Hey, my brother just moved out and said i could have his pc, that does not work (psu issue) but i have no use for it, so i thought that I could give some parts away on youtube or something. These are the parts:
CPU: Amd Athlon 3000+ at 2.4ghz
GPU: Geforce 7800GT Gainward
HDD: 2x 250gb Western Digital WD2500 hard drives
RAM: 2GB 500mhz 1024mb ram (2x1gb) CORSAIR
So yeah, what parts would be the most appealing things someone would want?
You could consider donating it to a local organization, or school. Organizations like PROP, the food shelf, humane society, nursing home etc get all their computers from local donations. They won't take totally old and crappy ones, but that one you described would be great for them. Head to your local old folks home or food shelf, or whatever strikes you as the best thing and see if they want it. I think you'd even get a small tax write off then, as a bonus!
Just an idea to do some good with it. My family did this with one of our old computers once. The people at the food shelf need SOMETHING to run spreadsheets of everything they have on...
Have any of you noticed how many unused DVD and CD blanks
have piled up in your spare parts?
Disk-to-disk backups have become highly desirable, chiefly
because of the huge leaps in HDD capacity in recent years:
1TB HDDs are now commonplace, and cheap!
Even if one has an older PCI-E motherboard, e.g. Intel D915GAV
with x1 PCI-E Gen1 slots, inexpensive controllers are available
that will support modest RAID arrays with SATA/3G HDDs
e.g. Highpoint RocketRAID 2300:
Granted, Gen1 x1 slots top out at 250 MB/second, but that's
still plenty of bandwidth for a single SATA/3G HDD, or
just enough for a pair configured in a RAID 0 array.
We demoted an older ASUS motherboard with 875 chipset
and Intel 3.2 GHz Pentium 4 to backup storage duty,
and it works fine: we only turn it ON to do backups,
then we turn it OFF.
This schedule, of course, should prolong its useful life:
and, after all, digital data is digital data (0's and 1's), regardless
of where it resides. And, when OFF a PC can NOT be infected
with a virus or any other malware.
Legacy PCI slots still work fine with Gigabit LAN cards
(32 bits @ 33 MHz = 1,056 Megabits per second ~= 1 GHz)
and copying across an XP/Pro LAN is as easy as running XCOPY:
xcopy folder Z:\folder /s/e/v/d
Z = remote partition, properly shared
Want help? then:
And, as one post wisely observed above,
disk I/O does not require a TON of CPU power.