Whew, now that's a story.
First off it probably started back in late 2000. I had just started to get into PC gaming. I had been playing mostly SimCity 2000, Roller Coaster Tycoon, and later down the line SimCity 4. At this point I was using an old Dell Optiplex. When I first started it was as followed:
Pentium 4 2GHz
Some old IDE drive
Then I found RuneScape (yeah yeah crappy game I know) I played a crap ton of RuneScape and it wasn't until RuneScape updated it's graphics that I started improving that Dell I had. First row of things was a RAM upgrade. I think I got up to 2GBs and maybe later 4GBs. Then my dad had a bunch of old PCs in his workshop which I raided. Found some hard drives, a few GPUs, and some better processors.
Mind you I was about 13/14 didn't have a freaking clue what I was doing. I just started to piece the system together bit by bit. After a lot of trial and error I had a pretty nice system and I could play RuneScape HD no problem. Also found out previous games I owned actually ran.
It wasn't until RuneScape started releasing updates I really disliked where I got to the point of saying "Screw it RS sucks I'm making my own game." At this time I was 15/16 and thought "how hard could it be?'. Yeah I was in for a lot of stress (Not good at math and programming and math heavy) I found an engine called Eclipse something, it was a 2D engine kinda like RPG Maker. Anyways after a lot of scripting, map creation, balancing, quest writing I made a ORPG. I had about 50 people play it from all over the world for the next couple of years. At this time I was also hosting a MineCraft Server and a community which fueled the ORPG.
Everything was going pretty great that is until I enrolled for college. All my free time was consumed. For the longest while I tried to keep everything running, handed out jobs to my mods and so forth but it had grew and become so dependent on me that it fell over. If I were to do it all again I'd change a few things on how I managed it. But hindsight is 20/20 and ultimately it's thanks to RuneScape and that crappy Dell that I learned about PCs, then programming, scripting, and servers.
Sorry for the wall of text but my journey to where I am now is quiet long.