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Sunday, March 8, 2009

My PCs

1. IBM (486/66MHz, 8MB RAM)
August 1994

My first PC was a beast: 66MHz of raw computing power, 8MB of memory enhancing RAM, 16-bit's of surreal audio processing (Sound Blaster 16), and 2MB of mind blowing onboard video memory. It could run Doom II: Hell on Earth at maximum settings! This PC was originally packaged with MS-DOS 6.22 and Windows 3.1. Later, I upgraded to Windows 95.

What Kind of Chip You Got in There, A Dirrito?

2. HP (586/366MHz, 128MB RAM)
December 1998

This PC had a 366MHz CPU, 128MB of RAM, Sound Blaster Live! (Original), and GeForce 2 MX (64MB). It shipped with Windows 98, which I later upgraded to Windows 2000.

3. Compaq (AMD/2GHz, 1GB RAM)
February 2003

For this PC, I went to OfficeMax, where I filled out a customization form. It had a 2GHz CPU, 1GB of RAM, Sound Blaster Live! (5.1 Channel), and GeForce 4 MX (128MB), which I later upgraded to a GeForce 6800 Ultra (256MB). It could run Doom III at maximum settings! This PC shipped with Windows XP. Toward the end, I tried to install Windows Vista, but the PC took a shit. I halfway expected that, though.

4. MikeBox (AMD64/3GHz Dual Core, 4GB RAM)
June 2007

The first PC that I built myself, and the PC that I am writing this note on. It has a 64-bit 3GHz CPU (Dual Core Processor), 4GB of RAM, Sound Blaster X-Fi (7.1 Channel), and GeForce 8800 GTX (768MB). It can run Grand Theft Auto IV at maximum settings (sort of). I installed Windows Vista on this PC, which is what I am currently using (don't throw stuff at me!), but I alternate between this and Ubuntu 8.10.

Note: I had to swap out the MB and CPU in August 2008 (different MB, but same model CPU). So, technically, this PC is less than a year old.