First pre-built you bought - specs, year, price, eventsWatch
We all started somewhere... so let's have a laugh.
Bought From: Currys (an office PC store)
CPU: Pentium D 2.80Ghz dual core
Cooler: No idea!
Motherboard: No idea!
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce 7300 SE/7200 GS
PSU: One that died.
Storage: HDD that was big enough
Drives: DVD-RW and Floppy
Case sexiness rating: 2/10 - The standard black rounded HP / Walmart design
Why the hell did you buy it?: I was impressed by the 2.8 GHz speed and NVIDIA graphics, at such a cheap price!
Did anything die or go wrong?: After a few years, I think I got a surge (my extension's surge protector started buzzing...) then my PC just turned off. There might've been a pop. So my PSU died, but it didn't take anything with it!
Did you (and how did you) upgrade it into respectability?: For a price, my more knowledgable friend fixed it by telling me what PSU to buy (and pointed me toward Bit-Tech Forums! See?)... by the end the only thing kept was the hard drive. Not even the case!
Where is it now? I kept the old parts as 'backup' though never needed to so I'll sell or bin them. (I kept my upgraded version in case I ever needed it to play XP games but never used it, and the case and PSU is now used for a Windows 98 build.)
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Where is it now?:
It would be another 5 or so years before I ended up with my first custom machine, running a 4570, 8GB, a 128GB SSD and a GTX 760. And I've spiralled into madness ever since.
Never purchased a pre-built myself, never had one for personal use either, always shared use and the last one I used was so long ago I have literally zero hope of remembering the specs. Always had laptops growing up though, but as my personal rig is now coming up on 6 years old, again, the specs of any of those laptops are just completely forgotten. Best I can give you is that it was some sort of Red HP Laptop, most likely a Pavillion 15