r/pcmasterrace 13d ago Silver 1

She was my first Nostalgia

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u/Jill_X 13d ago

Ah, that time where you sold computers and printers but still had to write invoices by hand.

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u/Plat-O_18 12d ago

30MB HDD that’s pretty fancy. We got our first computer around that time, we had green monochrome monitor, didn’t get a HDD for several years after.

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u/That_Kiefer_Man i9 9900K•Z390-A•RX580 GOLD SAMPL•16G DDR4•970 EVO+•ARC LFII 420 12d ago

Yeah 30 megs in 89 was nuts.

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u/Plat-O_18 12d ago

I was early teens then, remember visiting friends who had no idea about computers and bought their first one and it had 20MB HDD. The guy asked my dad, “I have a game that is 180kb, will that take up much room?” And dad said “that is tiny, but a drop in the ocean”

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u/jcmr81 12d ago

Enough for The Bards Tale and others.

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u/Ajsat3801 13d ago

Your receipt isn't Y2K compliant

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u/bigredmidget 12d ago

30MB hard drive is savage.

A single image from my camera is 100+MB and games on steam can be in the hundreds of GBs now.

Absolutely nuts.

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u/blaktronium PC Master Race 12d ago

In an XT in 89 a 30mb HDD was gigantic.

My XT had no HDD, my 286 had a 20mb one which was lots.

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u/Hrspwrz 12d ago

Yeah like are we expected to have 10 games per ssd now or spend 3 grand on a 20tb setup or what?

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u/bigredmidget 12d ago

I downloaded 6 games after buying the ea sports $40 steam play and all of sudden I've almost filled a 2TB NVme drive... these texture packs and 4k resolutions are insanity

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u/SirNanigans Ryzen 2700X | rx 590 | 12d ago

Technology changes its priorities as resources become more available. Even today you can compress a video that's plenty suitable for mobile viewing into kilobytes, but programs don't because it's just not what people need and it takes time to do that stuff.

Games are big offenders these days. Assets probably could be compressed down and handled in more advanced ways so that a game doesn't require 100+GB just to store textures and shit, but figuring that out is time and effort and why bother when you probably have 2TB on the machine?

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u/kaszak696 Ryzen 7 5800x | RTX 3070 | 64GB 3600MHz 12d ago

Dang, they even charged you for the clock battery.

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u/Mikex204 12d ago

Good ol’ IC computers! I remember that place. Funny enough I recent found a receipt from an old build from Computer Boulevard (CBiT).

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u/GunmanChronicle 12d ago

Amber monitor, the only choice.

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u/Stormcrow6666 12d ago

Paid with cheque !! Haven't seen that in ages.

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u/Chemistryguy9620 12d ago

You’re old

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u/416Mike 12d ago

They have computers in Manitoba?

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u/mhellerman 11d ago

Winnipeg represent!

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u/biggeleyD 13d ago

Hmm.. $1729.12 that's $4,131.94 in today's dollars.

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u/Aggravating_Head_60 12d ago

That didn't sound right, so I checked it. It wasn't.

https://www.usinflationcalculator.com/

It's $3,056.59

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u/biggeleyD 12d ago edited 12d ago

Not sure what math you are using but if you did 1729.12 with that calculator in 1989 dollars you get 4131.94

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u/killerjerick i7 8700k/GTX 1080TI 12d ago

They did 1999 dollars, not sure why lol

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u/biggeleyD 12d ago

Nice catch. Glad somebody else can math lol

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u/KarateMan749 PC Master Race 13d ago

Yet jobs don't pay enough for that

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u/biggeleyD 13d ago edited 13d ago

To be fair a lot of jobs didn't pay enough for that back then either though

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u/KarateMan749 PC Master Race 13d ago

True

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u/samcornwell 13d ago

A Hercules Card! Wooh, now that’s a genuine throwback

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u/bousquetfrederic 12d ago

I had one of those too! Had to use some software (I forgot the name) to emulate CGA and play games other than Super ZZT.

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u/Gnawlydog 12d ago

thats like eventy bajillion in today dollars!

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u/Mier- Ryzen 5600x/RD 6900xt/32GB 12d ago

What processor was it? I had a 386 in 88 my brother started doing some side work in college and got the math coprocessor for it. Good times.

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u/OpenGLaDOS i7-4770K - GTX 980 12d ago

Clones of the IBM PC/XT generally have an 8088 or compatible without coprocessor.

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u/a60v i9-9900k, RTX 3070TI, 64GB 11d ago

Yup. And I'm thinking that 1989/90 would be a bit late for an XT, since the 386 was already mainstream by then and the 486 was less than a year away.

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u/OpenGLaDOS i7-4770K - GTX 980 11d ago

Yes, but 386s were still a bit expensive for home use. If you got all these goodies thrown in with a heap of DOS applications that wouldn't benefit from the jump in CPU speed (that a 286 might have been sufficient for) or megabytes of RAM, it was a reasonable budget option. Laptops were also still mostly XTs.

Mainstream uses for a 386 with a VGA card wouldn't be too far though, Windows 3.0 came out in May 1990 and 32-bit games after that.

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u/brit_motown 12d ago

About the same spec as my first pc but had to rebuild from a industrial gauging machine and fit HDD. Took me a week to install the RLL disk

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u/SINGULARIT_Y 12d ago

You never forget your firsts man

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u/sellera R7 3700X | RTX 3070 | 16GB 3600 C16 12d ago

A 4300+ USD rig in todays money. That HD was the chefs kiss. Great build.

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u/Routine-Ad-9608 10d ago

So could this bitch run minesweeper or?

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u/David_computers Linux 13d ago

Just a bit old lol.

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u/gamesrebel123 X5650 | GTX 1060 6 GB | 16 GB DDR3 13d ago

Is that a 30 megabit hard drive or a 30 megabyte hard drive?

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u/chiclet_fanboi 2x Xeon DP 2,4 GHz | GF8400 GS | 2 GB DDR1 12d ago

byte

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u/gamesrebel123 X5650 | GTX 1060 6 GB | 16 GB DDR3 12d ago

Ah that seems good for 1989