First post, by clueless1
I believe a lot of folks on here are probably more established adults that have been collecting retro PC gear for awhile. This question is not for those systems you have collected, but the systems that you purchased new. It's very likely many of us built our own systems, so in that event feel free to just list the CPU and approximate year. Me first:
1983--parents bought me an Apple IIe in the 8th grade. This was the only computer I ever owned until...
1990--Packard Bell 386sx-20
1992--486sx-25 (the first computer I built myself)
1994--486dx4-100 (very fond memories of this being only fractions slower than the much more expensive Pentium)
1999--Celeron 300a (overclocked to 450Mhz of course)
2001--P3-1000 (Slot 1)
2003--AthlonXP-M 2600+ (lower power 45w variant overclocked to 3200+ speeds)
2007--Core2Duo E4300 (overclocked to 2.4Ghz)
2014--Haswell i5-4570s (built for my son)
Can you tell when our son was born? 😀
Of note, I did buy a used Core2Quad Q6600 around 2012 to power my Minecraft/file server.
edit: in 2018, I bought myself an off-lease HP EliteDesk 800 G1 Tower with a Haswell i5-4590, then swapped cpus with my son. So my PC has the 4570s and his got a 100 Mhz bump to the 4590. We're waiting for Haswells to come down in price. If they drop <$100, we'll upgrade him to an i7-4790
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