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 09/08/2012 11:04 AM
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RBR
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I recently ran across this old picture of the parts I bought to build my first computer. This was back in January, 2005. The CPU came with information to join this forum, so I did. I remember this was a lot of money for me and I was pretty nervous about putting it all together.

Most of the parts pictured are still being used today, but the hard drive died a few years ago. Socket 754 with an Athlon +3200 64-bit and 9600XT still running well!



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 09/08/2012 05:11 PM
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Edgemeal
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I remember my first build pretty well, was 1996. I had gone through two OEM systems from two different companies and had problems with both of them, My older brother said...Why not just build your own.. and go with an AMD chip, they are nice bang for the buck.. huh I never even heard of AMD, tried it, liked it.

First build, AMD K5-90, August 13,1996
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Asus P55TVP4 & AMD K5-90... $299
32 Megs of EDO RAM ........ $300
Matrox Millenium 2 Megs ... $245
Teac 3.5" Floppy Drive .... $35
Heat Sink & Fan ........... $10
Shipping .................. $12
TOTAL ..................... $901

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MSI 770-C45
Phenom II X2-550 @ X4 @ 3.5GHz @ Stock Vcore.
Thermaltake Big Typhoon
2x2GB DDR3 1333 @ 9-9-9-24-33-1T
1x60GB SSD /1x300GB VelociRaptor / 1x320GB Seagate / 1xDVD 22X
Audigy2 / HD 6670 1GB / Acer 22" / Win7-64_Ult.
Antec SOHO / Antec BP550 Plus

Edited: 09/13/2012 at 10:14 AM by Edgemeal
 09/09/2012 05:25 AM
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I don't exactly remember my very first build except that I put it together on my mom's kitchen table and was so nervous about mounting the heatsink on the CPU that I had the guy from the parts store do it for me...LOL. I remember the first rig I build after finding these forums in 2004. I spent many a night gaing knowlegde and having laughs on thes boards (it actually defined 2004 and 2005 for me in my life when I think back).

I researched a bunch and finally build a $1200 computer. Years later some of the caps blew on the mobo so I went out and built another one except this one I just bought the parts on the fly at the store and built it in a hurry since I was PC-less. I still have this computer and use it as my Ubuntu Studio video making rig.

Most of the fun for me what the researching and building process. Almost immediately after that, I wanted to upgrade parts, LOL.

not bad I guess, 3 computers in 10 years...i guess my builds stand the test of time.

I've been thinking about buiklding a kind of retro computer lately...big beige case and all...

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-AMD Athlon XP 2600+ (Barton) @ stock speed<br>-DFI nFII Ultra Infinity (Phoenix AwardBIOS 11/27/2003)<br>-ATi Radeon 9600XT 128mbDDR<br>-512mb Infineon PC3200 RAM @ 334MHz<br>-160GB WD & 40GB Maxtor IDE HDDs<br>-Lg DVD RW<br>-Black dig. thermo case & Vantec LED fans w\ front speed control
 09/09/2012 04:52 PM
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Orn
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ah my first pc that I built myself was wayy back in 2002

an
Athlon XP 1800+
MSI KN420-Pro2
128 MB DDR1!!!!!!!
GEFORCE-2 BUILTIN!!!!!!
REALTEK BUILTIN SOUND CARD!!!!!!!
40GB MAXTOR!!!!!!!
NVIDIA CHIPSET!!!!!!!
LAN FOR BROADBAND!!! (Even though it wasnt until 2006 that I went full RJ-45)
A year later bought a GEFORCE FX5200!!!!! and another 40GB MAXTOR!!!!. When I had a total of 80gigs, I thought I would never have to buy another HDD again coz in my view 80gb was a whole mountain's worth in those days.!

omg I was the center of attention in my class back in 6th-7th grade for my pc.

my first pc which was a pre-built unit (2000)
AMD-k6-ii
64mb SDRAM
Acorp Ali chipset
Yamaha DS-XG sound card
20GB Quantum FIREBALL!!!!!
SiS 6326 built in
 09/09/2012 06:20 PM
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Originally posted by: pete0403

Most of the fun for me what the researching and building process. Almost immediately after that, I wanted to upgrade parts, LOL.


You are right. The building process is never done it seems.

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 09/10/2012 01:09 PM
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kali19
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Well my first build was a long time ago, 1990 I think, it was an AMD branded i386SX (no heatsink or fan!!!!!!)- wish I could have afforded the 387 co-processor !!

It had 7 ISA slots, and 4 simm sockets (1mb ram) not the 72 pin one's the earlier version and that's all.

I had to add and manually configure the add on ISA 'controller board' for the HHD 10Mb, 3.5" floppy, serial and parallel ports not easy as you only had 7 IRQ's of which only 1 could be 'selected' for the add on ISA display adaptor and that was a cirrus logic based card with 64k of memory.

There was at the time nothing like - sound cards, Optical Drives, USB or WebCam (internet did not exist)

So much easier to build a PC now as all you need to think about is your choise of videocard etc as everything today is to use the Commadore coined phrase 'plug and play' no messing with IRQ's anymore.
 09/13/2012 07:17 AM
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Haven't got any pictures as it was sold as spares a few years back, but my first build specs were:
IBM 66mhz CPU, (I kept this bit)
an old mobo (cant remember the type) only one floppy header a few PCI 1.0's and some ISA's, didn't install a co-processor
got a HDD controller card to attach a 2GB HDD (1.98gb formatted FAT16)
a Creative 4mb PCI VGA card,
a Soundblaster 8bit with an 4x CD-ROM connected to it,
16mb SDRAM (later upgraded to 64mb)
Windows 95 - internet explorer edition, later upgraded to windows 98 se

It ran Full Throttle and Theme Hospital, and that was good enough.
Oh the days where you connected your CD-ROM and flight joystick to the sound card!

Edit: I remember the thermal interface material between the CPU and the tiny heatsink, was a strip of lead.

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Hit it with a Hammer.
CPU: AMD Phenom II 955 @ 3.8 ~ 4 Ghz (Cooler Master V8 Heatsink)
Graphics: 2 x HD 5770
RAM: 8 GB (standard clock: PC3-1333)
Motherboard: ASUS M4A78T-E (790GX)
Sound: ASUS Xonar DX
Case: CM 690 (with custom paint and a 800W PSU)
 09/13/2012 04:26 PM
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Decembermouse
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I absolutely remember. Every detail. It had 2 x 256MB sticks of PC2700 from Ebay. Paid about $30 for each, if memory serves. I got a barebones kit from TigerDirect for a few hundred bucks, which included a case, M7NCD-Ultra motherboard, Athlon XP 2600+ (Barton) with heatsink, and a crappy 400W PSU. I added a 256MB Radeon 9200, which was a lot of memory at the time. I do not remember where I got that; I'll have to try and recall. I used a 10GB Quantum Fireball drive for the OS, and a 82.3GB Hitachi DeskStar for storage of music and such. I built this in 2004. The computer was for playing music, running the old-school command line version of Folding@Home (which also added some heat to our ancient dorm room in the winter), web browsing, and playing a couple of games on (GTA: Vice City). I felt so badass in 2004 for having a Voodoo laptop and a custom system at the same time.



Originally I ran it totally stock, but years later I decided to experiment with some basic overclocking. I got the thing running so that it slightly surpassed the Athlon 64 3400+ DTR in my laptop. I wonder if I still have that mobo and/or CPU anywhere...

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ASRock M3A785GMH/128M
Phenom II X4 925c2 @ 2.80GHz (95W)
OCZ Platinum PC3-1333 2x2GB 7-7-7-21
WD5000AADS
Raidmax RX-500AF
Check it out.
 09/14/2012 11:44 AM
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you kept the screenshots?
 09/14/2012 03:49 PM
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Decembermouse
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No, I had a thought - what if TigerDirect still has the info from my first order? Did I make it under my mom's account or under my own? I seemed to remember having used my first debit card for the purchase and not asking my parents about it, so I logged in, and the order was still there! I don't see why they'd delete it, but it was still cool to see something from 8 years ago still up on their site, even if the combo details aren't listed any more.

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ASRock M3A785GMH/128M
Phenom II X4 925c2 @ 2.80GHz (95W)
OCZ Platinum PC3-1333 2x2GB 7-7-7-21
WD5000AADS
Raidmax RX-500AF
Check it out.
 09/15/2012 09:08 AM
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coool
 09/15/2012 04:07 PM
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Many years ago, i think it was an 8088 cpu,1 meg ram ran at i think the blazing speed of 4 mhz, 40meg hard drive, which the hardware couldnt see so i had to install a driver to see it all. Ran dos 5.1 if i remember correctly no maths coprocessor, got it all free from friend of mine. ex work pc, was fun learning how to make it all work. Orange screen monitor, realy nice


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Gigabyte Ga8800 ga UD3
AMD 1090t @ 4.14 GHz(1.45V) NB @ 2800
Nvidia 560ti gtx 1Gig
8 Gig Corsair 1600 Mhz DDR3
Win 7 64 bit Ultimate
 09/23/2012 04:30 AM
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oh i  buy my first PC in 2005 and its great feeling for me.. i never forget this moments.

 09/23/2012 04:23 PM
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The desktop PC in my sig wasn't my very first computer build...but it was my first computer build for myself from the ground up. All computers before that I've rebuilt but it wasn't actually built from the ground up...more like name brands that I had fitting parts for....but I've been running this same mobo and A-Top Gladiator case for 6 years heh...and it still runs everything I use it for flawlessly...the GTX260 definately was a good idea in 2010 but in a couple years that thing will need to be upgraded.

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Desktop: AMD Opteron 170 2.7ghz OC, 440gb HDD space (3 HDDs in RAID-0), 4GB RAM, Hec X Power Pro 600W PSU, Gigabyte GTX 260 OC, two dvd burners, HT Omega Striker 7.1 sound card

Laptop: Dell Inspiron 15 N5040, Core i3 380M, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD
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