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My very 1st computer was a TI94/A but it was for my son so I count my Apple //e as the first one I had to pay for for my own use and it was $3600 in 1982 dollars. (How much is that in 2010 $$; $12,000??)

It had a *1 mhz* 6502 processor (later upgraded to a 8 mhz ZIP Chip) with 64KB memory (later upgraded with a 256kb plug-in PCB), an 80 column PCB upgrade, two 5" floppy disk drives and a smallish monochrome (green letters on black screen) monitor and a 300 baud modem PCB, and a joystick. SLIDER was the first hard drive for Apple and that was an additional $800 for a 10 meg SCSI drive.

The good old days.. My fanny! :) :)

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I purchased an IBM PS/1 that had a 10 MHz Intel 80286 running PC-DOS 4.01 for my daughter back in the good old days when I was working.

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I purchased an IBM PS/1 that had a 10 MHz Intel 80286 running PC-DOS 4.01 for my daughter back in the good old days when I was working.

Hey; I bought a similar system. Ever hear of the Xerox knockoff of the AT&T 6300; *embarrassed* that I worked for Xerox and now I can't remember what the Xerox clone of the 6300 was called. But it had small HD and they upgraded it from 10mhz cpu to a 20mhz one. :)

@DragonMaster Jay - and I bet the $500 computer was several THOUSAND times more powerful than that '82 Apple model I had for $3500.. :)

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My dad bought a Packard Bell + Monitor in 1996 for about $3000. Can't remember the processor, but it had 4mb RAM, and a 1.8GB Hard Drive. It weighed more than me, and it never had any problems. Eventually it got old, and my dad threw it away. I still have the 13" CRT monitor, and it's the best monitor I've had. No burns or "purple-spots" :)

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$850 US for a used Alienware PC that I bought at Best Buy (where I worked at the time as a stocker) back in 2004. I never owned one before that and had barely used any computers at all up to that point. I had my share of issues with it and upgraded everything I could. It was great learning experience, both on the hardware and software sides because whenever I had a problem or wanted to be ablet to do something (or make the computer do something) I'd work at it until I figured out how and research, spending hours reading and learning.

The original configuration was a 2.4Ghz Northwood CPU, 512MB of PC800 Rambus memory, an ATI Sapphire Atlantis 9000 Pro (great video card for its time :)) all on an Intel D850EMV2 motherboard. I upgraded to 1GB of RAM, upgraded the video card to an ATI 9800 Pro and added several hard drives, a TV tuner (old school ATI TV Wonder VE). It was a beastly machine at the time and ran great. Back then I was doing mostly gaming and multimedia and I got heavily into "tweaking" the system to squeeze out every last bit of performance and functionality out of my system.

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I bought an Amerigo brand PC at Computer City. It was a 486 33MHz w/ 4MB ram & 420MB HDD. Along with it I got a Citizen GSX280 impact printer with the color ribbon add-on option. $1460 for the whole kit.

It came pre-built with IRQ / IO conflicts :) between the modem / mouse / soundcard, so that's how I first dove into the world of PC repair.

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[...] I got a Citizen GSX280 impact printer. [...]

I forgot all about the Epson dot matrix printer I got.. The head used to get so hot it'd shut down every 12-15 pages in a long run from overheat.

And I forgot having to load programs on a tape recorder/player for the TI94/A.

$850 US for a used Alienware PC [...]

DELL bought out Alienware, yes?? I guess there goes the overclocking and innovations, etc, et al... Or not..

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I forgot all about the Epson dot matrix printer I got.. The head used to get so hot it'd shut down every 12-15 pages in a long run from overheat.

My Citizen did the same thing. After a few pages of heavy printing, the print head would shoeshine back and forth across the page -- not printing, not advancing; then it would start to print again. I had always assumed it was a heat problem as well.

I guess the printer manufacturers NEVER intended to make a consumer grade printer that would have the same true service life as an office quality printer.

The only exception to this I can think of were the early HP ink jet printers which inherited the ink cartridge designs from HP large format plotters.

I have given up on any fancy home printing, and only use a Dell 1100 monochrome laser, which has served me well for about 2.5 years now.

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[...]I have given up on any fancy home printing, and only use a Dell 1100 monochrome laser, which has served me well for about 2.5 years now.

I finally got a HP LaserJet4P ($1,000 in the day; lonnngggggg ago) that was four pages a minute, 600dpi, monochromatic and I thought I was in heaven. I used it until the rubber wheels inside got too bad to transport paper.. quite a few years service. Then I got a gift of a Lexmark InkJet color printer.. Cost too much to replace ink cartridges after a few years (even trying refills, etc) so last year I got me a Brother MFC and went back to B&W printing... fast.. cheap.. nice. :)

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