What to do with old computer parts?

By xcylent ยท 14 replies
May 17, 2012
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  1. well I recently found a poor little computer sitting on the side of the road. being the person I am, I decided to take the little guy home and give him another chance at life.
    So I added some of my other old parts I had lying around, in vain hope to give the poor old guy some life support.
    thing is, I quickly got bored with the terrible components and have since come to the conclusion to put the damn thing out of it's misery.

    here is my question to you though.

    What can I do with these old crappy parts?

    just in case it matters, here are the specs:

    CPU: intel centrino 2GHz Dual Core
    RAM: 2gb (2x1gb) DDR2
    MoBo: some crappy M-ATX
    Graphics card: GTX 250
    PSU: 320W
    ODD: generic lightscribe
    HDD: 160GB WD Caviar Blue.
    Case: was in no condition to even have in my room. threw it away.

    Thanks for any replies guys :D
  2. Doctor John

    Doctor John TS Enthusiast Posts: 204   +15

    Stick them on e-bay?
  3. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    Dedicated torrent box!
  4. Marnomancer

    Marnomancer TS Booster Posts: 723   +51

    Send them off to the Recycling Facility!
    Or a dedicated Folding@Home machine!
  5. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,706   +172

    Learn to use Linux on it?
  6. Marnomancer

    Marnomancer TS Booster Posts: 723   +51

    I second that! Though apparently the OP isn't too keen on rehab.
  7. alexe3831

    alexe3831 TS Enthusiast Posts: 29

    Ya know I would use it for a backup server, stick somethin like Ubuntu Server on it and have your other computers back up to it, the old computer has plenty of processing power for that.

    Its What I did and it works just fine
  8. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,535   +51

    I have something similar to that sat right here on my desk bringing me to the world of Techspot...*sigh* :oops:
  9. alexe3831

    alexe3831 TS Enthusiast Posts: 29

    LOL I have had a bunch of problems with mine as well, that is until I set it up with fedora (non-server os) and then just used SAMBA for backups
  10. xcylent

    xcylent TS Booster Topic Starter Posts: 231   +17

    thing is guys, I'd rather not use this build for anything useful. perhaps I'll just mess around with overclocking until something starts burning.
  11. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +184

    For those in the US, all Best Buy stores take and recycle all old computer/electronics parts for free whether you bought them there or not. But I see you're in Australia? I did a bit of googling

    See http://recyclingnearyou.com.au/computers/hornsbynsw which includes some drop sites if you're in New South Wales and reference to a national plan starting this month, May 2012! Also Dell will recycle their own products in AU and NZ for free and say they charge a small fee if not Dell parts see HERE
  12. Doctor John

    Doctor John TS Enthusiast Posts: 204   +15

    Non-useful project suggestion - use parts as the basis of a fighting robot? :D
  13. xcylent

    xcylent TS Booster Topic Starter Posts: 231   +17

    hahahahhahahah that sounds do-able.
    killer fighting robot it is then!
  14. Tabbywabby

    Tabbywabby TS Member Posts: 25

    Cat Tummy warmer?
  15. xcylent

    xcylent TS Booster Topic Starter Posts: 231   +17

    loving the suggestions guys :D
    right now it's actually sitting right next to my laptop where I spend most of my time. since its winter here, the parts work as a heater!
    although a fairly noisy heater at that.

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