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First PC you built, what was it?

What was the first PC you ever built, and what was it? Love to see some pictures if there are any.

Ryzen 7800X3D - RTX 4090 FE - ROG Strix B650E iGaming - 64gb 6000mhz G-Skill Neo - Arctic Liquid Freezer ii - ROG Loki Platinum 1000w SFXL - 5TB of Crucial P5 Gen. 4 NVMe - NR200P Case - ROG PG48UQ OLED
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Adept III

In 2016 built my first PC from scratch: Intel i7-6700K CPU (Overclocked to 4.5 GHz), ASUS Z170i Pro Gaming Motherboard, 16GB G.Skill 3200 MHz (XMP Profile) DDR4 TridentZ Memory, EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti Classified Gaming Graphics Card, Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ITX Chassis, 250GB Samsung EVO 850 SSD, 1TB WD Blue HDD, EVGA Supernova 650 G2 Power Supply, Red LED Lighting Strip, Thermalright Silver Arrow ITX Cooler, 3x140mm Phanteks Fans, Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-Bit OS.



AMD RX 6950 XT 16GB Reference GPU

I dont have pictures from that time, but it was a K6-350 Mhz with an EPOX EP-MVP3G-M and Matrox G200 combined with a Creative Voodoo 2 12Mb. So thats a long time ago 🙂

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Awesome, Thats going way back!

Ryzen 7800X3D - RTX 4090 FE - ROG Strix B650E iGaming - 64gb 6000mhz G-Skill Neo - Arctic Liquid Freezer ii - ROG Loki Platinum 1000w SFXL - 5TB of Crucial P5 Gen. 4 NVMe - NR200P Case - ROG PG48UQ OLED

I've been working with and rebuilding computers since the mid/late nineties. But I've never actually built a computer from scratch. All of my builds have always made use of used components or been transplants/rebuilds/upgrades/etc. of a used Dell/Acer/HP/etc. machines. I think of myself as a bit of a scrap yard builder. Give me a pile of junk and I'll build a computer out of it.


My first build that I consider to be more than a junk-yard PC was my AMD FX-8350. It was the first time I had bought more than one new component. The new here was the CPU, Motherboard, RAM and SSD. The case PSU, GPU and hard drives were all used. Still it felt like a fresh build for me. The system is actually still running quite well. Sadly the video card, which was one of my absolute favorites has passed on. I'm currently using an NVidia GT720 as a glorified display adapter.

MotherboardMSI 970 Gaming
RAM2x8GB DDR3 2133Mhz G.Skill Sniper
GPUASUS Radeon HD 7850 2GB
PSUCorsair CS450M
SSD250GB Crucial MX500
CaseRpsewill Future Gaming
FansCooler Master Sickleflow
CoolerCooler Master Hyper 212


Who else remembers DVD burners and manual fan speed controllers?Who else remembers DVD burners and manual fan speed controllers?Before we had RGB...Before we had RGB...Cable management, what's that?Cable management, what's that?


I've been building since the late 80's.  My first was an AMD SX 386 20Mhz and I overclocked it to 25 Mhz.  Don't remember GPU, most likely an ATI at that time.  

Adept II

Back in the day it was an Intel i5 3570k along with an HD 7850 and 16GB of RAM; I upgraded to an R9 290 almost immediately because I'd made the mistake of grabbing a 1GB 7850 and quickly needed the extra VRAM. I've been erring on the side of having more VRAM than I need ever since!


The first computer I built had the CPU in my avatar picture. The ALL MIGHTY Am386 😄

More details when I have a keyboard infront of me. 

Stay tuned lol 

The Englishman
Journeyman III

First PC build was an Intel Celeron 133Mhz 16MB SDRAM, with a 5GB HDD. Sourced from old Gateway PC donors. Video card was a SDI 3D accelerator card with VGA output at 16bit color depth. Eventually upgraded to a PCI gen2 ATI rage accelerator with 2MB GRAM.
Those were the days.

Im only here for the cookies and the E-Peen measuring competitions. People is People, and People is stupid.
Adept II

My first build? Man, that takes me back a little ways. I'm going from memory here, so I'm missing a few specific details, but here's the basics...

  • Pentium 233MHz
  • 16MB RAM
  • 3dfx Voodoo3 2000 GPU
  • US Robotics 56k modem
  • Sound Blaster 16 sound card.

I have no pictures of this thing, and to be completely honest, the world is probably better for that.


Intel PIII Slot 1 300mhz CPU, ASUS P2B variant motherboard, 128mb PC100 SDRAM, Matrox Millennium G200 8mb AGP GPU, 8GB IDE HDD.. I don't remember what PSU.... Windows 98, Beige ATX tower

I purchased a DVD drive and watched my first DVD movie on this thing .. Suicide Kings

I would tweak settings to try to make Tomb Raider and similar games run better and hose my system.. and then fix it

Now I'm a computer expert! 😋

ThreeDee PC specs
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The first PC I ever built was in a Rosewill Cube. 




Team T-FORCE VULCAN Z 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin PC RAM DDR4 3000




Team Group MS30 M.2 2280 256GB SATA III TLC Internal Solid State Drive


RAIDMAX Vortex RX-600AE-V 600 W ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Non-Modular Power Supply


AMD Ryzen 5 2nd Gen - RYZEN 5 2600X Pinnacle Ridge (Zen+) 6-Core 3.6 GHz (4.2 GHz Max Boost)



This was right before the great GPU shortage of 2020. I had actual images but they must have gotten lost in all the chaos that was the last few years.



ASRock X570 Taichi, Ryzen 7 5700X, 32GB RAM 3600Mhz, AMD Radeon RX 7900 XT, Corsair HX1000 1000 Watt Fully Modular PSU, Win11Pro
Adept II

You won't believe this, but it's true. I still have the invoice.


That's some crazy stuff. Did I just blow some minds!!!🤑


Adept I

Started with a 80286/8MHz, then 30386 and a 80486 (several versions). Then the Pentiums 1 and 2 etc.
The 80486 I built myself and every PC after that. I still have the case, motherboard, PSU and CPU. Have to dig up the motherboard somwhere in the basement. Will assemble it up sometime and run DOS 6.22 on it. At the moment the oldest built running PC is a Intel E6750 with an AMD RX 3870, for testing older cards etc. From the 80486 and after, I still have most of my CPU's, motherboards and videocards. At the moment I have 6 working self built PC's. The latest a AMD 7700x with an AMD RX 6800 XT.My current oldest built, an E6750. I think from 2007. With an early (fixed) RGB fan.My current oldest built, an E6750. I think from 2007. With an early (fixed) RGB fan.E6750 inside.E6750 inside.6750c.jpgMy 80486 case.My 80486 case.Most of my old CPU's.Most of my old CPU's.My latest built, AMD 7700X.My latest built, AMD 7700X.

7700X - X670E-F Gaming WiFi - XFX RX7900XTX Black Edition - 32GB Trident Z5 NEO C30 6000MHz - 1x1TB Samsung 990Pro, 2x2TB Samsung 980Pro, 2x 2TB SSD - MasterCase H500M - Super Flower Leadex Platinum 1000W.

I know my pops bought me a pentium 3, mobo, tower w/ psu and memory.

There were the wide flat ata ribbon cables.

Wish I'd taken pics. The tower had lights all around the front and was shiny blue huge full atx tower.

Journeyman III

6600k, 8 GB ddr4 @ 2600, msi 1060, 550 gold PSU, first ssd ever

Times before that were ekhm "this is pc end of story" xD.