computer is Ethel. What can I say ... they are gaga over each other! LOL!

5.) Gateway Pentium II 350MHz w/440BX chipset
(2) ATA-33 hard drives, one 8GB, and one 16.4GB - IBM
32MB SDRAM ATI Rage Fury
AWE64 SoundBlaster
8X Toshiba DVD
External 7100 HP CD-RW
World's worst mid-tower case (I really hated it.)
250-watt power supply
Logitech mouse
Logitech keyboard
U.S. Robotics 56K modem
17" Gateway monitor (A little better than the KDS)
Boston Acoustic speakers with a small sub-woofer
Canon Printer
HP scanner
Win98 SE

This system is still running, too ... I sold it recently to a newbie customer of mine, and he is pretty happy with it, although there are some components he wants to upgrade, because he likes newer games. It was formatted only recently, and ran for almost two years without a problem of any kind. I only formatted the drives because it wasn't mine anymore. It wouldn't win any benchmarking tests, even when new, but it is solid as a rock. The friggin' HP still works, too ... I yanked it out of the drive case, installed it internally, and although it is slow ... it's functional. My only complaint with the system was finding decent ATI drivers.

6.) AMD Athlon Thunderbird 1GHz w/VIA KT133 chipset
MicroStar K7T Pro mainboard
256MB PC133 Virtual Channel SDRAM
nVidia GeForce2 GTS 64MB DDR (Reference Design)
Adaptec 29106B SCSI controller
18.3GB IBM SCSI hard drive
Plexwriter 12/4/32 SCSI CD-RW
Pioneer-115 DVD (IDE)
Sigma Designs MPEG-2 decoder card
SoundBlaster Live! X Gamer
Iiyama Vision Master Pro 22" Flat Screen CRT
Klipsch 400-watt 4.1 THX speakers w/160-watt subwoofer
NIC card for 500K cable modem
Canon Printer
HP scanner
Microsoft keyboard
Optical Intellimouse (Explorer Pro)
Addtronics full tower
300-watt Antec power supply
Win98 SE

This system is dead, dead, dead. Not even Victor Frankenstein could bring this machine back to life. If you've read any of my previous posts, you'll remember that I did everything humanly possible to keep it running, including replacing the video card, the power supply (twice!), and the memory. When the hard drive died, I gave up. This was absolutely the most unstable piece of crap I have ever owned. Does it really matter why? Who cares? It's dead. I've salvaged the new components I bought .. they'll go into a spare machine fairly soon, but you can be sure that it won't have anything to do with MSI, Antec, or VIA. I still like AMD processors, but what good does that do when they are coupled with badly designed mainboards and lousy, buggy chipsets? Call me when AMD gets their act together and finally starts making their own chipsets AND motherboards. Then I'll take a second look.

7.) Current system:

Intel Pentium IV, 1.7GHz w/850 chipset
Intel D850GB mainboard
(2) 75GB, 7200RPM ATA-100 hard drives (IBM)
Visiontek GeForce3 64MB DDR
Plexwriter 16/10/40 CD-RW (IDE)
Pioneer-116 DVD
Sigma Designs MPEG-2 Decoder card
SoundBlaster Live! 5.1 Platinum
Same monitor - Iiyama Vision Master Pro 510
Same speakers - Klipsch 400-watt 4.1's.
Epson Stylus Photo 870 printer
Microtek Scanmaker 4 (SCSI)
Logitech cordless keyboard and cordless Mouseman Plus
Alcatel Speedtouch USB DSL modem (1.5mbps)
U.S. Robotics 56K Voice/Data/Fax external modem (backup)
Dragon full-tower
Enermax 550-watt power supply
Windows 2000 Professional (SP-1)

This system is the real deal. Plain and simple. I'll be glad to post some benchmarks next week, if anyone is interested. The system appears to be stable ... no blue screens, no memory problems, and is the fastest machine I've ever seen, much less used. How about a 20 second boot time, for starters? You want frame rates? It's wonderful. It looks cool, too, black with gold fan grills.

Of course, I have to reserve judgement ... the system is still very new, and it might take a while to discover the bugs and work around them. But right now, I can say that the games look great ... the DVD is the best, ever (check out the burst rates for the Pioneer-116) ... the Plextor burns at full speed with no buffer-underuns, and I have no words for how impressed I am by the GeForce3. And I haven't even overclocked it yet!

The mainboard is kinda sparse, could have a better layout, and doesn't offer much in the way of overclocking options, but I'm not complaining. Yes ... I know that the Northwood socket is coming, and I've gotten myself into a no-win upgrading position. But by the time I feel like upgrading, I'll want to replace the motherboard and memory, anyway ... too many good things are on the horizon that might get rid of all the old bandwidth issues that have bottlenecked our systems for years ... and that will require a major upgrade, I'm sure.

This entire system was paid for by the warranty company to replace the AMD computer, anyway ... so who am I to complain? I LIKE upgrading!

See ya ...


<font color=purple>If there was a reason for everything, having faith would be redundant.</font color=purple>
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May 11, 2001 1:41:20 PM

First PC (apart from the BBC model B)
386 sx25
16mb ram
100 MB HDD


AMD K6II 266
Matrox mill 4mb
3.6 gb HDD

PII 350
256MB Mil 16Mb
2 x Voodo 2 12mb
PCI128 sound
8.4 GB HDD

Athlon 750 Classic
256 MB PC100
13.5 GB HDD
PCI128 Sound
32mb tnt2
FPS1000 spkrs

Athlon TBird 800
512mb PC133 ECC reg
20gb IBM HDD
32mb geforce
4x HP cdrw
FPS1000 spkrs

Athlon Tbird 1.0ghz
1.0 gb PC133 ECC Reg Ram
30gb IBM Telesto HDD
32mb Geforce
SB Live
12x10x32 CDRW
FPS1000 spkrs

1.2ghz athlon c
512mb ECC reg DDR ram
64mb Radeon DDR
SB Live
12x10x32 CDRW
12x DVD
46gb Telesto HDD
FPS1000 spkrs

Thats it for now

if at first you don't succeed , destroy all evidence that you ever tried...
May 12, 2001 1:40:05 AM

Osborne II Portable

Commodore 64

Commodore 128

Another Commodore 128 (with 1571 drive, woohoo!)

Zenith 286/10, 20mb hd, 8mb ram

Dell 386/20, 250mb hd, 32mb ram

486/33, 2gig, 64mb

Celeron 300, 4.5gig, 64mb, Voodoo2

Pentium II-400, 64mb, 8.5gig, Geforce 256

Athlon 700, 128mb, 10.5gig, Geforce 256

Tbird 1ghz, 512mb, 20 gig, Geforce 2 GTS

Currently own:
Athlon 700, 50gig, 256mb, GeForce2 MX

Tbird 1ghz, 80gig, 786mb, GeForce 2 GTS

Building Tbird 1.33, 512mb, GeForce 2 GTS

-- *Ding Ding* Knowledge for the clueless!!! --
May 12, 2001 3:09:32 PM

Heres what I can remember...

80886 XT

286 4MHz
640K Ram
80MB Seagate HDD
Hercules Monochroem Graphics Adapter (ORange and Black Monitor..OH YA BABY!!!!)
3½ Floppy & 5¼ Floppy

AMD 386 sx-25MHz
Hercules Monochrome Video Adapter
3½ Floppy & 5¼ Floppy

i486 Dx2 66MHz @ 80MHz
16MB Ram
540MB Maxtor HDD
1MB Trident VESA Video Card
2X Cd-Rom (plugged into Sound Card)
(Later upgraded to a 24X Panasonic CD-Rom)
SB 16 ISA with IDE Cd-Rom controller
3½ Floppy & 5¼ Floppy
28.8 Kbps ISA Modem

Intel Pentium 166MMX @ 233MHz
16MB EDO Ram
540MB HDD & 2.5GB HDD
ATI 3D Xpression+ 2MB PCI
28.8 Modem
24X Cd-Rom
3½ Floppy

AMD K6 233MMX @ 266MHz
Turbo Guide 430TX Motherboard
32MB Pc-66 SDRAM (168-pinn) & 16MB EDO Ram (72-pin) 48MB Ram Total
24X CD-Rom
3.2GB Maxtor HDD & 540MB HDD
ATI 3D Charger 4MB PCI
3½ Floppy

Celeron 400MMX @ 500MHz
Houston Tech. Micro ATX 440BX MB
ATI All-In-Wonder PRO 8MB AGP Video
3DFX VooDoo PCI Accelerator (useless)
6.4GB 7200rpm HDD & 3.2GB HDD
40X Infra Creative CD-Rom & 24X Panasonic CD-Rom
Monster Sound MX300 Sound Card
56K PCI Modem
Lots of case fans
3½ Floppy

Above System died (CPU Core Literally Exploded somehow and I had no choice but to stick in a P2 266MHz CPU I had lying around from an old system I took it out of, but at least i clocked that to 350MHz. Later on the Power Supply went dead and took the Motherboard with it, and for some reason it blew both my cd-roms also...)

THAN I got...

AMD K6-2 400MHz CPU
Some MB i cant remember
32MB SDRAM PC-100 (my 64MB from the celeron wouldnt work in here)
6.4GB and 3.2GB HDD
3½ Floppy
ESS 1686 ISA Sound Card (I lent someone my Monster sound card after my PC broke as ti wasnt servign me a purpose)
ATI All-In-Wonder PRO 8MB AGP
no cd-rom

*Power supply went haywire again so this time it did some crazy stuff to the MB, I could only use 1 PCI card in there*

After I considered that dead....I had nothign for about 8 months....Than came along a 166MMX Laptop that I had to fix up...I put 48MB SDRAM in it, a 5GB HDD, 56K PCMCIA Modem, it has a NeoMagic 1MB Video Chip and a Yamaha Sound Chip, 8X CD-Rom...wasnt to bad for what it was....I still use it.. and its networked to my current PC which I got last week...

Intel Celeron 300A Slot 1 clocked to 450MHz
Unknown i440BX Motherboard
64MB PC-100 SDRAM (from old celeron, which worx fine here but not in the K6-2 I was using)
6.4, 4.3 & 3.4GB HDD's
50X Asus CD-Rom
Maxi Gamer Phoenix 16MB 3DFx VooDoo Banshee PCI Video Card
FAST AV MAster PCI Card (For Video Editing)
Monster SOund MX300 Sound Card (Got it back, YAY!)
10/100TX Base NIC
56K Modem
3½ Floppy
1 Intake fan at bottom of case and one exhaust fan at back of case
Cooler Master SECC Slot 1 CPU Cooler on CPU.

Burn MF, BURN!!!
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May 12, 2001 4:44:39 PM

Sorry to hear about your Amd machine Toejam. I got a dual MSI board running the Via 694x chipset and I love it!! Best thing you ever did was dumping your Amd.

"Cock-a-doodle-do" is what I say to my girl when I wake her UP in the morning!!
May 13, 2001 6:57:55 PM

Thoroughbred 2.1Ghz
300Mhz FSB
512Mb 150(300)Mhz DDR SDRAM
Radeon 2 (with Dual head)
120Gb 15,000rpm Hardrive
2 * 18.1" TFT LCD monitors

Okay, so I don't own it yet cause it's not available, but I've got 9 months to save then yeehah!

<font color=blue> The Revolution starts here... as soon as I finish my coffee </font color=blue> :eek: 
May 13, 2001 7:28:14 PM

1) Pentium I that ran Windoze 3.1 (I can't remember what it's specs were because my dad lent it to me)

2) Packard Bell
PII MMX 333 (That was running at 233 after some benchmarks at PCPitStop)
6.4GB Fujitsu HD
ESS Audiodrive

3) My Current Homebrew
Asus A7V133
Athlon T-Bird 850 200FSB
256MB SDRAM CL=2 (Micron)
IBM 30GB 7200RPM UltraATA100
HP-CD Writer 9150i 8x4x32
Creative Labs Soundblaster Live! Value
3Com NIC
Teac Floppy Disk Drive

<i>OC...unless your computer's cheezy (is that a good rhyme?)</i> :eek: 
May 13, 2001 8:23:29 PM

1. intel i486dx 66
unknown MB
no sound
unknown vid
1gig fujitsu HDD

2a. cyrix 6x86MX pr200(166)
MTI tech MB
47mb ram
1gig fujitsu HDD
12x CD-ROM

2b. pentium i133MMX
IWill MB
64MB ram
no sound
16x CD-ROM
500MB seagate HDD

3. dual pentium 133
96MB ram
turtle beach audio
matrox millenium II
SCSI seagate barracuda 2gig
1gig fujitsu HDD

4. AMD Duron850 o/c'ed(143*7.0)
Asus A7V133 MB
Sony 16x12x32 CD-RW
Generic DVD-ROM 4x
Castlewood ORB drive
SB Live Platinum w/livedrive
2x 40gig 7200rpm Maxtor HDDs
Geforce2Ultra video
Antec 1030soho case

if you didn't guess already the fujitsu HDD has been in almost all of my machines. everything before the dual 133 setup has since been either scraped or turned into artwork of some form.

is this reality... i thought it would more realistic.
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May 14, 2001 5:06:53 PM

8088 (8MHz in turbo mode)
30Mb HD
640kB RAM
5 1/4" Double density floppy
External 3 1/2" Double density floppy (720kb)
EGA video adapter
Monoc. display
Soundblaster 1.x (don't remember the x) but it was a mono soundcard
Dos 3.2

80486 33MHz
200Mb HD
8 Mb RAM
Tseng ET4000 graphics adapter with 32000 colors :) 
dos 5.0 or 6.0 (dont remember)
Pentium 75 MHz later upgradet to a 200MHz
1 Gb Quantum fireball HD
voodoo rush graphics chipset
32Mb RAM
win 95

300MHz celeron @450/500 (500 if i turn on the watercooling :)  )
20Gb HD
voodoo2 12Mb
win 98

<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by SkrueMcDuck on 05/14/01 07:13 PM.</EM></FONT></P>
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May 14, 2001 5:28:40 PM

Imagine this thread in a few years...

<i>Yea I remember my first system. What a POS!
It only had <b>one CPU</b>, less then 2 GHz I think.

And only 512 MB of RAM. Can you believe it, we measured RAM in Megabytes!

And only 80 GB of storage, and it was on those old "hard drive" systems. Spinning magnetic media ... mechanical for cripes sake! Damn things failed all the time.</i>

In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice.
In practice, there is.
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May 14, 2001 5:48:33 PM

I think by the time we use technology like flash memory for mass storage we will have quantum computers.
May 14, 2001 6:10:56 PM

<b>1st Computer</b>

Atari 800, 16 KB RAM, TV (no monitor), 410 Audio Cassette (no disk drives), about a half dozen cartridge games. Used to do telecomputing at college.


up to 32 KB memory by solder my own chips, up to 48 KB by adding another module, two floppy drives via ATR-8000 interface adapter. Never got around to adding the hard drive.

<b>2nd Computer</b>

Zeos 286, 10 mhz (overclocked to 12 mhz at the factory), 512 KB DRAM, 47 MB HD, Hercules Monochrome Graphics (Clone)


2 MB DRAM, Paradise 8-bit VGA graphics, 2400 baud modem (I think).

AMD AM386 DX/DXL-25 CPU, Cyrix FasMath coprocessor and mobo (brand unknown), 25 mhz, 8 MB DRAM, Western Digitial 16-bit SVGA graphics w/ 2D acceleration, 200 MB hard drive.

16 MB DRAM, 3.5" and 5.25" dual floppy drive

AMD 486DX-33 and mobo

AMD 486DX4-100 and mobo, Toshiba 16 MB SIMM (cost for all $1000).

ATI Graphics Expression video card (Local Bus), 400 MB HD

Cyrix Pentium clone (I forget the designator), 166 mhz, 32 MB DRAM (16 MB SIMM added to previous this one only cost $71 vs $500), mobo with SiS chipset (I think), ATI 3D Xpression (3D accelerator, PCI).

AMD K6, 200 mhz, mobo with Intel HX chipset (San Li, I think), 32 MB DIMM, ATI All-in-Wonder (PCI).

1.6 GB HD (failed in 6 months, no warranty)

Creative Labs Monster3D, Voodoo (1), 4 MB

Canopus Pure3D LX, Voodoo (1), 6 MB

3.5 GB HD

2nd 3.5 GB HD

HP 8100i CD-RW

AMD K6-2, 350 mhz (overclocked to 400 mhz), FIC 503+ mobo (unstable until I learned the 64 MB DIMM didn't work with the 32 MB DIMM. Separately each was stable).

VisionTek Geforce256 SDR (not overclocked)

<b>3rd Computer</b>

AMD Duron, 600 mhz (originally overclocked to 1007 mhz, now at 900 mhz for the summer, apparently), Abit KT7 mobo, 128 MB SDRAM, Maxtor DiamondMax 40VL HD, 40 GB, Cheap case with 300 watt power supply (after 13 years, I had to retire my old case).


Enermax EG351P-VE, 330 watt, power supply (for insurance).

486 fan and RAM heatsinks for the Geforce256 SDR which is now highly overclocked at 135/185 for normal stuff and 150/210 for games (up from 120/166 stock).

<b>Next Upgraded</b>

Probably a video card, something like a Geforce 3 MX, if and when it is available. There may be a Kyro II or a Radeon LE as before the Geforce 3.

A new sound card since I can't get Wavetable synthesis to work on the old Turtle Beach TBS-2000 with Windows 98SE. (FM synthesis is driving me crazy which isn't to far from the norm)!

I don't feel I need a system upgrade but I do need a second system so I will probably upgrade on the cheap. Most likely an AMD Thunderbird 1.0 Ghz with an ABIT KT7E mobo.
April 10, 2014 8:18:44 PM

Pentium III 450MHz
13GB System HDD
120GB Storage HDD
8MB Graphics

Athlon 64 3000+ 1.8GHz
320GB System HDD
120GB Storage HDD
500GB Storage HDD
64MB Graphics

Phenom x4 3.2GHz
1TB System HDD
320GB Storage HDD
500GB Storage HDD
1TB Storage HDD
512MB Graphics

4th 2012
IBM Leovo T61 Laptop
Core 2 Duo 2.7GHz
120 GB HDD

Yet to fiish

I win!!
How come this thread died 13 years ago?
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April 11, 2014 2:07:46 AM

I'm not too old, therefore I've not owned many systems; however my father had a high-end systems in the '90s. But for me, I've only owned two computers; my current setup was custom made and is in the case of my elder system, using my old PSU.

2005-2012 (upgraded to the below specs in 2009)
ASRock P4i45GV R5.0 Motherboard, Socket 478.
Intel Pentium 4 3.06GHz (OC 3.4GHz) with Hyper Threading @ 533MHz FSB (SL6PG)
NVIDIA GeForce 6800 128MB (AGP 8x)
Windows 7 Ultimate (x86)

November 2012 - present
Asus P8H61-M LE Rev. 3 Socket 1155
Intel Pentium Dual-Core G840 2.8GHz
4GB Kingston RAM
Windows 7 Professional (x64).

Those are the only two systems I have ever owned. I will probably upgrade my current system in the future (as there is room for a lot of improvement), but at the moment it's more than good enough for my use. ;D
April 11, 2014 3:56:41 AM

Can't remember, my uncle built or bought (not sure which) it a very long time ago (2000-2001?).
After that stopped working in 2009 I got.
Dell optilex 745
Intel core 2 duo 1.86GHz
Intel GMA 3000
Windows XP
Still using this, I can't wait till I build my new PC.
October 30, 2014 11:26:04 PM

My first pc was a Pentium I -100MHz, 16MB of ram and HDD with around 2,3GB of HD space + a TVM 14inch monitor which i got somewhere around 96 I think. More and more games required a 3d graphics card (was really painfull playing carmageddon 2) So in 99 I got my second PC, a Celeron 433MHz(few months later replaced with 500MHz), Voodoo 3 2000, 64MB ram and 8,4GB HD with it came a Hansol 17inch monitor. In 03-04 I made an exchange with my cousin, gave him the Nokia 3650(the one with the numbers in circle) + Xbox with 2 controllers for an Athlon XP 2.1GHz, 256MB of ram, GeForce 4 440Ti, 80Gb HDD + a 19inch LG which started to show dark colors after a year of usage. Got my fourth PC for my 18th bday in 05. An Athlon 64 - 3GHz, Gigabyte ga-k8nf-9 mobo, 1GB of ram(In 07 added 2x512MB for 2GB of ram), GeForce 6600 GT, 250GB HD and a Samsung Syncmaster monitor. Had this PC for the last 9 years until it finally went to PC heaven 4 months ago. My current PC is a Xeon E3-1231 v3, Asus h81-k, ballistix 8GB, Asus 270X-DC2T-2GD5, Crucial 256GB HDD with a 23inch LG IPS monitor.
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October 30, 2014 11:36:47 PM

Athlon X2 4050e
HIS AMD Radeon HD 3450
4GB of DDR2 800MHz RAM
Foxconn A6VMX-K

Athlon 64 X2 6400+
Sapphire AMD Radeon HD 4850 CrossFire
6GB of DDR2 800MHz RAM
Gigabyte GA770M-UD3

Phenom II X6 1090T
EVGA GeForce GTX 470
8GB of DDR3 1600MHz RAM

A10 6790K
Gigabayte Radeon HD 7850 OC
8GB of DDR3 1600MHz
Gigabyte F2A88XM-D3H

GeForce GTX 780 Poseidon
16GB of DDR3 1600MHz
Asus Maximus VII Extreme

Sadly my favorite and most powerful computer had to go...