A Basic PC for $4000?!

August 12, 2011 | posted in: Tech Chronicles | by

Technology that Shapes Our Lives

August 12, 1981

IBM's First PC, the 5150. Photo courtesy of vintage-computer.com

IBM rolled out the first PC, model 5150.

Of course they had other computers, but nothing that targeted the home market as the PC would. Each PC came with Microsofts’ CP/M Operating System. The 5150 contained a 4.7 MHz processor, 16k or RAM and 40 k of ROM, all for $1,565, which would be nearly $4000 today. For $6000, or roughly $14,000 today, one could have their PC customized!

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