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Old 08-12-2013, 08:38 PM   #1
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We all had to start somewhere. Do you remember your first build? Mine will always hold a special place.

Mine was a barebones kit from Tigerdirect with the motherboard already installed in the case. I was some cheap beige case, some of brand.

The build had an AMD Duron 750MHz CPU with 128MB of PC-133 and a 40GB hard drive running Windows 98.
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Old 08-13-2013, 01:34 AM   #2
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P4 2.4Ghz with 768MB ram and 60 gig hard drive. Win 98se. MSI mother board.
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Old 08-15-2013, 01:33 AM   #3
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I've built 286s, 386s and 486s but they were all used and salvaged. My first build with new parts were the ECS mobo with AMD Duron 1Ghz CPU. It's been a long time that I can't remember what size HDD and memory. I do remember the Duron because I was impressed with its performance being a budget CPU.

I was an AMD fan boy because they gave me bangs for the bucks. Now I built two Intel systems for myself because I found that Intel CPUs are better nowadays.
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Old 08-15-2013, 02:07 AM   #4
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My first build was an 8Mhz 8088 with 640K RAM, 20M hard drive, 360K floppy drive, CGA video card, 150W PSU and DOS 2.1 in 1985 or so. I used a really cool case with a hinged top that could be opened easily by pressing a release button on either side. The Twaiwanese made motherboard came with an ERSO BIOS that was marginal at best so I used an eprom reader/burner to copy the BIOS ROMs from an IBM XT. This resulted in a machine that was 100% compatible with an IBM XT (complete with BASIC interpreter in ROM) but ran almost twice as fast since the IBM machine ran at only 4.77Mhz. I later replaced the Intel 8088 cpu with an NEC V20 which was a clone of the 8088 but ran about 15% faster.

A genuine IBM XT sold for $4,995 but I built a machine that was twice as fast with twice as much disk space for around $1,800 (the 20M hdd alone cost $500).



Since then I have built and owned machines with just about every generation of Intel CPU (as well as a few with AMD cpus) in them but I'll never forget my first.
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we sure have come a long way sense 8mhz CPU

My first build is actually the one i am using right now.... well.... some of it is anyway.
everything from the case, HDD (using SSD now) GPU, PSU and cooling has been changed.
I still use the same CPU, Mobo and RAM. But that is about to be upgraded... when i have the money.
You see, my car just broke and i have also invested in some reptiles and reptiles equipment. so i got to lay low for a time.
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we sure have come a long way sense 8mhz CPU

My first build is actually the one i am using right now.... well.... some of it is anyway.
everything from the case, HDD (using SSD now) GPU, PSU and cooling has been changed.
I still use the same CPU, Mobo and RAM. But that is about to be upgraded... when i have the money.
You see, my car just broke and i have also invested in some reptiles and reptiles equipment. so i got to lay low for a time.
I thought awhile go you were planning to go with Intel's new haswell CPUs?
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I thought awhile go you were planning to go with Intel's new haswell CPUs?
yeah. that is correct.
but i made some other purchases (like reptile stuff, a katana and some other stuff) and also got a ticked from the police.
I did get the GPU i was thinking about though (gtx 770)
i will upgrade to haswell this year for sure. no doubt about it.
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yeah. that is correct.
but i made some other purchases (like reptile stuff, a katana and some other stuff) and also got a ticked from the police.
I did get the GPU i was thinking about though (gtx 770)
i will upgrade to haswell this year for sure. no doubt about it.
Ahh ok. I can't wait to get the money together for my build, If you had seen my thread about it I decided to go with the haswell i7
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Nice one. me aswell
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Nice one. me aswell
I can't stop looking at the case as how awesome it is
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