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My Computers

Here you can find a list of all the computers I have owned. Servers (e.g. AWS instances) and Raspberry Pi-class devices are excluded.

HP Pavilion

Specifications unknown ~2003 - 2011
My Dad got my brother and I this computer when he tired of me using his computer all the time. I have a very strong memory of installing "Bionicle: The Game" as soon as I got this computer as it wasn't supported on my Dad's computer. Since the Bionicle game was released in 2003 I must have gotten the computer around then. It was most commonly used for playing Runescape and Transportation Tycoon.

MacBook Pro Mid 2009

15-inch, CPU: 2.53GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, RAM: 8GB, HDD: 250GB, GPU: NVIDIA GeForce 9400M 2011 - 2015
Eventually I outgrew HP tower and had gotten more interested in programming and computers. My parents got me the MacBook Pro and I set about building a website for my Dad's small business. That website kicked off my programming interest and I quickly learned actual programming by teaching myself JavaScript and PHP, then Java (so I could make Minecraft mods of course).

Custom Tower v1

CPU: A10-5800K, RAM: 16GB, GPU: AMD R9 280X ~2013 - 2017
I grew more interested in gaming and my poor MacBook wasn't built for it (nor did it run Windows) so I bought all the parts to build my own computer. Originally, I didn't have the money to buy a separate graphics card, but the integrated graphics on the AMD APU still beat the MacBook Pro by a longshot. It originally ran on 8GB of RAM until I upgraded it some time later once I had the money.

MacBook Pro 2015

15-inch, CPU: 2.2 GHz Intel Core i7, RAM: 16GB, SSD: 1TB 2015 - Present
The combination of going to college and my old MacBook aging led me to use my college funds to purchase a new MacBook Pro. It has served me amazingly well through my entire college career (even surviving a rough fall when I dropped my backpack at an odd angle). I have generally eschewed stickers on laptops but I finally started to see the appeal at the beginning of my sophomore year. I didn't want to cover the laptop itself in stickers so I bought a case and covered that with stickers.

Custom Tower v2

CPU: i7 7700k, RAM: 32GB, GPU: AMD RX 480 2017 - Present
My gaming tower came to college with me but it was starting to show its age, I elected to keep the case and HDD/SSDs and toss the rest of the innards. I originally meant to keep the graphics card too but I managed to short it at some point during the rebuild. The i7 processor was probably overkill, but the computer now runs Gentoo and using all the extra power is nice to get everything compiled.