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spikegifted - Old and retired PC parts

 

The first PC I owned was a Gateway 2000 486-SX25 (with 4MB of RAM and 170MB HDD, no CD-ROM and no sound) back in 1993. After using that particular machine through my Masters degree, I came to recognize that a newer, more power machine was required, I was doing a lot of database development at the time. The rig was under-powered for what I was doing and that's after being upgraded to the limit. By that time, late 1996, it had 486 DX2-66 processor, 20MB of RAM, 3 HDD (I added a 250MB drive first and later a 500MB), an NEC 4x4 CD-ROM and a SB16 sound card. However, I find the cost of buying a new computer from a manufacturer exceeding high and the specification I wanted were never an option while much of the features included in packages available at the time were quite useless to me, either I already have the capabilities already or I just plain didn't need them. So I went out and built my own PC using components I chose.

That was the start of my journey of building computers. I've gone through a few generations of processors on this journey and how exciting it has been. I've put together a list of motherboards and processors that were used in the first computer I built to date. You may wonder why I don't include other components as well. There's a very good reason for that - components tend to move from one machine to another and I'm still using parts that I originally bought for that first rig that I built (the Matrox Millennium graphics card is still being used in my Server.). Through time, a lot of money has been invested in parts for the sake of experimentation and 'tweaking' for more performance and, of course, sold on or returned if the desired performance or results were not obtained.

So, here's a brief history of my computers...


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Motherboard Chipset CPU Interface Processor used
Abit TX5 Intel 430TX Socket 7 Intel Pentium 133
Intel Pentium 200
Intel Pentium 233 MMX
Asus TX97 Intel 430TX Socket 7 Intel Pentium 200
AMD K6-350
AOpen AX6BC Intel 440BX Slot 1 Intel Pentium II 400
Asus P2B-F Intel 440BX Slot 1 Intel Pentium II 400
Asus P3V4X Via Apollo Pro 133A Slot 1 Intel Pentium III 550
Abit BP6 Intel 440BX Dual Socket 370 PPGA Intel Celeron 400 x 2
Gigabyte GA-6BXDS Intel 440BX Dual Slot 1 Intel Pentium III "Katmai" 500 x 2
Intel Pentium III "Katmai" 650 x 2
MSI 694D Pro (MS-6123) Via Apollo Pro 133A Dual Socket 370 FC-PGA Intel Pentium III "Coppermine" 650 x 2
Abit KT7A-RAID Via KT133A Socket A AMD Athlon "Thunderbird" 1.2GHz
Abit VP6 Via Apollo Pro 133A Dual Socket 370 FC-PGA Intel Pentium III "Coppermine" 700 x 2
Iwill XP333-R ALi MAGiK1 Socket A AMD Athlon "Thunderbird" 1.2GHz
Tyan Tiger MP (S2460) AMD 760MP Dual Socket A AMD Athlon XP 1900+ x 2
Shuttle FV24 Via PL133 Socket 370 FC-PGA Intel Pentium III 1GHz
Asus P4B-266E Intel 845D Socket 478 Intel Pentium 4 "Northwood" 1.6GHz
Tyan Tiger MPX (S2466N-4M) AMD 760MPX Dual Socket A AMD Athlon XP 2000+ x 2
AMD Athlon MP 2600+ x 2
MSI K7D Master (MS-6501) AMD 760MPX Dual Socket A AMD Athlon XP 1900+ x 2
MSI 845PE Max2 FIR (MS-6704) Intel 845PE Socket 478 Intel Pentium 4 "Northwood" 2.4GHz
Supermicro Super X5DAL-G Intel E7505 Dual Socket 604 Intel Xeon "Prestonia" 2.4GHz x 2
Iwill DPI533 * Intel E7505 Dual Socket 604 Intel Xeon "Prestonia" 2.4GHz x 2
Iwill DPI533 Intel E7505 Dual Socket 604 Intel Xeon "Prestonia" 2.2GHz x 2
BioStar Custom WSPC SiS 651 Socket 478 Intel Pentium 4 "Northwood" 1.6GHz
Iwill DH800 Intel i875P Dual Socket 604 Intel Xeon "Prestonia" 3.06GHz x 2
Asus Striker Extreme nVidia nForce 680i SLI LGA775 Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4GHz

* Currently in use.


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