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Would anyone be able to recommend some parts for a computer to do the above?

It doesn't need a monitor but it needs an optical drive. It'd just be used for web browsing, word processing and copying music from iTunes to iPod
    
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I just recieved several abandoned computers from a storage place near where I live. In other words, you can get such a thing for free if you are not opposed to a little dumpster diving.

If you know which services and other features to disable you can run Windows 7 Professional on a 1.2 GHz IBM E-server X-series 202 with 1.25 GB of SD-RAM. Runs snappy.

I only did that to test it though. It will be wiped and used as a linux file server in the near future.

serverth.jpg

Beware of power supplies that have been sitting in the heat. They can explode, and I mean literally explode. If the right resister is rusted through all you have to do is plug the power supply in for a few minutes, then disconnect it and wait a few hours. KABLAM! What happens is that a damaged resister can send a charge backwards, causing the large capacitors to explode violently. The fumes are also toxic.
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Would anyone be able to recommend some parts for a computer to do the above?

It doesn't need a monitor but it needs an optical drive. It'd just be used for web browsing, word processing and copying music from iTunes to iPod

And here are the services I disabled to get an old Pentium III server to run Windows 7 at an acceptable speed:
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Edited by Majestic_Lizard - 6/4/11 at 3:03pm
    
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Coleco Digital Data Cassette Coleco Digital Data Cassette CP/M, BASIC (on tape) CRT Television 
PowerCase
Built into printer Plays All Coleco Cartridges 
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