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    What to do with old PC Stuff

    Hey,

    I'm sure i'm not the only one whos building quite a large amount of old PC hardware and computers. I have a room which is dedicated as my PC Graveyard, consisting of tons of old PC parts including about 6 good old Dial up modems, voodoo graphics cards, sd ram and so fourth.

    Could prob put together about 4-6 working PC's together from the old parts from 200mhz-600mhz or so PC's. Good enough for some Windows 2000 and Internet Browsing action!

    Just wondering, what do you do with your old pc stuff?

    I've already practically got a PC in every room of the house, Media Center in living room, every family member got a PC in there own bedrooms, use an old PC as a smoothwall linux router and have a Windows Server box for hosting my website and email server. So I really dont need anymore PC's lol

    Seems a waste just to throw it all away when it could make a second PC for someone for like internet, emails, word etc.

    Then again, I dont have many if any spare windows licenses around so I guess linux would have to be the option.

    Anyways, anyone suggest any ideas of what to do with all this old stuff? Or what have you done with your own old computer parts?

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    I havent run out of room yet, but I keep all my old pc stuff, until its worth nothing, I'd sell the parts but by the time they are retired they arent worth much. My oldest pc is right next to me, holding some videos

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    If you got the parts, build it up and sell it in the loot. Putting old hardware in shiny cases is always a winner.

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    Is there any charitys or something similar that will take an old working PC?

    I doubt even if I put a 200mhz system in a shiny new case no one would want it lol.

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    Some guys use an old PC for a firewall.

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    i'm in the same predicament.

    I don't have enough hardware to build complete systems, but i have a lot of random parts. I don't want to just bin them, *someone* might find them useful.

    I was thinking of sorting through them and listing them on the for sale forum. I'll see what time i have off in the next couple of weeks. If i do list them, the only costs will be for postage etc.

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    my parents entire house seems to be a graveyard for computers atm. i think mums gunna flip and take it all to the dump soon enough much to my dads dismay

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    have a look at your local freecycle group if you drop a message on the mailing list it will all be gone to someone who can make use of it within the day someone i coming to take some junk of me soon
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    make a donation to me?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gabriel View Post
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    pay the delivery?
    it wouldn't be worth it im guessing.

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    Charity?

    I'm sure a few local youth groups could do with a simple PC for admin tasks? 600mhz will run linux & open office quite happily...

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    Quote Originally Posted by dave87 View Post
    Charity?

    I'm sure a few local youth groups could do with a simple PC for admin tasks? 600mhz will run linux & open office quite happily...
    after reading
    http://forums.hexus.net/showthread.php?t=99916
    i'd hardly donate an old pc to "youths"

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    I think you'll find the 'youths' that go to youth groups are highly unlikely to be the ones that do the above.

    Otherwise offer them to your local church or something.

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    See if there are any linux user groups in your area, http://www.lug.org.uk/, they'll take just about anything.

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    Hi,

    Yep, old PC hardware is a definate problem. Some charitries take it for developing countries to start the IT infrastructure, but even they have a limit on the age, and don't take anything too old. While I was at Uni, I helped at the "computer recycling project". Here we collected old/broken PCs from the uni, and private people, rebuilt the working bits into working PCs and either gave them to charites, or sold them dirt cheap to students that needed them for essays etc. There was even a place Manchester way which paid money for the broken bits which they stripped down for the various metals, the money then going to charity.

    The main problem with it though, was having the space to store all the stuff while it was getting revamped!

    You could try ebay, collection only, giving it away for free - sure someone would find a use for it.

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