Sorry if this has been done before but whilst trying (rather badly) to sort out the low budget system for the Grandson it got me reflecting on some the stuff I had over the years. In rough time order it goes a bit like... Spectrum +2: Parents bought it for "educational" software, ended up with tons of games and the whole family getting stuck in. ICL OPD: Defo an odd one, actually got used for school work this time and of course messing about with the answering phone's voice synth. Amstrad CPC 6128: Don't remember much about this one apart from the 3" discs, green screen and CP/M Apple IIe: Another quirky system, didn't have many games but spent hours on lemonade stand. IBM AT: Oh the fun that could be had with an 8mhz 286, 20mb HDD and CGA graphics The system that taught me DOS and the delights of messing with config.sys and autoexec.bat RM Nimbus AX: Another 286 only this time clocked at 12mhz, with a 30mb HDD and EGA graphics. Memorable was the Taxan screen that could be switched between colour, amber, green and grey scale with a button on the front. Also wrote a program in BASIC to roll a dice a few zillion times and log the outcome as part of my maths homework, one of the few times school and I got along lol. 486 SX-25: Neighbour pops round and says he found it in a skip at work and knowing i was into computers asked if it was any use to me. Had 4mb of ram and a VL bus, massive upgrade over the 286 but had to try and fit all the old ISA I/O / video cards from my old systems - not helped by the fact it was a slim line desktop case with a riser card. Suffice to say my pocket money was spent on a larger case along with a VL multi I/O and video card. Cyrix 5x86: Again don't remember much about this one, only that I was about 14 at the time and was rather chuffed to have 16mb of RAM, was also the time I first had internet access via a 14.4k modem and a friends MSN account. AMD K6-2/300: Pretty sure this was on rather iffy PC Chips mobo with an S3 Virge PCI video card, at some point a 4Mb 3DFX Voodoo was added. Duron 800: Having left school and earning a wage it all got spent on PC stuff lol. This was around the time over-clocking really seemed to take off and I got a bit carried away... The system was built on an abit KT-7A Raid motherboard, the CPU had the silver pen trick to unlock the multiplier and a huge cooler was fitted. Was housed in a full tower case which the local metal shop had cut wholes for about a dozen fans which i hooked up to a home made 5/12v fan controller. Even went as far as using Arctic Silver thermal epoxy to fit heat sinks to the RAM on the TNT 2 video card. Athlon XP: Ran the Duron for years and then passed it on to the soon to be ex - this replaced it and about all that be said really lol. Q6600: Saved up like mad for this one, had a few upgrades like RAM and video card over the years but still going - is currently the wife's system with a 3ghz overclock, 8gb ram and a Radeon 6850. Also the reason why the 7 year grandson is asking Father Christmas for a computer i5 3750k: My current system and probably will be for a while. Built on a Gigabyte Z77 motherboard it has 8gb ram and a Radeon 280x, recently ran out of storage and had to deiced on a small SDD or large HDD - ended up with a 3TB hdd and a 64GB mSATA drive for use with the Intel Smart Response caching system, not the same as a "real" SDD setup but certainly quicker than a HDD alone. Also have..... HP DC7800 SFF: Runs MediaPortal and along with a low profile Radeon 6450 and twin sat tuner serves as the lounge room's media centre / telly box. Not the fastest thing on the planet but does the job. Stone Mini ITX: Tiny little Core 2 Duo system based on an Intel motherboard, lives in the bedroom as a MediaPortal client. Acer Aspire Switch 10 V: 10" Atom netbook with a surprisingly nice build quality and screen, used mainly for watching rubbish on YouTube when unable to sleep or posting random stuff like this thread to the internet. Athlon 500: Need to track down a video card as the few AGP cards i still have wont fit, will eventually end up as a retro gaming system... one day... *edit* Tried to correct spelling / grammar mistakes - too many & too late, given up lol.