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Other Your rig(s) - 2000 vs. 2010

Discussion in 'General' started by TheMusician, 3 Jan 2010.

  1. Cupboard

    Cupboard I'm not a modder.

    30 Jan 2007
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    Well then - I guess we must have had an upgrade to the family PC in 2000 as we had ME, so
    Local Build
    Windows 95
    200MHz ? Pentium?
    64MB RAM
    CD drive (that was a later add on)
    56K Modem

    Local Build
    Windows ME
    733MHz P3
    128Mb RAM
    CD re-writer
    56K Modem (probably had other, unused networking stuffs)
    A 32MB ATI card, I think it was one of the "all in wonder" ones.

    We stuck on dial up until summer 2005, and still have the same 512K broadband that we got then. Thankfully unlimited but seeing as the line can get 3-4 times that a bit frustrating. My dad (by no means technically minded) can't understand why my mum is so against upgrading!!

    Self built
    i7 920, Intel x58 motherboard (cheap thanks to Bindi, haven't tried overclocking yet but not holding my breath!) 6GB DDR3, 8800GTS, Hiper 580W PSU in a rather old CM stacker that I am hoping to replace for my birthday :D
  2. Singularity

    Singularity ******* Operator from Hell

    2 Mar 2008
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    Uh... back in 2000, my family was still sporting only a single, old, P1 PC
    If I remember correctly, my dad's build was a Pentium 133, with a huge (for the time it was made, and that was... 97 or so) 64 MB of memory.
    The drives were... A Bigfoot of about 2 GB (in some crazy thin 5.25" format) and a 3.5" drive with about 6 GB of space.
    Had a Creative Sound Blaster card, an internal (and later, external) 56k modem, and for a time, a Matrox something or other 3D add in card. If I remeber correctly, it was just a headless PCI card, the video output was done by a lonely S3 Trio or Trident card that I _think_ I still have around here somewhere.
    I remeber the CD drive was something with a tray that needed to be pushed back in by hand, no motor :D The 3.5" Floppy was a must, as was a 100 MB iOmega Zip drive, hooked up to a parallel port, along with an HP inkjet printer.
    The screen was a 14" Phillips CRT, 800*600 resolution, that I still have in my attic :)

    Ah, this takes me back :D

    Today, I have 11 working computers in my house. The main rig is in my sig :)
  3. Guest-2867

    Guest-2867 Guest


    A beige Compaq All-in-one (Monitor and PC guts built into one enclosure, pretty nifty for the time)

    About 486DX, 16MB ram, Windows 3.1 with Tabworks, later upgraded to Win 95. Oh and a QUAD speed Cd-rom - very quick for the time. ES Audiodrive Soundcard. About all I can remember.


    A BLACK, yes BLACK (everyone that saw it went wooooooo, bllaacck) Fujitsu PC from Toys R Us

    Pentium II (i think) MMX, about 300/400MHz
    128MB Ram
    10GB HDD (very very noisey and rattley)
    Savage 3D card of some form

    33.6K Modem LOL

    Oh, and a keyboard with a built in mouse 'nipple' that i killed on purpose within 2 weeks of it being new so we could get a proper mouse and keyboard.


    400MHz Daewoo branded PC bought from Toys R us again, wasn't a bad little machine actually. Last shop bought PC the family owned. Now my parents, brother, grandparents, uncle, and now great aunty all use computers i built for them, made me feel quite proud to have a little fleet of my own creation out there somewhere.


    4GB Ram
    Samsung 1TB F1
    Ati 5770
  4. bestseany

    bestseany What's a Dremel?

    2 Jul 2009
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    Hard work remembering that far back...


    AMD K6-2 475Mhz
    384MB RAM
    10GB hard disk
    Matrox Millennium G400 Max (Dualhead)
    MPEG-2 decoder card
    DVD-ROM drive
    56k modem
    Soundblaster AWE64
    15" and 14" CRT monitors
    Windows 98


    Intel Core i5 750 @ 4Ghz
    4GB RAM
    1TB hard disk
    ATI 4870 1GB
    Soundblaster Xtreme Gamer
    22" LCD
    Windows 7 64-bit

    I kind of wish I still had my old computer hardware.
  5. boiled_elephant

    boiled_elephant Merom Celeron 4 lyfe

    14 Jul 2004
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  6. Behemoth

    Behemoth Timelord in training

    1 Nov 2001
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    Those of you who say they had Windows XP back in 2000, you must have had it a year early or were beta testing, XP didn't come out till October 2001.

    Anyway back in 2000 I had

    Pentium II 350 OC'd to 433
    Gigabyte GA6BXC
    256 Meg of PC133 Ram
    16 Meg Voodoo 3 2000 AGP
    Soundblaster Live Value
    32 Speed LG CD Rom Drive
    6 x 2 x 2 CD RE-Writer
    20 Gig 7200 RPM Samsung Hard Drive
    8.4 Gig Fujitsu 5400 RPM HDD for storage
    15 Inch Iiyama Vision Master Pro CRT
    250 watt Macron PSU.
    Windows 98 SE, and Windows 2000 Pro dual boot


    AMD Athlon X2 5600 2.8 GHz Stock
    Asus M3A78-T
    4 Gig DDR2
    ATI Radeon 4850 1 Gig
    LG DVD Burner
    2 TB's HDD space
    20 Inch Samsung SM2053BW
    500 Watt OCZ stealth stream PSU
    Windows 7 HP 64 bit.

    Out of all the PC's I've had the one I miss the most is that PII believe it or not.

    If you really want me to I can post all the specs of all the PC's I've had personally since 1996 !!
    Last edited: 16 Jan 2010
  7. Mister_Tad

    Mister_Tad Will work for nuts Super Moderator

    27 Dec 2002
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    2000 - one system:

    1.2Ghz Athlon (or could have been a 1.4 P4 at that time)
    Can't remember the AMD board, or could have been an Intel i850 board
    40GB 7200rpm IDE HDD
    18GB 10k SCSI drive
    Adaptec U160 SCSI card
    256MB SDRAM (or maybe 512MB RDRAM by then)
    Sound Blaster Live of some description
    Geforce 2 GTS
    19" CTX PR960F
    2X CD writer
    8X DVD
    Cinemaster MPEG decoder card

    Now - 6 systems:

    Laptop: Dell M1330, Intel T9300, 4GB DDR2 800, 320GB 7200rpm
    Desktop: AMD 955be, Asus 785G, 4GB DDR3 1600, 1TB HDD, 8x BluRay, 22"+ 19" LCD
    Work Laptop: Dell D630, Intel T7300, 2GB DDR2 800, 80GB 7200RPM
    Spare Laptop: Compaq X1000, 1.7GHz Dothan, 1GB DDR 333, 60GB 7200rpm, ATI 9200
    Main HTPC: AMD 4850e, Gigabyte 780G, 2GB DDR2 800, 3x 1TB HDD
    Second HTPC (music only): Dothan 1.7GHz, aopen i855, 1GB DDR 400, 40GB SSD
  8. JaccoW

    JaccoW Overspender on keyboards

    30 Apr 2009
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    In 2000 I probably had a
    Pentium II 266Mhz
    64Mb of ram
    HP cd-writer
    Slot Load cd-rom reader
    A 40Gb Maxtor Hdd (Of which the motherboard only recognized 8 :(, Originally it had a 4GB drive.)
    A 17"CRT (a bit later I won a 15" Philips TFT :rock:)
    Windows 98


    Intel E8400 @3.6Ghz
    DFI LanParty DK P45-T2RS PLUS
    4Gb Corsair Dominator DDR2
    Asus Xonar D2X
    Lite-on DVD burner
    60GB OCZ SSD + 500Gb WD + 500Gb WD
    24" HP W2408
    Corsair HX520
    Windows 7 HP 64 bit.

    The Pentium II was pretty nice, and I still have it standing around here. It was just really annoying that I spent Fl200,- for a 40Gb Hdd, when I could only use 8Gb. With a full install of Baldur's Gate II there wasn't much room left. :D

    Secondary system is a laptop: Asus EeePc 1000H
  9. wolfticket

    wolfticket Downwind from the bloodhounds

    19 Apr 2008
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    Windows 98
    AMD K6-2 450MHz
    and a RIVA TNT of some description

    Made by Time and probably not working (bloody waste of time more like /still bitter)

    Now, lots (including the one above upgraded to about 2002 vintage), but "new"est:

    AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ (939)
    Sapphire Radeon HD 2600XT Ultimate Edition
    2GB PC3200
    Vista Home Premium (but not for long)
    in a Silverstone GDO2
  10. knuck

    knuck Hate your face

    25 Jan 2002
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    how does the 2600XT do in games nowadays ?
  11. Pookeyhead

    Pookeyhead It's big, and it's clever.

    30 Jan 2004
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    Finally found it!!!

    A picture of the rig I was using in late 1999. I upgraded to AMD XP system in August 2000.

    I forget why I took this pic now... but it was a multiple exposure studio shot on 5x4 film. Since lost the original transparency, and this is the only surviving digital copy... very low res unfortunately :(

    I think I posted specs earlier on in the thread.... it was a Pentium 200MMX

    Current rig as sig.


    Oooooh!... feel the beigeness! Mmmm..

    Notice the tape drive? I was obsessed with back up even then :)
    Last edited: 12 Jul 2010
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  12. MarkW7

    MarkW7 Total Noob

    30 Nov 2008
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    I still use a keyboard similar to that, they are alot better than these new flimsy ones.
  13. wolfticket

    wolfticket Downwind from the bloodhounds

    19 Apr 2008
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    It's fine for my purposes, i.e. slightly older games and media centre duties.
    I don't really have the inclination to try it with newer games, but I imagine it would struggle quite badly with anything approaching decent settings/resolutions.
  14. SNiiPE_DoGG

    SNiiPE_DoGG Engineering The Extreme

    14 Apr 2009
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    Well I cant to Y2k because I cant remember my hardware back that far, I think I had a p4 prebuilt with a matrox parhelia VGA.

    here is 2006 vs 2010 :D :hehe::hehe::hehe:


  15. lcdguy

    lcdguy Minimodder

    25 May 2004
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    This is my stats to the best of my knowledge


    Manufacturer: Local Builder
    CPU: AMD K62 450 Mhz
    RAM: 256MB PC66 SDRAM (128 x2)
    GPU: Creative Blaster Banshee PCI 16MB (i bought it to play descent 3 when it came out)
    HDD: 20GB HDD
    CD Drive: generic CD Rom
    Networking: 56Kbps Phone/Fax Modem
    OS: Microsoft Windows 98 SE
    Monitor: 15" CRT (KDS i think)


    Manufacturer: Self-Built
    CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 @ 3.00 Ghz
    RAM: 8GB 2GB x4 G.Skill PC-6400 DDR2
    GPU: XFX ATi Radeon HD4890 1GB PCie
    HDD: 1TB WD Black Boot, 1TBx8 WD Black in Raid 10 on dell perc 5i controller
    Other Drives: LG DVD Burner
    Networking: Gigabyte 10/100/1000Mbps LAN
    Monitor: Dell Ultrasharp W3007 HC-WFP 30", Philips 170s LCD
    OS: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium x64

    But before 2000 it was definitely a 486 DX-2 based system i used to learn and play ROTT on :D
  16. TheMusician

    TheMusician Audio/Tech Enthusiast/Historian

    13 Jul 2009
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    No Prescott P4s until 2004. In late 2002 there were some Northwoods at ~3GHz, but I doubt they'd hit shelves until the very end, and if they did, they must've cost a pretty penny. :eeek:
  17. thehippoz

    thehippoz What's a Dremel?

    19 Dec 2008
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    think was k6-2 with a peltier had bought at a computer show :D I even made the 'golden fingers' for it to adjust the voltage on the slot a
  18. kenco_uk

    kenco_uk I unsuccessfully then tried again

    28 Nov 2003
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  19. Brooxy

    Brooxy Loser of the Game

    20 Apr 2006
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  20. smashie

    smashie Cupid Stunt

    2 Jan 2003
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    ok 2000 (ish)
    on the left is a PII 266 (Win98se) and the right a PII 450 (windows 2000) I really don't remember what was in them.
    2 x gateway 17" monitors (weighed a ton) 56k US Robotics modem (check out the cable coiled up)


    P4 2Ghz
    Asus P4B
    512 mb ram
    ATI Radeon
    1 x 60gb and 1 x 80gb drive
    Audigy Platinum card
    Lian-Li PC60 with extra window panel (I guess that makes it a PC65)

    Check out the lack of cable management!




    Core 2 Quad Q6600
    Gigabyte GA-P43-ES3G, iP43
    4GB (2x2GB) Corsair TwinX XMS2, DDR
    160 GB Western Digital
    2 x 1TB Seagate Barracuda's
    1GB XFX HD5770
    Lian-Li PC60 with extra window panel (I guess that makes it a PC65)


    I wish I had pictures of the PC's I'd had before 2000 but who takes pictures of computers right?
    Last edited: 12 Jul 2010

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