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    What would you do with this lot?

    So I've 6 semi-ancient PC's various specs and makes I can probably do without. What would you propose I do with them - sell, recycle or reuse?

    1x P233(?) (AOC)
    2x PII 400 (Roldec/Evesham)
    1x XP1700 (Novatech)
    1x PII ? Laptop (Compaq)
    1x AMD SS7 333 (Custom Build)

    All run genuine Windows at present.

    Considering their performance relative to modern hardware (routers even!) I'm struggling to think of a viable use other than donate them to work, install xubuntu, and run our character-based ERP.

    What would you do?
    1 : i5 4670K | 8Gb | ASUS Maximus VI Genie | HD6890 | MX100 512GB | TX650W | CM Black Widow | Dell U2713H | 8.1 Pro
    2 : Q9450 | 4Gb | ASUS P5E-WS Pro | HD4650 | M4 256GB | 2 x 750Gb (RAID1) | Enermax 525W MODU 82+ | CM RC-590 | 17" | 7 Pro
    3 : i7 3570K | 16Gb | ASUS P8Z77-I Deluxe | GTX 660 TI | 2x 1TB 840EVO | Sugo SG05BB-450 | Dell U2713H + 17" | 8.1 Pro
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    W2 : Dell Precision T3610 | E5-1650 V2 | 16GB | Quadro K2000 | 256GB SSD | 1TB HDD | 8.1 Pro


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    Re: What would you do with this lot?

    Personally, I would donate them to someone/something. That's what I did with the last batch of PCs I had of that ilk at least.

    The amount of effort involved in making them do something worthwhile (and let's face it, beyond a firewall or folding there's not much purpose) would probably exceed the amount of money it would cost to get something much more capable. IMO, of course.

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    Re: What would you do with this lot?

    1) Donate to Charity
    2) Some sort of Art installation like that AMD tabletop
    3) Trebuchet ammunition.
    Society's to blame,
    Or possibly Atari.

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    Re: What would you do with this lot?

    Quote Originally Posted by Phage View Post
    1) Donate to Charity
    2) Some sort of Art installation like that AMD tabletop
    3) Trebuchet ammunition.
    option 3!!! Useful for clearing gardens from unwelcomed visitors


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    Re: What would you do with this lot?

    Try some DIY Gold recovery!!


    Those despicable Elk,stealing the pond weed!

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    Re: What would you do with this lot?

    Some very worthwhile ideas, although the cost of building a trebuchet other than from the PC's themselves, sadly rules it out....

    Hold on - is "Trebuchet" listed under allowable WEEE regulations?!

    Quote Originally Posted by CAT-THE-FIFTH View Post
    Try some DIY Gold recovery!!
    Oddly you're not the first to suggest that! Although access to something hot enough to melt the PCB's/CPU's into their core components is an issue.
    How do you think they'd fair strapped to an overworked turbocharger?
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    3 : i7 3570K | 16Gb | ASUS P8Z77-I Deluxe | GTX 660 TI | 2x 1TB 840EVO | Sugo SG05BB-450 | Dell U2713H + 17" | 8.1 Pro
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    W2 : Dell Precision T3610 | E5-1650 V2 | 16GB | Quadro K2000 | 256GB SSD | 1TB HDD | 8.1 Pro


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    Re: What would you do with this lot?

    1) Recycle
    2) Barbeque
    3) Skip

    Realistically, these boxes are no use to man nor beast as computers considering the amount of electricity they use for the amount of processing power (you'd be losing money in the long run).

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    Re: What would you do with this lot?

    Recycling centre I think, Where my P2 300 is going very soon. I thought I had got rid of it years ago but, then the person gave it back to me

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    Re: What would you do with this lot?

    If it takes DDR RAM then I keep it, if it pre-dates DDR then I strip it for useful bits. This is normally all the screws and motherboard standoffs, sometimes a PSU, case or hard drive. One side affect of this is that I have about 7 floppy drives cables and not a single working floppy drive.

    I also have a pile of broken PC bits sitting near the bins waiting to go down the recycling centre. For some reason Norwich city council hasn't listed "PC Bits" on the list-of-stuff-that-can-go-in-the-recycling-bin.

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    Re: What would you do with this lot?

    Quote Originally Posted by .walls View Post
    ... 2) Barbeque ...
    Amusingly I'd been planning this as my next case project after finishing Cunning Plan! But if someone's beaten me to it I better think up something even more ludicrous

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    Re: What would you do with this lot?

    Install some old games like Quake 2, and invite a group of mates round for a retro gaming session.

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