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[Complete] Appraisal: damaged HP DX 5150 SFF

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And yet another appraisal!

Here today i present an older HP computer that, as the title implies, is not in its best shape. It is functional, it will power up, post, and then boot, but it still has a couple moderate problems.

Problem 1: when i got it, the motherboard was the victim of nearly 6 partially failed capacitors w/ several more getting ready to go (none of them CPU VRM caps, but even so). I replaced all except 4 with rubycon capacitors of the same value. Before the half repair, it wouldnt even POST. After it, it works fine, although the unreplaced capacitors still require replacement. This is the biggest issue with this system

Problem 2: pressing the power switch does nothing. You have to manually open the case and short the jumpers. I dont know if the switch is b0rked or something, but it will not respond to the power switch.

Problem 3: its missing the I/O backplate. This case and board used a semi-proprietary backplate that is long gone that also had the only serial port via a small ribbon cable attached to it.

and lastly
Problem 4: a solid state capacitor has somehow fallen off the board that was extremely close to the audio chip. This was one of those really tiny surface mounted canister-shaped caps that instead of the leads passing through the board were just attached to the top of the PCB, and since it was so small it was promptly lost. This probably means that audio either doesnt work or doesnt work to its full design specification

Enough of the bad, time for the goods:

After getting it and half-completing the repair job on it, i decided to mess around with it a bit and throw in some upgrades.

The specs now are:

AMD Athlon 64 3500+ S939 (also salvaged out of another HP computer. good little chip)
the stock motherboard (i think it has a R200 chipset or whatever was prevalent at the time)
-Integrated DX9 ATI graphics (w/ Dsub and DVI out)
-4 ram slots (DDR 266/333/400; currently loaded with 4x1GB DDR 333)
-8 USB ports, 6 in the back 2 in the front
-4 expansion slots
--1 PCI-E x16 2.0 (?)
--1 PCI-E x1
--2 PCI
-2 Sata II ports
-1 IDE port
-1 10/100 Ethernet port
-1 Parallel port
1 40GB SATA II HDD w/ windows 2k server installed (which will be nuked the moment i get around to it)
the original cooling setup (blower heatsink on the CPU and 80mm intake on the side)
200W bestec PSU

I know this is no i7 beast, shoot this thing would struggle to keep pace with a celeron 450 based computer. Its still working though, and moreover its taking up space in my room.

Quite frankly i dont know what its worth. On one hand, its been through hell and back, and on the other its still capable of chugging along just fine and is needing for its overhaul to be completed. $60-80? Or would it just be better for me to strip out the ram, CPU, and HDD, and sell those off as they are the only things really worth it?
Edited by Cyrious - 4/22/12 at 12:13pm
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i think if you are going to sell it maybe someone will pay $80 but its probably more a give away..
as to the cpu $20 tops
but put it on Craigslist to try and sell locally and see IMO smile.gif
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Going to be chaep
(16 items)
 
Wife's Rig
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-3770k Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP5 TH MSI GTX460 G.Skill TridentX 2400 2 x 4GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Plextor M5p 128GB 2 x WD 500GB Blues LG Prolimatech Megahalems Rev C 
CoolingOSMonitorPower
Arctic F12 CO PWM x 2 Push/Pull Windows 7 64 bit Ultimate LG IPS235V Corsair AX850 
Case
Coolermaster HAF 912 advanced (Asia version) 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
I5-3570K Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H-B3 Inno3D Ichill GTX660 8GB G.Skill RipjawsX 1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Samsung 830 128GB WD black 500GB Liteon Coolermaster Hyper 212+ EVO 
OSMonitorPowerCase
Win 7 ultimate Samsung Syncmaster 932gwe+ OCZ ZT series 550W Coolermaster 410 
CPUMotherboardRAMHard Drive
1.67Ghz Atom stock 1GB DDR2 2 x 500GB Western Digital Cavier Blacks [RAID 1] 
CoolingOSPowerCase
stock DSM3.2 [built on linux] stock stock 
OtherOther
Synology DX510 Expansion unit 5 x 1TB WD Cavier Blacks in a RAID 6 
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