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November 13, 2010 6:29:38 PM

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?

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a b B Homebuilt system
November 13, 2010 6:52:36 PM

Sell it on Craigslist or something....

This isn't the place to give it away.
a b B Homebuilt system
November 13, 2010 6:58:49 PM

+1. You'd be surprised at how many people are really looking to find that pristine 7800GT. You'd probably be able to get a quick 50 for all those parts, I'd say.
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November 13, 2010 7:06:44 PM

jack_attack said:
+1. You'd be surprised at how many people are really looking to find that pristine 7800GT. You'd probably be able to get a quick 50 for all those parts, I'd say.

The parts are like 4 years old though. And have not been used for 2 years...
a b B Homebuilt system
November 13, 2010 7:26:04 PM

It's craigslist. :) 
a b B Homebuilt system
November 13, 2010 7:30:40 PM

=D craigslist ftw....
a c 122 B Homebuilt system
November 14, 2010 12:21:00 AM

pivotax said:
The parts are like 4 years old though. And have not been used for 2 years...

Doesn't matter. The parts are still 4 years old and 4 generations or more out of date.

I wouldn't bother selling it. I'd treat it as a "give-away" system.
a b B Homebuilt system
November 14, 2010 12:24:32 AM

You must not live in Minnesota jsc. I see 1GB sticks of DDR going for 25+ a piece all day long.
a b B Homebuilt system
November 14, 2010 12:52:27 AM

lol.... new in walmart is liek 50... ddr2 is like 25.... messed up?
a b B Homebuilt system
November 14, 2010 12:55:40 AM

Hey, don't ask me, I sell PC2-6400 2x4's all day for 50, I don't know how these gougers get away with it.
a b B Homebuilt system
November 14, 2010 1:38:43 AM

You could repurpose it as a home server or something.
a b B Homebuilt system
November 14, 2010 1:39:15 AM

not powerful enough
a b B Homebuilt system
November 14, 2010 1:59:40 AM

A cheap CPU upgrade could do it, but even then here are home servers based on Atoms, so this could definitely handle it. All it has to do is send files over a network connection.
a b B Homebuilt system
November 14, 2010 4:13:38 PM

Don't you just love it when people don't understand that even though something still works, it may not be worth much of anything?
November 14, 2010 4:16:38 PM

boiler1990 said:
Don't you just love it when people don't understand that even though something still works, it may not be worth much of anything?

I know I realized that, I am making a LAN PC, check out my new post.
November 14, 2010 4:40:27 PM

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...
a b B Homebuilt system
November 14, 2010 5:54:41 PM

Quote:
Don't you just love it when people don't understand that even though something still works, it may not be worth much of anything?
I know....
November 14, 2010 5:55:45 PM

If you're still looking to give this stuff away, I could really use the GPU(it is pci-e, right?) for my system while I wait a month for HIS to replace a faulty video card.

Edit: Nevermind, I wound up getting something cheap off ebay
November 14, 2010 6:10:18 PM

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:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(yes, I'm a Highpoint "fan boy" :) 


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

Where,
Z = remote partition, properly shared

Want help? then:

xcopy /?


And, as one post wisely observed above,
disk I/O does not require a TON of CPU power.


MRFS



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