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Mysticpuma2003
01-21-2008, 02:25 AM
I read Klings post about retro gaming, and thought about the first PC I ever built.

Mine was blisteringly fast at the time! (yeah right), so here goes (all from memory)


No idea on the motherboard
CPU Pentium-66
32mb of Ram (generic)
Matrox Mystique 2mb Graphics Card
Soundblaster 16 ISA Soundcard
Ix Floppy drive
and a 4x CD reader
Monitor 14" CRT
Keyboard and mouse generic

Cost 1200!!!!!! Yes I still remember how much, and when you look at it now, it's laughable, but that baby was a speed-demon of it's time, and then I upgraded to a 4mb Graphics card...it was like watching games that compare to Crysis now!
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif

Ah well, computers....gotta love them!

Cheers, MP.

Waldo.Pepper
01-21-2008, 02:47 AM
286/16
2 meg ram
40meg hard disk
Amber Monitor
5&1/4 & 3.5inch drives!
HP Laserjet IIP printer.
MD-DOS 5.0

Got me through University.

Copperhead311th
01-21-2008, 02:59 AM
nope but i can rememer the 1st one i ever saw or touched. was a Texas Intraments TRS-80 home computer. It was in 1983 or 84. In Mrs. Fullers Leadership Development class. (which was the advanced class for smart kids. what hell i was doing in there i have no idea) II belive i was in the 4th grade if i remmber right. But anyway the only thing ya could do on it was change the screen color, or make it play three blind mice. lol and no one in the school, not even the teachers knew how to work it. We had the books to learn, which was about it. there were only 2 in the entire school system, & both were at my school.

dieg777
01-21-2008, 03:34 AM
my first was a trust computer

long time ago- maybe 12 years http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif but think it was

pentium 166mx processor
cyrix graphics
32mb memory
floppy
2gb hard drive
14 inch fish bowl monitor

cost over 1000 pounds

put an orchard righteous 3d card in and thought Id won the lottery - eventually managed to squeeze in a voodoo card/ soundblaster/more memory and that was it another upgrade addict born

Uncle_Stranger
01-21-2008, 03:38 AM
Mine was very old. It was used by Napoleon himslef.
300 mhz
64 MB RAM
32 RAM VIDEO CARD
8 GIGS OF HARD DRIVE
15 inch monitor

Sure, it was blast that time, now I'm looking to sell it to the museum of Napoleonic wars.

GH_Klingstroem
01-21-2008, 04:03 AM
286 /4Mhz (or was it 8mhz??)
It had a harddrive and the old floppy disks!
Vga screen
and a joystick

Cant remember more than that. This was in 1988. I used to play Red Baron on it. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

DeerHunterUK
01-21-2008, 04:44 AM
My 1st PC was an Amstrad 486 33Mhz and had a whopping 2MB RAM and a 40MB H\D, it was also capable of playing Sega Megadrive games aswell.
I also remember my 1st work PC, as the office junior I had the slowest and oldest PC around which was this awful 286 with a green screen monitor. I used to boot it up i the morning, walk down to the restaurant and buy myself a cup of tea. By the time I got back to my desk it was just finishing loading up. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Chris0382
01-21-2008, 05:38 AM
4Mhz Intel 8088 Processor (keyboard switchable to 4.7 Mhz)
640K RAM
ATI Wonder Experssion Color Emulation Card Upgrade $200 plays 4 color (RGB) games on monocrome monitor)
5-1/4 " floppy drive
20 MB HD
Orange Monochrome Monitor
$1,800 + Dollars with Graics card ddd as upgrade
2400 Baud modem (called BB's late at night heard little old ladies voice through my modem. Guess the number had been switched)
DOS 2.0 I think.

Sold it after 6 yrs for $300 and still ran perfectly.

I wont consider the Timex Sinclair I had a computer (had to save data to a tape recorder at a certain volume).

Played Chuck Yeagers flight Sim like a deam.
Wiz Ball
Chess

I remember a a guy had a 1MB RAM Motherboard advertised in the paper, I called him and it was sold the minute the paper came to print and his phone was ringing offthe hook.

mustafa24
01-21-2008, 06:25 AM
IBM PS/1 personal computer.

Intel 286 processor and 512K memory.Computer and its 5 original floppy disks are still working.

Monterey13
01-21-2008, 06:43 AM
Was back in about 1993. I went to Circuit City and bought the latest and greatest. It was a 486 66Mhz. It had a 5.25 and 3.5 floppy drives.
I think it was Dos 4.0 and Windows 3.11.
I remember it was about $1200 then.

I was addicted to "Wing Commander" at the time.

I loved that game.

waffen-79
01-21-2008, 06:56 AM
My first PC was back in 1992

386SX (16mhz-20mhz)
1mb RAM
40mb HDD
VGA 256Kb

DOS 5.0
Windows 3.1

it was a blast, playing:

prince of persia
f-19 stealth fighter
knights of the sky
etc.

Fireball_
01-21-2008, 07:01 AM
IBM PC Junior
4.77 MHz
128K RAM (K not M)
One 360K floppy drive
No hard drive
Monochrome monitor

Cost about $1200 in 1985.

Could play Microsoft Flight Simulator on it though!

Edit:

And here's the CH Mach 1 joystick I used to play Flight Sim. I didn't even remember that it was a CH til just now when I dug it out for this picture.

http://webpages.uah.edu/~freesd/images/ch_mach_1.jpg

Deedsundone
01-21-2008, 07:09 AM
Got into PC very late.Stuck to that Atari 1040STE way too long I guess http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

Acer Aspire
P2 400mhz
128mb ram
40MB HD (gb or mb,must have been mb :-))
1 Dvd rom
Ati rage pro 8mb

Outlaw---
01-21-2008, 07:10 AM
PC Clone (circa de 1987 or thereabouts)
4/8 Mhz 8086 processor
640 kilobytes of RAM
2 360k floppy drives
10 MB hard drive w/MFM controller (I upgraded to RLE (or was it RLL?) controller which gave 15 Meg)
Hercules monochrome graphics card

Used it to play Falcon 4 with Kraft joysticks. Quickly upgraded to CGA graphics, then EGA (required new monitor), then skipped straight to SVGA.

I remember when a 1 meg stick of RAM cost $125.

--Outlaw.

RxMan
01-21-2008, 07:28 AM
I resisted leaving the Amiga as long as I could, but when Fighter Duel moved to the PC, and Windows '95 came out, I knew it was time. I have the actual purchase receipt in a box which is unreachable at the moment. The computer went to GoodWill just last year. All I can remember at this time:
Micron MFG.
Pentium 133
8 MB Ram (I think)
VooDoo video card (Pure One)
Creative sound card
Floppy, HD, CD. 15" Monitor

airdale1960
01-21-2008, 08:19 AM
Zenith Z248, 16 Mhz processor, 640 kb ram, 10 MB HD. Emulation software to emulate UNISYS 100/60 mainframe to run queries for information. Okidata Dot Matrix printer. We had a Novel network.

airdale1960
01-21-2008, 08:20 AM
That is UNISYS 1100/60

Bearcat99
01-21-2008, 08:20 AM
Absolutely... a 386DX with a 750M HD, 16M of RAM ad a 15" monitor on Windows 3.1 I think it was... I dont even remember what the video was.. then I did my first upgrade by going to a 486DX2 on the same bd.. and added more RAM.. I think I went up to 64M ...

Xiolablu3
01-21-2008, 08:49 AM
Originally posted by Deedsundone:
Got into PC very late.Stuck to that Atari 1040STE way too long I guess http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

Acer Aspire
P2 400mhz
128mb ram
40GB HD
1 Dvd rom
Ati rage pro 8mb


Exactly the same for me, except I got an Amiga 32 after the Atari ST and my PC had 10mb HD not 40gb.

400mhz P2, was the fastest CPU being made at the time too :P

Stew278
01-21-2008, 08:51 AM
386 40MHz
1MB ram
20MB hard drive
15" monitor
DOS (forgot which)
CH flightstick

I think it cost ~$1200. Bought it so I could play TFH:BOB, SWOTL, and Wing Commander back in 1992 or so

BOA_Allmenroder
01-21-2008, 08:54 AM
My first PC was a Commodore Colt, 8088 processor, 5.25 floppy and 3.5 disk drive IIRC.

No idea on how bid the Hard drive was. Did have color monitor however.

The first 'personal' PC I recall actually using was a Kaypro something or other that was portable in the small sized suitcase type box it came in. They were heavy as well.

jason_345
01-21-2008, 09:10 AM
Yes. About Nov 1986. IBM,8084 processor. The 10 or 20 mb HD IBM had just come out and it cost me a fortune, and I just knew (DREAMER!) that I would never need a bigger one. First game that I played on it was, 'Space Quest 1,' with the little stick character wandering around the screen.

I still have the game and the computer is in my loft now. Unfortunately the keyboard chip became U/S and I couldn't buy a new one, so the present mobo is not IBM.

I bought this machine in the Middle East and it was a Japanese EXACT copy of the IBM even down to the processor. It has never let me down except of course for the keyboard chip!

regards

jason

TgD Thunderbolt56
01-21-2008, 09:10 AM
386 DX2-66
8mb RAM
80 mb HD
on board sound AND video
2x CD reader
3.5" floppy
15" CRT
Windows 3.1

I think I upgraded my RAM to 16MB at one point and this rig ran Aces Over Europe just fine. Sometime in '92 or '93 I think.

I had an Apple IIc before that. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif

rnzoli
01-21-2008, 09:16 AM
Originally posted by Mysticpuma2003:
Do you remember the spec. of your first ever PC? Not Amstrad,Amiga,Spectrum, but PC?
I don't need to remember it, I can still have a look right away!!! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/mockface.gif

After the early years with my Spectrum 48+, I nearly always got a company laptop coming with my work assignments, so I practically didn't need to build my own for a long time. So strictly speaking, I built my own PC only in the autum of 2003. And that's the one I still have! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

Irish_Rogues
01-21-2008, 09:20 AM
I was feeling pretty old at first seeing all those "new" rigs listed as first PC. Then they started popping up...

IBM Desk Top (Used)
Intel 8088 Processor
128K Ram (later upgraded tp 384K for small fortune)
Generic CGA Card
Two 5.25 Floppy Drives
Generic RGB Monitor

Still have the whole setup stashed away along with a similar 8086 rig my company was throwing away.

My next computer was an Olivetti 286 when they tried to breal into the US market. Don't remember the specs but it had a 40 MB HD and I was living large. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

stalkervision
01-21-2008, 09:22 AM
Commodore 64

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commodore_64

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/9d/Commodore64.jpg/320px-Commodore64.jpg

Urufu_Shinjiro
01-21-2008, 09:40 AM
Actually I got into computers really late. Those who know me and my lust for pc harware might be surprised that I only got inot pc's when I was 21 or 22 (I'm 29 now). The P4 had just come out I beleive and a friend who worked on pc's sold me an Acer Pentium MMX 100mhz, with 128mb ram, an 8 gig HDD, onboard ATI RageII dvd graphiocs, and a 4x cd burner, lol. Didn't take me long to drop an AMD K6 133mhz in it and off I was, lol.

Edit: Oh yeah, I paid $80 for it including 17" 1024x768 monitor.

GreyFox5
01-21-2008, 09:50 AM
I had a Packard Bell 486/SX 25MHz PC no Multimedia and I added on a CD-ROM with sound card and special card to power and data to the PC by Reveal. Also was on dial up Internet at 9600 baud! Blazing fast stuff in those days. I did buy a Laser printer in 95/96 with my second PC a Compaq Pentium 100 and I still use the Laser printer a HP LaserJet 4L.

Good times

stalkervision
01-21-2008, 09:51 AM
actually now that I think of it it was an earlier unit even.. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commodore_VIC-20

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/8/83/Commodore_VIC_20_box.jpg/250px-Commodore_VIC_20_box.jpg

It had a tape drive storage system! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/6/60/Commodore_VIC_20_computer1.jpg/250px-Commodore_VIC_20_computer1.jpg

had some fun cartridge games developed for it that you plugged into the back of the computer. It had a version of space invaders I believe..

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/e/ef/ViC20_Cartridge.jpg/180px-ViC20_Cartridge.jpg

flakwagen
01-21-2008, 10:59 AM
Our first proper PC was built by CompTrade, which was doubtlessly a mom & pop operation run by Asian immigrants, somewhere in a California residential garage. My mom told me she had great fun speaking with the on the phone- when they could recognize an English word. Most mail order (ha!) computer vendors were at that level in those days. Dell and Gateway were still unknowns.

Oh, and it was a 486dx50mhz. It lasted quite a while. I also remember that it had an A-View video card. No idea of the chip maker for it, though.

Flak

Capt.LoneRanger
01-21-2008, 11:06 AM
Amstrad Schneider CPC 464

Z80A Processor (8bit) - 4MHz
64kB RAM , 42kB accessable by BASIC
32kb ROM with BASIC & AMSDOS
AY-3-8912 Soundchip with 3 Chanal-Stereo
Motorola 6845 Graphics chip (max resolution: 640×200)
Datasette (Tape)

Additional Hardware:
3.5" FloppyDisk

Release-Date: 1984
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/91/Amstrad_CPC464.jpg

jarink
01-21-2008, 11:37 AM
Originally posted by stalkervision:
actually now that I think of it it was an earlier unit even.. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commodore_VIC-20

had some fun cartridge games developed for it that you plugged into the back of the computer. It had a version of space invaders I believe..

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/e/ef/ViC20_Cartridge.jpg/180px-ViC20_Cartridge.jpg

Yes! We had the same deal, including the tape drive. Lordy, was that drive slow! My favorite game had to be "Lunar Lander".

The first "PC" I bought/built myself was:
386DX-33
4MB RAM
120MB HDD
13" VGA monitor
3.5" and 5.25" floppies
DOS 5.0

SeaFireLIV
01-21-2008, 12:54 PM
It was a 486 something. first game i got for it was falcon 3. spent my entire 2 weeks off work just getting it to work through config sys and autoexec.bat (yes, it`s burnt a shadow on the surface of my brain).

I have the old advert still and if I find it, i`ll post a scan....

Zoom2136
01-21-2008, 01:07 PM
IBM PS2 8086
MCGA color monitor
No HD
Only 3.5 Floppy
RAM ????

Price 2500$ http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/53.gif

han freak solo
01-21-2008, 01:31 PM
I had a hand me down Commodore 64 probably about 1990 or 1991. I tried it for a few months, but I wasn't enough of a computer guy to make much use of it.

Then I got a hand me down Compaq laptop around 1997 that had Windows 3.0 or 3.1 on it, I can't remember exactly. That laptop got me into PC computing as I know it.

I never tried flight simming until I got my 1st new PC in 1998 which was a Gateway with a 400Mhz Celeron w/ 384MB RAM, and a 16MB vid card. (I think those are the specs.)

As for older computer usage, I had one computer class in 1977 (middle school) and another in 1982 (high school), but failed them both miserably. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

Jagdgeschwader2
01-21-2008, 01:33 PM
Can't remember the name of the sytem manufacturer.

Pentium 120mhz
16MB RAM
4MB video card
14" Daewoo monitor
3.5 floppy and 1 CD ROM
Windows 95
1 gig hard disk

I remember paying $499.00 for a Western Digital 5 gig hard drive and almost the same for a Diamond 16mb video card. I was playing FA/18 Hornet and Flight Simulator 95. Later I got into the Air Warrior series. The good old days. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

http://home.earthlink.net/~jagdgeschwader26/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/jagdgeschwader245.jpg

Airmail109
01-21-2008, 02:42 PM
Oh god these PCs make my first (Gateway 90) look positively futuristic.

stalkervision
01-21-2008, 03:21 PM
Originally posted by jarink:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by stalkervision:
actually now that I think of it it was an earlier unit even.. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commodore_VIC-20

had some fun cartridge games developed for it that you plugged into the back of the computer. It had a version of space invaders I believe..

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/e/ef/ViC20_Cartridge.jpg/180px-ViC20_Cartridge.jpg

Yes! We had the same deal, including the tape drive. Lordy, was that drive slow! My favorite game had to be "Lunar Lander".

The first "PC" I bought/built myself was:
386DX-33
4MB RAM
120MB HDD
13" VGA monitor
3.5" and 5.25" floppies
DOS 5.0 </div></BLOCKQUOTE>


I played "luner lander" too! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif Fun little program.. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

Urufu_Shinjiro
01-21-2008, 03:23 PM
Originally posted by stalkervision:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by jarink:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by stalkervision:
actually now that I think of it it was an earlier unit even.. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commodore_VIC-20

had some fun cartridge games developed for it that you plugged into the back of the computer. It had a version of space invaders I believe..

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/e/ef/ViC20_Cartridge.jpg/180px-ViC20_Cartridge.jpg

Yes! We had the same deal, including the tape drive. Lordy, was that drive slow! My favorite game had to be "Lunar Lander".

The first "PC" I bought/built myself was:
386DX-33
4MB RAM
120MB HDD
13" VGA monitor
3.5" and 5.25" floppies
DOS 5.0 </div></BLOCKQUOTE>


I played "luner lander" too! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif Fun little program.. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Rgr, I think lunar lander was my first flight sim, lol.

Persecutor_352
01-21-2008, 03:25 PM
Yes, I do remember my first PC.

An IBM PC/XT. An 8088 cpu, 64k (as in kilobytes) of RAM, a 10 megabyte hard drive, and two 5 1/4" floppy drives. It cost me a little over $3,000. I added an IBM EVGA card (cost, $1,000) and some more RAM and bought M$ Word Version 2 ... I can't recall the price but it was a LOT. I also bought a color monitor to go along with the EVGA card. I blush in embarassment that I spent so much money.

But wait, there's more. I picked up an HP Laserjet (that would be version 1) for $2,500 from a client and added a PLUS package to it for a bunch more money ... what I got for the effort was a little more memory and a few additional fonts.

Gaming? Wasn't on the horizon in those days. The computer was for work.

And I recall, at approximately 2:00 a.m. one morning, throwing the IBM manual across the room shouting "why can't you write the $^&&%$#@@ thing in ENGLISH?!?!".

LOL. We've come a long way, haven't we?

jolly_magpie
01-21-2008, 03:40 PM
In May 1996 I went to a comic-con and sold about 400$ worth of comics. I used this to finish building my first PC:

Cyrix 486 DX
4Mb of ram that cost me $180!!!
S3 Virge Video, 512K
Sound: No
11" IBM monitor
125 Mb hdd

Ok you lot, what was the first PC you ran Il2 on?

Mine: K62 450, 32 Mb ram, ATI All-in-wonder card 4Mb. It ran the painfully downloaded Il2 Demo at about 4 frames per second.

JZG_Thiem
01-21-2008, 03:59 PM
C64, 1MHz clock, blistering with 64k of RAM
around 1985

mortoma
01-21-2008, 04:28 PM
486SX 33Mhz
16Megs RAM
100 meg hard drive?? Does that sound right to you?

jensenpark
01-21-2008, 04:32 PM
386/40 made by an IBM clone company called IPC.

had both a floppy and hard disk spot...

bought it in 1992...

stalkervision
01-21-2008, 04:56 PM
Originally posted by Urufu_Shinjiro:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by stalkervision:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by jarink:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by stalkervision:
actually now that I think of it it was an earlier unit even.. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commodore_VIC-20

had some fun cartridge games developed for it that you plugged into the back of the computer. It had a version of space invaders I believe..

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/e/ef/ViC20_Cartridge.jpg/180px-ViC20_Cartridge.jpg

Yes! We had the same deal, including the tape drive. Lordy, was that drive slow! My favorite game had to be "Lunar Lander".

The first "PC" I bought/built myself was:
386DX-33
4MB RAM
120MB HDD
13" VGA monitor
3.5" and 5.25" floppies
DOS 5.0 </div></BLOCKQUOTE>


I played "luner lander" too! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif Fun little program.. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Rgr, I think lunar lander was my first flight sim, lol. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

me too! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

I remember that you had to land your luner lander in a luner crater didn't you? You had a main engine thrust button and two side thrusters. If you hit the side of the crater or landed too hard you blew up. Wasn't that easy to do as I recall.. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Manos1
01-21-2008, 04:56 PM
Originally posted by Irish_Rogues
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/typing.gif

At the age of 18 I went to work for IBM Greece...

My first PC was a Taiwanese clone of IBM PC
Intel 8088 Processor 4,77MHz (yes Megaherz NOT Gigaherz...)
128K Ram (later upgraded tp 384K for small fortune)
Hercules Monochrome Card
Two 5.25 Floppy Drives
Generic Green Phosphor Monitor (Still, the best monitor I ever had...)
Later I bought my first Hard Disk 10Mb....

Those days, Microsoft Flight Simulator would come on two 5,25 floppy disks...

Those days IBM PCs were very primitive...

The real work was done with the equivalent of mini computers:
ALTOS MPM
8-bit CP/M / MPM System
CPU Zilog Z80A 3.5 MHz
RAM 192 KByte
could only program COBOL or FORTRAN

Today I look at my 64Gb Solid State hard disk and smile....
My God, I feel old.... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

smokincrater
01-21-2008, 05:15 PM
350 mhz Pentium 2
4gb hard drive
15` montior(still in use)
32 mb Memory
non 3d video card.
Cost $1000 Kangeroo dollars!

Like sands in the hour glass those were the days.

Lurch1962
01-21-2008, 09:31 PM
End of 1990, I had shipped up to me in the Arctic (DEWLine station at latitude 70 degrees), from that PC maker whose mascot/logo is a Holstein cow pattern. It was just about the hottest machine you could get at the time..

386 33 MHz
1MB ram (or was it 2MB? Darned misfiring memory circuits.)
200MB HD
3.5", 5.25" floppies
DOS 5.0
cr@ppy joystick
and Their Finest Hour: BoB, Knights of the Sky, Red Baron, Flight Sim 3.

Cost: $4,000 CDN

Regularly called down to Egghead in Vancouver enquiring about the latest releases in flight sims and space games.

As soon as Falcon 3.0 was released, got it, as well as one of the earliest Thrustmaster sticks. The pilots who flew all across the DEWLine, when overnighting at Cape Parry, would come over to my room and "strap on" the F-16.

(Yeah, I know! That last sentence is just screaming for ribald rejoinders. Oh well, after all the bar at the place *was* named "Lakanookie Lodge"!

Good times.... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

--Lurch--

Tab_Flettner
01-21-2008, 10:26 PM
After building several rigs on my own from ex work parts, I went nuts and bought this at some point in the early mid nineties. Saved the store tag for whatever reason. Wow check those system specs!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v712/mr_coffee/1stComp.jpg

AnaK774
01-22-2008, 01:02 AM
Well, bought my first comp at end of 89
Spent one summer vacation as farm hand to get funds for it.
80286AT 8Mhz
1024kb
40Mb HDD
3.5 and 5.25 floppies
FISHEYE ega monitor
9 pin matrix printer (remember to wear ear protection)

310th Falcon
01-22-2008, 01:35 AM
My First

* Commodore 128 (1985)
* CPU 8502 + Zilog Z80
* 1/2 mHz (for the 8510), 1.022 MHz (for C64 mode), ~2.5 MHz (Z80)
* 128K Memory, ROM 48KB
* 1902A monitor
* 80x25 RGB display,
* advanced Basic 7.0


Best Regards

Kaptein_Damli
01-22-2008, 03:51 AM
Originally posted by waffen-79:
My first PC was back in 1992

386SX (16mhz-20mhz)
1mb RAM
40mb HDD
VGA 256Kb

DOS 5.0
Windows 3.1

it was a blast, playing:

prince of persia
f-19 stealth fighter
knights of the sky
etc.

The excact same pc my day bought in 1990!
I played F-15, FS1 and 2, Stunt drive, Stunt Island, Fast Tracker 2 etc etc.

The-Pizza-Man
01-22-2008, 05:31 AM
200 mhz Pentium, 32mb RAM, 4 mb ATI 3d Rage graphics card(I think), 3 gig HD. I had used other comps before that but they weren't myn.

tjaika1910
01-22-2008, 06:09 PM
I had used pc from the first one, IBM PC, and a Rainbow that had dual CPU and run both DOS and CP/M. Later IBM XT and so on. My brother in law had a clone already at that time, Zilog or something.

First machine that was mine was Sharp mz 700 something and a BBC model B (1 mhz and a ton of interfaces and inputs)and the first real PC of mine had:

12 /8 Mhz 286
640 kb ram (later 2 Mb)
1,2 Mb 5 1/4 disk (later also a 3 1/5 1,44)
20 MB hardisk 5 1/4 (upgraded to 405 Mb, first on DOS 5,0 that could be used in one partion)
Inboard EGA graphix with 256 kb (upgraded to VGA)
Three button Logitech mouse (wow)
Monochrome EGA screen. (upgraded later)
and I also got the Sound Blaster Pro (8 bits but stereo)

That was a quite good pc but the problem came with 32 bits program it could not run.

I upgraded it, and when I build the next machine many parts was used. In a way, the main computer today has roots that goes a long way back but not that far, but it has been a continuos upgrade to now. Not expencive, and allways good enough.

Bearcat99
01-22-2008, 09:44 PM
Originally posted by Bearcat99:
Absolutely... a 386DX with a 750M HD, 16M of RAM ad a 15" monitor on Windows 3.1 I think it was... I dont even remember what the video was.. then I did my first upgrade by going to a 486DX2 on the same bd.. and added more RAM.. I think I went up to 64M ...

Come to think of it I dont think it had a 750M HD.. it might have been 500m... or maybe 250... and it was 33MHZ.. LOL and I think it did have the S3 video.. that sounds ral familiar..

FliegerAas
01-22-2008, 09:56 PM
hehehe:

AMD 486 DX2/66 CPU
2 MB RAM
Graphics card with 1MB VRAM
403 MB harddisc

later I upgraded to 4MB RAM and a 2xCD-Rom

M_Gunz
01-22-2008, 10:56 PM
Not Amstrad,Amiga,Spectrum, but PC?

First of all, Intel-chip machines do not and never have 'owned' the term Personal Computer.
All those you listed are/were PC's. If you can do more than play games on it then it's a PC.

Some people counted the TI-52 programmable I had from '78 as a computer. One was John Gerber,
a former teacher of mine who had been retired from Burroughs as Chief of Scientific Research.
I'll take his word. I got back from the service and showed him, he got really excited when I
showed him how it works because as he said, "You're doing machine code!". Other than that the
thing was only interesting. In service I showed it to our WO and he had me use it during our
training exercises to replace the map table, which worked really well. Maybe a year later
some of our guys in other target acquisition sections got green versions of the same calculator.
To give that some scale, I've seen a EE friend run a 1964 computer with drum drive and core RAM.
It was room-sized with about 8 feet of desk and yes, it was slower than my 4-bit handheld.

My first computer with keyboard was a used VIC-20. It became very interesting when I plugged
the Swedish HES Forth-79 cartridge in. That was 1982 and I had been working programming and
using 5mz 8080 machines running CP/M for 2 years then. Forth-79 changed my whole outlook and
approach to coding, it was my intro to true OOP.

In 85 my EE friend helped (if I didn't work on it, he wouldn't) me buy parts and get a Z-80 PC
running. The mobo was a Televideo disk server board that ran fine when twisted so we set it on
different height standoffs. I got a used Wyse-100 terminal for $50 at a Dayton Fest, the 5-1/4
floppy drives ran me $150 each and it had a whopping 64k of RAM on 36 16k x 1-bit chips.
Hey, I made a few grand writing code on that machine and that code made my customers mucho $.

The big clean break happened early in 86 when the clones and clone parts arrived. Prices
dropped for those who knew what they were doing and hard drive and interface prices dropped
into small business reality. My first HD controller, an OMTI, only ran me $150 when floppy
drives were under $50. The change even then was amazing just in different ways and I never
lost in the money for experience tradeoff but always advised people to not buy if they were
not going to use their machine every week. "If your data isn't worth at least twice what the
machine cost within 6 months then you've wasted you money." Buying a PC for status is shallow
end BS, IMO, but people did it and still do -- that's okay they pay to make things cheaper for
the rest of us since the price is part of the status game!

What I have on my desk now is simply amazing... and it's old.

papotex
01-23-2008, 01:01 AM
IBM clone 7mgz in 1986
i remember i bought the very first sound blaster card that ever came out and installing it involved
changing IRQ switches manually but had to take it out bacause it slowed it down too much and it wouldnt run LXH or SU25 or F-19 as good.

thats when i started staying up till the wee hours in the morning playing M1-A1 tank platoon by microprose

Capt.LoneRanger
01-23-2008, 01:05 AM
Not Amstrad,Amiga,Spectrum, but PC?

My CPC 464 could do a *LOT* more than my 1st PC, especially when it comes to graphics, sound and games combining both.

Pirschjaeger
01-23-2008, 01:32 AM
Can't remember clearly but what I do remember was 166 and wishing I could afford a 466 so I could play Silent Hunter.

Before that, and I don't know if it counts, I had a Vic20. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

Fritz

csThor
01-23-2008, 02:28 AM
Christmas 1992

Olivetti 386 SX 20
16MB RAM
40 MB Hard Disk
15" CRT

http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Sergio_101
01-23-2008, 03:30 AM
Tandy TRS-80 mode2.
64K RAM
single 8 inch floppy
and a 3 bay 5.25 expansion drive.
Black and white (light blue) built in monitor.
Built in keyboard.
TRSDOS operating system.
Basic by William Gates. (not kidding!).

first IBM based PC?

A "Leading Edge" knock off of the 8086 IBM.
70 meg hard drive
512K RAM
16 colors, no video card.
13" color monitor
DOS 6.0
15.5 modem (If I remember correctly, never used it)
"STAR" dot matrix printer
No mouse, although they were available most software could not use them.


Sergio

M_Gunz
01-23-2008, 07:47 AM
Originally posted by Pirschjaeger:
Before that, and I don't know if it counts, I had a Vic20. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

Fritz

They did Basic right out of the box. Plug in some RAM, a drive of some kind (tape) for storage
and why is it not a Personal Computer? With the cartridge interface even the basic capabilities
were entirely expandable, I know as I used mine for other than games -- it sucked at games!

Those and the Sinclair 80's were wonderful learning machines for anyone inclined to learn.

Sergio_101
01-23-2008, 04:09 PM
I also had a IBM PC Junior.....

Anyone remember them?

Fewer than 1,000 sold, a collectors item today.

My wife threw it away (after I told her it was a collectors item).

Sergio

Phil_C
01-23-2008, 04:21 PM
about retro gaming, and thought about the first PC I ever built.


The first PS I Ever played a game on was my Dad's 8086 way back when F-19 Stealth fighter was new... and on 4 of those huge 5" floppy discs..

My first computer that was my own, was a Packard Bell 486DX2 with IIRC 16 megs of ram... man that thing was HOT!

and in 15 years im running whats posted below. I wonder what the next 15 will bring?

PapaLazarou.LoG
01-23-2008, 04:58 PM
The first one I remember what was inside (I was to young to care about it in the previous ones!), this was back in 1990 (I was 8!):

Big AT tower (Erc brand?), 220W PSU
i386dx33 (I just can't remember how much added cache was on the mb)
8Mb ram
14" monitor
trident 1Mb VLB
3,5" FD, 90Mb hdd, 340Mb hdd added a bit later
my still in use DE cherry g81-1000 keyboard http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif
epson needle printer
plus an opti mad16 pro sound card was added way later, so as a mitsumi 4x cd-rom

BSS_CUDA
01-23-2008, 05:25 PM
Originally posted by Chris0382:
4Mhz Intel 8088 Processor (keyboard switchable to 4.7 Mhz)
640K RAM
ATI Wonder Experssion Color Emulation Card Upgrade $200 plays 4 color (RGB) games on monocrome monitor)
5-1/4 " floppy drive
20 MB HD
Orange Monochrome Monitor
$1,800 + Dollars with Graics card ddd as upgrade
2400 Baud modem ROFL I had the same system, then I upgraded to a 286 SX http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

rfap
01-23-2008, 05:51 PM
Amstrad 1512
640k memory
20MB HD on a ISA card!
CGA graphics
DOS 3.3
Its a pc of a sort

next was a
25Mhz 486 SX
Trident graphics
4 MB Ram
40 MB Hard Drive
Desktop Case
14' CTX Monitor
DOS 5
Think I got that in Christmas 92
It got a Soundblaster 16 + Cdrom upgrade which cost me roughly 400 if I remember correctly

Went nuts a few months after that:
Upgraded the MB with a Pre production DFI jobbie with VL graphics + PCI slots + a 486 66 DX2 + a S3 805 2MB graphics card. Hard Drive went to 120 or 160MB or therabouts.
That ran DOS 6, Win 3.1 + OS2 2.0, 2.11

M_Gunz
01-23-2008, 08:25 PM
How many of yuns put NEC V-20 chips into 8088 machines (or V-30's into 8086's) to gain the
extra speed? For under $20 it gave about a 15% boost to a 10mz Turbo-XT.

I also had replaced my Amiga's 68000 with a 68010 for faster speed, but I forget if it was
only a 10% boost or if it was more.

DHC2Pilot
01-23-2008, 09:38 PM
Compaq Presario 425 (25 MHz). No CD-Rom, Just a 3 1/2" floppy. All-in-one design with the monitor built right into the unit. Windows 3.1.

Swivet
01-23-2008, 09:51 PM
Back in 1997 i had a,

Intel II 233mhz
2 serial 1 parallel, 1 PS/2mouse 1 usb port
4 simm and 2 dimm sockets
32MB SDRAM sony 3.5 drive floppy
WD 4.3GB Ultra DMA Hardrive 10ms access time
Toshiba 24x cdrom
atx tower w/dual fan
Number9 reality 334 3d agp svga card w/4mb sgram
Ensoniq pci bus sound card
56k voice/fax/modem
Windblows 95 with plus
altec lansing speakers
CRT 15" monitor http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

and back then it cost me $1299!!!

I can get alot of pc for that much this day and age as well! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/34.gif

Kaptein_Damli
01-24-2008, 10:48 AM
Originally posted by csThor:
Christmas 1992

Olivetti 386 SX 20
16MB RAM
40 MB Hard Disk
15" CRT

http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

That year Terminator 2 was released with its special effects! Kinda strange with these specs! I belive the industry had better machines, but still! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

crazyivan1970
01-24-2008, 11:15 AM
Compaq...
P1 133
32MB RAM
3.2GB HDD
15" crt...

dont remeber video card at all lol

Zoom2136
01-24-2008, 11:27 AM
Originally posted by Zoom2136:
IBM PS2 8086
MCGA color monitor
No HD
Only 3.5 Floppy
RAM ????

Price 2500$ http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/53.gif

And my first flight sim was..... Battle of Britain..... can't remember by who though....

Irish_Rogues
01-24-2008, 11:37 AM
Originally posted by stalkervision:
actually now that I think of it it was an earlier unit even.. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commodore_VIC-20

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/8/83/Commodore_VIC_20_box.jpg/250px-Commodore_VIC_20_box.jpg

It had a tape drive storage system! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/6/60/Commodore_VIC_20_computer1.jpg/250px-Commodore_VIC_20_computer1.jpg

had some fun cartridge games developed for it that you plugged into the back of the computer. It had a version of space invaders I believe..

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/e/ef/ViC20_Cartridge.jpg/180px-ViC20_Cartridge.jpg

I still have mine! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/53.gif

Messaschnitzel
01-24-2008, 11:56 AM
mine was a 286 with an 80mb HD. I had to get one when I saw an ad for LucasArts "Battlehawks 1942" flight sim. I was hooked on flight sims from then on.

The first computer I saw was in 1983-4 at the law firm where my girlfriend at the time worked as a legal secretary. It was a Apple Macintosh that cost $4000.00 new. It was a whirring technological wonder with its monochrome screen. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Retrofish
01-24-2008, 12:10 PM
Had the Amstrad 464 with tape drive then an Amiga 500.

My first so called 'IBM compatible PC':

386SX 25Mhz
4MB RAM
80MB HD
512KB TSeng-something Video card

That was in 91/92 and the ultimate PC specs at that time I think were a 486DX 66Mhz with a 1MB 'Diamond Viper/Stealth' Video Card. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif