History of My Computers

I have been using computers for pretty much my entire life. The first computer I used was an Apple Macintosh IIgs in school in the early 1990s. For about the first 10 years of my life, I had only used Apple computers because that’s what they had in my school district. I became very familiar with the SE, LC, Performa, PowerMac, iMac, G3/G4 models. Our first family computer was a PC, and I’ve been a PC user ever since.

This page is mostly for my own reference to document the different computers I have owned and the parts and specs of each machine.

Main Desktop (2015 – Present):

This was the first computer I built entirely by myself. It has been upgraded many times since 2007 and I continue to use it every day.

  • ASUS P8H67-M Pro Motherboard
  • Intel CORE i3-2100 CPU @ 3.10 GHz
  • Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev2 CPU Cooler w/Arctic Silver 5 thermal paste
  • 16GB Kingston HyperX FURY KHX1866C10D3/8GB (2x)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti Graphics Card
  • Samsung EVO 840 SSD 120GB Hard Drive
  • Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 7200rpm Hard Drive
  • Dell UltraSharp U2412M IPS 16:10 LED-backlit Monitor
  • Sony Optiarc AD-7260S 24X SATA DVD/CD burner
  • Logitech Internet 1500 Laser Cordless Desktop Keyboard & Mouse
  • Antec Performance One P150 ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
  • 80mm Nexus intake fans (2x)
  • Rosewill Stallion RD500-2DB 500W Power Supply
  • APC Back-UPS ES 750 Battery Backup/Surge Protector
  • Windows 7 Ultimate

 

Main Desktop – Previous Configuration (2007 – 2015):

  • Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 Motherboard
  • Intel Core2Duo E6300 CPU @ 1.80 GHz
  • Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev2 CPU Cooler w/Arctic Silver 5 thermal paste
  • 4GB Kingston DDR2 667 (PC5300) SDRAM
  • Gigabyte GeForce 7600GS 256MB GDDR2 PCIe video card
  • Western Digital 160GB hard drive
  • Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 7200rpm hard drive
  • Seagate 300GB USB2.0 external hard drive
  • Sony-NEC 5170A IDE DVD/CD burner
  • Logitech Internet 1500 Laser Cordless Desktop Keyboard & Mouse
  • Antec Performance One P150 ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
  • Antec EarthWatts NeoHE 430W Power Supply
  • Windows XP Pro SP3 (2007-2009)
  • Windows 7 Ultimate (2009 – Present)

 

 

Editing/Media Computer (2014 – Present):

  • ASUS M4A88TD-M/USB3 Motherboard
  • AMD Athlon II X4 640 CPU @ 3.0 GHz
  • 8GB Kingston DDR3 PC3-10700 Memory (4x 2GB)
  • AMD Radeon HD 6450 video card
  • Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 320GB 7200rpm SATA hard drive
  • Western Digital Blue 500GB 7200rpm SATA hard drive
  • Pioneer DVR-115DBK 20X SATA DVD/CD burner
  • Keytronic keyboard
  • Logitech MX500 optical mouse
  • ACER S231HL 23″ Widescreen Ultra-Slim LED monitor
  • Generic RaidMax ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
  • Antec EarthWatts EA-380 380W Power Supply

 

Dell Dimension 4100 Desktop (2000 – 2007):

Our family purchased this computer brand new from Dell in the fall of 2000. For seven years it was our only computer. It is now a backup computer and test bed for other projects. The machine has been heavily upgraded from its original specs which included 128MB of RAM, a 32MB nVidia video vard, a 10GB hard drive, and Windows Me (Millennium Edition) OS.

  • Dell Motherboard
  • Intel Pentium III @ 800 MHz
  • 512MB PC133 SDRAM (4x 128MB) – maxed out
  • Dell Trinitron 17″ CRT monitor
  • Windows XP Pro SP3
  • Gigabit Ethernet card
  • Iomega ZIP 250 IDE drive
  • Dell 150W power supply
  • Windows XP Pro SP3

 

Compaq Presario 4505 Desktop (1997-2000):

This was the first computer our family ever had. We signed up with AOL (and later, EarthLink) dial up Internet. We gave this computer away in the fall of 2000 when we replaced it with our Dell desktop.

  • Intel Pentium CPU @ 166 MHz
  • 16MB SDRAM
  • 2.0 GB IDE Hard Drive (later upgraded to 10.0 GB)
  • 16X IDE CD-ROM Drive
  • 1.44MB 3.5″ floppy drive
  • 56k/V.90 modem
  • Compaq 15″ CRT monitor
  • JBL speakers
  • Windows 95

 

About the author

Trevor Freeman

Trevor Freeman is a writer, photographer, and maker who loves learning new things. His favorite food is pizza. He received a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management from Grand Canyon University. He lives and works in Phoenix.

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