I'm going to be weird as always, and old. The 6502 was the one for me, it powered my first ever interaction with a CRT in the Atari VCS/2600,this showed me the worlds that could exist inside a computer and that I could interact with, then my first ever computer the commodore VIC 20, this showed me I could create those world myself and make them however I wanted them to be, then the best 8-bit computer ever made the BBC micro, this made achieving those ideas easy. Then when I first went to Japan the Nintendo Famicom and all the thousands of other peoples ideas and dreams that we could all share together. Those were amazing and influential times.
Next would be the Motorola 6800, first the Atari ST, then the Amiga, a quantum jump(OK we'll add uncle Clive's QL here as a "should have been").
After than it was more 6502(Nintendo Super Famicom/SNES & NEC PC Engine) and 6800 in Sega Megadrive. Bigger, shinier worlds to experience.
First x86 CPU that really impressed me was the Cyrix 6x86 PR 200+, I'm not sure why this stood out for me, but it gave me a lifelong love of Cyrix CPU's.
The next great was the humble intel "Mendocino" Celeron, a marque that has never been good again, but there was time where that CPU was by far the best for any smart buyer and has no down sides, fast cheap and solid.
Then it'd be the "Spitfire" AMD Duron, took over from the "Mendocino" in just the same way, perhaps a fraction slower, but a ton cheaper and easier to handle, brilliant stuff.
Then it's fairly obvious, the AMD 64 line was a no brainer against the rubbish intel "netburst" crap, but it was also here where computers lost some magic and became consumer communication devices, so that's where I'll leave this topic.
286 20MHz,1MB RAM,Trident 8900B 1MB, Conner CFA-170A.SB 1350B
386SX 33MHz,ULSI 387,4MB Ram,OAK OTI077 1MB. Seagate ST1144A, MS WSS audio
Amstrad PC 9486i, DX/2 66, 16 MB RAM, Cirrus SVGA,Win 95,SB 16
Cyrix MII 333,128MB,SiS 6326 H0 rev,ESS 1869,Win ME