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Old 31-10-2013, 08:08 AM   #61
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curious to know what hard lessons other than a big hole in your pocket....now DVDrom are dirt cheap.
Back then, things were much more expensive. Like what some of the forumers here said, you may need to pay lots to buy computer parts.

Some memories:
1. memorys were in small capacities and you CAN test them on the spot before buying

2. due to the nascent stage of the PC, you do upgrade your pc quite often.

3. I have pulled cards out when the pc was running (!) No prizes for guessing what happens.

4. hardware connections can be reversed. I had to spend lots of time troubleshooting.

5. without the online forums, knowledge was not as widespread. Much was learned the hard way unless you have friends

6. data backup - lost enough stuff to fill 1 litre of tears. was using SCSI, Iomega, etc to backup. one CDRW could cost $35 and I bought a few (feels stupid right now)

7. played with esoteric technologies that did not take off - some were short lived. You can find out what these were.

8. You can subscribe to PC magazine from the States - i treated them like gold then (no internet, remember?)

9. Lots of time and my life was wasted. Lesson learned - treasure family and living things. Not the PC, or the internet (its a little late now - not much love to spread nowadays)
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Old 31-10-2013, 08:13 AM   #62
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Personally i dont think PC will be overtaken like CD -> DVD -> Bluray did...

Furthermore fixing DIY computers are so much easier than before... no more complex jumpers to plug around, integrated MOBO w/ sound and graphics which are so good for starters.. the list goes on... and we can also buy parts online so easily.

however i wont say prices are lower than before, depending how powerful you want your PC to be.


it's up to us to help 'knowledge transfer' what we know about PC and influence our future generation, like the below screen shot



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Old 31-10-2013, 10:21 AM   #63
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Wow! Awesome setup! When I have children, I may do the same thing. I will cater one room as a Gunpla-cum-gaming theatre.
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Old 31-10-2013, 10:43 AM   #64
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Apart from the Pentium I which I discribed earlier and II, most of my other rigs are DIYed at shops in Sim Lim. And during the late 90s, Creative Technologies made Computers. My Pentium II was from there and lasted from 1998 to 2006 with Upgrades which I assisted my Dad in upgrading.

But surely did see the advancing technology clearly throughout my 18+ years of computers.

Specs:
Pentium II 400MHz
RAM: 64MB --> 128MB --> 384MB (Practically Overkill for Pentium II)
GPU: 16MB TNT nVidia RIVA --> 64MB Radeon 7000 --> 64MB GeForce 2 MX400 --> 64MB GeForce 4 MX 440 (My first 8X AGP Card)
8X DVD ROM (The first DVD ROM Drive I had)
CD RW
Creative Sound Blaster LIVE! Sound Card.
20GB --> 40GB HDD
Windows 98 --> Windows ME
Other things I plugged in: 100MB Zip Drives
Had USB ports at the time. REALLY useful.

Then this came about, was setup in SLS by Nova Computers, didn't last as long as the Pentium II:
Pentium IV 1.8GHZ
RAM: 256MB --> 512MB DDR
GPU: 64MB Radeon 7000 --> 64MB GeForce 4 MX 440 --> 256MB Radeon 9600
8X DVD ROM, CD RW --> DVD Burner
Intel 845 Chipset --> Swapped Motherboards twice. The last one was a Gigabyte one.
450W PSU
80GB HDD
Windows 98 (which was real overkill, but operated perfectly) --> Windows XP

And in 2005, this came especially for me, also from SLS.
Pentium IV HT 630 3.0GHz
RAM: 1GB --> 2GB RAM
GPU: 256MB GeForce 6600 LE --> GeForce 7300GS
DVD ROM and DVD Burner
Windows XP
250GB HDD - Still in use when Rig RIPed on me.

And in 2011, after being stuck with a crazy slow Laptop, I bought this off Best Prices and it's my first computer I bought that I really started to tinker A LOT with. A lot of these parts I removed and replace myself to this current configuration. Relegated to use as a Family Computer.
Core i5 2500K
Intel Cooler --> Hyper 212 Plus. Face it, Intel Cooler Sucks.
8GB RAM --> 16GB --> Transferred 8GB to my build on my current build specs.
1GB nVidia GTX 550TI --> Radeon 6970 --> 6970 Crossfire --> GTX 680 --> Radeon 5850 (Might see the return of the GTX 680 back here).
1TB HDD
600W Enermax NAXN PSU --> Corsair HX 1000W (Swapped to my current rig) --> 650W Cooler Master PSU
Windows 7
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Old 31-10-2013, 11:40 AM   #65
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hooked on computer because of this game.... played on 286 on floppy 5.25" dunno waste how many months of my life there....
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also this one... played on cga


also this
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Which Civ version is the bottom picture?
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I remember playing Emulator King on my Pentium 4 desktop from dell....
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Old 31-10-2013, 12:55 PM   #69
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I remember lode runner/pacman/dig dug.

the joystick had just 2 buttons.

I had so much fun then!

hours upon hours of lode runner which..i never managed to complete
and finally the diskette spoilt so I couldn't play.
years later I tried it again but it was way too fast on the new computer
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Old 31-10-2013, 01:52 PM   #70
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Cant remember the first so call 2D FPS game name.

Is all in pixelated pixels. With just going to open doors and kill mobs. Cant remember what is the game liao.

Running on floppy disk with my 633mhz acer desktop.

Got another game is Mario and Pacman.
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Old 31-10-2013, 02:06 PM   #71
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Cat game and prince of persia anyone ?
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i remember very very clearly during 1 holidays i was playing ultima 7.. i play and play, until suddenly i blackout, couldnt see a thing.. damn scary.
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Old 31-10-2013, 04:57 PM   #73
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Wait... they teach PC DIY in the course of study?!

I only learnt how to assemble a computer as a General Elective Module in SP in 2008 using old Pentium III parts and only this month did I build my very first full system.
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Old 31-10-2013, 05:02 PM   #74
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My first ever game I think..
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Cant remember the first so call 2D FPS game name.

Is all in pixelated pixels. With just going to open doors and kill mobs. Cant remember what is the game liao.

Running on floppy disk with my 633mhz acer desktop.

Got another game is Mario and Pacman.
This one still remember?
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