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My Computing Hardware History
Below I list the computing hardware I use at home, as is customary for computer nerds. However, as this is a nostalgia site, I felt the urge to list also my past hardware (with dates of use) alongside my current hardware. I have tried to provide as complete a chronology here as possible, but I make no guarantee of complete accuracy, as I didn't have very much in terms of records besides my memory. I hope that this information will still be of some interest to you.
Pionex desktop, from circa 1999 to between June–September 2001
- CPU: Intel Pentium MMX
- OS: Microsoft Windows 95
- Additional specs coming soon...
eMachines T1855, from between June–September 2001 to circa mid-2003 (no later than September 2003)
- CPU: Intel Celeron 850 MHz
- RAM: 128MB
- HDD: 20GB
- 5.25'' CD/DVD-ROM drive and 3.5'' floppy drive
- OS: Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition
HP Pavilion a310n, from circa mid-2003 (no later than September 2003) to November 2004
- CPU: Intel Celeron 2.7 GHz
- RAM: 256MB DDR-333 (1x256MB)
- HDD: 80GB
- PSU: 250W
- 5.25'' CD/DVD-ROM drive, 5.25'' CD-RW drive, 3.5'' floppy drive, and various memory card readers
- OS: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
Dell Dimension 8400, from November 2004 to circa March 2010
- CPU: Intel Pentium 4 3.2 GHz
- RAM: 1GB DDR2-400 (2x512MB)
- HDD: Western Digital 160GB SATA
- PSU: 350W
- Graphics card: ATI Radeon X300
- 5.25'' CD/DVD-ROM drive, 5.25'' Philips DVD+/-RW drive, and 3.5'' floppy drive
- OS: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, November 2004 to September/October 2009; later upgraded to Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate x86 during September/October 2009.
Dell Vostro 220, from circa March 2010 to December 2011
- CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q8300 2.5 GHz
- RAM: 3GB DDR2-800 (1x2GB, 1x1GB)
- HDD: Although I cannot remember exactly, the capacity was probably somewhere around 500GB. This particular hard disk had issues, so I disposed of it about three years ago.
- PSU: 300W
- Graphics card: Initially no discrete graphics card; then upgraded with a VisionTek ATI Radeon HD 4350 512MB very soon (i.e. probably less than a month) after purchase, which was then replaced with a Sapphire AMD Radeon HD 6850 1GB graphics card during mid/late 2010.
- Two 5.25'' optical disc drives: one only for reading CDs and DVDs, the other only for writing them.
- OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate x86
iBUYPOWER custom pre-built, from December 2011 to December 2017
- CPU: AMD FX-8150 8-Core 3.6 GHz (with liquid cooling)
- RAM: 8GB G.Skill DDR3-1600 (2x4GB)
- Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-970A-D3, Socket AM3+
- HDD: Seagate 1TB SATA3
- PSU: Coonix 800W
- Graphics card: XFX AMD Radeon HD 6870 1GB
- Case: NZXT Lexa S
- Sony 24X SATA DVD+/-RW 5.25'' drive
- OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium x64
iBUYPOWER custom pre-built, post-upgrade, from December 2017 to present. In December 2017, after being dissatisfied with the GIGABYTE motherboard, I decided to upgrade to a higher-end Intel motherboard, which also required upgrading the processor and memory. Changing these three components (particularly the motherboard), of course, is like getting an entirely new computer, which is why I have listed it here as a separate item.
- CPU: Intel Core i7-6700 4-Core 3.4 GHz (with stock fan)
- RAM: 8GB G.Skill DDR4-2133 (2x4GB)
- Mobo: ASRock Z270 Extreme 4, Intel LGA 1151
- Western Digital 4TB SATA3 as second hard disk, from October 2020 to present
- 5.25'' front panel USB 3.0 hub with various memory card readers, USB 3.1 Type-C port, and eSATA port, from October 2020 to present
- All other components same as above.
Microsoft Windows for life!
- Keyboard with an AT connector included with the Pionex desktop, from circa 1999 to between June–September 2001
- Keyboard (most likely PS/2) included with the eMachines T1855, from between June–September 2001 to circa mid-2003 (no later than September 2003)
- HP Model 5183, from circa mid-2003 (no later than September 2003) to November 2004
- Dell Model RT7D40 (wireless), from November 2004 to circa mid-2010
- Logitech G110, from circa mid-2010 to present
- PS/2 mouse included with the Pionex desktop, from circa 1999 to between June–September 2001
- Mouse (most likely PS/2) included with the eMachines T1855, from between June–September 2001 to circa mid-2003 (no later than September 2003)
- HP Model MO42KC, from circa mid-2003 (no later than September 2003) to circa late 2003
- Labtec Model M-SBG91A, from circa late 2003 to November 2004
- Dell wireless mouse (possibly Model M-RAC67B or similar) included with the Dell Dimension 8400, from November 2004 to circa early 2005
- Various wireless mice, from circa early 2005 to circa mid/late 2007. I switched wireless mice rather frequently during this period of time, as I was never really satisfied with any of them; they all had issues, and eventually I refused to buy wireless mice entirely.
- Logitech MX310, from circa mid/late 2007 to mid-2010
- Razer Imperator, from mid-2010 to February 2019
- Microsoft IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0, from February 2019 to present
- 4:3 CRT included with the Pionex desktop, from circa 1999 to between June–September 2001
- eMachines eView 17p 4:3 CRT, from between June–September 2001 to November 2004
- Dell E193FP (or similar model) 4:3 LCD, from November 2004 to circa mid-2006
- eMachines CRT again, after the Dell LCD broke, from circa mid-2006 to circa mid-2008
- HP w1907 1440x900 LCD, from circa mid-2008 to December 2014
- ViewSonic VA1930wm 1440x900 LCD as second monitor, from October/November/December 2009 to December 2014
- Two Dell UltraSharp U2412M 1920x1200 LCDs in a dual monitor setup, from December 2014 to present
Glorious 16:10 Ratio Master Race!
- MidiLand MLi 691P, from circa 1999 to between June–September 2001
- Labtec LCS-1050, from between June–September 2001 to November 2004 (?)
- (Possibly a pair of speakers included with the HP Pavilion a310n, which would have as its dates of use from circa mid-2003 to November 2004, but I am really unsure of this.)
- Dell MMS 5650 5.1 surround sound system, from November 2004 to present. (Yes, I have been using the same set of speakers for nearly 16 years. It's a fine set of speakers, and I have no need to replace them.)
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