To scavenge my old tower or not?

By BlitzJG
Dec 28, 2011
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  1. I just put together my new computer for the first time successfully!

    Now I am wondering what to do with my old one. Its still operating, however it is approx. 7 years old running on an Intel Pentium 4.

    I'm not sure what components it has atm, but I am wondering if I should look to see if anything it has is worth adding or installing in my new build...

    My current tower has the following, and my old tower had both a cd burner and a dvd burner, plus some additional RAM i added, but it probably isn't compatible, I also know it was running a Radeon 9600 Sapphire gfx card:

    1 Mushkin Enhanced Chronos Deluxe MKNSSDCR120GB-DX 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

    1 Western Digital Caviar Black WD5002AALX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    1 Corsair Carbide Series 500R Black Steel structure with molded ABS plastic accent pieces ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    1 ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

    1 XFX HD-695X-CNDC Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

    1 Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 ...

    1 CORSAIR XMS 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)

    1 HP 24X Multiformat DVD Burner Black SATA Model 1270i LightScribe Support

    1 CORSAIR H100 (CWCH100) Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler

    1 CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply
  2. raybay

    raybay TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 10,716   +6

    Somewhere there is a young and budding computer tech who would love to have that, and improve upon it, if the price is right.

    Otherwise, it is always helpful to have a computer in reserve for when things do not go right. on the new one.
  3. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,067   +13

    well old HD's can always be used for external back up drives. Perhaps the DVD reader can be used. Other than that, you won't be able to salvage much else. The PSU is probably WAY underpowered and not configured for a modern motherboard. It would be best to use it as a backup system instead rather than salvage it.


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