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What was the first computer you owned ?

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by MINUS12, Dec 6, 2017.

  1. Rroff

    Capo Crimine

    Joined: Oct 13, 2006

    Posts: 51,450

    The A3010 was a nice upgrade from the 3000 despite the small version difference - the ARM250 graphics performance especially was a nice jump. RAM upgrades were um interesting but putting a HDD in another matter again - IIRC a company called Castle Technology or something did the upgrade on mine which was almost a mod - it was like a riser with two PCBs and a cage on it to support a HDD (all internal).
  2. spolsh


    Joined: Jul 20, 2015

    Posts: 61

    zx81 ... the joy of typing in programs from magazines, then searching for the errors in the code that stopped it from working.
  3. x-st


    Joined: Jul 30, 2016

    Posts: 452

    ZX Spectrum 48k then on to an Amiga A500. Didn't get a PC for many, many years.
  4. Ben Cole

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Feb 24, 2003

    Posts: 2,355

    Location: Porthcawl and Southampton

    Dragon 32.
  5. Woden


    Joined: Mar 7, 2011

    Posts: 6,544

    Location: Oldham, Lancashire

    Had a C64 as a kid, then in my teens I saved up for a decision a desktop with a K6-2 and iirc 16mb ram
  6. Gtiracer

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jan 14, 2010

    Posts: 1,382

    Location: Essex

    Had a ZX Spectrum to start with and then following that we had a:

    Or something similar, looked like this: http://www.qvc.com/Packard-Bell-Pentium-75-Multimedia-Computer.product.E12446.html
  7. Molesy79


    Joined: Jan 10, 2015

    Posts: 154

    Commodore 64, first 'proper' PC was a 486 DX2 66!!


    Joined: Oct 19, 2002

    Posts: 5,105

    Location: Woolyback Country

    Lol all you with your `fast`computers:D
    I had a Vic 20!!:eek::D:D:D:D
  9. joey1211


    Joined: Dec 28, 2003

    Posts: 2,759

    Location: Aberwristwatch

    Commodore 64. It often took a beating.
  10. chaparral


    Joined: Nov 27, 2005

    Posts: 17,306

    Location: Guernsey -channel islands

    Philips G7000 was my first computer ....
  11. bru


    Joined: Oct 21, 2002

    Posts: 5,883

    Location: kent

    Good thread.

    Started way back when with a Sinclair zx 80( yes an 80 not 81).
    Moved to a spectrum then on an Atari ST (non of that Amiga rubbish, my god the ST vs Amiga wars were just as bad as the NVIDIA vs ATI/AMD are now.) Just goes to show that some of us never really grew up.:p

    Moved on to a 286 which was just so fast at the time, but so quickly the 386 and then 456 came and went. I did have a 486 dx4 100 I seem to recall it was better than the cyrix 486 that replaced it.
    First chip that I actually had to pay for myself was a Pentium 200 MMX, still got the chip somewhere I believe :p.
    The celery 266 overclocked to 400 with its sloket design was in there somewhere and there was Pentium 4 but I cannot remember which model, I do know it wouldn't do the magical 1 GHz that was all the rage at the time.:(

    Unfortunately there are a few gaps in my memory from then on because I have been ill, but I know I had a i7 920 on socket 1366, the board I still use now in my own rig, but now with a xenon 5650 at 4.4 GHZ. This was my fist step into water cooling as well, my GTX 970 will be the next upgrade, possibly when Ampere arrives.
    hopefully we will see something at GTC in march next year.

    sorry for the long post, but it was nice to remember the early days.
  12. RaveyDaveyUK


    Joined: Nov 21, 2006

    Posts: 218

    BBC Model B... used the floppies as frisbys!

    Then upgraded to a Commodore 64.
  13. 3 minutes


    Joined: Jul 29, 2011

    Posts: 25,677

    Location: Acme's chair

  14. HeX


    Joined: Jun 20, 2004

    Posts: 10,918

    Location: Huddersfield, UK

    Technically a C64.

    But actual proper PC, it was an AST Advantage!

    Packed full of the following beige fury:

    Intel DX2 50MHz
    4MB RAM
    1MB Cirrus Logic
    SoundBlaster 16
    270MB HDD
    2x CD-ROM
    14" CRT
  15. andicole0


    Joined: Sep 12, 2005

    Posts: 4,624

    Location: Robertsbridge

    Started with a ZX80 but had much better Data General kit at work. Moved onto a BBC before going PC with a 386 and never looked back.
  16. NMBlack


    Joined: Sep 21, 2013

    Posts: 391

    Location: London

    Vic 20......with a 16k memory expansion board!
  17. DarrenM343

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Oct 19, 2008

    Posts: 2,299

    Amstrad CPC464 with green screen monitor.
    Had long break between using Amstrad and getting back into computing again with the P100.
    FIrst PC was a P100 from Time computers (ran loads of full page ads at the time).
  18. Holst1981


    Joined: Dec 1, 2015

    Posts: 684

    Acorn electron with audio tape storage.
  19. jpod

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jun 16, 2011

    Posts: 1,534

    Location: Cheshire

    Used mates fathers homemade basic PC in an aluminum box. He was a university lecturer and right in there at the beginning and when he was not using it to tot up his accounts we played games with cursours going around a maze. In black and white.

    Tape decks.....floppy disks.....took bloody ages and I am impatient and half the time it did not work.

    I guess some of the earlier ones would have been Intel 386? 486 I don't recall.

    Then they became home PCs. Atari's, Apple, basic. Some had Pacman we were amazeballs at it. In the meantime when given the choice between an Oric 1 and a guitar and amp rock and roll won early 1980's.


    Used an Apple at Uni mid 1980's. Bought an Amiga for gaming. Then a second-hand laptop. New laptop. Made several desktops with uber PC overlord tech guru mates and then after two builds started to build them myself self (always with your ongoing help and advice I might add).

    I had to learn some IT skills because I could not bombard said PC uber gurus everytime something didn't work...had to learn to keep them running.

    Still terrible at the guitar. But I am delighted I missed out on the tapes, floppy, BBC, Sinclair slow stuff and I can tinker with the stuff around the turn of the century!

    Decent two and quad cores was where I jumped on to desktops! It has all become a bit more user friendly which suits a novice like me.
  20. t31os


    Joined: May 24, 2006

    Posts: 3,170

    Location: Surrey - UK

    Commodore 16 with a tape loader, loud screechy thing > Windows 95 PC as a birthday gift some years later

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