::OFFICIAL THREAD:: Your FIRST, Self-Built, Computer

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  1. OniMinion

    OniMinion ...recalls when this forum was actually about cars OT Supporter

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    Well,
    May is almost over and the new Core i7 systems seem to be the big summer build project, which leads me to ask: What was the first computer you built, from scratch, piece-by-piece, by yourself? It is a lot like a first girlfriend, you never forget... Yeah.

    I'll start us off with what I built back in the spring of 1999:


    CPU.........Pentium II 333 MHz
    MOBO........Asus / VIA chipset with 4 PCI slots (and tons of IRQ steering conflicts)
    GPU(s)......PCI Voodoo 2, quickly upgraded to PCI TNT 2 Ultra 32MB
    SOUND.......Creative Sound Blaster 2.0
    NETWORK.....PCI 10 Base Ethernet card (off-brand for $10)
    MODEM.......PCI 56k U.S. Robotics
    RAM.........2 x 64 MB Micron
    DRIVE.......32x Creative Optical CD-ROM
    DISK........27.5GB Western Digital IDE Drive
    FLOPPY......3.5 Inch
    CASE/POWER..Micro AT Form Factor, Antec 350Watt Power and Case

    I spent just under $1,200 at CompUSA when all was said and done. All that just so I could use Windows 95/98/SE, Quake II, Unreal Tournament, Half-Life, Sin, Command and Conquer, Battlefield, and Age of Empires. I also bought the mouse with the scroll wheel the week it released; it’s still a generous idea!

    Good luck on your upcoming builds!
    :wiggle:
     
  2. Limp_Brisket

    Limp_Brisket New Member

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    don't even remember
     
  3. darkjedi

    darkjedi Muay Thai expert

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    probably some kind of 386
     
  4. rsxm5

    rsxm5 OT Supporter

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    I had several computers before this one (XTs, ATs, 386s, 486s), but the first one that I built was:

    CPU.........Intel 486DX2-50
    MOBO........Some crappy thing... Azza or MSI brand
    GPU(s)......Tseng Labs ET4000 ISA video card
    SOUND.......Creative Sound Blaster
    NETWORK.....SimpleNet NE2000 ISA BNC video card
    MODEM.......Gericom 14.4k ISA fax modem
    RAM.........2 x 4 MB 72pin SIMM memory
    DRIVE.......2x NEC SCSI CD-ROM
    DISK........220MB Conner IDE Drive
    FLOPPY......3.5 Inch and 5.25"
    CASE/POWER.. some ugly AT full tower, Generic 200Watt Power and Case
     
  5. piratepenguin

    piratepenguin New Member

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    athlon xp 2600+, 256mb ram, integrated graphics, 80gbs.. built about 5 years ago most parts second hand at the cost of fuck all, and it still runs quite nicely (hdds/ram/graphics upgraded from spare parts I got for free). it survived as my primary and only machine for nearly the 5 years. thats all i ask for in a computer :)
     
  6. Sailor Jerry

    Sailor Jerry OT Supporter

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    Asus K8V SE Deluxe
    Athlon 64 3000+
    512MB Corsair XMS DDR-400
    GeForce 6600GT
    120GB Seagate 7200.7
    Lian-Li PC-61
    Enermax 435W PSU

    I sold it to my sister a couple years ago (after swapping the Lian-Li for a cheap Antec case).
     
  7. eideteker

    eideteker Who jarked off in my frakkin' coffee? OT Supporter

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    Pentium 200 (with MMX!)
    32MB RAM (72-pin EDO)
    shitty Trident video card
    1.2GB HDD
    33.6kbps modem

    It played Quake pretty well. :dunno:

    This was probably '96-ish.
     
  8. CyberBullets

    CyberBullets I reach to the sky, and call out your name. If I c

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    An abacus.
     
  9. bowrofl

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    The one I have now :hs:
    Q6600, 4GB of Crucial RAM, eVGA 8800GTS 512MB, Antec 900 Case, Gigabyte P35 Mobo... nothin special, picked it up in October 2007 but it still eats most things I throw at it, at 1680x1050.
    Built October 2007... yeah, I'm a newbie at box-building :hs:
     
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  10. DAN513

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    shit, gotta be back in 98 ish.
    Pentium 2 233
    32mb ram
    5.1GB western digital hard drive
    8x cdrom drive
    I don't recall which video card I had, but I've been through the TNT cards, Voodoo 2, voodoo 3 and voodoo 5, all around the same system. I als changed the cpu a couple of times, going from the P2 233 upto a 333 on that board, then I got a new system. Working in a computer store during that time helped.
     
  11. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    1995. Built from spare parts bought from a family friend for $50.

    16MHz AMD 286DX (was thrown away later; pisses me the fuck off, that thing's an antique now!)
    Tyan motherboard
    8MB 30-pin EDO RAM
    16-color CHIPS VGA card (I still have this)
    Ensoniq 16-voice sound card w/joystick port (I still have this)
    250MB IDE hard drive
    WYSE All-in-one I/O card (IDE, floppy, serial, parallel) (I still have this)
    Serial 3-button mouse

    It took that fucker 5 minutes to load Netscape. :rofl: But it was mine. To think there are people my age (26) who have never had to do-up an IRQ table. :squint: You know who you are.

    Not counting secondhand laptops and a secondhand Dell workstation, I've only ever bought one computer pre-made; it was an eMachine running Windows ME, that I got for college in exchange for varnishing my parents' deck. I think I was the only person on Earth who didn't have a thoroughly shitty experience with ME.
     
  12. Hate Crime

    Hate Crime Don't Hate OT Supporter

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    ME was fine if you bought it with the hardware..:bigthumb:
     
  13. OniMinion

    OniMinion ...recalls when this forum was actually about cars OT Supporter

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    I still have my EDO RAM from by 86, I use them as key chains. Turns out that it ended being worth a ton in about 2002 since it was not manufactured anymore and business still used that RAM in their POS systems!
     
  14. OniMinion

    OniMinion ...recalls when this forum was actually about cars OT Supporter

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    That is basically the same system all my friends were running with. I built my first computer on the pretense of being faster, and the TNT2 Ultra was perfect since I could play games in Open GL and Direct 3D at 800 x 600.
     
  15. OniMinion

    OniMinion ...recalls when this forum was actually about cars OT Supporter

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    Did anyone from OT ever SLI their Voodoo 2 cards?
     
  16. CyberBullets

    CyberBullets I reach to the sky, and call out your name. If I c

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    Yup. Well, I did it for a buddy; I couldn't afford 2 Voodoo 2 cards. :wtc:
     
  17. OniMinion

    OniMinion ...recalls when this forum was actually about cars OT Supporter

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    I built almost the exact system for the third comp. I opted for the GeForce 4200 series at the time for cost purposes. I loved that motherboard through.
     
  18. Sailor Jerry

    Sailor Jerry OT Supporter

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    I actually bought the board on a whim at a local computer store. Kinda got raped on price :hs:

    It was (is) a great board though.
     
  19. Vorenus

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    ive had many, upgraded some, but never built one from the ground up til this one about 3 years ago.

    CPU: Amd Athlon 64 x2 4200+ (brisbane 65nm) @ 2.21ghz w/ arctic freezer heatsink/fan
    Mobo: Gigabyte GA-M61P-S3 Am2/Am2+ ATX
    Ram: 2x 1gb g.skill ddr2 800 dual channel
    Video card: Gigabyte 8500gt
    Sound: HTO STRIKER 7.1 pci card
    Hdd's: 80gb primary, 320gb secondary, 120gb secondary
    PSU: corsair 520w
    Case: coolermaster centurion 534 mid tower

    used as a daily pc, a htpc, and *some* light gaming.
    was affordable then, but really cheap now, but does everything i ask from it.
    looking to build a newer pc before the end of the year, either micro atx or even mini itx sized.
     
  20. pyehac

    pyehac if she's old enough to cross the street, she's old

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    Asus P4P8X-X (?) motherboard
    Intel Pentium 4 2.8Ghz Northwood processor
    1x 512MB PC2700 RAM
    ATI Radeon 9700 AIW video card
    80gb HDD

    That was 6 years ago
     
  21. Surgie

    Surgie Mein Führer, I can walk!

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    I was just thinking about gamer's our age who never had to deal with having different boot disks for each game :o

    Can't remember the exact specs of my first built one, but I know the cpu was a pentium 166, voodoo1 with the dongle cable, 20mb ram (2x8 + 4), ~500mb hd, 33.6k modem. That thing was a rockstar with the turbo button on the case though! :mamoru:

    And speaking of ME, I never had a shity experience with it cause I just completely skipped it... went from 95 to 98se to 2k, which was still my most favorite and solid windows experience.
     
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    it had an AMD 3200+ and a 6600GT with a 160gb HD and an antec tower. Had to be about 5 years ago i think. Im still using the case and HD in this computer
     
  23. deusexaethera

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    I didn't know you COULD SLI a pair of AGP video cards. :eek3:
     
  24. deusexaethera

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    Don't think I ever had to deal with boot disks for games, but I definitely had to auto-reboot into special DOS modes for games like Wing Commander back in the day.
     
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    They were PCI :eek:
     

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