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    Newbie help

    Just signed up to classic amiga and like it so far very nice site. So the reason im here is that i never actualy owned an amiga but always wanted one, to the extent that i lied to my mates about geting one when i was a kid and they all lent me games to play on it when it arived. Needless to say it never arived and i had to do some backpedaling to get out of an awkward possition. Anyway i decided a few days ago to search through ebay and see what was there and bidded on a few items, nothing serios and lost out to higher bidders. My knowledge of the amiga is limited to games and the names of some of the systems but thats about it so any help to point me in the right direction would very much appreciated.

    Ill probably only be using as a games system to start off with and im not very technicaly minded so small words is probably best thanks again and sorry if this is posted in wrong place.

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    Hi and welcome

    The best Amiga model you should buy is the A1200. This has the most possibilities for gaming and is ideal if you later wish to take it further into more serious Amiga software.

    The A1200 is also one of the most supported and expandable Amigas.

    When looking for an A1200 the price you should expect to pay for a basic standard A1200 is about 40. But you would expect to pay more if it includes other things like extra ram installed (called fast ram), or a faster central processor and ram (called an accelerator). Extra included boxed games and other software will not however increase the price much.

    As a basic A1200 without any extra hardware upgrades you need to load games from floppy disk. This works fine as most games were designed to be played this way. Make sure you get a joystick with the Amiga though as most games need one. The competition Pro or ZipStik are two of the best sticks if you can find one.

    However if you wanted to get the most out of an A1200 there are loads of additional hardware upgrades you can add. An internal harddrive is one of the best upgrades as you can then install games onto it and not need to load them from floppy disk. And using a program called WHDLoad even floppy disk only games can be installed to harddrive. Something we can help you with if you wish to look into this later.

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    thanks for that harrison much apreciated.

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    Forgot to mention. Have a look at http://www.amibay.com

    It is our sister site and designed as a fee free alternative to ebay, and without the inflated prices as there is no bidding. Just stated buy it now prices.

    Just post a wanted advert on the site for an Amiga and I'm sure someone will be able to help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1980-20.. View Post
    Just signed up to classic amiga and like it so far very nice site. So the reason im here is that i never actualy owned an amiga but always wanted one, to the extent that i lied to my mates about geting one when i was a kid and they all lent me games to play on it when it arived. Needless to say it never arived and i had to do some backpedaling to get out of an awkward possition. Anyway i decided a few days ago to search through ebay and see what was there and bidded on a few items, nothing serios and lost out to higher bidders. My knowledge of the amiga is limited to games and the names of some of the systems but thats about it so any help to point me in the right direction would very much appreciated.

    Ill probably only be using as a games system to start off with and im not very technicaly minded so small words is probably best thanks again and sorry if this is posted in wrong place.
    Hi and welcome to the forum!

    As Harrison wrote, the Amiga 1200 is a great choice. Be sure to get a harddrive for it, along with some extra memory. It's well worth the extra cash. You'll get much more out of the machine that way.

    Amibay is the best alternative to get Amiga hardware (and software) at fair prices. It's safe as well, as most members are dedicated retro-enthusiasts. I've purchased several items from sellers on the site and everything has been of fine quality.

    If you want to buy something from a store, Amigakit and Vesalia are your best bets. These shops sells both new and refurbished hardware. You can even get a complete Amiga 1200 system at Amigakit, which you can customize yourself!

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    Thanks for the amibay and amigakit tips ive checked them both out, nothing much happening on amibay but will keep an eye on it. Think ill try and get the best system i can with hardrive etc but this means my budgeting is slightly out so will have to raise some more funds first.
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    Another alternative (albeit a little more expensive) is retro gaming world where you can get all sorts of retro hardware.
    A1200 Power Tower
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    retro gaming worlds site v nice made me tempted to buy other stuff though.
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    When you start to look at retro hardware it does indeed become very tempting to want to buy more and more. Especially when you see loads of different systems and hardware that you couldn't afford back at the time. Or that you sold and regret getting rid of.

    Have you also considered emulation? For the Amiga look at WinUAE. It can look a bit complicated to begin with, but has an easy to use quick start section. And it's completely free to download, and most games and other software can be found at many places (we can point you in the right direction).

    If you haven't played a classic game in years, it's never too late to start!


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    Quote Originally Posted by 1980-20.. View Post
    retro gaming worlds site v nice made me tempted to buy other stuff though.
    It should come with a wallet health warning.
    A1200 Power Tower
    OS 3.9 / CGX4 / OS4.0
    Blizzard 210Mhz (overclocked to 266Mhz) 603e PPC with 25Mhz 040 (Overclocked to 33Mhz) 256Mb RAM
    ZIV
    CV64/3D
    3.2Gb HDD + 20GB HDD

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