Inspired by this thread. I recently upgraded my system from an AMD AM2 dual-core, to an AM3 quad core, and am left with more additions to the ever-growing list of surplus parts I have.
So I got to thinking - what the heck should I use these parts for?
I have two PCs (my main PC with Win7, and a PC currently with XP that I’m planning to use for a “scratch” system to play around with Linux and other stuff), my wife has one, my kids have one, and I have a Windows Home Server. So I’m not lacking for systems.
I have the following parts:
[li]Gigabyte 690G micro-ATX motherboard; pretty vanilla - HDMI, 1 10/100/1000 port, 4 SATA ports[/li][li]AM2 Athlon x2 5600 with stock heatsink[/li][li]2 GB DDR2 800 Kingston ValueRAM - barebones basic stuff, not for overclocking[/li][li]1 old Socket 939 single-core AMD system, with an Athlon64 3700+ processor, full ATX SLI mobo (PCIx 1.0, though), 2 GB DDR 400 RAM, no video card - all this stuff is so old it needs to be treated as a single unit, since I can’t upgrade the CPU or RAM[/li][li]2x160GB SATA1 hard drives[/li][li]large-ish Apevia X-cruiser ATX mid-tower (no PSU)[/li][li]1 slim HTPC micro-ATX case with a 300W PSU (PSU isn’t ATX standard, so it won’t fit in a normal case)[/li][li]2 optical drives - 1 SATA DVD ROM, 1 IDE DVD R/W[/li][li]1 stick DDR2 667 SO-DIMM laptop RAM (can’t remember how I wound up with it, as I’ve never owned a laptop outside my work-supplied system)[/li][li]And assorted keyboard, mice, brackets, cables, adapters, screws, etc.[/li][/ul]
Most of these parts are still very capable, but I honestly don’t know what to do with them - normally I give my old hardware away, but it seems such a shame to not use some of this stuff, especially the newish mobo/CPU/RAM combo. And I’m a gadget hound.
So I ask - what would you build with it?