Reusing an old PC

Diskeater

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Things have been pretty slow around here lately, so hopefully this topic will generate some discussion.

I finished building my new PC about a week ago and I'm just about done with the old one. I'm petitioning my tech-savvy friends for ideas on what to do with it. The system isn't bad (Athlon XP 2800+, 80 gig HDD, 1 gig of RAM) at all but I just have no more use for it.

Every idea I've come up with so far seems pointless. I already have a media center / emulation PC. I don't need a file/web/printer/any server whatsoever.

The best practical idea I came up with is to stick a 200w PSU in it, install some old OS and use the machine to run uTorrent and all of my downloads, but that seems very silly since I don't download nearly enough to devote an entire machine to it.

My friend came up with a pretty fun idea. Stick the PC in the kitchen, string a lot of speakers from it and play random ambient noises.

So what other fun stuff can I do with this box?
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Sell it or give it to someone who is into computers but has a real old one or just a friend who needs one. If you really don't have a use for it then getting rid of it seems the logical solution. <img src=smilies/cwm11.gif>
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I don't think a 200 watt PSU is gonna be enough for that setup. Just find the cheapest generic 300 watt PSU and use that.
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> I don't think a 200 watt PSU is gonna be enough for that
> setup. Just find the cheapest generic 300 watt PSU and use
> that.

"Good quality" 200W Power Supply > "cheapest generic" 300W Power Supply

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> "Good quality" 200W Power Supply > "cheapest generic" 300W
> Power Supply

I made the mistake of buying a generic power supply once before...never again.

I didn't literally mean "200 watts", I meant that I would replace the 500+ watt PSU with something a little bit more reasonable if I choose to make the computer a downloading machine.

But I do want to do something a bit more fun with it....

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1. Run a dubiously legal Ragnarok, EverQuest, or Ultima Online server.
2. Hook it to a grid project and have it search for extraterrestrial life or find the cure for cancer.
3. Get into video editing / 3D graphics and use it for network rendering.
4. Sell it on eBay twenty bucks.
5. Put it into the dusty bowels of storage where it won't see light until a 2083 AD Edition CognoCorp Roboseller estimates it at 3 billion yen in your estate sale.
6. Do some supercooling and see if you can overclock it to 7ghz.
7. Give it to that one moochy friend, you know, the guy who raids your fridge and eats your Fig Newtons.
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I don't know if there is a distro but get linux script it where it boots to a mp3 player and get like a SD or CF drive or something and hook that shit up in your car.
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> So what other fun stuff can I do with this box?

you could put 98 or something like that on there and run old DOS games on it.
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> you could put 98 or something like that on there and run old
> DOS games on it.

I fixed up an old P100 for DOS gaming purposes and it works beautifully. The specs listed are way too much for it. It would be a bit of a waste.
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>The specs listed are way too much for it. It would be a bit of a waste.

Its better then mine now!<img src=smilies/cry.gif>
Man I wish I had more money to upgrade.
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