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I was recently given an old IBM power PC server 600 or some sort. It's old. Not sure of the CPU or RAM. Has 8 or so 9.9GB SCSI drives and 4 4.4GB SCSI drives. Don't know what OS if it even haves one. It powers up and boots. But of course, I'm missing something important. A way to access it! I tried putting in a PCI graphics card and I don't get display with it. So I don't know if it's just not meant to be used with a graphics card or not.

My question is, Should I just gut it and use it's large case for adding recent / faster / better / bigger hardware? Space isn't an issue in my home, so it's not a problem. Or should I clean it up and put it on eBay and make some cash of it? It's a IBM RISC System/6000 F30. I know it's old as hell, so the hardware in it isn't worth much.

And why didn't adding a known-working PCI graphics card work? Is it possible it's too new for the system?

Anyways. Heres a pic. I wanna do something with it.


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use it for the case to be honest

with them drives its probably going to be SD ram so probably not even 1ghz+ CPU

a Sempron or even x2 Athlon XP will probably beat the crap out of it power usage wise and performance
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Use it as a heater. Or a computer you like to kick around when others dont work. It probably be useless by the look of those hard drives. I wouldn't bother because of the electricity bill.
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use it for the case to be honest
with them drives its probably going to be SD ram so probably not even 1ghz+ CPU
a Sempron or even x2 Athlon XP will probably beat the crap out of it power usage wise and performance

I'll most likely end up gutting it. It's CPU I believe is only 333Mhz, and 512MB RAM. Though, Would any of the parts hold any value on, Let's say.. eBay? I know the RAM might. But yeah, I'll guy it and use ther case since it's big, plenty of room for Fans / harddrives.
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Use it as a heater. Or a computer you like to kick around when others dont work. It probably be useless by the look of those hard drives. I wouldn't bother because of the electricity bill.

It actually isn't that bad on power. But yeah.
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tbh sell everything other than the case if possible. people are always on look out for the older stuff
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tbh sell everything other than the case if possible. people are always on look out for the older stuff

I would, but apparently with eBay you need a Credit card, which I don't have. Or paypal. But it all does work and boot up. I just have no way of fully testing it because I can't get a display (Adding a PCI video card didn't work) and I don't know how else to access it.
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