Question What was the specs of your very first gaming PC?

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I am much interested on how you guys got into PC gaming and what hardware you were using back then.

My very first gaming PC had a Pentium II 333 MHz processor, 64 MB RAM, 4 GB hard drive, 16 MB Riva TNT video card, and a Creative Sound Blaster 16 sound card paired with a 14" 1024x768 CRT monitor, standard keyboard (no gaming yet) and mouse.

Can you share your PC specs back then and laugh how puny it is compared to our hardware now?
 
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My first gaming PC was also my first PC (in the "IBM compatible" sense anyway). It was 486 DX2-66 with a 4x CDROM drive and a Soundblaster audio card. I don't remember the graphics that it had. Still, it was just after the boom started by Doom when I got into PC gaming, sometime around 1994 or 1995.

I pretty much have been a "PC gamer" all my life though having owned various Atari computers (400, 800, 800XL, 520ST, 1040ST) from an early age on up along with a Commodore 64 and 128 somewhere in all of that.
 
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Jesus, it's been a while but from memory my first PC was a Pentium II 266Mhz CPU, 32mb RAM, 4GB HDD and no video card to start with. Can't remember the sound card but it was some sound blaster variant.

When I did finally break down and buy a video card it was a 3dFX Voodoo II 12MB. I remember being pissed that I didn't get the card that had that pretty decent Descent-clone Forsaken packaged with it.

Remember when computers were all beige? What was that about?
 
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I pretty much have been a "PC gamer" all my life though having owned various Atari computers (400, 800, 800XL, 520ST, 1040ST) from an early age on up along with a Commodore 64 and 128 somewhere in all of that
That reminds me, before the PC I had an Amiga 500 which I love to this day. I don't have it anymore but I did pick up an Amiga 1000 on ebay years back which must be lying around somewhere waiting for me to fire up Zool 2 or Pinball Dreams.
 

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My first PC was the Compaq Presario (at least I think that was the brand) Pentium 66, but it was quickly replaced with the Compaq Presario Pentium 75 because of some type of error I can't quite remember. Other than that my oldest computer was the Atari 520ST which I still own. What is left from my Presario is my old hard drive and I do wonder what the younger me left in that one.
 
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Ah, the good old times. The first one to actually have a discreet gpu (if you can call it one) was an 850 mhz Celeron, a whopping 256 MB RAM, a Siluro T400, on an old gigabyte motherboard, 30 gigs of Maxtor storage, and all that in a fancy, no name white and purple case
 
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Funny how there seems to be more Atari ST people then Amiga here! I had a 520STFM. Before that I had a 128k Spectrum +2 (built in tape deck, baby) and originally a 48k speccy with the rubber keys. I still have them all somewhere.

First PC though was a Windows 95 desktop. Pentium 100 with 8MB RAM. It had some pre 3d 32bit Cirrus logic graphics and a Soundblaster compatible of some kind. It came with a 14 inch monitor at 1280x1024 max IIRC although that looked tiny when there wasnt any scaling in Windows at the time. Or at least I wasn't aware.

I remember the specs well because it was before we had the internet. I had a very specific budget and as an early teenager at that point I combed the PC mags of the time looking for the cheapest way I could get the fastest hardware possible for my money.

Hardware was way more expensive than now, even if there werent the €1200 2080Tis. You can really put something together quite cheap today and still be able to do have a decent experience, back then my low mid range machine cost £999, adjusted for inflation you could put something pretty good together today with that money.
 
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My first gaming PC was also my first PC (in the "IBM compatible" sense anyway). It was 486 DX2-66 with a 4x CDROM drive and a Soundblaster audio card. I don't remember the graphics that it had. Still, it was just after the boom started by Doom when I got into PC gaming, sometime around 1994 or 1995.
Pretty much same, some 486 processor with CD drive, don't remember much else other than Doom II was taking up SO MUCH SPACE and I spent way more time in DOS than in Windows 3.11. It was around 1995-1997 I guess, damn that was quite a bit ago.
 

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@Frindis The 1200 was very nice! I had friend with Amigas too.

I played Stunt Car Racer a lot on my ST. In the later days games started to require 1 mb RAM and my old 520 only had 1/2 a meg.

Even more frustrating because my parents bought me Chaos Engine and Street Fighter 2 for Xmas one year and I could never play them. Not a problem when you're an Amiga 1200 person I suppose :D
 
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When I was young my Dad bought a 486 SX 25 I think. And then got a pentium overclock chip to boost the clock frequency.

The first gaming PC I bought myself was in 2001, an Athlon XP something. With a Geforce 4 series (I think).

It all seems so long ago now.
 
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My first PC was a Dell that I bought in 2001. Dell didn't make gaming PCs at the time so I had to upgrade their standard offerings. It had a 1.9 GHz CPU, 80GB HDD, Nvidia 64MB GPU ($350!) 256MB RAM (RAMBUS so it would have cost me $1000 just to upgrade to 1GB!), and a Trinitron 20" CRT (heavy!). The whole thing cost me around $3000. Believe it or not, it played Half-Life 2 with nary a hitch. I still have it. I remember taking it to inComp USA and they looked at me like I was handing them a towering pile of junk. They told me that the PSU was blown and that they couldn't repair due to Dell's proprietary nature. Turned out one of my RAM chips had died and my PSU was fine. Oh well, they're gone and I'm still here.

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Intel 80386SX 16MHz
Less than 1MB of RAM
40MB Hard Disk Drive
Trident SVGA 8900C Graphics
14" SVGA Monitor
MS-DOS 4.0

And a little bit later...

Intel 80486DX/33
4MB RAM
SoundBlaster 16 CT1750 with Yamaha OPL3
2X Creative Labs Optical Drive
MS-DOS 6
Microsoft Windows 3.1
 
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Had a 386 with no CD-ROM or sound card running 3.1 for most of the 90s, but in '98 I had my first gaming PC was a black futuristic looking Compaq Pentium II. I don't recall the specs but I did install a Diamond Monster 3D accelerator card in it. Spent a lot of time modding in skins and maps into Unreal Tournament.

My first build was 2007 in my 20s, a AMD 64 chip and 8800GTS. In a crappy NZXT case.
 
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My first gaming PC was also my first own computer.
I am pretty young, so the components are not that old.

Graphics card - Nvidia GeForce GT 780
Processor - AMD FX 4300
8 GB
RAM
100 GB ROM
 
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Had to think about this. My first Gaming PC was built in 2008, so yeah. Some parts I don't remember but here it is:

CPU: AMD Phenom II x4 955
Mobo: Gigabyte (?)-UD5P
RAM: (?) 4GB
GPU: Radeon 5770
HDD: (?) 500GB
PSU: Corsair 650W
Case: Antec 902
 

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I started playing games on something like a Tandy II with DOS. Eventually my parents got me my very own Windows 2000 machine from iBuyPower, and it served me well over the course of maybe one or two GPU upgrades. Then I learned you can't just dump new video cards in to an old computer and really get a great bump in performance. It wasn't until 2008 that I had to retire that machine and build a new one to play Fallout 3. And then that became pretty much the platform (AM3 at the time, now I'm on AM3+) that I've rocked over the course of 3 different CPUs (and even more GPUs) until today when I'll ready for the next build in a year or so.
 

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I started playing PC games in the mid 90s, but my first own PC was bought in 2000. It was a Celeron 466 MHz, 32 MB RAM and Riva TNT 2 32 MB. The RAM was a bottleneck. I remember that some games from the time required 64 MB RAM and it took a lot of patience to wait them to load and finally play... In 15 FPS of course. :p But these were great times nevertheless!
 
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*leans back in rocking chair*

Technically my first one was a color* TRS-80, with 64K of RAM, a ROM cartridge, cassette player, dot-matrix printer, and a speaker that, weirdly, was slightly better than the later IBM PC speaker.

But I didn't play a LOT of games on that (though I practiced programming, and discovered I hate saving files to cassette), and my next PC (not that I used, but that we owned) was a Packard Bell 286 12Mhz (10Mhz without Turbo) [for context, it was 0.012 Ghz] with both 5-1/4" and 3-1/2" drives, 1MB of RAM (which I eventually saved up $200 to upgrade to 3MB), and 256-color VGA graphics and PC speaker (eventually upgraded to a ThunderBoard [Soundblaster clone] card.)

The hard drive was a massive 40MB! So you could install a TON of games at once onto it. Like, almost 28 HD floppies worth (minus however much space DOS 5.0 took up. Which I think was maaaybe 3MB at most, but don't quote me on that.)

The last pre-fab PC I bought was a 486 DX2, 66Mhz (over five times as fast as the 286!), with 8MB of RAM, a super-fast 14.4 modem, high-res 640x480 SVGA, 4x CD-ROM drive, Soundblaster 16, a 500MB** hard drive, and Windows 3.11, which I almost never used if I could help it. I eventually upgraded this system to 16MB, 28.8 modem, an ATI Rage video card, and a Cyrix 586, a Pentium knockoff that I don't think is still in business.

(* - 8 colors! 4 at once!)
(** - I might be misremembering the size.)
 

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