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Commodore 64

See below for specifications and information on this system.

Specifications and information

Introduced: Announced January 1982
Original Price: $595
CPU: 6502
Memory: 64K RAM, 20K ROM
Operating System: ROM BASIC
Input/Output: Cartridge Port; two joystick ports; composite video output; serial bus connector for floppy disk drive, printer, or other peripherals
Resolution: 16 colors, 40 column text
Bus: N/A
Other Items in Collection: Original box; documentation
Items Needed: N/A

The Commodore 64 enhanced the VIC-20 architecture with higher resolution graphics, more built-in memory, and the first sound synthesizer chip to be built into a personal computer.

Tom R. Halfhill, Byte Magazine, August 1984: "Next came the Commodore 64 (1982), almost certainly the best-selling computer model of all time. Ex-Commodorian Andy Finkel estimates that sales totaled between 17 and 22 million units. That's more than all the Macs put together, and it dwarfs IBM's top-selling systems, the PC and the AT. "

Here's a shot of the Commodore 64 box:

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