What was the first PC you ever built, and what was it? Love to see some pictures if there are any.
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.
Awesome, Thats going way back!
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.
|Motherboard||MSI 970 Gaming|
|RAM||2x8GB DDR3 2133Mhz G.Skill Sniper|
|GPU||ASUS Radeon HD 7850 2GB|
|SSD||250GB Crucial MX500|
|Case||Rpsewill Future Gaming|
|Fans||Cooler Master Sickleflow|
|Cooler||Cooler Master Hyper 212|
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!
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.
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...
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! 😋
The first PC I ever built was in a Rosewill Cube.
It featured a GIGABYTE B450 AORUS PRO WIFI AM4 AMD B450
Team T-FORCE VULCAN Z 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin PC RAM DDR4 3000
GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER 6GB GDDR6
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.
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.
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.