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What was the first computer you built?

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Back in 1997,  my very first build was...

 

Motherboard -  something off the shelf at BB (when they actually sold computer parts)

CPU - Cyrix 6x86 166mhz

8mb EDO ram

3DFX Voodoo 1 Graphics card

STB 24bit color 2D card 

1x CD-ROM drive (kill me)

33,600 baud modem

120mb hard drive

1.44mb 3.5" floppy drive

DOS 6.22 OS, and Windows 3.1

 

It was a much needed upgrade from my Magnavox 386-sx 16mhz system.

 

 

Please, Include pics of your system if you still have it (or have pictures)  Let's see those KILLER builds!! :)

 

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Intel Core i5 3550 3.3GHZ

ASUS P8Z77-V LX Z77

Corsair Vengeance 8GB DDR3

GTX 560Ti

NZXT H440

Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB

Corsair CX500

 

Pretty much the same PC I'm using right now, minus some upgrades.

CPU: Intel i5 3550           | Cooler: Corsair A50          | Motherboard: Asus P8Z77      | Storage: Crucial MX200 250GB |

RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB   | GPU: GTX 1650                | Case: NZXT H440 (Red/Black)  | PSU: EVGA 650W G2            |

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my current rig.

i5 6600k (should have gotten the 7700k)

z170m-plus

H105 later with LTT fans

16gb vengeance LPX 

Strix 970

500gb 850 evo later added 5tb x300, 250gb 850 evo

obsidian 350D

RM750X

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1995 ish,

 

Can't even remember the motherboard its been that long.

Nexgen 586-100

4mb memory

number nine image 128 graphics

 

Had this comp for about 2 years updated the amount of ram to 8 mb and  nV Riva 128

 

When I first built the computer couldn't even install Windows 3.1 on it cause the bios wasn't supported it wasn't till about 6 months later that was solved.  Lots of DOS applications :)

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I can't remember everything so bare with me...

Pentium 3 1 Ghz

512mb ddr

NVidia GeForce 440 (cant remember exact model)

10 gb bigfoot hard disk

Pci soundblaster sound card with eax 24bit

windows 2000/xp

I liked windows 2000 better than XP but memory ceiling issues made me upgrade. I still managed to maintain the look by disabling a lot of bells and whistles...XD

I used an old ISA 16-bit network adapter. I think it too was a sound card... had a headphone jack so, I dunno.

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I7-4770 (still using it)

8 gb ddr3

MSI R9 270x

1tb hdd

some gigabyte motherboard that broke. 

CPU: AMD 3800X GPU: GTX 1080 Ti RAM: (16GB) 2x Corsair 8gb DDR4 3200Mhz Drives: SanDisk 240GB SSD, Samsung 500GB SSD, WD 1TB HDD

Motherboard: MSI X470 Gaming pro plus PSU: Gigabyte 650 watt Monitor(s): 27 inch AOC 1440p

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Core 2 Duo E6600

Gibagyte GA-EP45-DS3
2GB GEiL DDR2 800

XFX 8800GTS 640MB

160GB Seagate 7200RPM

800W Superflower 80+ Modular PSU

Antec 900

LG Flatron L194WT-SF

Razer Lachesis Mouse

Razer Lycosa Blue LED keyboard

Razer Xact Mat Mousepad

 

That was well over 10 years ago now. That computer lasted well close to 8 years before it completely died.

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AMD Phenom 1055t

Asus M4A87TD/USB3

ATI 5770

 

Can't remeber the ram psu and other things, but that was my GPU/CPU/Mobo. Long time ago now. Mobo and CPU still being used in our family PC

 

Processor: i7 7700k@Stock GPU: GTX 1080 MSI Armor OC  Mobo: Asus Prime Z270-A RAM: Corsair LPX 16GB 3200 MHz CPU Cooler: be quiet! Dark Rock 3 SSD: Sandisk Ultra 2 960GB Case: Phanteks P400s PSU: Gigabyte B700H Monitor: AOC G2460PF 1080p 144Hz Mouse: Logitech G900 Keyboard: Corsair Strafe w/ MX Blues

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I didn't build my first PC, my uncle did, but my current one I did:

Ryzen 7 1700

AX370 Gaming K7

Corsair Vengeance LPX 3200

Noctua U12S (planning on getting a Kraken x52 for my bday)

Thermaltake View 21 (planning on also getting a Phanteks P400S TG for bday)

Gigabyte G1 Gaming GTX 1080

hi

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Pentium 4, 2gb ddr2 I believe, nvidia 8400gs,160gb IDE drive, and I cant remember the board. I bought the MOBO used from a Dell prebuilt PC.

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My sig line.

CPU: i7-4790k MOBO: Asus Maximus VII Gene RAM: 16GB Corsair Vengeance Pro CPU Cooler: NZXT Kraken X63 w/ Noctua NF-A14s 

GPU: Asus Strix GTX-980 Case: Corsair 350D PSU: Corsair AX-760i Storage: 2 x 500GB Evo RAID0 + 2 x 8TB WD Red's in RAID1 

 

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4 hours ago, Blacklotus84 said:

I can't remember everything so bare with me...

Pentium 3 1 Ghz

512mb ddr

NVidia GeForce 440 (cant remember exact model)

10 gb bigfoot hard disk

Pci soundblaster sound card with eax 24bit

windows 2000/xp

I liked windows 2000 better than XP but memory ceiling issues made me upgrade. I still managed to maintain the look by disabling a lot of bells and whistles...XD

I used an old ISA 16-bit network adapter. I think it too was a sound card... had a headphone jack so, I dunno.

I built a similar computer to this as my first computer as well.

 

Although Geforce 440?  That card didn't come out till like late 2000s, unless you happened to build a Pentium 3 computer during that time.

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Last year I built a build for a family member:

 

i3 7100

8GB Ram

256 GB SSD

GTX 1050ti

 

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Well I bought it used but I did a lot of upgrading myself and pretty much rebuilt it from the ground up, its basically my current system before I upgraded the CPU, GPU, and RAM.

 

AMD Phenom II X2 550 @ 3.2ghz

Gigabyte 770 board

Nvidia GeForce 9800GT 512mb reference

4GB DDR3-1333 G.Skill in red

250GB Seagate Barracuda 7200RPM SATA HDD

HP DVD-ROM Drive

Antec Case from like 2009

some Antec case fans

Antec Earthwatts 650W PSU

CPU: AMD FX 4170 @ 4.7ghz Motherboard: Asus M5A97-R2.0 RAM: 11GB DDR3-1600 GPU: Asus Geforce GTX 780ti 3GB Reference Case: Cooler Master Storm Scout Storage: 1x 250GB Seagate Barracuda 7200RPM, 1x 500GB Seagate Barracuda 7200RPM, 1x 500gb Hitachi 7200RPM  PSU: Antec Earthwatts 650W Display: Dell U2410 (1920x1200 @ 60hz, 24") Cooling: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO, 3x 140mm Cooler Master fan Keyboard: Lenovo OEM keyboard (membrane) Mouse: Redragon Centrophorus Sound: Sound Blaster xFi sound card & Marley Good Vibrations headphones Operating System: Windows 10 1809

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I've also helped my friends build several Core2 and Pentium D based systems with used parts

CPU: AMD FX 4170 @ 4.7ghz Motherboard: Asus M5A97-R2.0 RAM: 11GB DDR3-1600 GPU: Asus Geforce GTX 780ti 3GB Reference Case: Cooler Master Storm Scout Storage: 1x 250GB Seagate Barracuda 7200RPM, 1x 500GB Seagate Barracuda 7200RPM, 1x 500gb Hitachi 7200RPM  PSU: Antec Earthwatts 650W Display: Dell U2410 (1920x1200 @ 60hz, 24") Cooling: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO, 3x 140mm Cooler Master fan Keyboard: Lenovo OEM keyboard (membrane) Mouse: Redragon Centrophorus Sound: Sound Blaster xFi sound card & Marley Good Vibrations headphones Operating System: Windows 10 1809

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16 minutes ago, DrAwesome821 said:

I've also helped my friends build several Core2 and Pentium D based systems with used parts

I love scavenging old computer parts into modern cases.  A lot of my "junk" is still better that many people's current hardware :)

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The first one I built was a Q6600 + HD 6770 1GB machine. 4GB of DDR2, cheapo PSU and drives that I found, stock cooler into some sort of Antec tower IIRC.

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51 minutes ago, Wadzinsky said:

I love scavenging old computer parts into modern cases.  A lot of my "junk" is still better that many people's current hardware :)

Yeah man, between the local FreeGeek store and a few recycling centers, I've found a bunch of great things, mainly an Apple IIc and a couple aluminum macbooks

CPU: AMD FX 4170 @ 4.7ghz Motherboard: Asus M5A97-R2.0 RAM: 11GB DDR3-1600 GPU: Asus Geforce GTX 780ti 3GB Reference Case: Cooler Master Storm Scout Storage: 1x 250GB Seagate Barracuda 7200RPM, 1x 500GB Seagate Barracuda 7200RPM, 1x 500gb Hitachi 7200RPM  PSU: Antec Earthwatts 650W Display: Dell U2410 (1920x1200 @ 60hz, 24") Cooling: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO, 3x 140mm Cooler Master fan Keyboard: Lenovo OEM keyboard (membrane) Mouse: Redragon Centrophorus Sound: Sound Blaster xFi sound card & Marley Good Vibrations headphones Operating System: Windows 10 1809

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Intel Pentium 4 HT 3.2E

AOpen AX4SPE-UN

1 GB DDR

GeForce 6200

80GB WD SATA Drive

AOpen QF50C Case + PSU.

Intel® Core™ i7-12700 | GIGABYTE B660 AORUS MASTER DDR4 | Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB OC | 32GB Corsair Vengeance® RGB Pro DDR4 | Samsung 850 EVO 250GB | WD Green 1.5TB | Windows 11 Pro

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Intel® Core™ i7-7600U | Seagate 500GB HDD | 16GB DDR4 | Windows 10 Enterprise | HP EliteBook 850 G4

Intel® Core™ i5-8520U | WD Blue M.2 250GB | 1TB Seagate FireCuda | 8GB DDR4 | Windows 11 Home | ASUS Vivobook 15 

Intel® Core™ i7-3520M | GT 630M | 16 GB Corsair Vengeance® DDR3 | Samsung 850 EVO 250GB | macOS Catalina  Lenovo IdeaPad P580

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Case: In-Win 703 (red/black)
CPU: Intel 4790K (Devil's Canyon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo
Mobo: ASRock Fatal1ty Z97 Killer
RAM: 2x8GB Kingston Hyper-X Fury DDR3 (red)
Storage: 2x3TB Seagate BarraCuda 7200 RPM
Graphics: Asus GeForce 1060 6GB
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA G3 650W Gold certified fully modular
OS: Dual boot Windows & Linux Mint
External HDD: Seagate FreeAgent Desk

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I think I've built 1 or 2 before this but this was my first good gaming quality build and I actually don't remember all my earlier specs before this build, haha.

 

What I can remember...

Pentium 4 3.2Ghz

Geforce 6800gt

Some Raidmax case.

Viewsong 19" CRT Monitor

 

At the time this thing slayed on games like Doom.

 

 

 

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Ummm lets see, probably 10 years ago.

 

Athlon X2 245 I think?

3GB DDR2 (one 2GB stick and one 1GB stick lol)

ECS motherboard

250GB Seagate HDD

XFX 9400GT

Logysis Area 51 Case + Logysis 480w PSU (that would go on to kill a motherboad when it died)

 

Desktop: i7 7700K @ 4.7Ghz, 16GB DDR4, Cooler Master H80i v2, 500GB M.2 SSD, Fractal Focus G *white* case, Gigabyte 1080 8GB

Laptop: EVGA SC17 1070: i7 6820HK, GTX 1070, 32GB DDR4, 256GB SSD, 1TB HDD, 4K Gysnc panel

Laptop: Eluktronics Mech 15 G2, i7 8750H, 1060 6GB, 16GB DDR4, 480GB Nvme SSD, 144hz panel  

 

 

 

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