PC – Personal Computer – how many of you feel that way towards that box by your desk?

Is it really your personal computer? your everyday companion? someone you feel connected to somehow?

Or is it just a stupid box… nothing else?

For more and more people it is becoming the other one, `couse times of personal computer are over, and have been for some time… but, there are still some of us fanatics that feel a bit different about their computers.

But why is that? Simple, we grew up with them, back in the times when Commodore 64 was a gaming king… and then first PC came… damn… that was really long time ago …

My first PC was Compaq 8086 πŸ™‚

Yes, yes, it was a portable computer πŸ™‚
That is what Compaq marketing said at least… its 25kg didn`t go well with it portability πŸ™‚
But, it didn`t matter, I had 4 MHz processor, 640 KB of RAM and 20 MB of hard disk space! Darn, that was a beast! Paired with monochromatic screen and 5.25 disk drive it could do miracles! πŸ™‚

But that was my start, my first PC steps! And it was a special times, everything was totally new, everything was unknown, interasting and I can remember my parents trying to move me away from it… they said… your eyes will get fucked up, there is no future in computers … heh πŸ™‚

Long was my computer voyage with that 8086… and the time came for a replacement, `couse there were way way more advanced PCs on the market when I was still on that old fart πŸ™‚

Pentium 100, 32 MB of ram, 2 GB hard disk, 14″ screen, 2 MB S3 Trio graphic card.. wow! that was something…. it came out of space! The speed, the games… no one could separate us!

And then came the era of great advance in computer technology, I was changing components monthly, upgrading, overclocking…damn those were fun times!

** pause for looking over old CDs for old PC pictures πŸ˜‰ **

Hey mister, what a hell is that? :))

That is how old gaming rigs looked like πŸ˜‰ Please notice the cooler on graphic card πŸ™‚ here it is a bit closer (Pentium 3 stock cooler hehe) πŸ˜‰

Computer was placed on foam to eliminate all the vibrations from the coolers πŸ˜‰

And this is how the room looked like πŸ™‚
Notice 15″ ADI 4V Microscan with a puppy on it πŸ™‚ old Epson printer, prehistoric joystic on the case etc…

And then came lights! weee! Bunch of coolers, ton of copper, and lightshow! πŸ™‚

Now you can really call this a “modern” setup! 1.5 GB of RAM, AthlonXP 1700, overclocked from 1.42 GHz to 2.5 GHz!!! and a Quadro card πŸ˜‰ It was very very fast and, very very loud πŸ˜‰

And where am I now?

You may say nothing special, but it is made just for me, by me πŸ˜‰
If you wonder what is that black box with green and red button under the monitor, its just box with switches for turning on and reseting the computer.

Case is some total cheap crap, but I tore it apart, painted it totally black (with gold details) and isolated it from any vibrations… placed hard drive in hand made foam/rubber padded case on the bottom of the case… you can not hear it now!

Why is this computer so special to me? Because I built it for me, to suit my needs, and it does that perfectly. It is MY personal computer!

Specs are as follows:

Core 2 Duo E6300 2.8 GHz with Zalman 9500 AT
4 GB Corsair DHX RAM
Foxconn MARS MoBo
Asus GeForce 8500GT passive
WD Caviar Black 500 GB + 500 GB external WD
CoolerMaster Silentmaster Pro 600W PSU
22″ LG LCD + 19″ HP LCD
Altec Lansing 5.1 speakers
Basic Logitech wired mouse and keyboard – turned out to be the best for everyday use
Logitech MX3200 wireless set – for in bed activities πŸ™‚