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Your first PC memories and most notable upgrade ?

I started out with computers on my family's PC when i was 8 or so. It was some "Medion" PC (when the brand was still around) with Windows 98 on it. I remember mostly playing flash games back then. Then i went for a very low-end PC for myself when i was around 12 and had a bit of money saved up. (also don't remember any of the specs)


Most noteable upgrade was when i upgraded from this PC to something "proper" with a 3770K and a GTX 660Ti when i was around 16. From being barely able to play flash games to being able to play Battlefield 3 at Ultra 60+ fps all of a sudden was a huge jump for me.

Current Specs:

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 5600X - Motherboard: ASUS ROG Strix B550-E - GPU: PNY RTX 3080 XLR8 Epic-X - RAM: 4x8GB (32GB) G.Skill TridentZ RGB 3600MHz CL16 - PSU: Corsair RMx (2018) 850W - Storage: 500 GB Corsair MP600 (Boot) + 2 TB Sabrent Rocket Q (Storage) - Cooling: EK, HW Labs & Alphacool custom loop - Case: Lian-Li PC O11 Dynamic - Fans: 6x Noctua NF-A12x25 - AMP/DAC: FiiO K5 Pro - OS: Windows 11 preview - Monitor: ASUS ROG Swift PG35VQ - Mouse: Logitech G Pro + Powerplay - Keyboard: Logitech G915 TKL - Headphones: Beyerdynamic Amiron Home - Microphone: Antlion ModMic


Temperatures @steady state: Furmark + CinebenchR23 running for 1 hour. Fans @850RPM. Pump @1600RPM.

Water: 37°C

CPU: 73°C

GPU: 54°C

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My first one pc from 2005 had p4 630, Nvidia fx5700ve, 512mb RAM, Windows XP and 200gh hard disk

Then in 2010 i get a netbook for birthday (i join High school) with the weaker atom ever, the z520

Then for Christmas 2011 a decent notebook with i7 2670qm, 8gb RAM and Nvidia gt540m, but with a very slow 500gb hard disk, now my sister use it (with a 240ssd upgrade)

6 years ago with my first own money i build my PC, i5 4670k, 8gb RAM, amd R9 280 and 1tb SSD, between 2019 and 2020 i upgraded the PC with 16gb RAM, 500gb SSD and gtx1650 super

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There have been 2 times in the last 30 years of computing that I've felt a leap forward level noticeable speed increase. 

1) going from a HDD to SSD boot drive for the first time ever

2) Going from Intel to M1. Not even in intensive things-- everything in daily computing is just quicker. Very similar to the change the first time I got an SSD boot drive. 

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As far as I can remember my first memories with PCs are from our first family computer - eMachines eTower 466i with Windows 98SE. I used to play a lot of 'Tank Racer', but also there was some program my parents had installed from a CD that came with a PC magazine, the program was 'Drawing for children' and I used to play around a lot with it as well.

The most notable upgrade I struggle to decide between going from the family computer with AMD Sempron 2500+ 1.75GHz, 1GB DDR1, AMD Radeon 9550 128MB, 80GB IDE HDD and Windows XP Pro SP3 to my first own computer, a pre-built Acer Aspire M1930 (Intel Celeron G530 2.4GHz, 4GB DDR3, AMD Radeon HD7470 2GB, 1TB HDD, Windows 7 Pro). That was an impressive difference for me. That PC I bought in May 2012 and with upgrades continue to use to this day, even typing this on it now. The other notable upgrade is going from HDD to SSD (from 2-3 minutes to boot to a couple of seconds), now I get annoyed when trying to do something quickly on PCs/laptops with HDDs.

Main PC: Acer IPISB-VR│Intel Core i7-2600s 2.8GHz│CoolerMaster CPU Cooler│16GB DDR3 1600MHz Dual-channel│AMD Radeon RX460 4GB│SanDisk Z410 120GB SSD + WD Blue 1TB 7200rpm + Seagate 1TB 7200rpm│Windows 7 Pro x64│CoolerMaster Silencio 352M│Seasonic M12II-520 EVO 520W│Acer SA220Q 22" 1920x1080

Secondary PC: HP IPISB-CH│Intel Core i5-2320 3GHz│DeepCool Ice Edge Mini FS V2│8GB DDR3 1333MHz│AMD R9 270 2GB│WD Green 120GB SSD + WD Blue 1TB 2.5"│Windows 7 Ultimate x64│Acer Aspire M1930│CoolerMaster B500 v2 500W│Samsung S19B300 1366x768 & Fujitsu-Siemens P15-1 1024x768

Test PC: ASUS M2N│AMD Athlon64 x2 4600+ 2.4GHz│Stock AMD cooler from A8-7600│8GB DDR2 800MHz│nVidia GeForce 9500GT 1GB│Hitachi Deskstar 80GB 7200rpm│Windows 7 Pro x64│Codegen ATX6061│FSP Group 350W│Samsung S22D300 1920x1080

HTPC: HP Elite 8200 USDT│Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz│6GB DDR3 1333MHz Dual-channel│Intel HD Graphics 2000│500GB 5400rpm│Windows 10 Pro x64│JVC LT-32VF30K 32" 1920x1080
Main laptop: HP EliteBook 8470p│Intel Core i7-3520M 2.9GHz│8GB DDR3 1600MHz Dual-channel│Intel HD4000 Graphics│WD Green 240GB SSD│Win 10 Pro x64│14.1" 1600x900

Secondary laptop: HP EliteBook 8470p│Intel Core i5-3320M 2.6GHz│8GB DDR3 1600MHz Dual-channel│Intel HD4000 Graphics│Kingston 240GB SSD│Win 7 Pro x64│14.1" 1600x900

Main phone: Sony Xperia X CompactOther phones: Sony Xperia L3, Sony Xperia Z3 Compact (x2){and both are dead now}, Sony Xperia E3, Sony Xperia Tipo + 12 more (not going not list everything)


Small laptop: Acer Aspire One D255│Intel Atom N550 1.5GHz│2GB DDR3 1333MHz│Intel GMA3150 256MB│Western Digital 500GB 5400rpm KingDian S100 32GB SSD│Win 7 Ultimate x64 & Win 10 Pro x6410.1" 1024x600

Old secondary PC: ASUS A7V8X-X│AMD Sempron 3000+ 2.0GHz│Titan CPU Cooler│1.75GB DDR 400MHz│nVidia GeForce FX5700LE 256MB│2 x WesternDigital 40GB 7200rpm│Windows XP Pro SP3│Some case without sidepanel│Codegen 300XA 350W│Dell E173FP 17" 1280x1024 & Fujitsu-Siemens P15-1 1024x768Philips 200P4 20" 1600x1200

Dad's laptop: Acer ????│Intel Core i5-????M ?.?GHz│8GB DDR3 1333MHz Dual-channel│nVidia GeForce ??? 2GB│Kingston A400 120GB SSD│Windows 10 Pro x64│15.6" 1366x768

Grandfather's laptop: Compaq  Presario V6000│AMD Turion 64 X2 TL-56 1.8GHz│2GB DDR2 667MHz│nVidia GeForce Go6150 128MB (died 4 times for now)│Toshiba 160GB 5400rpm│Win Vista Ultimate SP2 & Win 10 Pro x64 Windows 7 Ultimate x64│15.4" 1280x800

"The Old" PC: eMachines eTower 466i│Intel Celeron 466MHz│512MB RAM PC133│nVidia GeForce FX5200 128MB PCI│Seagate Baracuda 40GB 7200rpm│Windows 98SE & Windows XP Pro SP3│IBM P50 14" 1024x768 CRT

"The Floppy" laptop: Clevo 2700C│Intel Pentium III 1.1GHz│512MB PC133 SDRAM│SiS 630 32MB shared│Samsung 40GB│Windows XP Pro SP3│15" 1024x768

"The P4" laptop: HP Pavillion ZD8000│Intel Pentium 4 3.2GHz│2GB DDR2 666MHz Dual-channel│ATi Mobility Radeon X600 256MB│Seagate 100GB│Windows XP Pro SP3│17" 1440x900


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My First own self payed Upgrade was 16mb sdram  to 32mb sdram on my AMD K6 266 to play Dungeon Keeper 2.


It went from unplayable to the best gaming memorys ever 😄


AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 3955WX, 16C/32T


Asus WRX80


Samsung 128 GB DDR4 2133mhz @ 2666Mhz


EVGA RTX 3090 XC3 Ultra Gaming (Windows 10VM)

RAID 2x2TB HDD with Optane 32GB as cache. Samsung 980 PRO 1 TB PCIe 4.0 as boot drive




Win11 Workstation

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My first pc was an HP pavilion, with a PIII 450, 128mb ram, a VoodooII 16mb, and a 20gb Bigfoot 🙂


Notable upgrade? Z77 to B550.. Holy shit is it fast. M.2 and all, maybe that's why its so much faster lol.


Most memorable? Leaving 3x Raptor 150s in Raid0 for an OCZ RevoDrive. I don't know.. I still think Z77 to B550 was the biggest.


Like holy shit you guys, its a crazy upgrade. 

AMD R9 5900X | Thermalright Frost Commander 140

Asus Strix B550-F Gaming | 4x8GB G.Skill Trident Z 3200C14

EVGA RTX 3070 Ti FTW3 Ultra | WD SN750 500GB, 1TB

Prime GX-750 | Fractal Design Meshify C | Many CFM's

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On 3/28/2021 at 8:20 PM, Shoxxx said:



I was just thinking back about when my first PC happened and the various upgrades over the years.

I was lucky enough to see a large range of changes in the PC world and how its been a long time since a true hype change.

I was wondering what peoples most impactful events regarding the PC were to them, it would be cool from a "Big tech milestones" perspective.


First PC Experiance:

My dad brining home a 286 based prebuilt PC with a Color Monitor (Hardcore) running windows 3.1, all I did was play with MS Paint until it was bed time.


Most impactful memory:

Quake came out and that was the first time seeing true 3d graphics, a 3dfx voodoo rush GPU ended up following soon (First 3dfx gpu do have 2d+3d built in), I remember that being a life changing experience for me in my PC world.


Latest memory of a wow this is lifechanging factor PC change:


My good ol' laptop could only play gta vice city and san andreas on low settings with a trackpad . My first upgrade was getting a mouse.

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Just about every upgrade for me felt major.  My first computer had a gts 250 with a AMD quadcore (dont remember the other specs for it) I eventually upgraded to the fx 8350 with a 660.  After that I got dual 970s just about the same time i got my current monitor a older rog swift, It's a 2k but no HDR.  Finally did a full system upgrade back in December with a 5800x and a 3070.   Each upgrade was like a whole new world for me lol.

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My first huge upgrade was GT 1030 and Intel 2400 to GTX 1060 and Ryzen 1400

Night and day difference, although most of that can be attributed to the gpu upgrade

NOT A PROFESSIONAL, just a tech nerd. I am a human and can be incorrect. dont forget to quote me and put full specs in troubleshooting posts

Main Setup (all prices in USD since its pretty widespread and well known)    PCPartPicker List Link


AMD Ryzen 5 1400 CPU - $85, Deepcool Gammaxx 400 V2 Blue CPU Cooler - $25, Biostar B450MH AM4 Motherboard - $65, Timetec 16GB (2x8) 3200MHz CL16 DDR4 RAM - $60, Adata SU650 240GB M.2 SSD - $30, WD Caviar Blue 250GB 7200RPM HDD - $20, Seagate Barracuda  320GB 7200RPM HDD - $20, MSI Aero Nvidia GTX 1060 3GB GPU - $200, Cougar MG130G Micro-ATX Case - $50, Aresgame AGK750 Fully Modular 80+ Gold PSU - $90, HP 22EB 21.5" 1080P 60Hz Monitor - $100, Samsung 21.5" 2S22E450D 1080P 60Hz Monitor - $90, Sceptre E205-W 19.5" 1600-3R 900P 75Hz Monitor - $70, GK73X Hot-Swappable Mechanical Keyboard (Gateron Red Switches) - $70, HK Gaming Dye Sub Chalk Keycaps - $40, Steelseries Rival 3 Mouse - $30, Aresgame RGB Mouse Pad - Came with bundle, Random XXL Amazon Mouse Pad - $10, Widesen USB Condenser Mic - $20, Gertisan Mic Arm - $12 (adapter needed, + $4), OneOdio Over Ear Headphones - $33, Cooler Master SickleFlow 120MM Blue Fan - $10, Iceberg Thermal IceGALE 140MM Teal Fan 2 Pack - $45, Cougar 120MM Case Fan - Included with MG 130G

Rack Project (Build log link)



Rack Project PC (1)


Intel Core i5-2400 CPU - $25, Vetroo L5 CPU Cooler - $30, Dell Optiplex 390 LGA 1155 Motherboard - $15, G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB (2x8) 1866MHz CL10 DDR3 RAM  - $50, Leven 120GB 2.5" SSD - $22, MSI Aero Nvidia GTX 1050 TI 4GB - $150, Segotep GP 600W Non-Modular 80+ Gold PSU - $52, Tecware Spectre RGB Pro Mechanical Keyboard (Outemu Brown Switches) - $70, Pictek T16 Mouse - $23

Rack Project PC (2)


Intel Core i5-2400 CPU - $25, Enermax ETS-N31 CPU Cooler - $25, Dell Optiplex 390 LGA 1155 Motherboard - $15, 8GB (2x4) Hynix 1600MHz CL11 DDR3 RAM - $30, Leven 120GB 2.5" SSD - $22, Intel HD 2000 Graphics - Integrated into CPU, Cooler Master MasterWatt Lite 600W Non-Modular 80+ PSU - $50, HP Office Keyboard - $5, Havit Mouse - $10

 "I had the parts lying around" PC


AMD A8-4555M CPU, "Stock" Cooler, Coinmine ITX Motherboard - ($Total of 3=$35), 8GB (2x4) Hynix 1333MHz CLsomething DDR3 SODIMM RAM - $22, HP 120GB 2.5" SSD - $203, AMD Radeon 7600G Graphics - Integrated into CPU, EVGA N1 400W Non-Modular PSU - $40, InWin 303 (Yes, I know its a ridiculously expensive and high end case for this type of build. I got one for free and had it lying around.) - $90, Thermaltake Riing 120MM Blue Fan (x3) - $17 Each, Cooler Master 120MM Case Fan - $10, Redragon S107 Keyboard + Mouse + Mouse Pad - $37

Other parts I have lying around


3 Dell Optiplex Stock Coolers (1 broken), Cooler Master T2 Cooler, Intel Stock Cooler, Replace Power 420W PSU, Broken FX-8350, Broken Asrock 970 Motherboard, 2x4GB DDR3 RAM 1333MHz, a Dell Office KB, a bunch of office mice

Dell Inspiron 15-3575 Laptop


Intel Celeron N4000 CPU, 4GB RAM, Windows 10 Home Activated 64 Bit, 500GB HDD, Intel UHD 600 Graphics

Gateway Vintage Laptop from 2006 probably


Intel Core 2 Duo T5500, 3GB RAM, Windows Vista Home Premium Activated 32 Bit, 250GB HDD, Intel 965 Graphics


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My first personal computer was a dell optiplex with a pentium 4, 512mb ram, 40gb hard drive and no graphics running Windows XP. I used that from ~2009? to 2012 and it was painful. Most notable upgrade was buying a new laptop.


CPU - FX 8350 @ 4.5GHZ GPU - Radeon 5700  Mobo - M5A99FX Pro R2.0 RAM - Crucial Ballistix 16GB @ 1600 PSU - Corsair CX600M CPU Cooler - Hyper 212 EVO Storage - Samsung EVO 250GB, WD Blue 1TB

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My first memory was when my dad bought a pre built gateway for himself and once he realized that with him, my brother, and I all being in the house it would be easier to get one more computer for my brother and I to share. Well for the first 2-3 months of getting the exact same model PC as what he had bought for himself, it was speanding more time at best buy or out to some external repair shop for repeated blue screens and the inability of the machine to work. It had something to do with the fact the Motherboard couldn't handle the amount of RAM that was installed on there. It took one of my sisters friends to come take a look at it to figure it out. My first noteable upgrade was well going from my recent laptop to my current desktop.

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My first computer was a 486 DX 2 in 1993. I was able to run pacman on dos. Soon after, windows 3.1 came out and I was mesmerized. 

  • CPU
    9900KS @ 5.0 avx offset 0/ cache 4.7/ @1.33v
  • Motherboard
    asus strix ROG z390-i
  • RAM
    8gb x2 G.skill ddr 4 3600 (OCed to 4000 17-19-19-39 @1.4v)
  • GPU
    Asus Strix OC RTX 3080 10GB  
  • Case
    Corsair 280x Crystal
  • Storage
    1tb Samsung SSD + 2x (512gb Samsung) SSD
  • PSU
    Seasonic GM 650 650Watt Gold (semi-modular)
  • Display(s)
  • Cooling
    H115i platinum/ 2x NF-A14 (GPU intake)/ 2xNFA14 (H115i radiator exhaust fan) 2x Corsair ML PRO 140(front intake) / 1x NF-A8 (exhaust)/ 2 x Corsair LL 120 (GPU deshroud fans)
  • Keyboard
    Corsair K70 LUX MX RED/ Microsoft Designer Keyboard Bluetooth
  • Mouse
    Corsair Harpoon RGB
  • Sound
    Audioengine A2+/ Audioengine d1 dac/ B&O h6
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Flicking the small red switch on the PSU as a kid not knowing what it did, melting every cable inside the machine and tripping the house fuse after plugging it in....ooof! 😕 

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