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December 19, 2012 7:06:17 PM

I have had an old Dell Dimension 3000 sitting around since I built a new PC. I was originally planning to run it as a HTPC or NAS server in it's twilight years. But by now, I feel it is to old/underpowered/inefficient to use for any of those things. Is it time I decide to part ways with it or is there some use that I haven't considered?


Specifications:

- Pentium 4 (non-HT) @ 2.8 Ghz
- 2 Gb DDR1 RAM @ 333 Mhz
- Nvidia Geforce GS 8400
- 320 Gb 5400 RPM HDD
- CD, DVD and Floppy drives

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December 19, 2012 7:08:51 PM

There's probably somebody looking for older parts, so maybe best to strip it and sell parts on eBay for some extra Christmas cash!
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December 19, 2012 7:11:10 PM

It still can be used as a NAS Server - good for backups.

I have a similar build as my HTPC - just added an eSata 1TB drive and 2GB RAM (4GB total - only recognizes 3.3GB). It does have issues recording 3 HD shows at once, but functions fine with 2.
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December 19, 2012 7:26:04 PM

If you're curious about Linux, there's a good use for it! You might really enjoy seeing what Linux has to offer, all the different visual interfaces etc.
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December 19, 2012 7:39:56 PM

ronintexas said:
It still can be used as a NAS Server - good for backups.

I have a similar build as my HTPC - just added an eSata 1TB drive and 2GB RAM (4GB total - only recognizes 3.3GB). It does have issues recording 3 HD shows at once, but functions fine with 2.



I'm just worried about its power consumption from being on 24/7. IIRC Pentium 4 wasn't spectacular in terms of efficiency. If it wasn't affixed to a proprietary motherboard I would have tried underclocking it.

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If you're curious about Linux, there's a good use for it! You might really enjoy seeing what Linux has to offer, all the different visual interfaces etc.


Another machine already fulfilled this role as an Ubuntu test bench. But I certainly would look at another distro if I decide to make it into an NAS backup server.
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December 19, 2012 7:49:18 PM

I've tried over 30 distros, and didn't find anything better than Ubuntu so you've got a good one there :-)

EDIT: I mean Ubuntu derivatives, specifically Xubuntu, Kubuntu and Bodhi were the best - combine the foundation of Ubuntu with the (IMO) far nicer interfaces of Xfce, KDE and Enlightenment 17.
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December 23, 2012 1:23:06 AM

I would use it for backup and connect your old and new pc together, or you could keep it as a spare if your new one quits and you need a temporary pc.
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December 23, 2012 1:51:37 AM

I've actually just started playing around with FreeNAS (as per your recommendations). I will be getting a Kill A Watt wall outlet meter to determine total power draw of the Dell. If it consumes too much power I may remove some RAM, the ODDs, GPU and tweaking what few CPU settings exist in the BIOS.
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December 30, 2012 6:17:13 PM

Best answer selected by anxiousinfusion.
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