Guest RET.CW2.POLLVX=US= Posted September 9, 2011 Share Posted September 9, 2011 All this talk of new computers in preparation for BF3 had me remembering the days of yore and the computers I built to play the "latest" games. Feel free to throw out your history of computers and gaming! --1989-- Home-built 8086 (3.5MHz) 512KB RAM 20MB HDD CGA graphics (4 colors!) RS-232 Card purchased to use a mouse to play Buck Rogers from TSR 2400 bps modem DOS 5.0 (Windows 2.0 shell) --1992-- Packard Bell 286 2MB RAM 250MB HDD VGA graphics 9600 bps modem to connect to AOL! Windows 3.1 --1994-- Gateway 486DX2-66Mhz 8MB RAM 750MB HDD 33.6 Kbps modem Windows 3.1 - Windows 95 --1996-- ...I played a lot of Warcraft II and Duke Nukem on this one. Homebuilt Pentium 133Mhz (Upgraded to 166 w/MMX later) 16MB RAM (fried the motherboard after a static shock while upgrading) 2.1GB HDD Voodoo 1 (6MB) add-on 3D card Windows 95 This is the first one I built using parts I purchased with my own money. It cost $1,300! --1998-- ...this was a good year for games: Jedi Knight, Half-Life, Quake II, beta-tested Everquest. Homebuilt Pentium II 400Mhz 64MB RAM 8.4GB HDD Voodoo 2 (8MB) add-on 3D card (Upgraded to an nVidia RIVA TNT2 AGP 32MB card) Windows 98 Everything after those is pretty standard fare, not much has changed (as far as components) since the late 1990's. Speeds increase and storage space grows, but my ATX board from 1998 looks a lot like the ATX boards today. The good things about modern computers: plug-n-play that works, no jumper settings on the MB, and no more IDE ribbon cables. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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