Reply 340 of 690, by feipoa
Seems like you all were better off than I was in 1996/1997. In Jan 1997, the most I could afford was the cheapest entry-level machine available from some no-name whole in the wall computer builder. It was a PC Chips based, cacheless, M919 v3.4 with an Am5x86-133 and 8 MB of RAM. Win95 diskette edition choked on it until I eventually upgraded the RAM to 32 MB. When people asked me what computer I had, I was embarrassed to answer, so I would reply "133" and hope they wouldn't ask further questions. Even the Am5x86-133 was far faster than what I had been using, which was some 286 upgraded to 386 with 4 MB of RAM. That system broke, so I had actually been using one of those Compaq briefcase 8088 machines before getting the PC Chips 486. This transition in my computer history is probably what sparked my retro interest for proper upgrades to 286, 386, and 486 class hardware.