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Windows 7: My first modern CPU - do you have yours?

29 Sep 2009   #31
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

those were the days...


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29 Sep 2009   #32
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mickey megabyte View Post
those were the days...

That'd close to 10k in today's economy/money.
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29 Sep 2009   #33
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mickey megabyte View Post
those were the days...

That'd close to 10k in today's economy/money.
That's the strange thing with the whole computer industry - today the same amount of money would buy you a system at about the same level of sophistication by today's standard.

The price seems to remain fixed while the available technology increases
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29 Sep 2009   #34
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

i have to disagree, nigel.

if you read the small print, it says 'monitor and display adapter' not included - i hate to think what they would have cost extra...

so all you get is the case, psu, mobo, cpu, floppy drive, ram and keyboard. you don't even get an os.

$2599 = 1600 roughly

1600 would get you one heck of a case, psu, mobo, cpu, floppy drive, ram and keyboard combo.
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29 Sep 2009   #35
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

Hello mickey,

I take you point and I missed the monitor graphics card

but still this is the equivalent then of the best i7 system money can buy now so the difference may not be that much
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29 Sep 2009   #36
Tews

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Mine was hardly what you would call modern... Motorola 8088


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29 Sep 2009   #37
wallyinnc

Windows 7 x64 finally!
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mickey megabyte View Post
those were the days...
Yesterday I was cleaning old papers and found the invoice for the Dell I bought in 2000: US$ 1662
That is not that long ago. It was a Pentium III, 256M RAM, 40G hard drive. It worked until lastr week, I am finally retiring it
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29 Sep 2009   #38
H2SO4

Win7x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Barman58 View Post
That's the strange thing with the whole computer industry - today the same amount of money would buy you a system at about the same level of sophistication by today's standard.

The price seems to remain fixed while the available technology increases
I agree. My pet theory #392 is that the price is (self) determined by what the average family is willing to part with in order to compute.

At first, in the very early 80s, PCs were far more expensive than they are today, relatively speaking. A fully-specced PC XT constituted a financial hit comparable to a decent second-hand car, back in 1983. By the time it all got commoditised in 1988-1990, it was obvious that your average offering had to be around $2K (in today's money), because that's what a family could absorb every so often.
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30 Sep 2009   #39
chuckr

XP_Pro, W7_7201, W7RC.vhd, SciLinux5.3, Fedora12, Fedora9_2x, OpenSolaris_09-06
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tews View Post
Mine was hardly what you would call modern... Motorola 8088


Motorola made those too ?

In addition to their 68000 product ?
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30 Sep 2009   #40
strollin

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)
 
 

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Mine was hardly what you would call modern... Motorola 8088


Motorola made those too ?

In addition to their 68000 product ?
Um...Isn't that an Intel 8088? That's the CPU that was in my first computer, IBM PC, bought in 1984 for about $2500 (IBM employee price). Had 256K memory, 2 360K floppies and 4 color CGA graphics!

I no longer have my original CPU but do have some other 8088 machines that I have collected over the years!
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