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What was your first PC spec?

Discussion in 'Retro Gaming and Vintage Computing' started by Thesnipergecko, Jul 5, 2018.

  1. craigyhay


    Joined: Mar 20, 2008

    Posts: 88

    Location: grotty Grimsby

    amstrad 464 complete with cassette reader that loved to take about ten minutes plus loading and then whine there was a read error
  2. Lustral

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Oct 6, 2004

    Posts: 1,177

    Location: Southampton, UK

    Circa 1993

    Intel 486 DX-2 66Mhz eventually upgraded to a AMD DX-4 120Mhz , which didnt actually run at 120Mhz though due to the limitations of the motherboard.
    8Mb RAM upgraded to 16Mb RAM
    340Mb Western Digital Hard Drive
    SoundBlaster AWE-32 (That was a big card)
    1Mb S3 Graphics
    Dual Speed CD-ROM which was upgraded to a Quad Speed.

    Ran DOOM , Heretic , IndyCar Racing and other games of that era quite well.
  3. CaptainRAVE

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Nov 21, 2004

    Posts: 29,371

    Interesting thread. Absolutely loved my Amiga, but when I got my first PC and tried some demo games my mind was absolutely blown. One of the first being Jedi Knight Dark Forces II, it was like a whole new world for me. Then came games like Half Life that just blew my mind. With lots of problems at home it was an escape into another world.

    I think my first PC (for school work of course!) was a Pentium 200 MMX, 4gb HDD, 16Mb ram (upgraded to 64Mb shortly after I think), some kind of 3D Rage Pro card I think (soon upgraded to Voodoo 2), 15" CRT. Shop bought. Frequently broken and on the phone to tech support due to my tinkering.

    It really was a golden age of gaming. Lots of innovation, lots of expensive upgrades needed. I remember my first custom PC build and the first 1Ghz AMD chip that we had been desperately waiting for.
  4. Mikeey


    Joined: Mar 5, 2009

    Posts: 50

    Can’t remember exact spec but my first pc only had 512k memory and I was always jealous of anyone who had 640k! Similarly it was only CGA and I had VGA envy!