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The Baron
11-02-02, 11:38 PM
Hardware or software.

3D acceleration, a GUI :p , Linux, anything like that.

For me, it's low-cost, fast, and very stable CD writers. I remember this POS HP second-gen CD writer (2x write! WOOHOO!). Cost $600 bucks, needed a dedicated SCSI card. Now, it still died every other CD, but it was cool. Didn't burn too many CDs though because of the hassle... but now with a 16x liteon drive, I burn CDs CONSTANTLY.

It's kinda scary... :p

thcdru2k
11-02-02, 11:39 PM
original geforce sdr...my first experience with high quality 3d graphics. 3dmark2000 demo blew my socks off. unreal tournament blew me away.

PenguinJim
11-03-02, 06:16 AM
Within the space of about four weeks, I got a 60gig hard disk, my first CD burner (well only cd burner :)) and ADSL (512k down, 256k up). Suddenly all the little 1s and 0s were free, and I had plenty of space for them all, and I could share them with my friends.

Of course, I only used Morpheus for the completely legal things. Like watching Buffy and Angel and Enterprise hours after they were shown in America, instead of months.

"but now with a 16x liteon drive, I burn CDs CONSTANTLY."

Snap! That's my burner too :)

Cereal-Killer
11-03-02, 11:54 AM
For me it was the Voodoo 1. I couldn't believe my eyes when I first saw smooth and pretty 3d games on my otherwise slow 100Mhz machine.

Then there was the switch from 56k to cable. And last but not least p2p file sharing. Best. Invention. Evar. :D

saturnotaku
11-03-02, 06:00 PM
3dfx Voodoo Banshee - My friends and I had a geekgasm when we saw Half-Life running at 800x600 in OpenGL.

Aureal Vortex 2 - Last good drivers for Windows 98 had support for both EAX and A3D. Half-Life (again :D) never sounded better.

The game of Half-Life - an FPS with a real story line. It's the one game that is always a permanent fixture on my hard drive. I can play it over and over and over and never get sick of it. :)

ss1
11-03-02, 06:02 PM
Originally posted by Cereal-Killer
For me it was the Voodoo 1. I couldn't believe my eyes when I first saw smooth and pretty 3d games on my otherwise slow 100Mhz machine.

Then there was the switch from 56k to cable. And last but not least p2p file sharing. Best. Invention. Evar. :D

Yeah same here! I had a Voodoo 1 but with an P166MMX Overdrive chip upgrade from my Orginal P100. I remember playing MechWarrior 2 3dfx special edition and thinking "Wow!"....


ss1.

DaveW
11-03-02, 09:01 PM
Ummm... the mouse! I remember using a paint package with just a keyboard, a mouse was a new thing and cost 200 dollars at the time and we couldn't afford it. The harddrive would be second on my list.

pelly
11-03-02, 09:47 PM
Creative Labs Annihilator Pro ( Geforce DDR )

Brought new life to an aging Dell PII 333...Overnight, games that barely ran became smooth as silk....as if I had purchased a new system!

Easily, the best investment I have ever made in computers...

:D

saturnotaku
11-03-02, 09:58 PM
Oh, and how could I forget Windows 2000 SP1? No more would I put up with crashing in Windows 9x. My games, both D3D and OpenGL received a kick in the pants on my original 850 MHz Athlon system. It was the final piece of my computer building puzzle. :D

Lezmaka
11-03-02, 10:15 PM
The three things that changed the way I use computers the most are

1. Upgrading from a Pentium 166 w/MMX to P3 800

2. Ditching 56k and going to cable

3. Ditching Windows 98/Me and going to XP. Even the XP betas I got were more stable than 98/Me.

VeritechK7
11-04-02, 02:01 PM
well i've been around computers since i was a kid...but wasn't really involved...played kiddie games when i was young (jeopardy, wheel of fortune, microfootball, pinball, and .... Leisure suit larry) all on a tandy machine ..i'd do reports.. mainly though ..but this was at the time ..

Then we upgraded to a pentium 150 ... ooh things got faster there ;) had a cd rom drive and something that could play some videos back..looked nice back in the day. We had the internet and all ...but i wouldn't use it as much but i still used it to get news on the 49ers and some mp3s..that was a wait..still though it didn't really change me to the comp freak i am now...what did was ...

A cable connection and my first separate computer w/ a TNT2 graphics card ...

oh man things weren't the same after that .. .I would play game after game ... being all proud of my GFX accelerator ..and my cable line allowed me to play some games online.

before i never really considered using a computer all that much nor was i as interested then ..bu t now ..it's taken over my hobby cycle.. although football and other sports are coming back to the fray

Switch
11-04-02, 02:16 PM
What did: (in this order)

-Cable
-700MHz AMD Athlon Slot A (Paid $269 for that CPU!!!)
-TNT2 Ultra


What Will: (Hopefully)

-NV30:D
**List soon to continue**

Gator
11-04-02, 03:34 PM
ethernet internet access! it provided a world of mp3's and lots of other goodies

and definetly more than anything else, CD burners! I started with a crumby 2x SCSI too, then 4x ide, 8x, and now a beautiful 48x

:D

nin_fragile14
11-04-02, 05:00 PM
Cable internet.

My computer is pointless without that.

Smokey
11-04-02, 06:24 PM
Originally posted by pelly
Creative Labs Annihilator Pro ( Geforce DDR )

Brought new life to an aging Dell PII 333...Overnight, games that barely ran became smooth as silk....as if I had purchased a new system!

Easily, the best investment I have ever made in computers...

:D

Heheh, I remember the first day I saw that exact same card I bought it, also the same day I was going to a mates house for a LAN weekend. ;) I was so guttered when I found out she didnt want to work with my Intel BX motherboard, crashing everytime I ran something in 3d. I had to put back my TNT1 and game my friend the Geforce.

Anyways for me it would have to be the internet, now having ADSL it just makes it even better ;)

SnakeEyes
11-05-02, 08:19 AM
Wow. That's a tough question to answer. Things have changed so much about all aspects of computing. I actually tend to agree with everyone here. Color graphics, mice, 3D acceleration, more memory, faster processors, ugh.. the list is endless.

If I have to pick one though, it has to be the hard drive. Taking advantage of any of that other tech really has required more software (and lots of it). With the old 10MB hard drives (or worse, the super-sized floppies that were their predecessors), there wouldn't have been enough space to have the software needed to use the other stuff that's come out over time.

Discounting that, probably the GUI interface AND the mouse. Those two go hand-in-hand. One without the other is really just junk. But taken together they've majorly changed the way we look at and use our computers.

Kruno
11-05-02, 09:12 AM
TV card for me :)
Never have to buy another box to watch the News, or Star Trek :D

Gator
11-05-02, 09:28 AM
Originally posted by K.I.L.E.R
TV card for me :)
Never have to buy another box to watch the News, or Star Trek :D

well, i will say the TV card was a godsent when I was in college. Those dorm rooms are small!!! Nothing like having your computer as your complete entertainment center... heh heh

the only difficulty was when the roomy wanted to watch The Simpsons and I had a report to write. Oh well, always time for Simpsons... lol
:D

ZoinKs!
11-22-02, 04:28 PM
Broadband internet access. Advances in graphics and sound are close because I do lots of gaming, but most of my gamimg is online so that nudges it back in favor of the net.

PenguinJim
11-22-02, 05:02 PM
Originally posted by ZoinKs!
Broadband internet access. Advances in graphics and sound are close because I do lots of gaming, but most of my gamimg is online so that nudges it back in favor of the net.

Plus porn downloads so much FASTER now. Truly amazing stuff. And so many varieties!

Starscream
11-22-02, 09:02 PM
Originally posted by PenguinJim
Plus porn downloads so much FASTER now. Truly amazing stuff. And so many varieties!

hehe. SO true.

Ryo-Ohki
11-22-02, 11:24 PM
I've really sunk into the thing ever since I got my 486, with all the many cool games which were available for it. I've spent hours on Harrier Jump Jet, F-15 III, F1GP, Strike Commander, Aces of the Pacific...

Fast forward in late 1998 when I got my first DVD-ROM drive and a Voodoo 2. That PII-400 kicked ass ! :) It's also around the same period I discovered the wonderful world of Internet (it was mandatory for my studies, anyway).

I'll finish by mentionning the arrival of Windows 2000 and Linux. I realized playing with the operating system could also be quite a bit of fun... :D

ReDeeMeR
11-23-02, 08:47 AM
Well lets see.

Games:

Warcraft1, it was the first PS game I've played till 3am lol, was absolutely blown away by the gamestyle(RTS) and the whole atmosphere, I remember PC's were VERY expensive so I used to go to my mom's Office and secretly install WC, man those were the fun times :p

Diablo(original):
When I saw it I was like 'wow'

Unreal:
Also gfx were like OMG, but I didnt finish it(got really bored in the end).


Hardware:
Um when I first saw TNT2Utlra runing smoothly 32bit color in HereticII, I was like "fkn awesome", so I saved up and then Geforce came out and I bought it and left the 3Dfx bandwagon :D

Geforce 4, werewolf demo.

priest77
11-25-02, 08:30 PM
Broadband internet access has by far had the biggest impact on how I use my PC. Looking back now I almost don't know how I lived without it.

thcdru2k
11-25-02, 09:09 PM
when i had 56k i really didn't care if it was slow. i still downloaded windows 98 iso in 28 zip files. and i had to transfer it onto another computer, spanned over 56 floppy disc :) boy must've took me a week or two to download and install it.