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Worth trying to build with spare parts?

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December 2, 2013 3:25:56 PM

I have a few parts laying around and was curious if it would be worth spending the $100 or so to put it together. I'd basically just be using it for NAS type things and for internet usage.

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CPU: Intel Pentium E5700 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($0.00)
CPU Cooler: NZXT Respire T20 68.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($12.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Mushkin 1GB (1 x 1GB) DDR2-533 Memory ($15.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Mushkin 1GB (1 x 1GB) DDR2-533 Memory ($15.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F1 DT 80GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($0.00)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GT 630 2GB Video Card ($47.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Thermaltake Commander MS/I Snow Edition (White/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($0.00)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($0.00)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.55 @ OutletPC)
Other: Dell LGA775 HH807-F8098 Motherboard ($19.88)
Total: $128.39
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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December 2, 2013 3:36:15 PM

My question is, do you NEED that system? If you need it then go for it. I think you know what to expect from these components so why not?
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December 2, 2013 4:19:14 PM

It would be nice to have in the background, but I don't really need the system. That's kind of my quandary right now, I could probably get a system that runs just as well by putting a little money into a Raspberry Pi.
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December 2, 2013 4:21:22 PM

Ok, I repeat, I think you know what to expect from such a system. Maybe you can look at it from a different angle, if both systems will be the same for you (speaking about a Raspberry Pi), which one will be more fun to put together/config? Not everything is money :) 
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December 2, 2013 4:43:12 PM

Hm, I know my roommate is wanting to get a Pi too so I may just sell these extra parts and put it towards that. I think it'd be more fun in the long run to configure a Pi. Nice way to look at it. :) 
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