QOTD: What Do You Do With Your Old PCs?

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Burodsx

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My old computer was such a piece of junk that I took it with me to an outdoor rifle range and everyone got to shoot it. It was glorious.
 

Kryan

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sell 'em.

and if i can't sell 'em, blow 'em up so nobody else gets anything for free.

lol. no, i do try to sell high end stuff that isn't high end enough anymore for me, but other things (old monitors, printers, etc) go to the local schools (South Africa) where they are SERIOUSLY appreciated.
 
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Mainly just keep them around as web browsing terminals.

First?
 

Wayoffbase

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Old hardware for me gets reused as new hardware for family for the most part. I've never thrown anything away, I still have a few 56k modems and a 4mb PCI video card in my desk drawer for some reason I can't explain.
 

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I throw out all the ones that are too slow. Right now I'm getting ready to retire my Pentium 3, which is a very stable file server and going to move my P4 into it. And may end up getting a dual core board/cpu soon after and taking the P4 out. I also have a P233mmx system for legacy gaming with a 4mb monster 3d 3dfx video card in it, but I rarely ever use it. The games are too outdated in graphics to play and leave very little nostalgic value. I also built up one of my P4 with 6600GT agp and monster 3d II voodoo2 video card in it but it is just sitting idle without a hard drive.

Realistically anything that isn't core2duo or above is pretty crummy for gaming on, all of my friends wonder why I have more than my two core2duo computers. Playing battlefield 2 for example on a pentium 4 HT is sad, very sad.. my biggest complaint about high priced video cards too. I had a ti4600 in that system for a while and although 6600gt is faster, it is pretty pathetic.
 
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After reading the last few remarks, I think this question needs to be rephrased. Maybe "What SHOULD WE do with our old computers and electronics, for the sake of preserving the environment?"
 

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i passed on my old semprom 2400 build with 1gb of ddr and a geforce 5500 to my sisters. to them going from a 300 or 400 mhz pentium 3 to that setup has been like going from an nvidia riva to a gtx 295 to the kind of people that like to visit this website. good enough to surf online, download music, barely manage photoshop cs3, watch a few movies and play the sims 3 at the lowest possible settings. but they're happy with that, not a very demanding pair....the old gateway tower with that P3 chip, 96 mb of ram and some 64mb nvidia card was abandoned in a garage in what used to be my house! and my current build will probably end up with my fiancee after i upgrade to a core i7 or phenom II build (if amd steps up their game some).
 

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[citation][nom]Burodsx[/nom]My old computer was such a piece of junk that I took it with me to an outdoor rifle range and everyone got to shoot it. It was glorious.[/citation]

Remember to invite me next time you do so.
 

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Trickle down theory. I use my family to justify new hardware. "Well little brother your video card is struggling with that game." So I buy me a faster card and give him mine. Everybody wins!! Old, outdated PC's usually become toys to play with. Overclocking to breaking point.
 

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Still using some of those old parts. Just gave a buddy a Pentium 3 500 Mhz gateway tower, he didn't have squat so he's thankful for it. I think I picked it up for spare parts for $15 at goodwill 2 years ago.

Built a server box for the family from old parts and a new hard drive. It worked fine for about a year, but then we've had some power issues that led to system death. Hoping to get the new parts on Tues or weds.
 
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Do I get $3500-$4500 for a machine that only gets 17 FPS in CRYSIS for one that gets 27 FPS or higher?
 

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Don't have a old computer yet cuz i still use the old in fact a i am using it right now, it is a 2001 machine,and boy is it slow, 512 megs of SDRAM with a 1.2 ghz tualatin celeron which is actually supposed to be an OCed P3 and 8 mb of VRAM so it sucks for me. luckily i do have a C2D laptop with a 9600 GT

But when this guy gets old enough i will have to take it apart and study evry box in it which means destroying beyond fixing, and then just dumping it in the trash
 

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I got two younger brothers a father and a mom.

Basically thats it !!! Things only go to the trash can when they just don't work.

 
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