Additional components I have available include:
Zotac(?) FX5200TV AGP Graphics card
Soundblaster XTremeMusic Sound Card
B-Gears B-Enspirer Sound Card
ASUS IDE CD-ROM Drive
The first two systems, I can't see as usable as the cost for upgrades (RAM) is prohibitive. The last system was at one point, not too long ago, my primary system, but I believe it took a power hit. I did actually rebuild the system, at that point, to where it would boot up and run, but whenever I plugged in any type of USB cable/flash drive/accessory to any rear port, the system shut down.
I already have three other fully functional systems (All-Purpose, HTPC, dual boot Gamer/Server) and a laptop. Also, all family members have newer systems.
So what do you long-time builders do with your old systems?
Typically, you can donate to places like GoodWill or Senior Centers. This gives people a chance to get / use a PC that might not otherwise have. They don't need to be fast... just be functional for their needs. I would of course make sure you wile the drive of any old data and set the systems up with "fresh installs".
Unfortunately, these are just core systems (MB/CPU/RAM). Even if I could get my questionable system running again (going to try a quick bread-board build), I'd still need to get a case, power supply, OS, and hard drive. That's almost $200 out of my pocket.
I suppose I could talk to Goodwill and see if they have non-functional systems I could part out/repair.
Thanks for the suggestion. Any others?
Well... so much for bread-boarding... I don't have a power switch!
So I salvaged a power switch from an old Compaq system. That seemed to work, but I could never get a signal on my monitor. System *sounded* like it was trying to boot, but never a video signal.
Last edit for tonight. Heading to bed, but if anyone has other suggestions for what to do with the other systems, please let me know.