First post, by 0101000000110101
I felt that this system in particular deserved its own thread.
This is one of those systems, nobody ever heard of.
This, is one of those systems, that barely has any written history.
The only references to its existence is spam advertisements for RAM upgrades, and a specs sheet that appears to have been buried in the sands of spam. That, and a single thumbnail that is small enough to make a great texture in a game designed for such a machine, this image-
Ladies and gentlemen, it is time we finally give this machine a spotlight, and let it be seen by the world.
This, is the HP Pavilion 8275. This machine, is the physical embodiment of your serious gamer and workstation user at home just after the mid 90s.
I am a proud owner of this scarce system, and I very proud to let it be noticed by the world for possibly the first time. It really does appear that this machine was just never noticed back in the day and was not widely sold.
So, what's under the hood of this beast?
Well, this thing shipped with-
CPU: Intel Pentium ii 300Mhz
RAM: 48MB DDR (PC100) RAM
GPU: Integrated 4MB 3D capable chip
HDD: Quantum Bigfoot 8GB HDD
OS: Windows 95
Now, how did I even manage to get this machine? Well, earlier this year when I still worked at a computer repair shop that is now closed for good, once in a very great while we would get an elderly person with a surprisingly older machine. So upgrades to that degree were less common, but in this case... This was the oldest anyone has brought in. My close friend and manager at the store was the only one there when a lady brought this monster of a tower in. It was a data transfer to a flash drive job. My friend knew exactly what needed to be done, he offered the lady $20 to take the machine off her hands, she gladly accepted the offer, and shortly after I arrived. The sheer presence of the machine was just a bullet to the chest. It was impossible to miss, its appearance breathtaking, its age and era it comes from, interesting. I asked my friend if the lady who owned it wanted to sell it, and he told me we already bought it.
I was pretty much jumping with joy, I had never seen this machine before in my life, and I'm sure most of you haven't either.
Anyways I took care of the data transfer job, and sadly the lady wanted to keep the hard drive, and for some reason stole the RAM out of it... How someone so computer illiterate could do that is beyond me, but she did it. So, I had to throw in my own drive (which seems to have stopped working as of this post), and I installed Windows XP SP2 for some gaming.
That is the story of how I got it, nothing exciting, other than the astonishingly low price I got it for.
The specs now are:
CPU: Intel Pentium ii 300Mhz
RAM: 256MB SD (PC100) RAM
GPU: Nvidia GeForce 6200 512MB PCI
HDD: 60GB Maxor 7200RPM
OS: Windows XP SP2
Here is a picture of it running GTA SA with mods;
1995 Gateway 2000 P5-120
Intel Pentium P5 120Mhz
16MB EDO RAM
1MB Trident 3D capable GPU
250GB Western Digital IDE drive
OS(s): Windows 98/Windows 2000 SP1